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  • Scientists Transplant Organs for Aborted Babies Into Rats for Future Harvest (Worse than Sodom)

    03/06/2015 2:34:48 PM PST · by xzins · 62 replies
    CNS ^ | March 6, 2015 | Penny Starr
    Live Science reported in January on research being done by scientists at Ganogen, Inc., a biotech company in California, that transplants organs from aborted babies into lab rats with the goal of growing them for use in patients who need organ transplants. “Researchers say they have developed a new technique that will get more kidneys to people who need transplants, but the method is sure to be controversial: The research shows that it is feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus, and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size,”...
  • 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...
  • Exclusive: Canada to donate its own Ebola vaccine to WHO for use in Africa

    08/12/2014 6:34:36 PM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 12, 2014 7:31pm EDT | Rod Nickel
    (Reuters) - Canada will donate a small quantity of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed in its government lab to the World Health Organization for use in Africa, the country's health minister said on Tuesday. The decision to donate the vaccine came after the WHO said on Tuesday that it was ethical to offer untested drugs to people infected by the virus. The Canadian government will donate between 800 to 1,000 doses of the vaccine, with the final number given dependent on how much Canada holds back for research and clinical trials. The government will also keep a small supply in...
  • European, U.S. doctors unveil new ethical code

    02/05/2002 9:50:37 AM PST · by billorites · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | February 5, 2002 | Reuters
    London — European and American doctors unveiled a new professional code of conduct on Tuesday, an update of the nearly 2,500-year-old Hippocratic oath which is designed to help doctors meet the needs of patients in the 21st century. The professional charter aims to restore public confidence in the medical profession which has been badly bruised by cases of misconduct, to help doctors cope with ethical problems in the modern world and to re-affirm the profession's commitment to putting the needs of the patient first. Professor George Alberti, president of the Royal College of Physicians in London, described the charter, published ...
  • Denmark shocked by story of brain-dead donor’s recovery

    The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil. A documentary was aired earlier this month which showed family members reacting in anguish to the news that their 19-year-old daughter was brain dead after a car accident, agreeing to donate her organs and allowing doctors to turn off her respirator. About 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the heart-rending drama. But Carina Melchior did not die after her respirator was removed. She is now undergoing rehabilitation and may make a full recovery. About 500 people immediately removed their names from Denmark’s organ donor register. Doctors at Aarhus University Hospital...
  • Do You Need That Test? (Medical test)

    04/10/2012 1:03:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 8, 2012 | Meathead Editorial
    If health care costs are ever to be brought under control, the nation’s doctors will have to play a leading role in eliminating unnecessary treatments. By some estimates, hundreds of billions of dollars are wasted this way every year. So it is highly encouraging that nine major physicians’ groups have identified 45 tests and procedures (five for each specialty) that are commonly used but have no proven benefit for many patients and sometimes cause more harm than good. Many patients will be surprised at the tests and treatments that these expert groups now question. They include, for example, annual electrocardiograms...
  • Mom to Freeze Own Eggs So Toddler Can Create Family

    06/10/2011 11:33:24 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 38 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 10, 2011 | David W Freeman
    Moms give birth to sons or daughters - pretty straightforward stuff. But when one English toddler grows up and starts a family, her child will be her own half-sibling. At least that's the plan. The toddler, two-year-old Mackenzie Stephens, was born without ovaries, so her 25-year-old mother, Penny Jarvis, intends to freeze her own eggs so that Mackenzie can use them someday to start her own family, the Daily Mail reported. Jarvis, of Sheffield, England, told the paper she was devastated when she learned that Mackenzie would be infertile - the result of Turner Syndrome, a female-only genetic disorder that...
  • Secretary Dave Ross regarding investigation of medical excuses issued at Capitol rallies

