Another UK Hospital: NO to Baby Transfer + End Life Support

By Wesley J. Smith Readers here may recall the infamous Charlie Gard case earlier this year. Charlie was a terminally ill baby with a progressive and terminal genetic disease. Charlie’s parents wanted to take their boy to a specialist in the US, but was refused permission by the hospital, later supported by a judge. Further, …

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Casey Kasem no longer receiving food or fluids

  By Dave Andrusko Once Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy reversed himself on Wednesday, the daughter of famed radio and television icon Casey Kasem quickly moved to end the administration of food, fluids, and medication for Kasem who is said to suffer from a form of dementia. On Monday Murphy had ruled …

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For one woman with cancer, Obamacare means loss of coverage for an essential drug

  By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics As millions of Americans are attempting to start using their new Obamacare exchange health insurance plans, stories about denial of payment keep piling up. All throughout the debate leading up to the controversial 2010 law, and up until late last year, the Obama Administration …

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Wisconsin Case Shows Contrast in Attitudes to Parental Denial of Treatment Based on Religion and Based on Disability

By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the homicide convictions of a couple who prayed over their gravely ill daughter rather than seek medical help. The 11 year old, Kara Neumann, had died in 2008 from complications related to untreated juvenile diabetes. Court records showed …

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Denial of Treatment: Three measures filed in Texas to end the practice

By Elizabeth Graham, director Texas Right to Life Three measures to protect patients and to restore their rights to direct their own health care were filed in the State Capitol.  Since the Texas Advance Directive Law was enacted in 1999, Texas Right to Life has helped hundreds of patients defend themselves against involuntary denial of …

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