Why Bioethics Should “Fail”

By Wesley J. Smith Julian Savulescu represents all that I find so objectionable about the mainstream bioethics movement. Rejecting the sanctity/equality of human life, utilitarian in outlook, embracing a eugenics point-of-view, the Oxford professor–what does that tell you?–would lead society in a way opposed by most of the very people bioethics claims to serve. Savulescu …

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Bioethicists Okay Human Extinction to Eliminate Suffering

By Wesley J. Smith  These days, anti-humanism is as thick as molasses among the intelligentsia. That includes an ongoing conversation in bioethics whether — all things considered — human extinction would be a fine thing because of the suffering that never coming into existence would avoid. Example: A few months ago, Oxford professor Roger Crisp …

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University of Pittsburgh hires firm to analyze its research using aborted babies

By Samantha Kamman  The University of Pittsburgh has hired Washington, D.C., law firm Hyman, Phelps & McNamara to conduct an independent review of its research involving the bodies of aborted children. After the firm conducts its review, it will reportedly present its findings to the University’s senior leadership. Explaining the reason for its actions, the …

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“Fetal reduction” and the Case of Identical Twins: A coldblooded, coldhearted academic exercise

By Dave Andrusko Those of you who read NRL News Today on a consistent basis know it is almost impossible to keep up with the lethally crazy ideas so-called “bioethicists” crank out. The Bioethics Establishment, ensconced in the best known think tanks, famous law schools, and as editors of elite medical journals, would recoil at such a …

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Secular bioethics threatens human dignity, says US bioethicist

By Michael Cook Medicine detached from a transcendent dimension is increasingly a threat to human dignity, argues a bioethicist and theologian at Fordham University. In his new book Losing Our Dignity: How Secularized Medicine is Undermining Fundamental Human Equality, Charles Camosy predicts that the lives of millions of people with dementia will be at risk. Here are …

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“If not us, who? And if not now, when?”

By Dave Andrusko “Thousands of medical ethicists and bioethicists, as they are called, professionally guide the unthinkable on its passage through the debatable on its way to becoming the justifiable until it is finally established as the unexceptionable.” — “The Return of Eugenics,” by Richard John Neuhaus. Richard John Neuhaus’s quote from the April 1988 …

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The Utilitarian Ethic at work: Bioethicist Wants to Morally Cleanse Medical Schools

By Wesley J. Smith Entry into medical and associated professional schools may soon depend on possessing the proper moral views as well as good grades. Say you’re a brilliant student who dreams of becoming an oncologist and saving thousands of lives from cancer. In the not too distant future, if some bioethicists have their way, …

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Bioethics needs to protect the vulnerable

We are embodied, vulnerable and mutually dependent human beings, argues an American scholar in this profoundly important book. By Greg Walsh What does it mean to be human? How legal systems answer and should answer this profoundly important question is addressed by O. Carter Snead in What It Means To Be Human: The Case for the …

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One year ago: Daniel Callahan: R.I.P.

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. Why did I choose this particular story for our look back one year ago series? Simply because Daniel Callahan was hugely influential in directing “bioethics” in a direction that people like you and me abhor. We had coffee once years ago, and he was a pleasant man. His ideas, however, …

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