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  • Infanticide Now “Debatable” in Bioethics

    12/15/2014 4:40:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | December 15, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    The late Richard John Neuhaus famously wrote of bioethicists: Thousands of medical ethicists and bioethicists, as they are called, professionally guide the unthinkable on its passage through the debatable on the way to becoming the justifiable until it is finally established as unexceptionable. In my over 20 years engaged in trying to push back against the bioethics movement, I have found that to be an absolutely accurate formula. Take, as one example, dehydrating the cognitively devastated to death–a slow and potentially agonizing death. That was once unthinkable, it became debatable in the 1980s, and is now unexceptional. Allowing infanticide has...
  • Horrifying: Ethicist says abortion after birth is moral

    12/14/2014 8:49:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 33 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Dec 14, 2014 | Kristi Burton Brown
    In an article for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, a well-known Canadian bioethicist – Udo Schuklenk – argues that aborting a child after birth is moral. Naturally, Schuklenk draws his own arbitrary lines as to when after-birth abortion is moral. He says that when a baby’s life contains “overwhelming pain and suffering,” it would be a moral choice. Schuklenk thinks that even future overwhelming pain and suffering should be considered, not just what a baby might currently be dealing with. And in a horrifying pro-choice statement, Schuklenk writes: The parents should be able to freely decide on what...
  • Mother Wins Case to Kill Her Disabled Daughter

    10/29/2014 12:02:10 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 45 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/29/14 | Cassy Fiano
    (LiveActionNews) — The ethical problems with euthanasia have been detailed at Live Action News extensively. People with disabilities, people suffering from mental illness, people who were just lonely or old but otherwise healthy, even children — all can be euthanized in countries like Belgium and the Netherlands. That’s not good enough for the assisted suicide lobby though, which continues to campaign for the right to kill increasingly more people, from the disabled to the poor.This slippery slope is now headed for the United States, with cancer patient Brittany Maynard saying she will kill herself on November 1, and until then,...
  • Medical Journal Pushes Killing Patients for Their Organs

    10/08/2014 12:49:48 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 42 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/8/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    To donate vital organs, a donor must be dead. Tough this is known as the “dead donor rule,” I have been warning that utilitarian bioethicists and transplant medical professionals want to shatter the DDR to permit killing living living profoundly cognitively disabled patients for their organs.Now, we see what appears to me to be a push poll type question in a study measuring popular support for such a change in the law.A push poll seeks to obtain a desired answer by the way the question is framed. Here is the question from “Abandoning the Dead Donor Rule?” in the Journal...
  • Terminally ill woman, 29, chooses to die two days after husband’s birthday

    A terminally ill 29-year-old woman has chosen November 1 as the day she will die. Shortly after her wedding in 2013, Brittany Maynard of Portland, Ore., began experiencing debilitating headaches. While on vacation with her husband in January, Brittany was diagnosed with grade II Astrocytoma, a severe brain tumor. Doctors told her she had 10 years left to live. “I have to tell you,” she says in the video, “when you’re 29 years old, being told you have that kind of timeline still feels like being told you’re going to die tomorrow.” Following the original diagnosis, doctors said her cancer...
  • Family Of Jahi McMath Petitioning Court to Have Her Declared “Alive”

    10/02/2014 8:16:22 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 49 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 10/2/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    According to the State of California, JahiMcMath has been dead since December 9, 2013, when she went into cardiac arrest after catastrophic side effects from throat surgery. Oakland Children’s Hospital doctors insisted she was brain dead, that is, she had experienced total brain failure. Under California law, brain death is dead. When the doctors stated their intention to remove the life support from Jahi, her mother sued. A brouhaha ensued. A judge appointed an independent physician from Stanford to examine the girl, and he too found she was dead. The judge declared her dead and the state of California issued...
  • San Francisco Feminism: Go Ahead, Abort Girls

    09/14/2014 6:39:39 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Debra Saunders
    Supervisor David Chiu wants San Francisco to become the first American city to oppose any ban on sex-selective abortions. It apparently has not occurred to him why no other city has chosen to do so. Journalist Mara Hvistendahl, author of "Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men," estimates that sex-selective abortions have "claimed over 160 million potential women and girls -- in Asia alone." Thus, it is rather disturbing to watch one of the most liberal politicians in liberal San Francisco grandstand in defense of a practice that devalues -- destroys, actually...
  • The Girl With Three Biological Parents

