By Sarah Terzo Walker Percy, the novelist, who was trained as a physician at Columbia University, wrote “It is a commonplace of modern biology, known to every high school student… That the life of every individual organism, human or not, begins with the chromosomes of the sperm fuse with the chromosomes of the ovum to …Continue reading "Novelist Walker Percy on when life begins"
A man with a degenerative disease who was determined to live-stream his death via Facebook, has made a “U-turn towards life” and has accepted palliative care. By SPUC– the Society for the Protection of Unborn Life “Mr. Cocq has made a U-turn towards life,” said Antonia Tully of SPUC’s Lives Worth Living campaign. “This is …Continue reading "In “U-turn towards life” man accepts palliative care after trying to livestream death on Facebook"
By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. Sunday is Father’s Day. Last week, we began a series that will run up through this Friday which will include new stories about men and abortion (often in the context of crisis pregnancies but also just about being a dad) and reposts of the best of previously published stories. This …Continue reading "Unimaginably poignant: A dad’s farewell lullaby to his dying baby boy"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Hospice New Zealand has applied for an urgent court injunction concerning their right to conscientiously object to doing euthanasia. The New Zealand parliament passed a euthanasia bill—”The End of Life Choice Act”–in November 2019 by a vote of 69 to 51. In order to get the bill passed …Continue reading "Hospice New Zealand launches court case asking whether a hospice can conscientiously object to Assisted Dying and operate a “euthanasia-free” service"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation As I write these words, I know of two women who are accompanying loved ones on their final journeys. One is a wife, tending to her dying husband. The other is a daughter, spending the remaining precious moments with her ailing father. At such times, the …Continue reading "Fortresses of courage in a wilderness of mourning"
Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Canadian Press reported that a hospice society in British Columbia is outraged by the governments decision to stop its funding because it refuses to provide (MAiD) euthanasia. Angelina Ireland, President of the Delta Hospice, told the Canadian Press: …if the government wants to implement medical help in …Continue reading "British Columbia Hospice looking at legal options after government cuts funding."
By Wesley J. Smith Not content with assisted suicide, the euthanasia movement wants people with dementia to be able to force caregivers to starve them to death when they become severely impacted — even when they willingly eat. An assisted-suicide advocacy group in New York previously created an advance directive containing such instructions. And now …Continue reading "‘Starve Me’ Advance Directives Would Be Immoral"
By Michael Cook The current issue of the American Journal of Bioethics hosts a debate on whether withholding and withdrawing treatment are ethically equivalent. Intuitively most doctors feel that there is a difference between not using the “plug” and “pulling it out” – but should that “gut feeling” be respected? Most medical guidelines assume that …Continue reading "Prominent Bioethics Journal debates whether withdrawing and withholding treatment are equivalent"
By Nancy Valko When I first became a registered nurse in 1969, ICUs (intensive care units) were still new. The first one I worked was set up in the former visitors’ lounge and we learned how to read EKGs (heart tracings) by using a book. By the early 1970s, I worked in a surgical/trauma ICU …Continue reading "“We don’t want an advance directive that could be hazardous to our health!”"
By Michael Cook The Federation of Swiss Medical Doctors (FMH) has refused to include in its code of ethics new guidelines on end-of-life care proposed by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS). These provide that a physician may practice assisted suicide for patients presenting with “unbearable suffering” related to the symptoms of an incurable …Continue reading "Swiss doctors go head-to-head over liberal guidelines for assisted suicide"
By Nancy Valko Editor’s note. This appeared on Nancy’s blog and is reposted with permission. Back in the 1990s when I was a home health/hospice nurse, one of my most memorable patients was a woman I will call “Georgia”. When I was assigned to Georgia, I was told that she had terminal lung cancer but …Continue reading "The Power of Memories"
By Right to Life of Michigan This is the second in a five-part series contrasting the ways our society could handle end-of-life care moving forward. The right to die is an odd concept. Everyone will inevitably die. Many people fear what sort of condition they may be when they are older or suffering from a …Continue reading "“Right to Die?’ Oppose it"