Healing, not Enhancing: Drawing Lines in Medical Ethics

By John Stonestreet with Roberto Rivera In the 1976 made-for-television movie, “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” a then-unknown John Travolta introduced Americans to a condition technically called “X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency.” Or, as people have called it since the movie, “bubble boy disease.” Children with “bubble boy disease” can’t fight off infections that the …

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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 because of moral objections. The Court told government health authorities to respect the right to conscientious objection for …

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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 of the CMA, Dr Gigi Osler, explained that the incoming president of the WMA, Dr Leonid Eidelman, had …

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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 men were sentenced to death) the tribunal also set a 10-point set of rules now known as the …

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“A New Ethic for Medicine and Society”

Editor’s note. This first ran in the March 11, 1998, issue of National Right to Life News and I re-run every year or two as a kind of history lesson for those who have not been in the Movement as long as some of us veterans. In the early days of abortion “reform,” pro-abortionists insisted …

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A Human Rights Bioethics

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. This story appeared in the April 2001 edition of National Right to Life News, talking initially about the specifics of the upcoming annual NRLC conference. The story then segued into a discussion of bioethicist Wesley Smith’s then new book, “Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America,” where …

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22-year-old man who died from dehydration called police for a drink of water

By Jared Yee Editor’s note. This first appeared at http://www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/10146 and is reprinted with permission. A 22-year-old who died from dehydration while in hospital needed a drink of water so badly that he called the police from his bed for help, an inquest has been told. According to Kane Gorny’s mother Rita Cronin, police were …

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35 Days until the Pro-Life Event of the Year!

              MEDICAL ETHICS WORKSHOPS: “Assisting Suicide – Latest Developments and Best Arguments” Are YOU ready to argue whether assisting suicide should be legal? This workshop provides a step-by-step primer to counter the two most common pro-euthanasia themes “Whose life is it, anyway?” and “Why would you force anybody to …

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The Difference Between Medical Ethics and Bioethics

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from a column at Wesley’s wonderful blog. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My wonderful friend Mark Pickup has rerun an essay on his blog Human Life Matters by Dr. Dianne Irving on the history of bioethics.  Irving was present at the birth of the field, dissents strongly from the …

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Ethicists give thumbs-up to infanticide

By Michael Cook If abortion, why not infanticide? This leading question is often treated as a canard by supporters of abortion. However, it is seriously argued by two Italian utilitarians and published online in the prestigious Journal of Medical Ethics last week. Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva are associated respectively with Monash University, in Melbourne, …

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