    03/11/2011 2:20:25 PM PST · by bigbob · 10 replies
    Wispolitics dot com ^ | 3-11-11 | David W. Carlson
    The Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL) received numerous contacts from individuals expressing concern about physicians who were allegedly writing medical excuses for individuals attending rallies at the Capitol last month. DRL staff reviewed all of the correspondence and determined that 64 individuals who contacted the department had specific information that would constitute a complaint. Based on the information provided by those 64 individuals, DRL identified 11 people who have been asked to provide information to the department about their activities at the Capitol. This group includes nine licensed physicians and two unlicensed individuals. The 11 individuals have been requested...
  • City to Deploy Ambulances to Save Organs

    12/01/2010 11:21:37 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies ^ | Dec. 1, 2010 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    Some 911 calls in Manhattan will now bring out two ambulances, one hurrying to the scene and one lagging slightly behind. The first one will try to save the patient’s life. The second one will try to save the patient’s kidneys, in case the first ambulance fails. After months of grappling with the ethical and legal implications, New York City medical officials are beginning to test a system that they hope will one day greatly increase the number of organs collected for transplant. For five months starting Wednesday, the city will deploy a specially trained team that will monitor 911...
  • Human-animal hybrids in life vs. death struggle Science-fiction fantasy becomes reality in labs

    06/03/2010 11:28:30 AM PDT · by TaraP · 18 replies · 593+ views
    WND ^ | May 2thth, 2010 | Chelsea Schilling
    In what may seem more like a Hollywood science-fiction plot, as in the forthcoming movie "Splice," lawmakers are trying to prevent scientists from combining human and animal embryos to make "human-animal hybrids." In "Splice," two scientists defy ethical boundaries and splice together human and animal DNA to create a new organism, also known as a chimera.
  • Bishop Says Nun is Automatically Excommunicated ... [rubberstamping abortion]

    05/18/2010 9:52:44 AM PDT · by topher · 40 replies · 869+ views
    Monday May 17, 2010 Bishop Says Nun is Automatically Excommunicated for Rubberstamping Hospital Abortion By Peter J. SmithPHOENIX, Arizona, May 17, 2010 ( – The Bishop of Phoenix has announced that a Catholic nun and administrator of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix has automatically excommunicated herself by approving an abortion on a woman who was 11-weeks pregnant, and whose life hospital officials allege they were trying to save. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said the excommunications apply to all involved, and lambasted the hospital’s defense of their decision by comparing the ill woman’s unborn child to a...
  • Bioethics — Tough questions for us all to consider

    09/30/2009 11:22:59 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 1 replies · 632+ views
    Meadville Tribune ^ | October 01, 2009 12:05 am | James F. Drane
    After World War II, the U.S. government invested an enormous amount of money in medicine; medical research, medical procedures and medical technologies. This investment made contemporary scientific medicine into American medicine, characterized by a continuing flow of new treatment possibilities. These advances raised all kinds of ethical questions. Some were personal and individual, others were social and political. Both type questions are addressed by a new academic discipline called bioethics. The first attempt to develop a scientific medicine took place in Greece in the 5th century B.C. It was called Hippocratic medicine. Closely linked with this first scientific medicine was...
  • Organs for Sale?

    09/11/2009 8:48:13 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 355+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 11, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    Organs for Sale? by: Brittany Fortier, September 11, 2009 For those in need of a kidney transplant, it can be a difficult journey to find a willing donor. Circumstances have become so desperate for those waiting for a posthumous kidney that they sometimes resort to advertising their need on billboards and websites. Even worse, some may turn to the black market. On August 24, 2009, the American Enterprise Institute discussed these issues with Dr. Sally Satel, a resident scholar at AEI and beneficiary of a kidney transplant. Satel argued that the best way to procure more organ donations is to...
  • Melbourne Doctor: Most Donors Still Alive when Organs are Removed

    10/21/2008 3:48:35 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies · 1,284+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/21/08 | Kathleen Gilbert
    MELBOURNE, Australia, October 21, 2008 ( - A prominent Melbourne doctor has written that, contrary to popular belief, most organ donations take place before the donor is actually dead.  He argues that the vague criterion of "brain death" has blinded potential donors to the fact that their organs are often harvested while they are still alive.Pediatric intensive care specialist Dr. James Tibballs published his controversial views in the Journal of Law and Medicine earlier this month, calling upon medical institutions to review their organ harvesting guidelines to ensure that donors know that they may be volunteering to surrender their life...
  • Promoting Death: Analyzing the Language of Euthanasia, Suicide Advocates