    08/31/2014 8:04:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 31 August 2014 | Charlotte Pritchard
    Alana Saarinen loves playing golf and the piano, listening to music and hanging out with friends. In those respects, she's like many teenagers around the world. Except she's not, because every cell in Alana's body isn't like mine and yours - Alana is one of a few people in the world who have DNA from three people."A lot of people say I have facial features from my mum, my eyes look like my dad… I have some traits from them and my personality is the same too," says Alana. "I also have DNA from a third lady. But I wouldn't...
  • Richard Dawkins: choosing NOT to abort baby with Down syndrome is ‘immoral’

    08/20/2014 1:15:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 80 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/20/14 | Dustin Siggins
    In a bizarre rant on Twitter earlier today, atheist Richard Dawkins wrote that choosing not to abort a child with Down Syndrome would be "immoral." The conversation started when Dawkins tweeted that "Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area." The area was abortion, which until last year was illegal in all cases. A Twitter user then asked Dawkins if "994 human beings with Down's Syndrome [having been] deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012" was "civilised." Dawkins replied "yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings." Apparently I'm...
  • What Happens to America’s Aborted Babies?: Incineration, sewers, and landfills.

    03/30/2014 12:05:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/30/2014 | PAULA BOLYARD
    Warning: graphic descriptions below.Most of us shared a collective gasp last week when news broke that aborted babies in the UK were incinerated and, in some cases, used to heat hospitals. Mike McNally wrote, It’s emerged that several National Health Service (NHS) trusts in the UK have been routinely burning the bodies of aborted babies as “clinical waste,” and that in at least two cases the remains were used to heat hospitals – an example of ruthless efficiency if ever there was one. This is what happens when the progressive left’s culture of death meets the heartless bureaucracy of socialized...
  • Burnt Babies Cry To Heaven

    03/24/2014 4:32:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as 'clinical waste' by hospitals in Britain with some used in 'waste to energy' plants. In other words, they are burning murdered and miscarried babies to heat their hospitals!!! The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found. Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat. Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the...
  • Two UK hospitals incinerated the remains of dead babies for heat

    03/24/2014 2:57:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2014 | AllahPundit
    Another 10 hospitals incinerated remains as part of standard garbage disposal protocol. Treat the unborn as “medical waste” and don’t be surprised when some facilities take that idea to its logical conclusion.The Telegraph’s headline implies that incineration was reserved for aborted babies, as some sort of final ghoulish indignity for the unwanted, but the story says the policy was broader than that. Miscarried fetuses ended up being burned too. Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’
One of the country’s leading hospitals, Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, incinerated...
  • Try, Try Again: Conn. Lawmakers Again Consider Letting Doctors Assist With Suicide

    03/16/2014 10:42:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Catherine Glenn Foster
    Last year Connecticut state senator Ed Meyer introduced a bill to create “physician-assisted suicide.” It failed, but this year he and state representative Elizabeth Ritter are trying again. H.B. 5326 would permit a competent person who is suffering from a terminal illness to “request aid in dying” through administration of prescribed medication. The bill is an affront to human life generally, but especially to elder or infirm adults and disabled individuals. For Connecticut citizens who respect life, it is unconscionable. The bill’s proponents say that assisted suicide is the compassionate answer. But an article in The New York Times summarized...
  • Woolly Mammoths Are Coming Back, Say Cloning Scientists

    03/16/2014 10:39:35 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 80 replies
    DVICE ^ | March 14, 2014 | Michael Trei
    Woolly mammoths are coming back, say cloning scientists In what sounds like it could be the plot for the next Jurassic Park movie, a team of scientists in Siberia says there's a 'high chance' that they will be able to clone a woolly mammoth. The breakthrough comes as a result of last year's discovery of an incredibly well-preserved mammoth carcass, frozen in the permafrost of Siberia's Malolyakhovskiy island. The scientists estimate that the animal is about 43,000 years old, and was 50-60 years old when it died in distress after getting stuck in the ice. In the ten months since...
  • #SaveJosh: Virginia boy's family pleads for drug to save his life

    03/10/2014 9:57:43 PM PDT · by GailA · 67 replies
    Fox Memphis ^ | 3/9/14 | Ch, 13
    imee Hardy says her son is in agony. He has battled cancer on and off, and now he's in jeopardy again due to complications from a bone marrow transplant. Doctors believe Brincidofovir could save his life, but the maker of the drug won't provide it. Chimerix is the company that makes Brincidofovir. They're facing a major ethical dilemma because they say there are hundreds if not thousands of people who need it, but if they give it to patients like Josh, it will slow down their efforts to make it widely available. They hope that will happen in 2016 if...
  • Pushing polyamorous genetic-related babies

