Where the World Finds Bioethics Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:34:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2014 United States Health Freedom Congress (Minnesota) Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Come to Hamline University on September 26 and 27 for the 2014 Health Freedom Congress.

The 2014 United States Health Freedom Congress is the 9th national health freedom gathering hosted by NHFC.  This Congress will bring together over 40 health freedom organizations and their leaders from across the nation and numerous other leaders and general participants. Attendees will join and work together for two days. 

The first day, September 26, Voting Members of the Congress will reconvene the Congress formal circle for a limited time in the morning. This will be followed by a full day of activities with General Participants and Voting Members working closely together to discern ways to strengthen the health freedom movement. The daytime work will be followed by an evening workshop on social media entitled “Health Freedom Going Live.”

The second day, September 27, attendees will resume their work from 9:00am - 2:00pm. At 2:00pm the Health Freedom Congress will convene and participate in wrap-up. The Health Freedom Awards Banquet and Keynote speech by Barbara Loe Fisher will begin at 6:30pm Saturday evening.

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The August 2014 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics includes nearly 20 articles on the status of death determined by neurological criteria (DDNC or “brain death”).  Not coincidentally, this summer, several other leading bioethics journals are also covering “brain death.”  (See recent and forthcoming articles in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, the Hastings Center Report, and the Journal of Medical Ethics.)  I have myself contributed to a multi-article examination of the topic in the imminently forthcoming Journal of Clinical Ethics 25(3).…

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The plaintiffs were terminally ill patients seeking physician aid in dying.  Ms. Kay Carter and the applicant Ms. Gloria Taylor both suffered from intractable and progressive diseases and are now deceased. They had joined with the others in bringing a civil claim before the British Columbia Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the Criminal Code provisions against assisted suicide and euthanasia, specifically ss. 14, 21(1)(b), 21(2), 22, 222(1)-222(5), and 241. They focused their case, however, on s. 241, which prohibits aiding another person to commit suicide. 

The plaintiffs succeeded at trial notwithstanding the Supreme Court of Canada's 1993 decision in Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Attorney General) that s. 241 did not infringe Charter rights. A majority of the Court of Appeal, however, allowed the Attorney General of Canada’s (“AGC”) appeal.

The questions to be addressed concern the Canadian  Charter of Rights (Right to life, Equality, Fundamental justice).  Specifically, 

  • Whether trial judge erred in distinguishing Rodriguez
  • Whether the Criminal Code provision prohibiting aiding person to commit suicide infringes the Charter
  • If so, whether such infringement is justifiable 

There are quite a number of interveners.  Their briefs/factums are due August 29. 
  • Attorney General of Ontario
  • Attorney General of Quebec
  • Attorney General of British Columbia
  • Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Canadian Association for Community Living
  • Christian Legal Fellowship
  • Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (the 'Legal Network'') and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (''HALCO'')
  • Association for Reformed Political Action Canada
  • Physicians' Alliance Against Euthanasia
  • Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
  • Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada
  • Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies
  • Dying with Dignity
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Catholic Health Alliance of Canada
  • Criminal Lawyers' Assocation (Ontario)
  • Farewell Foundation For The Right To Die
  • Association québécoise pour le droit de mourir dans la dignité
  • Canadian Civil Liberties Association
  • Catholic Civil Rights League
  • Faith and Freedom Alliance and Protection of Conscience Project
  • Alliance Of People With Disabilities Who Are Supportive of Legal Assisted Dying Society
  • Canadian Unitarian Council
  • Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and Euthanasia Prevention Coalition - British Columbia
  • Advocates' Society
  • David Asper Centre For Constitutional Rights

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My spouse and I have an ongoing conversation, really more of an argument, about one end-of-life scenario. I have stated on several occasions that being in my middle-40s, if I was struck by a serious disease (usually the disease in the scenario is cancer) with a less than 50 percent chance of survival (remission), and a course of treatment that is prolonged and painful, then I would choose not to receive treatment. Instead, I would do a lot of traveling (if able), visit with friends (if able), and then die comfortably.…

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This is a one-day symposium addressing the ethical complexities in health care today. Conference sessions and networking opportunities are designed to increase awareness and provide strategies to clinicians from all disciplines to support ethical care in a variety of settings. 

Hubris to Humility: Medical Power in Medical Futility Conflicts
Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD
Director, Health Law Institute Associate Professor of Law
Hamline University School of Law

When Parents and Providers Disagree: Understanding and Responding to Conflicts in the Care of Children
Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH
Director, Education Treuman Katz Center for
Pediatric Bioethics
Professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics
University of Washington School of Medicine

Current Concepts in Disclosure
Kelly Saran, MS, RN, CPHRM
Administrative Director, Office of Clinical Safety
University of Michigan Health System

Humor: Finding a Balance
Judge Sara Smolenski, JD
Chief Judge, State of Michigan 63rd District Court


  • Provide a forum to discuss challenges in clinical practice from an ethical perspective.
  • Explore how legal considerations influence clinical and ethical decision making at the bedside in a range of clinical settings.
  • Explore the interrelationship between ethics and law
  • Identify ethically- and legally-informed personal, professional and institutional strategies for addressing challenging situations in clinical practice.

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