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  • Third Doctor Says Jahi McMath is Not Brain Dead, Family Wants Death Certificate Revoked

    02/16/2015 8:41:02 AM PST · by wagglebee · 65 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/16/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    According to a media report out of New Jersey, a third doctor–the others are Shewmon and Calixto–has signed a declaration stating Jahi McMath is not brain dead. The family attorney Chris Dolan says he will petition the California Secretary of State to rescind the death certificate. From the story: Dolan provided NJ Advance Media with signed declarations from four doctors, including Charles J. Prestigiacomo, director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at University Hospital in Newark and chair of the neurological surgery department at Rutgers, stating that McMath isn’t brain dead.“The brain structure evidenced in the MRI is not consistent...
  • 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...
  • The Atlantic publishes two articles normalizing pedophilia

    08/28/2013 5:04:27 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8-28-13 | Wesley J. Smith
    - I have written about this before. In our growing hedonistic culture, pedophilia is in the process of being normalized, downgraded by some from a severe sexual perversion into a mere ”orientation.” The Atlantic–mainstream media!–has two articles that push us in that direction. First, “I Pedophile,” by David Goldberg–a Canadian journalist convicted for viewing child pornography–argues that his obsession with children is a “sexual orientation:” The main query that I am convinced will always be without an answer is why I am a pedophile. It is the equivalent of trying to determine why someone is heterosexual or gay. We don’t...
  • Anti-Disabled Bigotry: It’s How You Say It?

    06/19/2013 9:16:08 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | June 19th, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    Colin Brewer, who disgustingly called for the infanticide of disabled infants some time ago, is apparently under police investigation for those comments. From the Independent story: A councillor who compared disabled children with deformed lambs that are dealt with at birth by “smashing them against a wall” is being investigated by police over his comments, it emerged. Brewer also claimed in an interview there were good arguments for killing some disabled babies with high support needs because of the cost of providing them with services…
  • Krugman Admits Rationing (Death Panels) From Obamacare

    04/05/2010 10:49:29 AM PDT · by opentalk · 27 replies · 946+ views
    Secondhand Smoke ^ | April 2, 2010, | Wesley J. Smith
    The clip below requires a little unpacking: In answering a flip, but it turns out quite good, question about “death panels,” Paul Krugman claims accurately that the cost/benefit board established over private medicine by Obamacare will be able to impose “more or less binding judgments” refusing care, and moreover, that these refusals will save “a lot of money” in the context of treating the elderly (and others, such as people with disabilities and terminal illnesses). He says that the panel will prevent treatment that isn’t “medically” useful. But private insurance companies already do that. So do Medicare and Medicaid. No,...
  • “Obsessional” Fear of Suffering Ushering in Euthanasia Culture: Prominent Bioethicist

    06/03/2009 12:54:57 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 1,002+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/3/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    LANSDOWNE, Virginia, June 3, 2009 ( - A culture that seeks to escape suffering and inconvenience at all costs will end by eliminating not only pain, but by ending the lives of those suffering or whose condition burden their families, warned bioethicist Wesley J. Smith this weekend.Smith spoke at the Second International Euthanasia Symposium held at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Virginia. The symposium was hosted by Canada's Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Reflecting on the euthanasia agenda amid the modern advances of palliative care, Smith asked, "Why now?" "We live in a time of - even despite the problems we're having...
  • More Oregon Patients Killed Via Assisted Suicide as Activists Infiltrate Hospice

    03/16/2009 1:30:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies · 789+ views
    Life News ^ | 3/16/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Salem, OR ( -- The number of assisted suicides in Oregon has increased 30 percent in the last two years and euthanasia activists themselves may have provided the reasons why. It appears members of Compassion & Choices have infiltrated the hospice system and are urging patients to kill reported on the increase earlier this month, but a Compassion & Choice press release last week provided an interesting take on the report.The group said that "nearly 100% of terminally ill individuals using the law in 2008 were enrolled in hospice.""Hospice enrollment among those using the Act increased to 98%,...
  • Another Stem Cell Disinformation Alert

    06/27/2008 8:39:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 102+ views ^ | 06.26.08
    The promoters of embryonic stem cell enterprises continue to tout soon to come “breakthroughs” accompanied by supine media coverage and inaccurate statements by “the scientists” who twist and distort scientific definitions to win a political debate. Such spin in the name of science, actually corrupts science. Latest example: Another company is claiming that “next year” it will start human ESC trials. From a column by Orange County Register “biomedical innovation” columnist Colin Stewart, who has apparently drunk the Kool-Aid. First there is his cruelly hyped headline: “ALS patients could get help from stem cells next year:” From his column:...
  • The Great Stem Cell Coverup -- Promising medical research you never hear about.