    05/26/2008 12:10:43 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 108+ views
    Life News ^ | 5/26/08 | Ken Connor Note: Ken Connor is the chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington and a leading pro-life attorney who helped Terri Schiavo's family try to save her life. He is a former president of the Family Research Council. Even the most despicable ideas can be made palatable when euphemisms are used to spin them. That's why abortion advocates call themselves "pro-choice" rather than "pro abortion." It's also why they talk about "terminating a pregnancy" rather than "killing a baby." Controlling the language not only controls the argument, it often determines the outcome of the argument. Proponents...
  • Scientists Sucessfully Grow Heart in Lab

    01/16/2008 9:35:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 1,020+ views
    CBN News ^ | January 15, 2008 | Heather Sells
    There's new hope for the five million people in the United States who live with heart failure. Scientists say they have been able to grow a rat heart in a lab. They were also successful at getting it to start beating. About 50,000 people die each year waiting for a heart donor. But that all may change thanks to a rat heart, built by scientists at the University of Minnesota. "Everyone has cells," Dr. Doris Taylor told CBN News. "What's lacking is a way to put that together in a 3-D structure that lets you create an organ," she explained....
  • If the Test Says Down Syndrome

    11/29/2007 9:56:15 AM PST · by marthemaria · 50 replies · 106+ views
    All across the land this fall, people have been gathering to promote awareness and acceptance of Down syndrome. Central to their message is the idea that people with the condition are valued family members who lead happy, fulfilling lives. At the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scientists have been meeting to develop research agendas to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome, the genetic condition that results when a person has three copies of the 21st chromosome instead of the usual pair. But in the places where medicine is practiced, a very...
  • Is Heaven Populated Chiefly by the Souls of Embryos?

    08/04/2005 7:52:09 PM PDT · by aposiopetic · 274 replies · 5,880+ views
    Reason Online ^ | December 22, 2004 | Ronald Bailey
    Harvesting stem cells without tears What are we to think about the fact that Nature (and for believers, Nature's God) profligately creates and destroys human embryos? John Opitz, a professor of pediatrics, human genetics, and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah, testified before the President's Council on Bioethics that between 60 and 80 percent of all naturally conceived embryos are simply flushed out in women's normal menstrual flows unnoticed. This is not miscarriage we're talking about. The women and their husbands or partners never even know that conception has taken place; the embryos disappear from their wombs in...
  • Follow the Money: Stem Cells and Subsidies

    07/08/2007 8:06:38 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 276+ views
    CERC ^ | 07.04.07 | Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.
    Last week the scientific world was abuzz with the news that adult stem cells could be used to regenerate tissues and cure diseases. This week, the political world is abuzz with the news of President Bush’s veto of Congressional legislation and his own alternative Executive Order for Expanding Approved Stem Cell Lines in Ethically Responsible Ways. While the Usual Suspects are busy denouncing Bush for being anti-science, the media debate completely obscures the economic interests at stake. Big bio-tech companies stand to make money from government subsidy of embryonic stem cell research. By contrast, the use of stem cells from...
  • Tragic Catch-911 For Dying Woman (Emergency Room Meltdown...Scary!)

    06/13/2007 8:44:50 AM PDT · by truthkeeper · 123 replies · 4,336+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 13, 2007 | By Charles Ornstein and Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writers
    In the 40 minutes before a woman's death last month at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, two separate callers pleaded with 911 dispatchers to send help because the hospital staff was ignoring her as she writhed on the floor, according to audio recordings of the calls. "My wife is dying and the nurses don't want to help her out," Jose Prado, the woman's boyfriend, told the 911 dispatcher through an interpreter. He was calling from a pay phone outside the hospital, his tone increasingly desperate as he described how his 43-year-old girlfriend was spitting up blood. The Los Angeles County...
  • 6 King staffers disciplined with letters [ignored woman to death]

