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 …Continue reading "Bioethics Intends to Destroy Catholic Healthcare"
By Lisa Bourne June 24, 2019 – Cleveland Clinic medical center has successfully performed its first in utero fetal surgery to repair a spina bifida defect in an unborn baby girl nearly 23 weeks old, the facility has announced. The surgery was performed in February by a multispecialty team of clinicians, and the child later …Continue reading "Ohio clinic performs its first in utero fetal surgery to correct spina bifida"
By Texas Right to Life Donald Jones rescued his wife, Carolyn, from Memorial Hermann Southwest, racing to a different facility that is providing the conscious woman her desperately needed dialysis. Donald Jones escaped the clutches of the hospital committee with his beloved wife in a private ambulance funded by Texas Right to Life in the …Continue reading "Beaumont woman narrowly escapes death panel, family transports her by late-night ambulance to willing facility"
By Dave Andrusko Almost single-handedly, over decades, NRLC has opposed “cost-cutting” measures that would likely have the effect of rationing care in general and/or limiting access to life-saving medication, in particular. Nowhere is that pressure to reduce costs today more intense than lowering the cost of prescription drugs. This is why NRLC has closely examined …Continue reading "Proposed changes to Medicare Part D can limit access to life-saving drugs, NRLC warns"
By Jonathon Van Maren Editor’s note. This ran a while ago but is so dazzlingly brilliant I am reposting it. It is particularly relevant in the context of freedom of conscience which, in the United States, President Trump is working hard to protect. Mr. Van Maren is a Canadian pro-lifer. The column written by Martin …Continue reading "Stupid arguments against smart doctors"
By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Director of Federal Legislation Editor’s note. Pro-life Sen. Cindy Hyde–Smith (R-Miss.) was appointed to fill out the term of pro-life Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned for health reasons. She will compete against pro-abortion Democrat Mike Espy November 27 in a run-off. Under Mississippi law if no candidate receives 50% of the vote, the top two …Continue reading "Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s Stellar Pro-life Record "
WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a proposed rule to require health plan issuers operating in state and federal healthcare exchanges to separately bill for any elective abortion coverage and to segregate any collected funds. In 2010, the passage of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) did away with the longstanding …Continue reading "National Right to Life Applauds Announcement from Trump Administration Regarding Pro-Life Policies in Health Insurance"
By Nancy Valko As I have related before, back in the early 1970s when I was a new ICU nurse, I was teased for talking to comatose patients. I was even asked if I talked to my refrigerator. I explained that if hearing was truly the last sense to go, it made sense to talk …Continue reading "Why we should talk to comatose patients"
By Wesley J. Smith The Hippocratic Oath is dead. “Do no harm” medicine is fast becoming extinct. Contemporary health care is increasingly under the sway of a utilitarian bioethics that makes the elimination of suffering the prime directive—to the detriment of traditional standards of medical morality that deem all human life equally worthy of care …Continue reading "“Do no harm” medicine is fast becoming extinct"
By Wesley J. Smith There is a widely believed myth that the elderly and dying take up a huge amount of the overall health-care budget, and that, by empowering “death panels,” imposing rationing or “futile care” forced withdrawal of treatment, and legalizing assisted suicide, we could go far in reducing health-care expenditures, which take up …Continue reading "Myth meets Reality: End-of-Life Care Is Only 9 Percent of Health-Care Costs"
By Texas Right to Life The Texas Medical Association (TMA) PAC and the Texas Hospital Association (THA) PAC are political arms of the leaders of the Texas medical lobby, who are marred by prioritizing policies that protect profits rather than patients. TMA and THA routinely oppose any legislation that increases protections for the rights of …Continue reading "Political efforts of Texas “medical” lobby protects profits over patients"
By Michael Cook The cases of Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard rang bells around the world, not just in England. From Italy comes a proposal (PDF in Italian), a Charter of Rights for Incurable Children, which will be promoted in the European Parliament and hospitals around the world. The sponsor is Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital, …Continue reading "Vatican-backed hospital proposes charter of rights for incurable children"