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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

Why Ethics?

Presentation to Texas GOP Vote in Austin, Texas, March 25, 2011 If you crack the egg of a bird on the Endangered Species List, it won’t matter that the bird was a fetus or embryo. You’ve still broken Federal law. Why is the species of an (unhatched) animal so clear cut under law, but human … Continue reading

Politics bites science

For a clear outline as to why you shouldn’t believe that 45,000 people die each year because they don’t have insurance, read the blog entry by John Milloy, publisher of “Junk Science” on last week’s report in the American Journal of Public Health. Forget that the authors are blatantly biased members of the “Physicians for … Continue reading

>Global Warming Ate the Science

>The next time you hear about anthropogenic global warming or global climate change, demand to see the data. It no longer exists. I’ve been a skeptic all along, because I remember the warnings about the “coming ice age,” that I read in my “Weekly Reader,” back in grade school. (In the dark ages of the … Continue reading

Upside down ethics

That last post definitely points out the mess of current bioethics: Autonomy as the first principle, before the more traditional “Heal when possible, but first do no harm.” Is the purpose of medicine to give the patient what he or she wants, or is it to save lives and restore or maintain health? As I’ve … Continue reading

>On Conscience: Philosophical, not Scientific or Medical Debate

>Some of you may have already seen this transcript from the September ’08 President’s Bioethics Council meeting. Three physicians gave testimony on September 12th, including Dr. Farr Curlin, Dr. Howard Brody, and (from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, although she says she’s not there as an ACOG representative) Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly. Council … 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

>Dr. Nurse? Why not just Doctor?

>Get ready for Dr. Nurse, who will call himself/herself “Doctor,” but who, after 4 year bachelor’s degree in nursing, has gone to the Doctor of Nursing school for two years with a one year internship — that’s compared to the 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, followed by at least 3 years … Continue reading

>"Objectivity is Bias" (meaning, healing, integrity)

>Our recent conversation about conscience and medicine and the ongoing conversation about science and controversies is reflected in the NPR “Speaking of Faith” replay of an interview with, and publication of an essay by, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen. (The outline and much of the story is available in text, here.) “An answer is an invitation … Continue reading

>Doctors, Abortion and Conscience

>The debate on medical ethics has definitely moved from “Our Bodies, Our Choice,” to “My Choice, You Don’t Have a Choice.” Autonomy, the “I want” ethics, trumps the right to life, the right to liberty and the physician’s duty to do no harm. Where once laws were written to punish doctors who harmed patients, doctors … Continue reading

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