    06/16/2007 4:58:20 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 73 replies · 1,875+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 16, 2007
    Six staff members at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital — including a nurse and two nursing assistants — saw or walked past a dying woman writhing on the floor of the emergency room lobby last month but did not help her, according to a report made public Friday. Their discipline: a letter outlining how they should behave in the future. The six are in addition to two others whose roles have already been made public by The Times: a contract janitor who cleaned the floor around the woman as she vomited blood and a triage nurse who oversaw the whole...
  • Critical Care Without Consent

    05/27/2007 11:53:09 AM PDT · by xtinct · 31 replies · 1,068+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2007 | Rob Stein
    Ethicists Disagree On Experimenting During CrisesThe federal government is undertaking the most ambitious set of studies ever mounted under a controversial arrangement that allows researchers to conduct some kinds of medical experiments without first getting patients' permission. The $50 million, five-year project, which will involve more than 20,000 patients in 11 sites in the United States and Canada, is designed to improve treatment after car accidents, shootings, cardiac arrest and other emergencies. The three studies, organizers say, offer an unprecedented opportunity to find better ways to resuscitate people whose hearts suddenly stop, to stabilize patients who go into shock and...
  • TV programme reveals the REAL Frankensteins[USSR Cold War Science]

    01/19/2007 9:25:00 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 24 replies · 1,709+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 05 Jan 2007 | DAVID LEAFE
    Hidden deep in a Russian forest, and guarded by soldiers with orders to shoot intruders on sight, the medical research laboratories on the outskirts of Moscow were one of the Soviet Union's best-kept secrets. So the carefully-vetted journalists who were allowed past the forbidding perimeter fence on a cold February morning in 1954 were both apprehensive and curious about what lay ahead. Led to a courtyard outside an austere brick building, they waited in the bright winter sunshine to find out why they had been summoned. For a few minutes, only the sound of birdsong and the rustling of leaves...
  • 'Lab-made sperm' fertility hope

    07/11/2006 12:37:29 PM PDT · by ozidar · 21 replies · 602+ views
    Scientists have proved for the first time that sperm grown from embryonic stem cells can be used to produce offspring.
  • “Rhythm Method” May Kill Off More Embryos than Other Methods of Contraception

    05/25/2006 9:24:35 AM PDT · by gcruse · 148 replies · 3,305+ views
    NewsWise ^ | 24 May, 2006 | British Medical Journal
    [The rhythm method and embryonic death J Med Ethics 2006; 32: 355-6]The “rhythm method” may kill off more embryos than other contraceptive methods, such as coils, morning after pills, and oral contraceptives, suggests an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics.The method relies on abstinence during the most fertile period of a woman’s menstrual cycle. For a woman who has regular 28 day cycles, this is around days 10 to 17 of the cycle.It is the only method of birth control condoned by the Catholic Church, because it doesn’t interfere with conception, so allowing nature to take its course. It...
  • Embryonic Stem-Cell Researcher Admits Ethical Violation

    12/04/2005 4:44:12 PM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 943+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 12/4/05 | Amelia Wigton
    In a shocking breach of medical ethics, the leading stem-cell and cloning researcher in South Korea admitted last week that he used eggs donated by subordinates in his work. According to Nature magazine, the junior researcher “felt obliged to donate after making mistakes early in the experiment that wasted eggs and set the team back by months.” This gross abuse of position and power is a lapse that Concerned Women for America (CWA) has warned could happen, and the case demonstrates growing concerns about the ethics of research involving human cloning. Hwang became a sensation in South Korea, a...
  • Guantánamo Tour Focuses on Medical Ethics

    11/13/2005 6:30:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 336+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 13, 2005 | NEIL A. LEWIS
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 - Troubled by news accounts of medical participation in coercive interrogations at Guantánamo Bay and the resulting unease in the professional medical community, the Pentagon led an intense one-day tour of the detention camp last month, several participants said in recent days. The purpose of the trip, some of the participants said, was for the military leadership to convince the ethicists, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who visited the detention camp at the United States Naval Station in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, that what was occurring there did not violate medical ethics and was necessary to strengthen the nation's...
  • End-of-Life forum to be presented at SPC Seminole Campus

