By Wesley J. Smith Readers may recall the Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans cases from the U.K. — in which doctors both wanted to remove life support and prevent the children from being transferred to other hospitals willing to continue care. Because the law in the U.K. permits courts to decide the “best interests” of children in medical extremis, the MDs got their way. …Continue reading "Brit Baby’s Death Ruled Better Than Small Chance of Living — Again"
By Wesley J. Smith Pope John Paul II once famously described Western society as a “culture of death.” But what does that term mean? It refers to a civilization that endorses lethal omissions and even outright killing by doctors to alleviate suffering or resolve life crises. “Culture of death” is most often applied in the …Continue reading "Three culture of death tipping points"
By Wesley J. Smith As I have warned here before, euthanasia activists are pushing for laws that permit people to write advance directives ordering themselves starved to death if they become mentally incapacitated. That effort is apparently gaining steam. The assisted suicide supporting organization Final Exit Network published a poll that supposedly found only 15 percent of …Continue reading "Activists seek to force caregivers to starve their patients to death or be at risk of lawsuits for “wrongful life”"
By Wesley J. Smith Bioethicists are looking for ways to eliminate people diagnosed with dementia when they become incapacitated. Belgium and the Netherlands permit advance orders to be euthanized. Another proposal gaining traction in bioethics would force caregivers to starve patients to death. And here’s a new idea: Writing in the Hastings Center Report — the world’s most prominent bioethics journal …Continue reading "Propose Time-Delayed Suicide Implant for Dementia Patients"
By Wesley J. Smith As I have been documenting over the past 28 years (!), euthanasia in the Netherlands has metastasized from killing the terminally ill, to the chronically ill, to people with disabilities, to the elderly, to people with dementia, to the mentally ill, to children of any age, and babies born with serious disabilities. Yes, …Continue reading "Euthanasia consciousness ”distorts our views of the importance of vulnerable lives”"
By Wesley J. Smith As if we needed further evidence that medicine is growing increasingly impersonal, the Canadian Medical Association Journal has published a study that claims a computer program can predict when seniors have six months to live. From the Global News story: Amid a lack of proper support for Canadians receiving home-based support …Continue reading "Computer Program Developed in Canada to Predict When Seniors Have 6 Months to Live"
Several countries may be ahead of us in this area, but the U.S. is fast catching up. By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This repost appeared a year ago in NRL News Today. I wish I could say things had improved but they’ve only grown worse. A few years ago, a Dutch doctor attended her elderly …Continue reading "More Euthanasia Targets: People with Mental Illness and Dementia"
By Wesley J. Smith In 1993, my first ever anti-euthanasia column warned in Newsweek that once euthanasia became accepted widely, it would be followed by organ harvesting “as a plum to society.” By now, you know how that story goes. I was accused of alarmism, slippery-slope advocacy, conspiracy theories, etc., etc. And, as these kind of stories nearly always end, …Continue reading "AMA Helps Normalize Organ Harvesting after Euthanasia"
By Wesley J. Smith I have rarely seen a more vivid illustration of the lethal consequences of utilitarian thinking. In 2014, Richard Dawkins was asked on Twitter what a woman carrying a Down baby should do. His response was blunt and curt: Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world …Continue reading "Richard Dawkins’s utilitarianism always leads to justifying killing"
By Wesley J. Smith Readers may recall the sad case of Jahi McMath out of Oakland, Calif. In 2013, Jahi experienced a severe bleeding event after throat surgery and a subsequent cardiac arrest. She was successfully resuscitated, but her brain was catastrophically injured from loss of oxygen. Doctors at Oakland Children’s Hospital declared her brain …Continue reading "Jahi McMath Was Not Brain Dead"
By Wesley J. Smith It used to be that psychiatrists and psychologists strived to prevent mentally ill people from committing suicide. Now, a blog post by Canadian psychiatrist Ralph Lewis published in Psychology Today — of all places — understands that allowing the mentally ill to be euthanized could have a deleterious impact on suicide-prevention efforts. But what …Continue reading "Psychiatrist says Refusing Euthanasia for Mentally Ill is Discrimination"
By Wesley J. Smith Oh, the screaming we heard about embryonic stem cells during the George W. Bush presidency. Those who opposed wide-open federal funding were branded “anti-science,” and delusional for claiming that adult stem cells offered the better promise of treatments. The media pushed the tripe that people who supported Bush’s very modest funding restrictions didn’t want …Continue reading "New York to Stop Funding Embryonic-Stem-Cell Research"