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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

>Ethics, Conscience and Cheating

>Is there a difference between matters of conscience and things you shouldn’t do? If there is something that would just get you in trouble but you don’t believe it’s wrong, how do you decide what to do? The blog, Adventures in Science and Ethics, is one of the ScienceBlogs that I follow. (I love her … Continue reading

>CNN objects to conscience

>This subject again. CNN, that bastion of upstanding plants ethics, objects to doctors with morals – or at least the ones who act on them. The CNN video (not a “news piece”) shows interviews with a woman who was refused contraception by one doctor and a second interview with another doctor who is Catholic and … Continue reading

>Christian Medical Association on Right to Conscience

>If the scientist or doctor is driven by curiosity (and a desire for her own set of money making patents?) or because “it’s legal” and patients want it, where do we draw the line between preference, opinion and conscience? We’ve been discussing the significance of ethics and conscience at here at, the Women’s Bioethics … Continue reading

>Laws, conscience, medicine and bloggers

>In contrast to the hype that you might read on blogs and in the press, the Federal District Court judge in Washington has upheld the law of that State. The basic right to not be forced into action that one considers unethical or immoral – the right to liberty – was upheld first, by the … Continue reading

>Watson un – reasonable

>Dr. James Watson, the man who is credited with discovering the structure of DNA, along with Francis Crick and Rosalin Franklin, has lost his laboratory and much of his status as a respected science icon after allegedly making racist remarks. From the Times Online (London, UK): In his interview Watson had said that he was … Continue reading

>AMA editorial on Partial Birth Abortion Ban

>I would like to respond to the Commentary by Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, “Abortion Politics: Clinical Freedom, Trust in the Judiciary, and the Autonomy of Women.” in the Journal of the American Medical Association, October 3, 2007.(behind a pay wall) Declaring that the Supreme Court’s consideration of the “respect for the dignity of human life” … Continue reading

Saletan stirs up bioethics blog

Wesley Smith’s “Secondhand Smoke” and Science Blog’s “Denialism Blog” both comment on William Saletan’s latest Slate column, “Rights and Wrongs: Liberals, progressives, and biotechnology.” I have to admit, that while I find Saletan slightly disorganized at times, he manages to make quite a few people disagree with him, and does it so well. You need … Continue reading

Ethics statments from the AMA and CMDA

Last month, I wrote about the Christian Medical and Dental Association’s ethics statements. There’s a comment about them in last weeks’ CMDA “News and Views.” See Dr. Robert Scheidt’s comments, with the links to the three ethics statements that were approved at this year’s CMDA House of Directors. This week, we have the NEJM article … Continue reading

>Christian Docs’ Ethics on The Moral Worth of Human Life

>Yesterday, at the annual meeting of the House of Representatives of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, three statements on ethics were approved. I don’t have all of the text or the final versions of any of them at this time and will report on them in more detail later, but I would like to … Continue reading

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