    11/09/2005 12:11:36 AM PST · by BykrBayb · 28 replies · 858+ views
    Seminole Beacon ^ | Nov. 9, 2005
    SEMINOLE – Death and dying, hospice, palliative care, advanced directives, living wills and bereavement are among the end-of-life issues to be presented by the Applied Ethics Institute of St. Petersburg College at the college’s Digitorium on the Seminole Campus on Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 to 9 p.m. The free forum will be moderated by Mary Tittle, Ph.D., RN, College of Nursing, St. Petersburg College and begin with presentations from David A. Weiland, M.D., The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast; Patricia Thieleman, Ph.D., RN, College of Nursing, St. Petersburg College; and Hanna Osman, Ph.D., College of Public Health, University of South...
  • Did 'revoked' living willkill communicative man?

    11/04/2005 3:24:09 AM PST · by 8mmMauser · 1,620 replies · 16,255+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 4, 2005 | Diana Lynne
    Family members are investigating what they consider to be suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a nursing home patient at the center of a life and death tug-of-war reminiscent of the Terri Schiavo tragedy. Seventy-nine-year-old Jimmy Chambers died in the early morning hours of Oct. 24 after the tracheotomy tubes that deliver oxygen from a ventilator to a hole in his neck became unhooked. Family members were told Chambers, a resident of the Anne Maria Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in North Augusta, S.C., apparently pulled the interlocking tubes apart. "We're having it investigated. We're just incredulous," Chambers' daughter, Deanna Potter,...
  • Patient wants to live, but old 'living will' mandates death

    10/20/2005 5:52:22 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 419 replies · 9,588+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10/20/05 | Diana Lynne
    He says he wants to live. But his wife, caregivers and South Carolina state officials are so focused on carrying out a decade-old, out-of-state living will that 79-year-old Jimmy Chambers can't get a word in edgewise. That's the account of 10 of Chambers's children and their spouses who signed sworn affidavits in an attempt to block their mother from removing his life-sustaining ventilator, which would cause his death. It's a case that's reminiscent of the Terri Schiavo controversy which captured the attention of millions around the world, in which a fault line opened up in the middle of a formerly...
  • Medical Ethicist Describes Holland's Inevitable Progress from Mercy Killing to Murder

    10/10/2005 5:03:14 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 1,025+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 10/10/05 | Mary Rettig
    Burke Balch, director of the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics of the National Right to Life Committee, says the Netherlands is no longer sliding down a slippery slope, but rather has fallen off a moral cliff as the medical community in that nation expands its euthanasia practices. He notes that the Dutch government intends to expand its euthanasia guidelines to include so-called "mercy killing" of children with spina bifida or other disabilities, as long as the parents consent. This development is horrifying, though not surprising, Balch contends, because once a price is placed on human life, the price goes...
  • Embryos Welcome: Referendum... Sets an Example (Grassroots Catholics in Italy unite to restrict IVF)

    06/16/2005 11:43:48 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 5 replies · 473+ views
    Chiesa ^ | June 16, 2005 | Sandro Magister
    Eight million at the voting booths, sixteen million at Mass. The sixteen million were boycotting the referendum... And by doing this, they were upholding a law which places some moral restrictions on IVF...[It]forbids the production of an excessive number of embryos, embryonic selection, their use and elimination, and recourse to fertilization outside of the couple. This grassroots mobilization of the Catholic world received little national media coverage, but it was responsible in great part for the result of the June 12-13 referendum. For example, Radio Maria, which is directed by Fr. Lino Fanzaga and counts six million faithful listeners, began...
  • Expert tells doctors: let youngest premature babies die

    06/05/2005 2:29:56 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 112 replies · 5,203+ views
    Times of London ^ | 6/5/05 | Sarah-Kate Templeton
    BRITAIN’S top medical ethics expert has urged doctors to let the most premature babies die, with treatment offered only in exceptional cases. Baroness Warnock believes Britain should follow Holland in setting an age limit below which babies would not routinely be resuscitated. She says this would prevent doctors competing for the “triumph” of keeping babies alive at increasingly young ages even though they may not survive in the long term or may be left severely disabled. Warnock’s comments were backed in part by Britain’s most senior paediatrician, who said the setting of a lower limit should be considered. In Holland,...
  • Radical report supports baby sex selection