    08/07/2006 12:28:02 AM PDT · by · 18 replies · 780+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 08/07/2006 | Wesley J. Smith
    IT HAS BEEN REPEATED so often that it is now a mantra: "Embryonic stem cells offer the most promise for finding cures" for degenerative diseases and conditions such as Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injury. But saying something ten thousand times doesn't make it true. Indeed, the embryonic stem cell mantra has yet to be demonstrated scientifically. More than that, the actual data published to date in peer-reviewed science journals tell a far different story. While there have certainly been successes in embryonic stem cell experiments in animal studies--many of them hyped to the hilt in mainstream media reports--the numbers...
  • Embryo Research May Never Produce Cures: Head of UK Stem Cell Network

    04/11/2008 9:44:18 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 130+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | April 11, 2008 | Hilary White
    Lord Patel of Dunkeld, chairman of the UK National Stem Cell Network and chancellor of Dundee University, told the Scotsman earlier this week that research involving stem cells would likely lead to therapies, but that ultimately such treatments could prove too risky for human use. He also said it could be five to ten years before viable stem cell treatments were available. But even then, he observed, "We have to be cautious. It may not deliver therapy for anything. We may find that stem therapy is quite a risky business." In terms of the efficacy of stem cell cures, Lord...
  • Wesley Smith Warns Symposium About Dangerous Shifts in Medical Ethics and Practice

    12/07/2007 4:31:50 PM PST · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 179+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/6/07 | Frank Louis Monozlai
    TORONTO, December 6, 2007 ( - The American author of several highly acclaimed books on the life issues, Wesley J. Smith, spoke to the issue of "Future Concerns" at the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's international symposium in Toronto, Canada on December 1st, 2007.  Speaking near the conference's conclusion, Smith brought together the themes of the various speakers in his presentation, highlighting several key developments in the strategy of the pro-euthanasia, assisted suicide lobby, and pointing out changes in medical practices touted in some of the leading medical journals and being implemented in a growing number of hospitals.  Smith noted that a...
  • Are Some Now Understanding What Happened to Terri Schiavo Was Wrong?

    10/16/2007 3:42:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 191 replies · 234+ views
    Life News ^ | 10/16/07 | Wesley J. Smith
    Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and an attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. His latest book is Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World. I think Bobby Schindler is right.There have been a lot of stories of late about how supposedly vegetative patients could understand, or of "miraculous" awakenings by people who doctors were sure would never react consciously again. Bobby, Terri Schiavo's brother, has noticed that whatever the condition of the patient whose story is being told, the reports all have a common sub theme--the awakening, comprehension,...
  • Bush Bears Fruit: New discoveries pave the way for ethical stem-cell research

    11/26/2007 8:32:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies · 70+ views
    National Review ^ | November 20, 2007 9: | Wesley J. Smith
    Throughout his presidency, the Science Intelligentsia has castigated President Bush for placing limits on the federal funding of embryonic-stem-cell research (ESCR). Acting as if he had a banned ESCR, which of course he hadn’t, “the scientists” and their camp followers in the media and on Capital Hill accused the president of withholding cures from the ill in order to impose his religious beliefs on a reluctant public.  Little noted in all of the caterwauling, was that ESCR and human-cloning research (SCNT) have been funded bounteously — to the tune of nearly $2 billion. Not only has the National Institutes of...
  • The Good News Just Keeps On Coming: Adult Stem Cells Treat MS and Arthritis in Mice

    11/26/2007 8:14:24 PM PST · by Coleus · 131+ views
    Wesley J. Smith ^ | November 22, 2007 | Wesley J. Smith
    As we celebrate the creation and potential of induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, adult stem cell research continues to bear fruit in animal and human studies. The latest is a truly exciting find out of Stanford University: Blood stem cells taken from a donor with a healthy immune system effectively treated multiple sclerosis and arthritis in mice. From the story in the Telegraph: Thousands of patients with arthritis and multiple sclerosis are given new hope today by scientists who have developed a way to alter the immune system.Both conditions are caused when the immune system becomes faulty and attacks the body....
  • No Brakes on the Runaway Embryonic Stem Cell Research Train

