Tag: end of life

Blog Posts (21)

April 7, 2014

Cyber Life After Death

In The New Yorker this week Laura Parker reports on a new internet start-up that has a technological solution to a vexing old problem: mortality. Eterni.me has the tagline in huge font on its site, “Simply Become Immortal.” The CEO, Marius Ursache, says he is trying to solve the “incredibly challenging problem of humanity.” Transhumanists like Ray Kurzweil have been arguing for a while now that... // Read More »
March 30, 2014

Rated NC-17: Why Voluntary Euthanasia of Children is Dead Wrong

by Dr. Patricia Mayer, Bioethics Program Alumna (2009) Belgium just became the first country in the world to extend the option of voluntary euthanasia to children under the age of 12.  Voluntary euthanasia of adults has been legal in that country since 2002, but the Belgian parliament has now decided to remove age restrictions from […]
March 27, 2014

Forgiving Fred Phelps

by Sean Philpott, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Fred Phelps, one of the most reviled men in the United States, died last week. Mr. Phelps was the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, a virulently homophobic organization known for its “God Hates Fags” slogan. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church have been […]
March 4, 2014

End-of-Life Planning, Roz Chast Edition

Please, please go read this wonderful and moving and honest cartoon about, among other things, why we don't do end-of-life planning, by longtime and beloved New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. Really, go read it. 
October 9, 2013

Stephen Hawking on Aid in Dying

World-famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, is now advocating in favor of physician-assisted death, in the video shown here. I am both very glad that he is still alive, so many years after developing his illness, and that he is advocating for those people...
June 13, 2012

"The Descendants": The Bioethics Movie That Wasn't

Okay, I am probably one of the last people in the United States (no, probably the world) to watch the movie “The Descendants”.…

April 3, 2012

In Memoriam: Fr. Kevin O'Rourke

From the Loyola University Chicago Neiswanger website:

Kevin O’Rourke, O.P., J.C.D., S.T.M., Dominican priest, canon lawyer, and health care ethicist died on Wednesday.  …

June 24, 2011

Patients Gifting to Providers: Ethical or Suspect?

Art Caplan asks this very question in his MSNBC column this week. When a wealthy recluse died at the age of 104, to whom did she leave her fortune?…

June 4, 2011

The Death of Dr. Death: Good Gossip for the Blogosphere

With so much ink and space within the blogosphere already used to reflect on the death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, it only seems fitting that we share with you some of the best perspectives on the controversial, death-obsessed man who turned the end-of-life debate on its head for so much of the 1990s.…

June 7, 2010

Kagan on Bioethics

Hat tip to Business Week for shedding some light on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kegan’s views on bioethics.

Here’s the rundown:

She’s pro-physician assisted suicide and opposed proposals to ban it in 1997 and has said the DEA lacks the power to penalize physicians who give life-ending drug to patients.…