December 2011

Reproductive Anarchy Produces Anarchy in Reproduction

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC My wife ran a column today referencing a local (San Francisco area) story in which a volunteer sperm donor has biologically contributed to the conception of (soon) 18 children in the area via low tech artificial insemination. The result? The FDA wants to regulate private […]

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BioBites: Couple Uses IVF to Have 8 BAbies at Once, Child by Surrogate Refused Entry to Canada, Embryos Spur Legal Fights, and More

Bioethical news articles for December 20th: Euthanasia Activist from US Helped Kiwi to Die: “An American woman visited New Zealand to aid in the death of an Albany psychiatric patient, and watched from a doorway for two hours as the 49-year-old took her own life. The visitor, who at times calls herself ‘Dr’ Susan Wilson, then […]

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BioBites: Euthanasia Deaths Dropped, US Woman Helped Aucklander’s Suicide, 61-Year-Old Becomes Mother Again, and More

Bioethical news articles for December 19th: Euthanasia Deaths Dropped: ”I understand that Kathleen Giffin, like many others, feels strongly that euthanasia is wrong. I won’t debate that, but I will point out some flaws in her logic. In Flanders, Belgium, ’32 per cent of the euthanasia deaths were without request or consent.’ The ‘obvious conclusion’ Gif-fin takes from […]

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William Hurlbut: A Bridge Over Troubled Stem Cell Waters

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Several months ago I was contacted by the American Journal of Bioethics, inquiring whether I would be interested in writing a profile of a prominent person in the field. I said absolutely, and wrote about my good friend, the Stanford professor William Hurlbut, who served […]

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Should Doctors Be Forced to Kill?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I have a piece in the Daily Caller about protecting the conscience rights of medical professionals who wish to maintain traditional Hippocratic Values. First, I set up the context. From “Should Doctors be Forced to Kill?” Fifty years ago, doctors would have been excoriated professionally […]

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Pushing Swiss Culture of Death in Canada

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC If assisted suicide advocates get their way, Canada will have suicide clinics in major cities the way it has Tim Horton coffee houses. An amicus brief in the British (the fix is in) Columbia lawsuit to create a right to be made dead, looks to […]

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A Visit to the Land of Dr. Oz

The last two weeks have been full of the unexpected. Like you, I had a full schedule planned for last week—ending with an early family Christmas gathering in my home for over 20 guests this past Saturday. About two weeks ago I got a call from The Dr. Oz Show producer, asking if I would […]

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A Visit to the Land of Dr. Oz

Dear Supporters of Human Dignity, The last two weeks have been full of the unexpected. Like you, I had a full schedule planned for last week—ending with an early family Christmas gathering in my home for over 20 guests this past Saturday. About two weeks ago I got a call from The Dr. Oz Show […]

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Keeping the Embryonic Stem Cell Hype Alive by Creating a False Impression

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC This is unbelievable — except it isn’t: A front page story in the SF Chronicle, headlined “Keeping Hope Alive,” purportedly concerns local young woman named Katie Sharify, who was the last patient to receive an injection (adult stem cells made from embryonic) in Geron’s now […]

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Pushing One-Way-Streets In End-of-Life Care

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Articles like this are ubiquitous these days: First, purportedly write about one thing that is entirely reasonable — but which, beneath that patina, is really about centralizing health care decisions and/or restricting expensive treatments, e.g. rationing. Yesterday I deconstructed a NYT opinion column that supposedly […]

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