    09/28/2007 3:01:04 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 56+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/28/07 | Wesley J. Smith
    Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and an attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. His latest book is Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World. Remember those quaint old days when biotechnologists told us that “all” they wanted to effectuate embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) was merely access to leftover in vitro fertilization (IVF) embryos “that were going to be tossed out anyway?” Actually, I misspeak. Those days might have been quaint but they definitely aren't old. Human embryonic stem cells were only derived in 1998; the great ESCR debate...
  • Switzerland Wrongly Pushes Assisted Suicide for Mentally Ill Patients

    02/19/2007 8:34:26 AM PST · by Coleus · 28 replies · 532+ views
    LIfe News ^ | 02.19.07 | Wesley J. Smith, Esq. Note: Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. Visit his web blog at Swiss Supreme Court recently ruled that people with mental illnesses can be legally assisted in suicide. The case came about when a member of Dignitas, an organization, which, for a fee, provides a safe house for—and assistance with—suicide, brought a lawsuit seeking the right to die.   The man does not have cancer, AIDS or other physical illness, as that term is popularly understood. Rather, he is depressed from bipolar disease....
  • Spinning Stem Cells (Was Recently Linked To At

    11/08/2006 7:33:29 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies · 796+ views
    National Review ^ | April 23, 2002 | Wesley J. Smith
    The pattern in the media reportage about stem cells is growing very wearisome. When a research advance occurs with embryonic stem cells, the media usually give the story the brass-band treatment. However, when researchers announce even greater success using adult stem cells, the media reportage is generally about as intense and excited as a stifled yawn. As a consequence, many people in this country continue to believe that embryonic stem cells offer the greatest promise for developing new medical treatments using the body's cells -- known as regenerative medicine -- while in actuality, adult and alternative sources of stem cells...
  • The Wrong Tree Embryonic stem cells are not all that.

    10/26/2006 7:32:20 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 24 replies · 678+ views ^ | May 13, 2004, 8:58 a.m. | Wesley J. Smith May 13, 2004, 8:58 a.m. The Wrong Tree Embryonic stem cells are not all that. By Wesley J. Smith Once again the media are trumpeting the call among many in Congress, pushed by millions in Big Biotech lobbying money, for President Bush to reverse his decision to limit federal funding of embryonic-stem-cell research (ESCR) to those lines already in existence on August 9, 2001. Fronted this time by the grief-stricken Nancy Reagan, and boosted by Hollywood celebrities such as Christopher Reeve, Michael J. Fox, and Mary Tyler Moore, we are warned darkly, as a recent New York Times editorial...
  • Adult Stem Cell Research More Effective Than Embryonic Cells

    05/16/2004 5:37:05 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 38 replies · 2,394+ views ^ | May, 2004 | Wesley Smith
    LifeNews Note: Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His next book, to be published in the fall, is Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World.Once again the media are trumpeting the call among many in Congress, pushed by millions in Big Biotech lobbying money, for President Bush to reverse his decision to limit federal funding of embryonic-stem-cell research (ESCR) to those lines already in existence on August 9, 2001. Fronted this time by the grief-stricken Nancy Reagan, and boosted by Hollywood celebrities such as...
  • The “Wrong” Cure

    09/09/2004 8:56:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,172+ views
    NRO ^ | September 09, 2004 | Wesley J. Smith
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version September 09, 2004, 8:35 a.m. The "Wrong" CureAdult stem cells get the shaft. By Wesley J. Smith Members of the liberal media elite have become rather choosy when it comes to advocating stem-cell cures for degenerative medical conditions. To these commentators, cures using adult stem cells just aren't the "right" cures. For stem-cell therapy to really count, it has to come from embryos. Indeed, even the most astonishing research advances using adult cells are ignored by these arbiters of public policy as if they never...
  • Adult Stem Cell Research Treats Spinal Cord Injury Patient

    09/28/2005 7:51:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 785+ views
    Life News ^ | 09.26.05 | Wesley Smith, Esq.
    Adult Stem Cell Research Treats Spinal Cord Injury Patient Note: Award winning author Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. An attorney, Smith's new book Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World was published last year. I have known about this for some time, but because I didn't want to be guilty of the same hyping that is so often engaged in by some therapeutic cloning proponents, I waited until it was published in a peer reviewed journal.Now it has been and the...
  • Paraplegic breakthrough using adult stem cells

