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"Texas Futile Care Act" doesn't exist

As a matter of fact, the word “futile” is nowhere in the law, which is actually, Chapter 166 of the Health and Safety Code, the Texas Advance Directive Act (TADA). I have just finished a Clinical Ethics class in my work on my Master’s in Bioethics. From a critique by the instructor (a well-known, Christian … Continue reading

>"Texas Futile Care Act" doesn’t exist

>As a matter of fact, the word “futile” is nowhere in the law, which is actually, Chapter 166 of the Health and Safety Code, the Texas Advance Directive Act (TADA). I have just finished a Clinical Ethics class in my work on my Master’s in Bioethics. From a critique by the instructor (a well-known, Christian … Continue reading

Playing doctor with the White House

Who’s playing doctor with the White House: Another example of the lack of openness in the dealings of the Obama Administration (Informed consent blurb: Organizing for America, etc., along with all the White House websites, are collecting data including email and other information from everyone who visits or contacts their sites. I got a couple … 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

Warnock Answers

Dame Mary Warnock has written an essay which was published in the November 29, 2007 issue of Nature, which appears to be an apologetic for her part in the establishment of the ethics of embryonic research in the United Kingdom. The bloggers at Women’s Bioethics Project speculate that she wrote in anticipation of Parliament’s review … 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

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

Video on Emilio Gonzales

Austin Texas’ KVUE has several video news stories available on their website covering the story about Emilio Gonzales and the Texas Advance Directive Act. The report is in error because it says that the hospital makes these decisions, when the law allows the doctor to do so, and the ethics committee only determines whether the … Continue reading

Answering

Jerri, First, I want everyone to know that I pray for this baby and his mother every time I think of him. I hope the doctors are wrong – but I doubt it. There are simply too many doctors referenced in the report from the Ethics Committee for me to believe that there is a … Continue reading

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