December 2010

Predictions in Bioethics for 2011

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBCMy, how time flies. It seems only yesterday that I issued my predictions for 2010. That turned out pretty well. But the prediction business is never done. Time marches on, after all, and eventually old predictions become about as interesting as yesterday’s newspaper.So, once again and […]

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New South Wales, Australia, to Ban Overseas Surrogacy

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The problem of biological colonialism, in which the rich exploit the bodies of the destitute — for organs, as surrogate gestating units, and for eggs, etc. — has got to be stopped. It is exploitation of the most crass kind. And now, New South Wales, […]

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Lead Into Gold: Human IPSCs Restore Mobility to Paralyzed Monkey

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Wow. Japanese scientists claim that they restored mobility to a paralyzed monkey–note the need for using animals in research–with human induced pluripotent stem cells. From the story: Japanese researchers said Wednesday they had used stem cells to restore partial mobility in a small monkey that […]

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Embryonic Stem Cell Funding Appeal Arguments Heard

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC We have previously discussed the injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, who ruled that President Obama’s embryonic stem cell funding policy violated federal law. That funding cutoff was stayed on appeal, the oral arguments of which were heard Monday. From the story: U.S. […]

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A Message from Jennifer . . .

The support many of you have offered the CBC over the past ten years has been remarkable. I often reflect on the amazing opportunities your efforts have made possible: conferences, lectures, debates, films, political advocacy, working with groups all around the world—the CBC has continually stood firm for human dignity throughout a decade of biotechnological […]

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Swiss Court Effectively Legalizes Active Euthanasia

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I have warned and warned that legalizing assisted suicide leads directly to permitting active euthanasia, as I once put it, like the left leg follows the right, while walking. And now, in Switzerland, a court has taken the poisonous leap. From the story: A regional […]

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“Ashley’s Treatment:”Bioethicists Decide “Ethically Permissible” to Stunt Growth of Disabled Children

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Four years ago, the story of “Ashley’s Treatment” broke into the news, roiling the bioethical waters. For those who may not recall, Ashley was a profoundly disabled 6-year-old girl whose parents and doctors decided to subject her to medically unnecessary surgery — removing her breast […]

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Dutch Pat Themselves on the Back For Infanticide: We Have a Protocol!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC This is the Dutch in a nutshell: If it is “transparent,” then it is okay. That opens the door to a lot of wickedness. Take infanticide. Dutch doctors kill babies born with terminal and disabling conditions. But rather than being ashamed, some are apparently proud […]

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Open Up! We’re the Organ Collectors

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC There’s something wrong with this picture: A pilot program has started in NYC that will have organ collectors go to the homes of people who just died of a heart attack to collect the body and harvest kidneys. The motive is to increase the number […]

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Judging my 2010 Prognostications

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC It’s that time of year when the CBC asks me to look back on my annual predictions in the world of bioethics to see how I did. The answer? Quite well. In fact, I think it was my best year ever. Continue Reading at CBC-Network.org

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Judging my 2010 Prognostications

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBCIt’s that time of year when the CBC asks me to look back on my annual predictions in the world of bioethics to see how I did. The answer? Quite well. In fact, I think it was my best year ever. Obamacare First, I predicted that […]

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