    09/28/2005 8:30:45 PM PDT · by pending · 30 replies · 2,466+ views ^ | September 28, 2005
    Paraplegic breakthrough using adult stem cells Apparent major breakthrough with patient paralyzed 19 years Posted: September 28, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 In an apparent major breakthrough, scientists in Korea report using umbilical cord blood stem cells to restore feeling and mobility to a spinal-cord injury patient. The research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Cythotherapy, centered on a woman who had been a paraplegic 19 years due to an accident. After an infusion of umbilical cord blood stem cells, stunning results were recorded: "The patient could move her hips and feel her hip skin on day 15 after...
  • "We never say no."

    05/04/2006 9:47:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 387+ views
    CERC ^ | 04.27.06 | Wesley J. Smith, Esq.
    The right-to-die movement abandons pretense.   There is a pretense in contemporary assisted suicide advocacy that goes something like this: "Aid in dying" (as it is euphemistically called) is merely to be a safety valve, a last resort only available to imminently dying patients for whom nothing else can be done to alleviate      suffering.   Meanwhile, in the real world, the founder of the Swiss suicide facilitating organization Dignitas is just about done with pretense. The Sunday Times Magazine (London) reported that Dignitas' founder, Ludwig Minelli, plans to create sort of a Starbucks for suicide: a chain of death centers "to end...
  • Killing Babies, Compassionately

    03/26/2006 9:38:44 PM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 23 replies · 673+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/27/06 | Wesley J. Smith
    AT LAST A HIGH GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL in Europe got up the nerve to chastise the Dutch government for preparing to legalize infant euthanasia. Italy's Parliamentary Affairs minister, Carlo Giovanardi, said during a radio debate: "Nazi legislation and Hitler's ideas are reemerging in Europe via Dutch euthanasia laws and the debate on how to kill ill children." Unsurprisingly, the Dutch, ever prickly about international criticism of their peculiar institution, were outraged. Giovanardi's critique cut so deeply that even Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende felt the need to respond, sniffing, "This [Giovanardi's assertion] is scandalous and unacceptable. This is not the...
  • Harm Done: Codifying the decline of the medical profession ( The Hippocratic Oath is dead)

    03/09/2006 9:33:05 AM PST · by Coleus · 18 replies · 597+ views
    NRO ^ | 03.09.06 | Wesley J. Smith, Esq.
    Harm DoneCodifying the decline of the medical profession. In 2000, The New England Journal of Medicine reported that patients being euthanized in the Netherlands sometimes experienced significant side effects (apart from death, that is), such as nausea, convulsions, or coma. This belied the assertion oft made by euthanasia proponents that being killed by a doctor necessarily provides the euphemistic “gentle landing” of euthanasia lore.  Responding to the Netherlands report, the NEJM published an editorial authored by Dr. Sherwin Nuland, author of the bestselling book How We Die and an internationally prominent physician and bioethicist from Yale University. Nuland, a...
  • Danger Zone - (Haleigh Poutre)

    02/01/2006 7:29:10 AM PST · by Ohioan from Florida · 1,505 replies · 13,389+ views
    National Review ^ | February 01, 2006 | Wesley J, Smith
    In the court (and courts) of life and death, a little 11-year-old Massachusetts girl named Haleigh Poutre could be the next Terri Schiavo. For those who have not heard the tragic story, Haleigh was beaten nearly to death last September, allegedly by her adoptive mother and stepfather. The beating left her unconscious and barely clinging to life. Within a week or so of the beating, her doctors had written her off. They apparently told Haleigh's court-appointed guardian, Harry Spence, that she was "virtually brain dead." Even though he had never visited her, Spence quickly went to court seeking permission to...
  • Have You Heard the Good News . . .

