Suicide Cult Pushes Home Made Suicide Kits

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Suicide advocacy never stops. Even as the world mourns a celebrity self-destruction, Derek Humphry’s group ERGO — Euthanasia Research Guidance Organization — continues the death proselytizing — this time pushing a booklet, How to Make Your Own Helium Hood Kit. Humphry lives in Oregon, by the way. Legalization of assisted suicide does not stop suicide […]

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What’s Wrong with Third Party Assisted Reproduction?

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Here is a new resource we’ve developed in order to highlight and provide references to medical and scientific literature on issues that arise in third-party reproduction. The information is divided into three sections that address: Health and psychological risks to women serving as egg vendors or surrogates Health and psychological risks to the children born […]

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End Third-Party Conception Arrangements

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Regulations can’t solve the tangle of moral wrongs that beset surrogate motherhood. I’m no fan of third-party reproduction. Anybody who reads my writings or who has watched any of the three documentary films I have produced on the topic knows that these arrangements in my view are fraught with medical, ethical, and legal problems that […]

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Iran’s Out of Control Kidney Bazaar

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Iran is the only country in the world that legally permits the purchase of human organs. (Yes, I know it happens elsewhere.) I don’t see Iran as a country to emulate, but some have argued that it is leading the way toward a compassionate change in policy, which I opined about here. Now, unsurprisingly, news […]

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Surrogacy as a Modern Means of Slavery?

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If anyone has any doubts that surrogacy has created a market for the buying and selling of children, a new case in Thailand should put any skepticism to rest. The Brisbane Times is reporting that the Bangkok police have raided a surrogacy business where nine, six-month-old babies born via surrogacy were found. While the story […]

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Media Share Blame for Stem Cell Research Fraud

Writing in Slate, Jane C. Hu uses the high profile stem cell research lies we have seen in recent years to launch into an interesting article entitled, “Why Do Scientists Commit Fraud?” She discusses the recent bogus claim that skin cells could be turned into stem cells with chemicals (not the same thing as the […]

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Babies are Children, not “Carbon Legacies!”

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I guess it takes global warming hysteria to get the bioethics movement to criticize what is known in the trade as “artificial reproductive technologies” or ART. But now, in the ever more radical Journal of Medical Ethics, Cristina Richie, of Boston College’s Department of Theology, argues that these technologies should be regulated to limit the number […]

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Haleigh’s New Life After State Wanted Her Dead

It’s been awhile since I have written of Haleigh Poutre. Some may recall that she was an abused child beaten into a sustained unconsciousness by her step father. Adding near-killing to her injury, within days of being diagnosed, doctors decided she would never get better and the state sought court permission to make sure she died “with dignity” […]

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Surrogacy in China: Lessons in Candor and Cruelty

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A recent New York Times article highlights the continual rise of surrogacy—this time in China. Surrogacy is illegal in China, but that hasn’t stopped entrepreneurs like Huang Jinlai, founder of Baby Plan Medical Technology Company, from navigating his way around the law to profit from Chinese couples desperate to have children. For the past few […]

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Assisted Suicide Death Cult “Death Coaching”

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I discovered the assisted suicide death cult when my friend Frances killed herself under the influence of the Hemclock Society, since evolved into Compassion and Choices. This pernicious group taught her how to kill herself, what drugs to take, how to use a plastic bag — and gave her moral permission to do it. It […]

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Lying Their Way to Brave New World

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Apparently the UK government wants to push 3-parent IVF. But fearing an adverse public reaction to genetically modifying progeny, it’s trying to hide what it’s are doing. But some scientists have called foul. From the Independent story: The move, buried within a Department of Health document published last week, is designed to take the sting […]

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“Euthanize Dying Poor” in Lithuania?

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This is the inescapable logic of euthanasia: It is much more expensive to care for ill and disabled patients than “compassionately” kill them. As I like to say, it may take $1,000 for assisted suicide but $100,000 to provide the care that helps the patient not want end to their lives. The new Lithuanian Health […]

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Your Body Belongs to Us for Experimentation

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The obligation of researchers to gain informed consent from those willing to be human subjects is a sacrosanct human right established by the Nuremberg Code. But some in the bioethics movement seek to undermine this crucial human subject protection–to a respectful listen at the highest level of bioethics discourse, including the Hastings Center Report. Author […]

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Surrogacy: Prostitution’s Little Sister

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I just had the pleasure of Skype chatting with Kajsa Ekman, author of an important new book, Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self. Ekman is a Swedish cultural journalist and now author. I reached out to Ms. Ekman after her book came out and after reading an interview where the majority […]

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Compassion and Choices Pushes Suicide by Starvation

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The people at Compassion and Choices are blatantly mendacious. And the media do not care. In the wake of the Diane Rehm story, in which she describes her husband committing suicide by self-starvation (“voluntary stop eating and drinking,” or VSED) and pushes legalizing doctor-prescribed death, the suicide-boosting NBC claims that Compassion and Choices wants to […]

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Starving Our Way Toward Lethal Injections

I continue to push back against the starvation killing agenda now being promoted vigorously among assisted suicide advocacy groups and by some bioethics. Toward that end, I have a piece just out in the Weekly Standard warning about where this is heading. First, I establish context. From, “The Ethics of Food and Drink:” Should the […]

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Andrew Lloyd Weber Changes Mind on Suicide

Andrew Lloyd Weber might not still be here if assisted suicide had been legal. He wanted to die and almost was set to go to Switzerland. Now, he’s glad he didn’t. From the Telegraph story: Lord Lloyd-Webber, the West End impresario, was so convinced he wanted to die last year that he took steps to […]

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The Collatoral Damage From Suicide Advocacy

We are quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture — indeed to the point now that organizations like the Hemlock Society Compassion and Choices, bioethicists, and the mainstream media promote suicide by self-starvation as the new big thing in making oneself dead. Philip Nitschke is one of the international rock stars of euthanasia advocacy. He is also […]

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