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Nature nurtures debate on namesake

Josh Carter, over at the Bioethics.com blog, comments on the editorial in the April 10th issue of Nature, (subscription only. Joe quoted some but let me know if you need the full text) which uses news of a transgendered (but not transexual) pregnant and bearded woman to ask the age-old question, what is “natural” and … Continue reading

Gynecology and Obstetrics Policy makers respond to doctors on conscience

It appears that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and ABOG (the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists may be about to abort their efforts to change laws concerning conscientious refusal in Washington. It remains to be seen whether they will deliver on their promise to support — without limits – the Conscientious Refusal … Continue reading

>"Expelled" Producers make silly, ironic mistake

>The producers of the movie “Expelled” owe PZ Meyersa lifetime pass to the movie. And they really need to attend and pass a logic class. Dr. Myers, a scientist who researches cephalopods, and one of the men interviewed for the movie, was escorted by security from a free event that included a preview of the … Continue reading

Brain Death

Wesley Smith is blogging around the Web on the sad death of a 50 year old Atlanta man whose family took the doctors and hospital to court. Wesley rightly notes the poor communication. The reporter is indeed a very bad communicator. I wonder about the reliability of the whole story because of the reporter’s description … 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

Colorado’s Human Life Amendment

Although Time Magazine, the Denver Post and the blogs insist on calling it the “fertilized egg rights” law, Colorado’s State Supreme Court has approved the wording for a proposed “Human Life Amendment.” The proponents of the amendment need 76,000 signatures in order to get the initiative on the November, 2008 ballot. The Chicago Tribune reporter … Continue reading

>Politics Bites (Creation, Evolution and the TEA)

>Chris Comer, Director of Science Curriculum for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) sent out an email from her State account that was blatantly political in nature and which she knew was a bad idea. Surprise! So did her bosses. She made the political move, and got fired for it. Really, advocating a lecture titled, “Inside … 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

>Biographic article on Yamanaka

>Here’s a cute biography of Shinya Yamanaka, lead researcher from the Japanese team that reported reprogramming of adult cells into embryonic-like stem cells. As an M.D. myself, I find it interesting that, unlike veterinarians James Thomson of Wisconsin and Time Magazine Person of the Year, Hu Suk Hwang, Dr. Yamanaka is a human doctor, trained … Continue reading

>Government mandated healthcare is government-controlled healthcare

>According to this article from the Associated Press, Hillary Clinton envisions a day when you will have to show proof of insurance to your employer prior to being hired for a job. By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer Tue Sep 18, 12:59 PM ET WASHINGTON – Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that a mandate … Continue reading

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