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  • Wesley J. Smith: “Right to Die” Means a Physician Duty to Kill?

    09/05/2009 1:59:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 643+ views
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 9/3/09 | Wesley J. Smith
    Bioethicist Jacob Appel can be relied on to promote the most radical bioethics agendas, assisted suicide for the mentally ill, fetal farming, you name it.  And now he has argued that if Montana affirms a constitutional right to assisted suicide in Montana, the state has a duty to make sure that doctors are willing to do the deed.  Why?  Doctors have a monopoly on a limited commodity–the practice of medicine–and hence they should be able to be forced to participate in the taking of patients’ lives in assisted suicide. From his column: However, it [medical license and professional autonomy]...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Death on Demand, The assisted-suicide movement sheds its fig leaf

    07/08/2007 7:42:19 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 420+ views
    CERC ^ | 07.07.07 | Wesley J. Smith, Esq.
    Should laws against assisted suicide be rescinded as "paternalistic?" Should assisted suicide be transformed from what is now a crime (in most places) into a sacred "right to die"? Should assisted suicide be redefined from a form of homicide into a legitimate "medical treatment" readily available to all persistently suffering people, including to the mentally ill?   According to Brown University professor Jacob M. Appel, the answer to all three of these questions is an unequivocal yes. Writing in the May-June 2007 Hastings Center Report ("A Suicide Right for the Mentally Ill?"), Appel argues in that assisted suicide should not only...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Big Biotech's Voracious Appetite: Forget the old stem-cell research debate-the goal posts have moved

    11/16/2004 11:22:03 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 755+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/16/2004 | Wesley J. Smith
    Forget the old stem-cell research debate--laws in New Jersey, Illinois, Delaware, and California have moved the goal posts into brave new territory.EVER SINCE President Bush limited federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research to existing cell lines, the mainstream media has obsessed about the perpetual political campaign to overturn his policy. But this is a mere dustup, a tempest in a teapot compared to the far more consequential story begging to be told of the radical and ambitious political agenda being pursued furiously by Big Biotech at the state level. Back in those quaint old days of 2001, biotechnologists told us...
  • Another Cloning "Breakthrough", The World's First Phony Stem Cells

    12/28/2005 8:47:54 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 434+ views
    the weekly Standard ^ | 01.02.06 | Wesley J. Smith, Esq.
    In February 2004, Woo--Suk Hwang made world headlines when he claimed to have cloned human embryos using a technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer, and then to have derived a line of stem cells from the embryos that could be used for medical research. Enthusiasm for this first "successful" experiment in human cloning, published in the prestigious peer--reviewed journal Science, was tempered by the inefficiency of the process: It took 242 human eggs to get just one embryonic stem cell line.That problem seemed solved when, last May, Hwang published another article in Science asserting that he had again successfully...
  • 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,"...
  • 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...

    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...
  • 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...
  • Dehydration Nation

    02/25/2004 3:20:48 PM PST · by Federalist 78 · 100 replies · 3,984+ views
    The Human Life Foundation, Inc ^ | Fall 2003 | Wesley J. Smith
    For more than ten years, conscious and unconscious cognitively disabled people who use feeding tubes have been legally dehydrated to death in the United States. This intentional life-ending act-clamping feeding tubes and denying all sustenance-has become so ubiquitous that, generally, little attention is paid. This public indifference was shattered by the Terri Schiavo litigation, an epic legal, political, and media struggle that pitted Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, against her quasi-estranged husband, Michael Schiavo. At stake was whether Terri would live, as fervently desired by her parents, or die by dehydration as demanded by her husband. (I shall explain...
  • 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...
  • Wesley Smith, Esq. (Pro-Life Ethicist) on Coast to Coast AM Radio Show, Right Now

    12/29/2004 11:01:37 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies · 713+ views
  • Playing Word Games With Human Cloning, Stem Cell Research

    12/28/2004 12:01:30 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 375+ views ^ | December 27, 2004 | Wesley J. Smith 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 in the fall. IMAGINE the difficulty of engaging in a political debate in front of an audience that didn't speak your language. Empirical analysis would mean nothing: What use would be the marshaling of facts and evidence when your audience wouldn't be able to understand what you were saying? And as for the art of persuasion, forget about it....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Will Promising Court Ruling Lead the Way to Saving Terri Schiavo's Life? (Wesley J. Smith)

    02/18/2004 2:05:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 140+ views ^ | 2/18 | Wesley J. Smith
    Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, an attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture."The darndest thing just happened," an early morning caller who is close to the Schiavo case enthused on my voice mail. "The Second District Court of Appeal actually decided to start applying the law." That would be big news. One of the most outrageous aspects of the Terri Schiavo debacle has been the almost universal adherence by the trial and appellate courts to the "The Rule of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Continent Death

    12/23/2003 1:34:11 PM PST · by redgolum · 38 replies · 268+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 12/23/03 | Wesley J. Smith
    Continent Death Euthanasia in Europe. By Wesley J. Smith Too many people think with their hearts instead of their brains. Wanting the world to suit their desires, when faced with hard truths to the contrary, they refuse to face facts they don’t want to believe. This common human failing has a name: self-delusion. Self-delusion is rampant in the euthanasia movement. Most proponents recognize that it is inherently dangerous to legalize killing. But they desperately want to believe that they can control the grim reaper. Thus, they continue to peddle the nonsense that "guidelines will protect against abuse" despite overwhelming empirical...
  • 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...
  • Terri Schiavo Debate Prompts Pro-Lifers to Protect Themselves

    11/03/2003 3:29:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 357+ views ^ | November 3, 2003 | Steven Ertelt
    Pinellas Park, FL ( -- Pro-life groups have always urged people to protect themselves from a denial of lifesaving medical treatment. However, the debate surrounding Terri Schiavo has dramatically re-emphasized the need to make the desire for appropriate medical care known beforehand. Wesley Smith, a leading pro-life attorney who specializes in bioethics issues, says people should make their wishes known beforehand. "I think people need to create advanced directives in which they say, 'I don't want to be dehydrated to death and have my food taken away if I become cognitively disabled,'" Smith explained. "We always hear about doing away...
  • Coast to Coast AM Live Thread (Terri Schindler Schiavo and "Slippery Slope"

    10/13/2003 10:09:07 PM PDT · by litany_of_lies · 122 replies · 923+ views ^ | October 13, 2003 | Announced on Web Site
    WEB SITE ANNOUNCEMENT: Please listen to Coast to Coast AM late night Monday, October 13 to hear from special guests Wesley J. Smith and David Kirkland. Mr. Smith is the acclaimed author of "Forced Exit - The slippery slope from assisted suicide to murder" and has worked tirelessly to expose the culture of death and how it affects all of us. Mr. Kirkland is certified as a guardian in the state of Florida and has spent the last several years investigating serious miscarriages of justice within the system. This program airs from 1.00am until 5.00am ET and you can find...
  • Legalized Murder: Terri Schiavo and Death by Starvation

    09/22/2003 9:34:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies · 1,320+ views ^ | Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003 | Phil Brennan
    Increasingly across America, the sick and elderly, some with terminal illnesses, are being murdered simply by withholding food and water. When a new edition of his book "Forced Exit, The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder" was published, author Wesley J. Smith couldn’t have known that America was so far down that slope that Florida courts were ordering the killing, in a most barbaric way, of a disabled but conscious woman. Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and an attorney and consultant for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, wrote the first version...