    03/25/2005 6:32:15 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 4 replies · 358+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3/24/05 | Shaoni Bhattacharya
    Parents undergoing fertility treatment should be allowed to choose the sex of their baby for "family balancing", says a radical report by the UK parliament's committee on science and technology. The controversial document makes many other bold suggestions on human reproductive technologies. It does not rule out human reproductive cloning in the future; it backs the use of human-animal hybrid embryos for research; and it challenges the UK government's intention to strip the anonymity from future sperm and egg donors. "It's a very liberal and far-thinking report - that is what has caused the controversy," says Peter Braude, chairman of...
  • Born Alive babies face first House hurdle in being defined as "persons" (IL General Assembly)

    02/24/2005 2:50:03 PM PST · by Southside_Chicago_Republican · 21 replies · 4,647+ views
    Illinois Leader ^ | February 22, 2005 | The Leader Springfield Bureau
    SPRINGFIELD -- On Thursday of this week, legislation determining whether a baby born alive is to be defined as “a person” in Illinois will face its first hurdle in the state’s General Assembly. It is likely to be heard in the House Judiciary I Committee, now chaired by Chicago Democrat Rep. John Fritchey. Similar proposals have been stopped four times in the past five years, but supporters say that because the language is simplified, the odds have increased that it may be finally successful in getting through the Illinois House committee. This movement is despite resistance by Planned Parenthood and...
  • CA: 'A clash of absolutes' - Many testify in favor of doctor-assisted suicide

    02/20/2005 7:50:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 516+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/20/05 | Steve Geissinger
    AFTER THE SUICIDE of his terminally ill mother, Oakland advertising executive Kevin Smith welcomed — with great relief — his cancer-stricken father's plan for doctor-assisted death. Smith and others like him say there are powerful arguments for California to follow Oregon in adopting physician-aided suicide. The move, proposed by two legislators representing parts of the Bay Area and Los Angeles, has been criticized by individuals as a bad idea and rejected twice in California. But it has faced no formal, organized opposition so far this time. Legislation introduced this week by Democratic Assembly members Patty Berg of Eureka and Lloyd...
  • Euthanasia: Who Needs It?

    02/05/2005 5:04:20 PM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 528+ views
    The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity ^ | 1/31/05 | Sharon A. Falkenheimer
    Do people really want doctors to help them end their lives in times of pain and illness? To listen to the media or read the press, you certainly would think so. Advocates of euthanasia argue that if people are given a choice between dying in agonizing pain or undergoing euthanasia/physician assisted suicide (PAS), the preferred choice would be euthanasia/PAS. Indeed, few people would choose to die in agony, except possibly Jesus, as the recent movie The Passion of the Christ has so graphically re-enacted. However, the presentation of only these two extreme alternatives is deeply biased. Agonizing pain and euthanasia/PAS...
  • Thank you for a beautiful celebration of Life for Terri Schindler-Schiavo

    12/13/2004 6:31:19 PM PST · by phenn · 90 replies · 4,013+ views ^ | 12-13-04 | Floriduh Voter
    The following photographs were taken by Floriduh Voter on December 12, 2004. On that Sunday afternoon, family, friends, supporters and advocates of Terri Schindler-Schiavo gathered to honor her day of birth and celebrate her life. The following thumbnails will 'pop' into a new browser window. We extend our thanks to everyone who attended, to those who sent greetings and prayers and to everyone who has befriended this family in their struggle to protect their daughter's life and liberty.  Terri  41st Birthday Celebration of Life Sunday, December 12, 2004 Guest of Honor, Terri Schindler-Schiavo, was not in attendance at the...
  • Before and After: History and Modern Controversy Surrounding Plastic Surgery

