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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Where did Nazi doctors learn their ethics? From a textbook

They had plenty of ethics. It was just the wrong kind By Michael Cook German medicine under Hitler resulted in so many horrors – eugenics, human experimentation, forced sterilization, involuntary euthanasia, mass murder – that there is a temptation to say that “Nazi doctors had no ethics.” However, according to an article in the Annals …

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“Semantic gymnastics” and “A New Ethic for Medicine and Society”

Editor’s note. This editorial first appeared in the September 1970 edition of “California Medicine,” a publication of the Western Journal of Medicine. We first reposted this huge influential analysis in the March 11, 1998, issue of National Right to Life News. I re-run it every year or two as a history lesson for those who …

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