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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Catholic medical practice is the great impediment to the culture-subverting mission of the bioethics movement

By Wesley J. Smith I have been following — and criticizing — the bioethics movement for more than twenty years. As I see it, the mainstream view seeks to instill a utilitarianist philosophy on both the ethics of medicine and the public policies of health care, including where “common morality” — as the views of …

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Parents — Not Bioethicists — Should Decide about Baby’s Life Support

By Wesley J. Smith Remember the U.K. cases of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans — in which doctors and courts forced small children off of life support wanted by parents based on the “experts” view that dying was in the patient’s “best interest?” Well, a similar “futile care” imbroglio has come to Texas. Tinslee Lewis, …

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Keep Bioethics out of Elementary and High Schools

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at National Review Online. Bioethicist Jacob M. Appel wants the bioethics movement to educate your children about the policy and personal conundrums that involve medical care and health public policy. He claims that “most of us give little thought” to issues …

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Nature: Bioethics Is Obsolete

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. Wesley’s great columns appear at National Review Online and are reposted with the author’s permission. “CRISPR” is an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. “Quango” is a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation. I have been covering the bioethics movement since the late 1990s, writing several books (one award-winning) on …

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“Fetal reduction” and the Case of Identical Twins, a coldblooded academic exercise

By Dave Andrusko Even before I came to National Right to Life, lo these many years ago, I knew that by and large the bioethics set was composed of some strange characters. There were, of course, notable exceptions. You think of Gilbert Meilaender and J. David Bleich and Wesley J. Smith, and John Keown, but …

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Texas rule allows hospitals to withdraw treatment that keeps the patient alive when the doctor/bioethics committee thinks the patient should die

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from Wesley’s testimony before the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services in favor of legislation to change the state’s 10-Day Rule, which allows hospitals to remove a patient’s life support against their or their family’s will. You can watch the beginning of his …

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Reflections back on “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race”

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. I drive by the Holocaust museum in Washington, DC, every day on my way to work. Today I noticed the current exhibition is titled “Americans and the Holocaust.” The following, written a while back, discusses an exhibit that was exceptionally helpful to understanding the origins of the Nazi Holocaust. Not …

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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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Battling “Futile care” and “Quality of Life” determinations in order to save loved ones

By Wesley J. Smith Doctors are incredibly knowledgeable. They understand when people are terminally ill or unlikely to survive a traumatic injury. But they are not infallible. People don’t die by the numbers. Some patients prove unexpectedly resilient. Sometimes true miracles occur, or at least there are no scientific explanations for the disappearance of diseases …

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Joseph Fletcher’s dark dreams becoming our reality

By Wesley J. Smith Joseph Fletcher (1905–1991) was one the most influential philosophers and bioethicists of the twentieth century. His advocacy blazed the path for many of the radical social transitions we are experiencing today. He gained fame as the prime proponent of “situational ethics,” popularly known as social relativism. But his work in bioethics …

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