    06/26/2004 3:48:05 AM PDT · by BluegrassScholar · 5 replies · 3,275+ views
    American Heritage ^ | Ellen Feldman
    Cosmetic surgery was born 2,500 years ago and came of age in the inferno of the Western Front. The controversy about it is still growing. by Ellen Feldman In A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway’s celebration of the long cocktail party that was Paris in the twenties, he pays tribute to the war veterans who frequented the Café Lilas and describes “the quality of their artificial eyes and the degree of skill with which their faces had been reconstructed. There was always an almost iridescent shiny cast about the considerably reconstructed face, rather like that of a well packed ski run,...
  • Potters Bar crash survivor makes miraculous recovery

    03/22/2004 2:57:56 AM PST · by phenn · 9 replies · 437+ views
    The Telegraph, UK ^ | 03/21/04 | Stephen Seawright
    A woman television presenter who was critically injured in the Potters Bar train crash has made a miraculous recovery - nearly two years after doctors declared her brain-dead and said that she should be allowed to die. Relatives of Tanya Liu, a 34-year-old Taiwanese-born newsreader, say they were told by British doctors that she was in a persistent vegetative state after the crash in May 2002, which killed two of her friends and five other people, and left 76 injured. Doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in north London said that Ms Liu's injuries were so horrific that there was...
  • Pope Declares Feeding Tube Removal Immoral

    03/20/2004 9:28:59 AM PST · by phenn · 268 replies · 769+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 03/20/04 | The Pope
    March 20, 2004, 11:34 AM EST VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II said Saturday the removal of feeding tubes from people in vegetative states was immoral, and that no judgment on their quality of life could justify such "euthanasia by omission." John Paul made the comments to participants of a Vatican conference on the ethical dilemmas of dealing with incapacitated patients, entering into a debate that has sparked court battles in the United States and elsewhere. The pope said even the medical terminology used to describe people in so-called "persistent vegetative states" was degrading to them. He said no...
  • Suing for the Right to Live

    03/13/2004 12:53:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 619+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 03/11/2004 | Wesley J. Smith
    Two cases of European doctors refusing to treat their patients are cause for concern: Futile Care Theory may be coming to America. A LITTLE NOTICED LITIGATION in the United Kingdom could be a harbinger of medical woes to come here in the United States. Leslie Burke, age 44, is suing for the right to stay alive. Yes, you read right: Burke, who has a terminal neurological disease, is deathly afraid that doctors will refuse to provide him wanted food and water when his condition deteriorates to the point that has to receive nourishment through a feeding tube. Burke' fears are,...
  • Terri Schiavo's Family Denied Participation a Second Time

    03/12/2004 12:19:49 PM PST · by phenn · 8 replies · 207+ views
    The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation ^ | 03-12-04 | Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation
    March 12, 2004 Today, Judge Douglas Baird denied the parents of Terri Schindler-Schiavo (Bob and Mary Schindler) intervention and participation in the constitutionality case of Terri's Law for the second time. Judge Baird had previously denied Terri's parents participation in November, 2003. Upon review of the courts previous order, the Second District Court of Appeals determined that: "In denying the Schindlers' motion to intervene, the trial court did not address either of the elements of the Morgareidge intervention rule. Although the order denying the Schindlers' subsequent motion for rehearing does use language that appears to acknowledge the Morgareidge rule by...
  • Suing for the Right to Live

    03/11/2004 2:49:25 AM PST · by phenn · 18 replies · 217+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 03-10-04 | Wesley J. Smith
    A LITTLE NOTICED LITIGATION in the United Kingdom could be a harbinger of medical woes to come here in the United States. Leslie Burke, age 44, is suing for the right to stay alive. Yes, you read right: Burke, who has a terminal neurological disease, is deathly afraid that doctors will refuse to provide him wanted food and water when his condition deteriorates to the point that has to receive nourishment through a feeding tube.
  • Terri Schiavo's Family Files Contempt Motion to Obtain Terri's Medical Info