    10/03/2005 12:14:16 AM PDT · by Hunden · 23 replies · 1,118+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 29, 2005 | Wesley J. Smith
    . . . about adult and umbilical cord blood stem cells? Probably not.WE HAVE HEARD IT STATED SO OFTEN it has become a media mantra: Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) offer the greatest hope for cures; adult and umbilical cord blood stem cells have far less potential; the Bush administration's embryonic stem cell funding restrictions have caused America to fall behind in the great international race to develop effective ESC treatments. Baloney, baloney, and pure baloney: The problems with harnessing embryonic stem cells as treatments appear to be growing, not shrinking. For example, ESC boosters used to claim that these cells are "immortal,"...
  • A "Painless" Death? (Terri Schiavo)(Distinction between disabled person vs. terminally ill)

    03/22/2005 12:25:22 PM PST · by QQQQQ · 19 replies · 917+ views
    Catholic ^ | March 2005 | WESLEY J. SMITH
    Many who support Terri Schiavo's threatened dehydration assert that removing a feeding tube from a profoundly cognitively disabled person results in a painless and gentle ending. But is this really true? After all, it would be agonizing if you or I were locked in a room for two weeks and deprived of all food and water. ======= So, why should we believe that cognitively disabled patients experience the deprivation differently simply because they receive nourishment through a feeding tube instead of by mouth? An accurate discussion of this sensitive issue requires the making of proper and nuanced distinctions about the...
  • The Radical Depth and Scope of the Cloning Agenda

    02/04/2004 10:17:54 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies · 562+ views
    National Right to Life ^ | January, 2004 | Wesley J. Smith, Esq.
    PRO-LIFE CHALLENGEBiomedical Ethics The Radical Depth and Scope of the Cloning Agenda By Wesley J. Smith Ever since embryonic stem cells were first extracted from human embryos in 1998, biotechnologists, abetted by a compliant media, have promised they would soon lead to miraculous medical cures for degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. First, we were told, all that would be needed were stem cell lines extracted from "surplus" embryos "left over" from in vitro fertilization procedures, a procedure that destroys the embryo. Then, when fears were raised about auto-immune tissue rejection, we were told that what we really...

    12/17/2004 8:24:14 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 248+ views
    NCPA Daily Policy Digest ^ | Dec. 17, 2004 | Wesley J. Smith
    California’s Proposition 71, a $3 billion initiative to fund stem cell research, is a bad idea for a state currently in a budget crisis, says Wesley J. Smith of the Weekly Standard. Additionally, the initiative is fuzzy with few checks and balances. For one thing, the $3 billion would have to be borrowed, adding another $3 billion in interest onto its price tag. Moreover, the bill is simply vague and controversial, says Smith: Prop 71 is not merely a law to permit stem cell research, but a constitutional right to human cloning, meaning any changes to its terms and conditions...
  • Harsh Medicine

    05/05/2005 12:01:28 PM PDT · by kjvail · 80 replies · 1,057+ views
    The New Pantagruel ^ | April 2005 | Wesley J. Smith
    y mother’s doctor is refusing to give her antibiotics,” the caller told me in an urgent voice. I asked why. “He says that she’s ninety-two and an infection will kill her sooner or later, so it might as well be this infection.” As disturbing as this call was, as outrageous the doctor’s behavior, I wasn’t particularly surprised. I have been receiving such desperate calls with increasing frequency for the last several years. Not every day. Not every week. But with sufficient regularity to know that something very frightening is happening to American medical ethics.
  • The New Grim Reapers - Practitioners of bioethics say who should live -- and who should die

    03/29/2005 7:58:13 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 34 replies · 649+ views
    Wesley J. Smith ^ | Wesley J. Smith
    The new grim reapers Practitioners of bioethics say who should live -- and who should die by Wesley J. Smith Sunday, June 9, 2002 ©2002 San Francisco Chronicle. Is all human cloning wrong? Should doctors be allowed to kill people in permanent comas and harvest their organs? Would it be moral to deny expensive medical procedures to the seriously ill and disabled in order to provide health coverage for the uninsured? Do elderly people have a duty to die to spare their families and communities the financial and emotional costs of their care? These and even more provocative questions are...
  • “Human Non-Person” (Terri Schiavo Is Not A Person-Bioethicist Bill Allen)

    03/29/2005 7:20:51 AM PST · by MisterRepublican · 193 replies · 3,238+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 29, 2005 | Wesley J. Smith
    My debate about Terri Schiavo’s case with Florida bioethicist Bill Allen on Court TV Online eventually got down to the nitty-gritty: Wesley Smith: "Bill, do you think Terri is a person?" Bill Allen: "No, I do not. I think having awareness is an essential criterion for personhood. Even minimal awareness would support some criterion of personhood, but I don't think complete absence of awareness does." If you want to know how it became acceptable to remove tube-supplied food and water from people with profound cognitive disabilities, this exchange brings you to the nub of the Schiavo case — the “first...
  • Ian Wilmut: Human Cloner, Creator of Dolly the sheep led to human reproductive cloning