    03/10/2014 6:51:24 PM PDT · by Coleus · 15 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3.10.14 | WesleyJSmith
    The bioethics movement grows ever more radical. In the reproductive field, many activists promote a near-absolute right to have a baby, the kind of baby we want, via any means we desire.  The UK’s John Harris is a major voice in utilitarian bioethics discourse, who believes that killing so-called human non persons is A-OK. He has now written in favor of creating children using a process known as IVG–in vitro gametes–using stem cells to create eggs and sperm, and then fertilizing via IVF. Harris extols the possibilities. For example, a single person could “self breed,” making a baby with only their own cells. Another use would be by same sex...
  • Stop fretting about 3-parent embryos and get ready for “multiplex parenting”

    03/09/2014 3:58:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    BioEdge ^ | March 8, 2014 | Michael Cook
    The controversy over three-parent embryos could soon be old hat. Writing in one of the world’s leading journals, one of Britain’s best-known bioethicists has outlined a strategy for creating children with four or more genetic parents. He calls it “multiplex parenting”.John Harris, of the University of Manchester, and two colleagues, CĂ©sar Palacios-GonzĂĄlez and Giuseppe Testa contend in the Journal of Medical Ethics (free online) that this is one of many exciting consequences of using stem cells to create synthetic eggs and sperm. (Or as they prefer to call them, in vitro generated gametes (IVG).)After the discovery of induced pluripotent stem...
  • Making Babies with 3 Genetic Parents Gets FDA Hearing (Opening Frankenstein-ian Floodgates)

    03/04/2014 11:56:48 AM PST · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Scientific American ^ | February 25, 2014 | Dina Fine Maron
    Making Babies with 3 Genetic Parents Gets FDA Hearing A reproductive technology that taps three parents’ DNA as a way to eliminate hereditary diseases could reach clinical trials if the Food and Drug Administration gives the go-ahead. Reproductive technologies that marry DNA from three individuals will receive a trial in the court of public opinion this week. Such technologies may hold promise for averting certain genetically inherited diseases passed down via mutations to mitochondria, the cell’s battery pack. Scientists have already had successes with this type of reproductive approach in monkeys and in human embryos, and are now eager to...
  • Catholic bioethicist advises caution in Jahi McMath case

    01/04/2014 7:06:47 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | January 4, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    A view of St. Paul's Hospital. Credit: Brent Granby (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “tragic” case of teenage girl Jahi McMath – now at the center of a legal controversy over brain death – shows the need to determine the facts before making ethical conclusions, says a bioethicist. “The difficulty of these cases have to be recognized, especially in terms of the human suffering of the families,” John Di Camillo of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Washington, D.C. told CNA Jan. 2. “It’s not something that's simply a clear-cut, back-and-white...
  • Which Organs Can I Live Without, And How Much Cash Can I Get For Them?

    08/31/2013 8:32:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Polular Science ^ | Aygyst 29, 2013 | Bjorn Carey
    First, a disclaimer: Selling your organs is illegal in the United States. It’s also very dangerous. Handing off an organ is risky enough when done in a top hospital, even more so if you’re doing it for cash in a back alley. No, really: Don’t do this. OK? OK. There are many organs one can theoretically do without, or for which there’s a backup. Most folks can spare a kidney, a portion of their liver, a lung, some intestines, and an eyeball, and still live a long life. That said, donating a lung, a piece of liver or a section...
  • The quest is to clone a mammoth. The question is: should we do it?