    02/25/2004 3:40:46 PM PST · by phenn · 216 replies · 1,305+ views
    LifeNews Online ^ | 02-25-04 | Steven Ertelt
    Clearwater, FL ( -- The family of Terri Schiavo, on Tuesday, filed a contempt of court motion against Terri's estranged husband Michael. They say he is once again withholding information from them concerning Terri's medical condition, in violation of a 1996 court order. Last week, Terri began vomiting and Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, asked nursing and hospice staff what had caused it and what measures were being taken to treat Terri. Terri is currently living at Park Place Assisted Living Facility in Clearwater, Florida, and staff at the facility told the Schindlers that they were under orders from...
  • Future Of End-Of-Life Laws Unclear In Legislature

    02/14/2004 6:05:43 AM PST · by phenn · 8 replies · 235+ views ^ | 02-13-04 | Associated Press
    TAMPA, Fla. -- "Terri's Law" was actually an appropriate label for the measure passed by the Florida Legislature last fall to save the life of brain-damaged woman Terri Schiavo. Lawmakers in special session crafted the bill so narrowly as to apply only to Schiavo's unique situation. At the urging of her parents, they gave Gov. Jeb Bush authority to order a feeding tube reinserted into her stomach, six days after her husband had it removed with court permission. The unprecedented government intervention into a right-to-die case attracted national attention, aroused strong emotions on both sides and brought to the forefront...
  • Lawmakers Tackle Right-to-Die Debate (CALL TO ACTION - Georgia Residents )

    01/15/2004 5:03:11 AM PST · by phenn · 6 replies · 165+ views
    Associated Press at News 11 ^ | 01-14-04 | Associated Press
    Lawmakers Tackle Right-to-Die Debate ATLANTA (AP) -- The case of a brain-damaged Florida woman who has been the focus of a fight over whether she should die has inspired a bill in the Georgia Legislature. Terry Schiavo of Clearwater, Fla., had been kept alive artificially since 1990, and her husband said she would've wanted to be allowed to die. The tube was removed for six days in October, but then the Florida Legislature and the governor stepped in to have the tube reinserted and an independent guardian appointed for her. Schiavo is still alive. The case inspired a Georgia representative,...
  • AMA to Vote on Assisted Suicide

    06/17/2003 8:40:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies · 278+ views
    Focus on the Family ^ | June 17, 2003 | David Brody
    The American Medical Association is debating physician-assisted suicide. Some believe the group will back the controversial practice. The American Medical Association (AMA) is set to vote on a controversial measure that, if approved, would essentially endorse the practice of physician-assisted suicide. First, some background: Two years ago, Attorney General John Ashcroft ruled that drugs controlled by the federal government could not be used to assist a suicide. The issue has been tied up in the courts since, but at the time, the AMA backed Ashcroft. This resolution would withdraw the AMA's support and instead endorse physician-assisted suicide, which troubles Burke...
  • How Docs Ban Patients (Socialized Medicine Relevance)

    05/15/2003 1:19:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies · 792+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 15, 2003 | Peter H. Gott, M.D.
    DEAR DR. GOTT: How do you doctors get rid of a patient if you no longer want to see him or her?DEAR READER: This is a fascinating topic that I will address in a rather long-winded, but (I hope) interesting way. All doctors have a few truly obnoxious patients. No matter what the physician does or what methods he employs, his efforts are met with skepticism, mockery and -- sometimes -- angry confrontation. I'm sure this is as true in primitive cultures as it is in the so-called developed world. However, practitioners in different societies have diverse ways of handling...
  • Non-Heart-Beating Organ Donation

    12/07/2002 5:15:25 AM PST · by LadyDoc · 7 replies · 1,331+ views
    Voices: Women for Faith & Family, via Petersnet ^ | October 2002 | Nancy Valko, RN
    Title: Ethical Implications Of Non-Heart-Beating Organ Donation Author: Nancy Valko, RN Description: A brief history of non-heart-beating organ donation (NHBD) including the procedures and ethical implications. Whether we are renewing our driver's licenses, watching the TV news or just picking up a newspaper, it's impossible to miss the campaign to persuade us to sign an organ donation card. We see story after story about how grieving relatives have been comforted by donating a loved one's organs after a tragic death, and how grateful the people are whose lives have been changed by the "gift of life". But in the understandable...