Pushing ‘Healthspan’ Duty to Die for the Elderly?

By Wesley J. Smith The bioethicist and Obamacare architect, Ezekiel Emanuel, made headlines — and raised hackles — when he argued a few years ago that 75 is the right age to die, or at least, to stop fighting medically to extend life. Now in “From Lifespan to Healthspan,” published by The Journal of the …

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Futility Policies and the Duty to Die (updated)

By Nancy Valko I am on the road this week speaking to groups and doing radio interviews. So here is an article published in Voices magazine (a Catholic women’s’ magazine) in 2003 with an update in 2005. In the intervening years, the problems have grown worse but I originally wrote this article when almost no …

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MDs Give Selves Duty-to-Die Power over Patients

  By Wesley J. Smith Futile Care Theory has just taken a huge step toward nation-wide imposition with an official policy statement by the American Thoracic Society in collaboration with other medical and nursing associations involved with intensive care internationally. It is a frightening document. The statement, essentially, creates a right of doctors and hospital …

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Family-Supported Suicide and the Duty to Die

By Wesley J. Smith In 1991, my friend Frances invited me to a “going away party.” She wasn’t moving or going on vacation. Frances wanted her closest friends to come to her home, to tell her how much she meant to us, and to hold her hand as she committed suicide. We refused. Validating Frances’s …

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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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Pro-Life Perspective: Nat Hentoff’s Reflections on Terri Schiavo, Part 2

Editor’s note. This can also be heard at www.prolifeperspective.com. The court-ordered starvation and dehydration death of Terri Schindler Schiavo eight years ago marked a watershed moment in our nation’s history. Millions of people both here and around the world became suddenly faced the reality that our society is not only willing, but seemingly eager, to …

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The Duty to Die Advances

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network Is there such a thing as a “duty to die?” Some notable voices in bioethics say, yes. They believe that as a matter of distributive justice, when people reach a certain advanced age, severe disability, or very poor health, they …

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Duty to Die Gains Traction in UK

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. The appears on Wesley’s terrific blog. The so-called “duty to die” has been quietly discussed in bioethics for more than a decade.  Now, a major British Medical Association leader proposed an implicit duty to die by stating that terminally ill people may have to be denied life-extending treatments due …

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