    07/14/2013 8:08:58 AM PDT · by Renfield · 45 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7-13-2013 | Robin McKie
    The idea would make headlines around the world and bring tears of joy to the planet's journalists. An adorable baby woolly mammoth, tottering on its newborn legs, is introduced to the media. Cloned from a few cells scraped from the permafrost of Siberia, the little creature provides the latest proof of the might of modern science and demonstrates the fact that extinction has at long last lost its sting. It is a fascinating prospect, one that was raised again last week when the most recently discovered carcass of a mammoth was revealed to the public in Yokohama, Japan. The female,...
  • Peter Singer: women’s right to have children might have to be sacrificed for the environment

    06/05/2013 3:46:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 77 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 5, 2013 | POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Bioethicist Peter Singer June 5, 2013 (Pop.org) - Bioethicist Peter Singer compared women and children to cows overgrazing a field and said that women’s reproductive rights may one day have to be sacrificed for the environment. He made the remarks at the global Women Deliver Conference last week, hailed as the most important meeting to focus on women and girls’ human rights in a decade. The controversial Princeton University professor, known for championing infanticide and bestiality, was a featured panelist on Thursday at the three-day Women Deliver conference attended by Melinda Gates and more than 4,000 abortion and contraception activists...
  • A Horrible Easter Anniversary: The Killing of Terri Schiavo

    03/25/2013 5:13:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 176 replies
    lifenews ^ | Debi Vinnedge
    As Holy Week begins and we reflect on the passion of Jesus Christ, it is especially appropriate to remember another person who eight years ago at this time was subjected to a tortuous, brutal and heinous death – one whose anniversary falls this year on Easter Sunday: Terri Schindler-Schiavo. And just as the Church now ushers in our new Pope Francis, I am reminded how two days after Terri’s death we also lost our Holy Father. As Pope John Paul II lay dying at the Vatican his aides would later tell the Schindlers that when he learned of Terri’s death,...
  • Arizona Man 86 given probation in the mercy killing of wife.

    04/02/2013 6:14:21 AM PDT · by wyowolf · 62 replies
    There was no doubt 86-year-old George Sanders killed his ailing wife. Yet everyone in the small Arizona courtroom — the prosecutor, the judge and even the couple's family members — agreed it was a time for compassion, not punishment. "My grandfather lived to love my grandmother, to serve and to make her feel as happy as he could every moment of their life," Sanders' grandson, Grant, told the judge, describing the couple's life together as "a beautiful love story." "I truly believe that the pain had become too much for my grandmother to bear," he said, while Sanders looked on...
  • Test of anthrax vaccine in children gets tentative OK (from presidential ethics panel)

    03/20/2013 6:56:19 AM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 19, 2013 | Sharon Begley
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A presidential ethics panel has opened the door to testing an anthrax vaccine on children as young as infants, bringing an angry response from critics who say the children would be guinea pigs in a study that would never help them and might harm them. The report, however, released on Tuesday by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, said researchers would have to overcome numerous hurdles before launching an anthrax-vaccine trial in children. It now goes to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who will decide whether to take the steps...
  • Obama Bioethics Council OKs Anthrax Vaccine Testing on Kids

    03/20/2013 11:56:21 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    LifeNews ^ | Wesley J. Smith
    I can’t imagine President Bush’s Council on Bioethics ever countenancing this, but President Obama’s bioethics advisory commission has given conditional approval to test anthrax vaccine on children! From the Reuters story: “We have to get this precisely right,” panel Chair Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, said at a news conference. “Many significant steps would have to be taken” before a pediatric anthrax vaccine trial could be considered, she said. But she added that it is important “to develop the knowledge needed to save children’s lives” in the event of an anthrax attack. Balancing the need to protect...
  • Faced with blindness, deaf twins choose euthanasia

    01/24/2013 8:04:56 PM PST · by OzarkSailor · 20 replies
    NBC WORLD NEWS ^ | 14JAN13 | Annabel Roberts
    After winning approval from the necessary authorities, the two men received lethal injections at a Belgian hospital in December. Dufour described their last moments: "They had a last cup of coffee and everything was fine. They said goodbye to their parents and brother and all was serene. They waved — and that was that." Under a 2002 law, Belgians are allowed to end their own lives if a doctor judges an individual has made his or her wishes clear and is suffering unbearable pain. The case of the twins was unusual because the two men were not approaching the end...
  • East Germany's STASI Sold Citizens to Western Pharmaceutical Companies as Human Guinea Pigs

    12/04/2012 12:21:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2012 | Allan Hall
    East Germany's secret police sold citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials • Tens of thousands tested with experimental drugs not approved in the West • One study of a drug for heart conditions saw six out of 17 patients die • Sinister practice exposed in disturbing new Germany documentary Former Communist East Germany secretly sold its citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials. Tens of thousands of sick people in the former German Democratic Republic were treated with medicines not approved in the West to...
  • Supreme Court to Decide if Human Genes Can be Patented

