Physician Assisted Suicide

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Conscience upheld in Arizona Courts

Without a conscience, what is a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist except a technician willing to follow the whims of law? (Again, this is not sound-bite material!) I received an e-mail from the American Defense Fund concerning the lawsuit against the State of Arizona by Planned Parenthood over a law to protect those of us in … Continue reading

Obama moves to overturn Conscience rules

For a couple of years, LifeEthics has covered the conscience of physicians and what it would mean if a doctor, nurse or hospital were to be forced to go against their consciences. My review is here. From the LA Times, we learn that President Obama plans to rescind the ruling clarifying conscience laws in force … Continue reading

>Washington State passes assisted suicide law

>Washington has joined Oregon in legalizing “physician assisted death.” From the Wall Street Journal blog post on the initiative: A state measure known as Initiative 1000 passed by a margin of 59% to 41%, making it legal for doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication for patients with less than six months to live. … Continue reading

Washington Post Addresses Our “Birth Control Fears”

As well as our fear of death and homophobia, in today’s article, “Birth Control fears addressed.” Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt has denied that a controversial draft regulation would redefine common birth control methods as abortion and protect the rights of doctors and other health-care workers who refuse to provide them. In a … Continue reading

Wesley Smith on Toronto Conference on End of Life

Wesley’s report is at his blog, Secondhand Smoke. The medical interventional suicide or “Physician Assisted Suicide” (PAS) offers a false sense of control to people who are actually the healthiest of the patients who know that they are nearing the end of life. It’s false because before legal medical regulations can be used to “help” … Continue reading

Emotional Debate on “Physician Assisted Suicide”

On Tuesday night, November 26th, I drove to Houston to hear Wesley J. Smith, debate Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) with Kathryn Tucker, the Director of Legal Services for Compassion & Choices, which was once the old Hemlock Society and then Compassion in Dying. Mr. Smith is the author of The Culture of Death and Forced … Continue reading

>Wesley Smith reviews Physician Assisted "Suicide"

>, the blog of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity published Wesley Smith’s excellent review of a British report on so-called “Physician Assisted Suicide.” PAS is not medicine in any sense of the word. Medicine, at the very least involves the intention of bringing health to the body and relief from unpleasant symptoms. It … Continue reading

“Back Alley Death” (“Physician Assisted Suicide” )

Oregon and Vermont – extremes on the map and extremes on medical ethics. But this is the first time that I’ve heard that doctors should give patients a deadly prescription to prevent a “back alley” death. How many of us really want our Family Doctor to be proficient in killing? Or, in over-riding his or … Continue reading

Politics and Bioethics Conference Wrap-up

In sessions titled “The States and Bioethics: Stem Cells” and “The Endarkenment: Bioethics in a Time of NeoConservatism,” I spent the last few days surrounded by self-proclaimed “liberals,” “progressives,” “leftists,” and “women.” (I know, I’m a woman, but evidently not their kind of woman.) Seriously: it seemed very important to most of the speakers to … Continue reading

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