Oregon Tightens Duty to Die on Cancer Patients

By Wesley J. Smith As I have discussed here previously, the first state to explicitly ration Medicaid-–an integral feature of all single payer systems-–tightened the screws against terminal cancer patients a few months ago. Now, the issues is gaining wider discussion in Oregon. From an opinion column published in the Statesman Journal by Peter J. …

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Teaching Children Death Panel Ethics : Social Usefulness or the Imago Dei?

By John Stonestreet It was the kind of assignment that makes you nostalgic for paper-mache volcanoes and baking soda. Freshmen and sophomores in a social studies class at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in Illinois were asked to make life-and-death decisions concerning people they’d never met. While the exercise was theoretical, the thinking involved in the …

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Forced Plug Pulling Coming?

By Wesley J. Smith Oh, oh. NYU Bioethicist Art Caplan seems to suggest–in the context of a story about former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon–that we should not maintain people like Terri Schiavo and others, who are either in a persistent vegetative or minimally conscious state, this even though new research suggests that at least …

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Death Panel Advocacy on This Week

By Wesley J. Smith Liberals screamed when Sarah Palin warned about “death panels” during the run up to the passage of Obamacare. But many really want health care rationing based on invidious methods of medical discrimination–as I have repeatedly reported here. I was just watching This Week  [with George-Stephanopoulos] and Steve Rattner–-former adviser to Obama …

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