    12/03/2012 2:43:57 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court will decide whether human genes can be patented. From the Reuters story: The nation’s highest court in a brief order agreed to review a case over whether Myriad Genetics Inc may patent two genes linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. In a 2-1 ruling on August 16, a panel of the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., upheld the biotechnology company’s right to patent “isolated” genes that account for most inherited forms of the two cancers. Actually, my headline, Supremes to Decide Others Can Own Your Genes, is a bit misleading. If the...
  • Stem Cells Derived From Abortion Implanted Into Brains of Boys

    10/14/2012 2:48:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | October 14, 2012 | Rebecca Taylor
    The LA Times recently reported on the first successful neural stem cell transplant. Four boys have had neural stem cells injected into their brains in a trial to treat the rare genetic disorder Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease. The study is being conducted at University California San Francisco and the results published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.Or course the LA Times does not mention where these neural stem cells came from. Anytime I see “neural stem cell” I get suspicious that they have been derived from human fetal brain tissue, in other words the brains of aborted fetuses.So I dug a little...
  • Pregnancy From Sperm Frozen 40 Years Ago Highlights Problems With IVF (with a twist)

    09/03/2012 3:33:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Life News ^ | September 3, 2012 | Wesley J. Smith
    Good grief: A sperm bank is bragging that it set the record of having children born with 40 year-old sperm. From the press release, headlined “World Record Shattered:” Late in August, twin girls were born to a couple who used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to achieve pregnancy. On the surface, this may look like just another of the increasingly common success stories for the IVF industry. But this story has its own unique twist that makes it different from every other IVF pregnancy—the sperm used to fertilize the egg was frozen over 40 years ago, shattering the existing record of...
  • World's first GM babies born

    06/28/2012 3:02:56 PM PDT · by opentalk · 48 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 28, 2012 | Michael Hanlon
    The world's first genetically modified humans have been created, it was revealed last night. The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics. So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three 'parents'. Fifteen of the children were born in the past three years as a result of one experimental programme at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of St Barnabas in New Jersey. The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving. Extra genes...
  • British Bioethics Council Gives OK to Three-Parent Embryo

    06/14/2012 2:53:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | June 14, 2012 | Rebecca Taylor
    A British ethics committee has recommended going forward with creating human embryos with 3 genetic parents. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, an independent body that considers issues in biotechnology and medicine, has found the genetic engineering technique is ethical and should move forward even though the technique is currently against the law in the United Kingdom.Why would doctors want to engineer an embryo with the genetic material from 3 people? Because, it will “prevent” the inheritance of mitochondrial disease. Not all of our DNA that we inherit is in the nuclei of the egg and sperm that join at fertilization....
  • In UK survey, doctors support denying treatment to smokers, the obese

    04/29/2012 7:06:05 AM PDT · by John W · 73 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | April 29, 2012 | msnbc.com staff
    A majority of doctors in a United Kingdom survey supported measures to deny non-emergency medical services to smokers and the obese, The Observer newspaper reported Sunday. Although the survey by the networking website doctors.net.uk was a self-selecting poll, the site's chief executive called the response "a tectonic shift" for the profession. The results feed into a British debate about "lifestyle rationing" by the National Health Service, the Observer reported.
  • Dad rescues ‘brain dead’ son from doctors wishing to harvest his organs...

    04/26/2012 6:52:49 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 102 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 25, 2012 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    ...boy recovers completely Although a team of four physicians insisted that his son was “brain-dead” following the wreck, Thorpe’s father enlisted the help of a general practitioner and a neurologist, who demonstrated that his son still had brain wave activity. The doctors agreed to bring him out of the coma, and five weeks later Thorpe left the hospital, having almost completely recovered.
  • Wesley J. Smith

    04/14/2012 1:42:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 3 replies
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 4/10/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    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 direction in which it went, and was very helpful to me in researching my own critique of the field, Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America. Her essay is well worth reading. But I want to focus on one small point she made early on, a question I am often asked in my own work: What is the difference between...
  • I do not think we need more human beings on this planet: Peter Singer

    04/09/2012 4:19:02 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    Salem News ^ | 4/6/12 | Kourosh Ziabari
    (TEHRAN) - Peter Singer is a world-renowned Australian philosopher and bio-ethicist. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. Singer specializes in applied ethics and is known for his secular and preference utilitarian viewpoints. In 2004, he was recognized as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies. Peter Singer holds controversial and widely contested viewpoints regarding abortion, infanticide and euthanasia and has written several articles and books on these subjects. His 1975 book...
  • Declaring War on Newborns (The disgrace of medical ethics.)

