Category Archives: Bioethics

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

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

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

The Young and the Vulnerable

Bioethicists’ turn to the dark side By Wesley J. Smith When I was a small boy, polio terrified me. Each year, it would strike thousands of children like me—and you never knew when or where it would

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

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

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

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

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

Beware: Doctors cannot tell when a patient will die

Paul Russell

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

The Bioethics Peril

The late Richard John Neuhaus

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

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