Category Archives: Medical Ethics

How medical residents wrested their consciences into submission

By Dave Andrusko Sarah Terzo’s except from an academic study posted elsewhere today inspired me to revisit the personal stories from young residents that appeared in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, under the headline “Four Residents’

Training to become an abortionist, resident chooses not to do because of “abyss of ambiguity”

By Sarah Terzo From a resident who was in training to become an abortionist, but decided against performing abortions as a career: “When I started residency, I was open to the possibility of providing terminations. I was

The “medical Conscience” civil rights movement

By Wesley J. Smith Until recently, healthcare was not culturally controversial. Medicine was seen as primarily concerned with extending lives, curing diseases, healing injuries, palliating symptoms, birthing babies, and promoting wellness—and hence, as a sphere in which

Canadian Doctors Get Ready for Child Euthanasia

In the United States’ most culturally aligned nation, a race toward the once-unthinkable accelerates By Wesley J. Smith It never made any sense. The assurance that active euthanasia would always be limited to terminally ill, competent adults

Welsh Midwife tells mother the purpose of blood test for Down Syndrome “is for terminations”

Discriminatory attitudes towards babies with Down syndrome are still rife in the medical profession. Campaigners say pregnant women were being “pushed towards terminations” By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children In news that shows how

New “game-changing” findings and recommendations offer new hope to brain-injured patients unfairly labeled “vegetative”

By Dave Andrusko In his post for the Catholic Phily, Richard Doerflinger calls new findings and recommendations from a prestigious group of medical organizations nothing short of “game-changing.” Doerflinger, who worked for 36 years in the Secretariat

Win for conscientious objection in Norway

Doctor vindicated By Michael Cook Norway’s Supreme Court has ruled  in favour of conscientious objection and freedom of conscience for doctors. The Court found that Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz acted within her rights when refusing to insert IUDs

Controversy surrounds Canadian Medical Association’s withdrawal from world body

What is the real reason CMA withdrew? By Michael Cook As we have already reported, the Canadian Medical Association resigned suddenly and dramatically from the World Medical Association at the WMA’s annual meeting in Reykjavik. The president

The lethal “ethics” of Nazi doctors

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,

The Nazi doctors 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,

After 70 years, lessons from the Nuremberg Code

By Michael Cook On August 20, 1947, an international tribunal which investigated the crimes of 23 Nazi doctors and bureaucrats involved in concentration camp medical experiments issued its verdict. As part of its judgment (seven of the