December 2011

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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Pushing Centralized Control Over Which Patients Receive Life-Saving Treatment

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The current medical resource crisis has placed people in extremis in the cross hairs of rationing or abandonment. We spend too much on end-of-life care, we are told. Often we pour money into treatment and the patient dies anyway, “wasting” the resources. Why pour good […]

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BioBites: Dutch Death Squads, Politician Caught in Sperm Donation Scandal, Frozen Embryos “Lost” by Ramsgate IVF, and More

Bioethical news articles for December 11th: Dutch Death Squads: “Straight from the ‘just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any worse’ files come reports that the Dutch Health Minister admitted in their parliament recently that her department is ‘considering’ setting up mobile euthanasia death squads. Minister Edith Schippers is quoted in the UK Telegraph as […]

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Euthanasia: There is Always A “Next Step”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Euthanasia is not just a lethal act, but a deadly ideological appetite — one that is never satiated. Once killing is unleashed as a solution to suffering, activists will always want more. Always. As I have written before, they remind me of the man killing […]

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BioBites: Don’t Weaken Euthanasia Law Based on Rare Cases, Online Sperm Donor Faces Legal Challenge from FDA, Top 5 Sci-Fi Movies About Cloning, and More

Bioethical news articles for December 9th: Government Lawyer Draws Line Between Euthanasia and War: “If the state doesn’t condone the taking of human life, then why does it send men and women off to war? That issue was raised by British Columbia Supreme Court Judge Lynn Smith on Thursday as she prompted Department of Justice lawyer […]

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BioBites: Assisted-Suicide Panel Failed to Present Balanced Arguments, Making Money Off Our Bodies, Mother Hopes to Freeze Eggs for Infertile Daughter, and More

Bioethical news articles for December 8th: Assisted-Suicide Panel Failed to Present Balanced Arguments: “Responding to the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel Report on End-of-Life Decision Making, which recommended the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, a Gazette editorial called for ‘a national debate on life-anddeath issues’ (The Gazette’s View, Nov. 24). In deciding where […]

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Still Paying the Price for Eugenics’ Evil

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The NYT ran a front page story about the price still being paid for eugenic sterilizations, that in North Carolina’s case, extended into the 1970s! Making NC’s program even more frightening was that social workers were empowered to make the decision as to who should […]

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Assisted Suicide Guidelines Don’t Protect Once Prescribed Death is Legalized

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC This letter to the editor from a physician about the failure of Oregon’s doctor-prescribed suicide guidelines to protect a vulnerable patient is poignant, but ultimately, irrelevant. All that matters is a desire to die by the patient coupled (for now) with a terminal diagnosis. From […]

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BioBites: Cash-for-Eggs, Surrogacy – No More a Hush-Hush Affair, FDA Requires Man to Cease Sperm Donations, and More

Bioethical news articles for December 7th: “Cash-for-Eggs”: “$10,000 cash. That’s what a young woman in New York could walk away with after donating her eggs for stem cell research purposes. Egg donation compensation in New York was originally limited to donations for ‘assisted reproduction’ programs, like in vitro fertilization. But in 2009, the Empire State […]

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BioBites: Inside India’s Surrogacy Industry, Why Selling Kidneys Should be Legal, Sperm Donor Children Speak Out, and More

Bioethical news articles for December 6th: Right-to-Die Laws Don’t Lead to Rise in Assisted Deaths, Experts Say: “Jurisdictions that pass laws making euthanasia or physician-assisted dying legal do not experience any significant increase in assisted deaths, the Supreme Court of British Columbia has heard. And there are no data to suggest vulnerable groups – the elderly, […]

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Who is my Daddy?

Dear Supporters of Human Dignity, It has been quite a past six weeks and I wanted to share it with you because this month, if you give, your gift will be doubled. You see, in November, I was interviewed by CNN and they aired a two minute news interview with me on the issue of […]

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Forcing People to Die-By-The-Numbers Under Liverpool Care Pathway?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I have discussed the “Liverpool Care Pathway” before. The LCP is a procedure wherein patients suffering intractable pain are permitted to be sedated. But the Protocol soon was abused. Rather than being a guidance, some doctors used it as a paint-by-the-numbers kind of approach, resulting […]

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BioBites: The Right of Free Will for Physician-Assisted Suicide, Many Game for Renting Wombs, Cancer Patient Hunts Biological Father in Malta, and More

Bioethical news articles for December 5th: Assisted Suicide – Canada Revisits an Old Debate: “Confined to a wheelchair, in constant pain and unable to bathe without help, a 63-year-old grandmother has forced the issue of assisted suicide into Canadian courts for the third time in two decades. Gloria Taylor has Lou Gehrig’s disease, a rapidly progressive, […]

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Feminists Warn Against Exploiting Women for Eggs in Biotech

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Pro choice and pro life women have come together in coalition to protect women from being exploited for their eggs by Big Biotech. Reason? Women would take all the risks and the companies could make all the money but for the small payments to women […]

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Announcing the 2012 Paul Ramsey Award Recipient

For Immediate Release November 30, 2011, San Ramon, CA — The Center for Bioethics and Culture and the Paul Ramsey Nominating Committee are pleased to announce Professor Mary Ann Glendon as the recipient of the 2012 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics. Prof. Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law […]

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