    03/15/2012 5:01:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 2+ views
    TWS ^ | March 19, 2012 | Andrew Ferguson
    On the list of the world’s most unnecessary occupations—aromatherapist, golf pro, journalism professor, vice president of the United States​—​that of medical ethicist ranks very high. They are happily employed by pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and other outposts of the vast medical-industrial combine, where their job is to advise the boss to go ahead and do what he was going to do anyway (“Put it on the market!” “Pull the plug on the geezer!”). They also attend conferences where they take turns sitting on panels talking with one another and then sitting in the audience watching panels of other medical ethicists talking...
  • Obama agency rules Pepsi use of cells derived from aborted fetus ‘ordinary business’

    03/05/2012 2:19:36 PM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 5, 2012 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    LARGO, FL, March 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Pepsi Company, which is set to release the new product Pepsi Next in the coming weeks, is facing a more robust boycott as pro-life activists protest the company use of cells derived from an aborted fetus in flavor-enhancing research. But Pepsi has succeeded, with help from the Obama Administration, in keeping its controversial operations from consideration by its shareholders. In a decision delivered Feb 28th, President Obama’s Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruled that PepsiCo’s use of cells derived from aborted fetal remains in their research and development agreement with Senomyx to...
  • After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?

    03/01/2012 10:15:12 AM PST · by robowombat · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Journal Of Medical Ethics ^ | Nov 2011 | Alberto Giubilini, Francesca Minerva
    J Med Ethics doi:10.1136/medethics-2011-100411 Law, ethics and medicine Paper After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? Alberto Giubilini1,2, Francesca Minerva3,4 + Author Affiliations 1Department of Philosophy, University of Milan, Milan, Italy 2Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 4Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Oxford University, Oxford, UK Correspondence to Dr Francesca Minerva, CAPPE, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia; francesca.minerva@unimelb.edu.au Contributors AG and FM contributed equally to the manuscript. Received 25 November 2011 Revised 26 January 2012 Accepted 27 January 2012 Published Online...
  • When Is It Okay to Kill a Zombie? (The Ethics of Zombie Killing)

    02/12/2012 9:20:07 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    IO9 ^ | February 11, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    When is it okay to kill a zombie? The Walking Dead returns tomorrow night in the wake of a moral dilemma: Should zombies be killed on sight, or quarantined as sick humans? We look at some of the issues surrounding zombie murder, and want to hear what you think about the ethics of killing these infection-spreading cannibals. We open at the beginning of the zombie pandemic. There are rumblings of an infection on the news, of people who have turned suddenly violent and spreading disease through their bites. You look out the window and see a bloody-mouthed being shuffling in...
  • Simply abandon the ‘norm against killing’ to solve organ transplant problem: leading US bioethicists

    02/08/2012 1:15:20 PM PST · by NYer · 42 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 8, 2012 | Hilary White
    February 8, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The conundrum faced by the organ transplant industry, that the removal of vital organs kills the “donor,” can be “easily obviated by abandoning the norm against killing,” two leading U.S. bioethicists have said. In an article titled, “What Makes Killing Wrong?” appearing in last month’s Journal of Medical Ethics, the authors have moved the argument forward by admitting that the practice of vital organ donation ignores “traditional” medical ethics. “Traditional medical ethics embraces the norm that doctors … must not kill their patients. This norm is often seen as absolute and universal. In contrast, we...
  • The Danger of a New Medical Care 'Bioethics'

    12/26/2011 1:47:28 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 26, 2011 | Jerome Arnett, Jr. MD and John Dale Dunn, MD
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, ACA, or "Obamacare"), signed into law March 2011, in the near term creates more than 100 new health care bureaucracies, a large increase in taxes, and new government expenses of $500 billion. Most importantly, however, it will create an incentive and penalty regime for health care institutions and professionals that will compromise traditional professional medical ethics. Embedded in PPACA is a system of mandates and incentives derivative of guidelines for efficient patient care that means some rationing. An example most often raising objections in the public discussion of PPACA is the Patient...
  • ‘Flower on the door’ used to mark abortions at Catholic hospitals: doctor

