A very dark day in “Bioethics History”

By Dave Andrusko My thanks to Kathy Ostrowski, legislative director for Kansans for Life, for sending this link along to me. We’ve written previously about the hugely influential Medical Futility blogspot. It is run by Thaddeus Pope, who is Director, Health Law Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Pope is a …

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The Ethical Menace of “Bioethics” Grows

By Wesley J. Smith Bioethics discourse aims to change the practice of medicine and the thrust of public policy — usually not for the better. As I have been noting, the field increasingly targets the right of doctors to refuse to perform an abortion, euthanize patients, or perform other procedures or issue prescriptions that violate …

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“Death Control” and the bioethics peril

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 the unexceptionable.  — Richard John Neuhaus If you want to see what is likely to go awry in …

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“Culture of Death”: a mother lode of insight and wisdom

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through September 6. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last five months. This first ran May …

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Dissecting the age of ‘do harm’ medicine

A leading voice in American bioethics peers into the future in his new book Wesley J. Smith is one of America’s leading commentators on bioethical issues, especially assisted suicide and euthanasia. His columns are published in the National Review and he is the author of 14 books. MercatorNet interviewed him about his latest, Culture of …

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Does every human life have equal and incalculable moral value simply and merely because it is human?

By Wesley J. Smith We live in an increasingly secular society. One consequence (among many) of this cultural shift has been an increasing rejection of the once uncontroversial belief that humans reside uniquely at the pinnacle of moral worth. Activist academics, purveyors of popular culture, and issue ideologues across a wide swath of movements—from bioethics, …

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“The Culture of Death: The Age of ‘Do Harm’ Medicine”

By Dave Andrusko On Wednesday we took a first look at the updated edition of Wesley J. Smith’s, “The Culture of Death: The Age of ‘Do Harm’ Medicine.” (The book is available everywhere but at the end of this post, I will offer specific locations.) To close out the week, I’d like to take a …

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A second chance to read an invaluable resource: Wesley J. Smith’s “The Culture of Death”

By Dave Andrusko I was absolutely stunned when I read the first few chapters of “The Culture of Death: The Age of ‘Do Harm’ Medicine,” written by the redoubtable and always insightful Wesley J. Smith. Was it the caliber of his insights? No, I had come to expect superlatives from the author of the “Human …

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Changing death from biological to sociological would open the door to profound evil

By Wesley J. Smith Maintaining the concept of “death” as a biological, rather than sociological, event is one of the few remaining impediments to exploiting the most weak and vulnerable among as mere natural resources. If death can be “redefined”–an ongoing project in bioethics–to include the end of the subjective concept of being a “person,” …

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European Parliament: Working Group on Bioethics and Human Dignity exposes Neonatal Infanticide

Editor’s note. This comes from the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues. A conference was held at the European Parliament hosted by the EPP Working Group on Bioethics and Human Dignity on the “Medical, Legal & Ethical Aspects of Neonatal Infanticide” with Miroslav Mikolásik, MEP [Member of the European Parliament] from Slovakia, co-president of the Group, …

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A tragic case of modern bioethics: Denying life-sustaining treatment to a patient who wanted to live

By Philip Hawley, Jr. On December 23, 2015, a forty-six-year-old man named Chris Dunn died of complications from presumed (though unconfirmed) pancreatic cancer. In a few short months, illness ravaged this ex-sheriff’s deputy, his stout physique shriveling to skin on bones. In his final weeks, a breathing tube and ventilator were all that separated him …

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Disdain for bioethics ignites controversy

By Michael Cook Harvard star performer and leading American public intellectual Steven Pinker has set the cat [caused trouble] amongst the bioethicists . In an op-ed in the Boston Globe Pinker argued that bioethicists should just “get out of the way” of life-saving research. Blogs by bioethicists started to light up like Christmas trees. The …

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