medical ethics

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Page 425 (end of life counseling)

I received several emails over the last few days concerning page 425 of the House Bill on Health Reform, HR 3200, which outlines mandatory end of life “options” counseling. Technically, it appears on the surface to allow doctors (and other “providers”) to charge for the counseling. But, yes, it’s mandated counseling and in the wrong … Continue reading

ABC explains the Obama Administration

ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper has written an article, “When Academic Words Become Political Ammunition,” that gives an anonymous “White House official’s” rebuttal to the many concerns expressed about President Obama’s choices for advisers and “czars” who will affect the shape of health care policies. He attempts to debunk criticisms of the … Continue reading

Myth: doctors take out tonsils needlessly

Then, there’s the charge that doctors will needlessly take tonsils out. First, it’s unlikely that your Family Physician or Pediatrician does surgery. Second, I don’t think the ENT’s are getting paid for these anymore, unless they jump through hoops to prove that they’re not over-doing it. AP: In trying to rally support for health care … Continue reading

New England Journal of Medicine plays conscience politics (“Trust me, I will act against my conscience,” cont’d)

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a “Commentary” by a lawyer who has worked for Planned Parenthood, concerning the practice of medicine and conscience. I don’t like to publish entire articles from subscription-only sources (especially one written by a lawyer), but this serious breach of ethics on the part of the NEJM should … Continue reading

Whose life is it, anyway?

  Trait selection in babies “is a service,” says Dr. Steinberg. “We intend to offer it soon.” Whoops, someone noticed that some of this reproductive technology stuff might not be ethical. Talk about controlling parents! Eugenics is a done deal. The cat’s out of the bag. There’s no going back. (Don’t think about the 14th … Continue reading

Texas teens form pro-life club

And, it seems that the kids in Coppell, Texas (near Dallas) are only “anti-abortion” because of the undue influence of their families and churches. From the Dallas Morning News: Abortion rights advocates say it’s even harder for them to organize high school students because of the focus on abstinence. “We’re up against a movement that … Continue reading

>The (manufactured) Stem Cell Debate at Dartmouth

>I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a report on a presentation that allowed half the space for “debate,” after the fact. The Stem Cell Debate at Dartmouth Sunday, November 16, 2008 Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. was recently invited to give a lecture entitled “Stem Cells and Cloning: Understanding the Scientific Issues and the Moral Objections” … Continue reading

>More on the Obama Transition Team

>Many of the coordinators of the Agency Review Teams and the Working group members have already been reviewed by Daily KOS-er “joehoevah,” here. This is not my usual referral, and he doesn’t look for the connection to Podesta, but I couldn’t demonstrate the left-leaning nature of this team nearly as well. (Let me know if … Continue reading

Science: “A call to serve”

Some of you may know that I served on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women from 2002 through the end of 2005. Attorneys General Ashcroft and Gonzales and Secretaries of Health Thompson and Leavitt were co-chairmen during their terms. They and the Office on Violence Against Women were more interested in protecting the … 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

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