Tag: end of life

Blog Posts (83)

October 1, 2015

PAS and Conscience?

Wesley Smith offers this link to a Dutch story about a family considering legal action against the general physician who declined to support a family member’s wish for assistance in dying. The article, which I was able to read only after Google toolbar translation from the Dutch, describes the case of a person who apparently was 19 years old and wanting to end her life... // Read More »
September 28, 2015

The Lost Narrative

In their article “Autonomy vs. Selflessness at the End of Life” published in the Summer 2015 edition of Ethics & Medicine, Hannah Martin and Daryl Sas provide a useful foray into the battle over the meaning of human dignity. The authors describe an alternative to the “flat” version of human dignity espoused by proponents of physician-assisted suicide (PAS)—a version based solely on self-determination. In other... // Read More »
September 25, 2015

A Modest Proposal to Solve the Physician-Assisted Suicide Debate

Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune carries an editorial by Steve Chapman entitled “The Case for the ‘right to die.’” Aside from missing the central point of the whole question, Chapman does a creditable job of marshalling arguments and bioethicists to support his support for physician-assisted suicide. However, he does neglect the central point, which, of course, is that doctors do not and should not kill — including not giving... // Read More »
September 14, 2015

Oh, Those Darned Terms!

In a recent post Jon Holmlund cited Thomas B. Edsall’s op-ed in the New York Times, “The Republican Conception of Conception.” Edsall was referring to the concept that life begins at conception. It is his hope that Republicans either stake a consistent position regarding the morality of post-conception “contraception” and incur the disfavor of the electorate, or abandon their “moral purity” in favor of “pragmatism” and... // Read More »
September 10, 2015

Addendum: It’s National Suicide Prevention Week

https://www.afsp.org/news-events/in-the-news/national-suicide-prevention-week I didn’t realize that when I published the post that just went up. So the vote in California is timely, I guess. A Hat Tip to Wesley Smith, who linked to this in a post today on National Review Online’s “The Corner.”
September 10, 2015

Physician-Assisted Suicide Almost Law in California

Previously considered “dead” for this year (including by me), the legislative proposal to legalize physician-assisted suicide in California was “resurrected” and introduced in a special session addressing health care financing. Yesterday (Wednesday, September 9), the bill passed the California State Assembly, 42-33.  It is certain to pass the State Senate, which readily approved the original bill that had been voted down by a different Assembly... // Read More »
September 3, 2015

A “Conservative” Wearing Blinders about PAS

George Will’s column condemning the Planned Parenthood barbarism was salutary. His column defending physician-assisted suicide is execrable. In the latter, he is blithely sanguine about slippery slopes (we can’t avoid them, he says), suggests that Medicare cost savings is a reason to support a “right-to die,” seems to embrace the notion that we shouldn’t hesitate helping depressed people end their lives, claims (contra Ezekiel Emanuel)... // Read More »
August 20, 2015

More about Doctor-Assisted Suicide—in California and Elsewhere

The Californian proponents of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) have repackaged their proposed law into AB 15, hoping to enact it in a special legislative session, dealing with health care costs, in which they can bypass the pesky consciences and principles of state Assembly members on the Health Committee, several of whom are Southern California Latino Democrats.  One way or another, they must silence those “dogmatic” opponents... // Read More »
August 7, 2015

Tissue Donation and Barbarism

Much has been written about “the Planned Parenthood videos” taken by the activist group Center for Medical Progress (CMP), far beyond my poor power to add or detract.  But I can’t help but think that, as with organ donation at the end of life, once practitioners start looking beyond the death of a human being, their mindset is on a procedure, not on humanity.   The... // Read More »
July 26, 2015

Atul Gawande’s Look at Mortality, Part 2

I was invited to write a review of the book, Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande recently. While not a Christian book, it addresses end of life issues of interest to all involved with bioethics. This is the second half of the review, the first of which can be found here. Nearly half of Gawande’s book reflects on final things, on letting go of life in... // Read More »