A dissenting view of modern bioethics: “What about the sick patient?”

By Michael Cook Today, your doctor is likely to be a “stranger at the bedside,” making decisions according to a “new morality” of bioethics, rather than the traditional Oath of Hippocrates, writes Dr Jeffrey Hall Dobken in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Dr Dobken writes from the perspective of a doctor who is …

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Promoters of the culture of death never rest on their laurels

By Wesley J. Smith 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. — Richard John Neuhaus If you want to see what is likely to go awry in …

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Bioethicists to the People: ‘Obey Us!’

By Wesley J. Smith Well, this is rich. Udo Schuklenk, the co-editor-in-chief of the journal Bioethics, insists that people obey bioethicists and doctors when it comes to decisions about ending life-sustaining treatment even when the patient or family wants to fight on — an authoritarian bioethics meme known as “futile care.” Schuklenk is furious at …

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Dawkins Wants to Eat Human ‘Meat’

By Wesley J. Smith Richard Dawkins, the (in)famous atheism proselytizer, has mused about eating human meat. No, he doesn’t want to join the Donner Party. Researchers may soon be able to manufacture meat from cell lines in the lab, and Dawkins has suggested in a tweet that we could “overcome our taboo” by eating human flesh …

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Some Big Public Policy Challenges in Bioethics we can expect in 2018

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. This is excerpted from a longer post found here. As we look forward to the challenges that 2018 will bring I am struggling …

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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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Utilitarian in outlook, embracing a eugenics point-of-view, 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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Bioethicist on NBCNews.com: Having Kids is ‘Indulgence’ That’s Bad For The Earth

By Matthew Balan Professor Travis Reider of Johns Hopkins University boosted population control as a solution for climate change in a Wednesday op-ed for NBCNews.com. Reider, an assistant director at the school’s Berman Institute of Bioethics, hyped that “having a child is a major contributor to climate change,” and asserted that “the logical takeaway here …

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Beware: Doctors cannot tell when a patient will die

By Paul Russell, Founder, HOPE Australia In any profession, mistakes will be made – it’s human nature. However, when doctors estimate patients’ life expectancy, mistakes treated as truth can have grave consequences. For some, there is no “live and learn.” When it comes to doctors informing patients of their life expectancy, it is critical to …

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Texas Futile Care Law in the Dock

By Wesley J. Smith Imagine your dad is in the ICU with a stroke, struggling for life. Imagine, having listened to the wise voices in bioethics, that he wrote an advance directive, leaving instructions about the medical treatment he wanted if incapacitated. Imagine, that dad believes life itself is an intrinsic good, that he wants …

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