    02/22/2005 9:48:55 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies · 354+ views
    The Daily Standard via Lifesitenews ^ | 02.16.05 | Wesley J. Smith, Esq.
    Ian Wilmut: Human ClonerHow the man who created Dolly the sheep slid down the slippery slope to human reproductive Wesley J. Smith IAN WILMUT, the co-creator of Dolly the Sheep, now intends to clone human life. This is quite a shift for Wilmut. When he and Keith Campbell entered the science pantheon with their announcement of the birth of Dolly, they forced the world to grapple with the question of whether it is moral to clone human life. But Wilmut claimed not to be interested in cloning humans. As described in his book, The Second Creation: Dolly and...
  • Stealth Cloning

    02/15/2005 11:31:09 AM PST · by tbird5 · 18 replies · 524+ views
    national review online ^ | February 15, 2005, | Wesley J. Smith
    Let's call it "stealth human-cloning legalization." It's easy to do: First, write a proposed law that you claim outlaws human cloning. But then, engage in a little slight of hand here, some redefining of a few crucial terms there, and voila! — your supposed cloning ban actually authorizes human cloning, implantation, and gestation through the ninth month. That is what New Jersey legislators did when they passed and then Governor James McGreevey signed S-1909 last year, a law that was sold to the public as outlawing human cloning but which actually permits the creation of cloned human life, and its...
  • Blinded by Science

    06/02/2003 1:46:54 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 983 replies · 1,332+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | 6/2/03 | Wesley J. Smith
    Blinded by Science Wesley J. SmithNational ReviewJune 16, 2003 Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience, & What Makes Us Human, by Matt Ridley HarperCollins, 336 pp., $25.95) This is a very strange book, and I am not quite sure what the author is attempting to achieve. At the very least it appears that he wants to shore up genetic determinism as the key factor in understanding human nature and individual behavior. Genetic determinism is rational materialism's substitute for the religious notion of predestination; taking the place of God as puppet master are the genes, whose actions and interactions control who...
  • 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,...
  • Beyond Terri's Law

    01/10/2004 1:57:09 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 17 replies · 567+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 19, 2004 | Wesley J. Smith
    IT IS THE CALM before the storm in the Terri Schiavo case. The Florida woman, who was in the throes of a court-ordered death by dehydration last October when Florida's legislature and Governor Jeb Bush intervened, continues to receive tube-supplied food and water. But this good news may not last. In December, as her family and many supporters celebrated her 40th birthday, their joy was tempered by the knowledge that powerful cultural forces are adamant that Terri Schiavo not live to see age 41. The Schiavo case was one of the most important stories of 2003. The big news wasn't...
  • The Rule of Terri's Case Strikes Again

    01/31/2004 7:36:49 AM PST · by FR_addict · 314 replies · 1,022+ views ^ | 1/30/2004 | Wesley J. Smith
    THE "RULE OF TERRI'S CASE" has struck again. The term was coined by Pat Anderson, attorney for Terri Schiavo's parents Bob and Mary Schindler, who complained: "If following a legal procedure will likely result in Terri dying, it will be adhered to. But if a procedure could make that outcome more difficult to attain, it will not be followed." Anderson's complaint has ample evidentiary support. For example, under Florida law, Terri should have a court-appointed guardian ad litem to exclusively represent her interests. But, Judge George Greer, of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, refused to allow one for Terri in the...
  • Stem Cell News That Isn't Fit For Print

    12/03/2003 9:24:36 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 540+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/03/2003 | Wesley J. Smith
    The mainstream media is ignoring promising news about adult stem cell researchMEDIA BIAS is alive and well and busily promoting the brave new world. I personally experienced the phenomenon recently when I participated in an educational symposium in Frankfort, Kentucky (along with Drs. David Prentice and John Hubert). Our purpose was to provide empirical and moral support for pending state legislation that would outlaw human cloning in Kentucky. (Similar laws have already passed in Michigan, Iowa, North Dakota, and Arkansas.) We spoke about regenerative medicine (using cellular treatments to repair injured or damaged organs), the science of human cloning (how...