    08/01/2011 5:11:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/29/11 | Kathleen Gilbert
    FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, July 29, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - When a child is delivered stillborn, a small flower or other token often marks the door of the mother’s recovery room to help staff recognize the loss. According to one Catholic doctor, the same symbol was used in at least one Catholic hospital where doctors routinely induced labor to hasten the death of a child diagnosed with a genetic defect - a practice she says occurs in “a handful” of Catholic hospitals across the United States. Dr. Lorna Cvetkovich told a bioethics conference at Christendom College in Virginia this month about her...
  • Wesley J. Smith: At the Bottom of the Slippery Slope - Where euthanasia meets organ harvesting

    06/26/2011 11:31:17 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/4/11 | Wesley J. Smith
    In 1992, my friend Frances committed suicide on her 76th birthday. Frances was not terminally ill. She had been diagnosed with treatable leukemia and needed a hip replacement. Mostly, though, she was depressed by family issues and profoundly disappointed at where her life had taken her.Something seemed very off to me about Frances’s suicide. So I asked the executor of her estate to send me the “suicide file” kept by the quintessentially organized Frances and was horrified to learn from it that she had been an avid reader of the (now defunct) Hemlock Quarterly, published by the aptly named Hemlock...
  • BBC Receives Heavy Complaints Over Airing of Assisted Suicide

    06/17/2011 2:13:27 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 11 replies · 1+ views
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/15/11 | Steven Ertelt
    The BBC has received hundreds of complaints from views over a program it aired Monday night showing an assisted suicide of a person killing himself at a suicide tourism facility in Switzerland. The program featured footage of a man dying at a Dignitas suicide tourism clinic in Switzerland and it was hosted by Sir Terry Pratchett and it showed millionaire Peter Smedley taking a lethal cocktail of drugs that resulted in his death. Almost 900 people contacted the BBC to complain while just 82 supported the showing of the program. Four senior peers complained abotu the program and accused the...
  • Beach Boys to Headline Second Terri Schiavo Benefit Concert

    03/23/2011 10:05:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Life News ^ | March 22, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    After country music star Randy Travis thrilled listeners at a concert last year to raise funds for the Terri Schiavo foundation, the Beach Boys are heading up the concert this time around. The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is using the concerts as a way to raise critically-needed funds to support its work helping disabled patients like Terri and their families as the next step of their mission following Terri’s death. She was killed by her husband, who won a highly-disputed court order allowing him to remove her feeding tube and take her life during the course of a...
  • No ‘moral certainty’ that brain death is really death: prominent Catholic ethics professor Brugger

    02/05/2011 1:38:29 PM PST · by wagglebee · 30 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/4/11 | Hilary White
    ROME February 4, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A prominent American professor of Catholic medical ethics has said that in “brain death” criteria there is no “moral certitude” that a patient is really dead, a condition laid out by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI as necessary for removing organs. The available evidence, he said, “raises a reasonable doubt that excludes ‘moral certitude’ that ventilator-sustained brain dead bodies are corpses.” Professor E. Christian Brugger, a Senior Fellow of Ethics at the Culture of Life Foundation gave this judgment in a question and answer article published today by the Rome-based news...
  • Couple Aborts Twin Boys Because They Want a Girl Using IVF

    01/13/2011 10:23:00 AM PST · by Coleus · 26 replies
    politics daily ^ | 01.09.11 | David Gibson
    The story of an Australian couple who aborted twin boys because they want to use IVF to ensure they have a daughter is attracting a lot of attention, especially among pro-lifers, and understandably so since the case seems to foreshadow an ethics-free future of eugenics.  But the couple, who want a girl to replace the infant daughter they recently lost, is so far still barred by Australian law from pursuing their quest for a female baby. The state of Victoria, where the unnamed couple lives, does not allow sex selection using IVF unless it is done to avoid the risk...
  • Assembling the Global Baby

    12/14/2010 4:55:32 PM PST · by lastchance · 1 replies
    WSJ online ^ | December 10, 2010 | Tamara Audi and Arlene Chang
    "...Mr. Rupak is a pioneer in a controversial field at the crossroads of reproductive technology and international adoption. Prospective parents put off by the rigor of traditional adoptions are bypassing that system by producing babies of their own—often using an egg donor from one country, a sperm donor from another, and a surrogate who will deliver in a third country to make what some industry participants call "a world baby." "...Mr. Rupak is learning to navigate the uncharted nature of his field—the stateless babies, the ethical complexities. His expansion to Greece, a European Union member nation, is specifically intended to...