Tag: euthanasia

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December 7, 2016

TEDxFordhamUniversity: Lesson in Bioethics Given by Golden Girls | Dr. Elizabeth Yuko

As one of the most groundbreaking sitcoms of all time, The Golden Girls introduced a range of bioethical issues on the show regarding medicine, the human body and women’s health. In this TEDx Talk, Dr. Elizabeth Yuko, a Fordham University Center for Ethics Education  fellow and adjunct professor, discusses how influential Golden Girls was, and still is, … More TEDxFordhamUniversity: Lesson in Bioethics Given by Golden Girls | Dr. Elizabeth Yuko
December 4, 2016

Do Polls about PAS Tell the Whole Story?

By many indications, support for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide [PAS] is increasing. On November 8, 2016 Colorado voters passed Proposition 106, “Colorado End of Life Options Act,” by a 65% to 35% margin, making Colorado the sixth state to legalize PAS, joining Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, and California. The following question appeared in a 2015 Gallup poll: “When a person has a disease that... // Read More »
September 19, 2016

Late Term Zika Abortions: Thankfully not Euthanasia

If I were the editor of a recent Newsweek article by Cornell Law Professor Sherry F. Colb, the above title would have been my choice for her article. I must encourage you to read the actual article, lest you believe that the summary that follows is somehow taken grossly out of context. Her concern is that a late term abortion to terminate the life of... // Read More »
August 13, 2016

A novel strategy for suicide prevention

In the Netherlands, a doctor will not be prosecuted for assisting a patient to die either through euthanasia or assisted suicide (EAS) if certain conditions are met, among which are the following: The patient’s request for aid-in-dying must be voluntary and well-informed, without coercion from others, and uninfluenced by psychological illness or drugs; their suffering should be unbearable and hopeless, with no prospect for improvement... // Read More »
May 12, 2016

Euthanasia for Reasons of Mental Health

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

An article in the (UK) Daily Mail this week focused on a Dutch woman who chose euthanasia “after doctors decided her post-traumatic stress and other conditions were incurable.” Under Dutch euthanasia laws, a physician can end a patient’s life with a lethal injection for mental suffering.…

October 9, 2015

Deeply Superficial

<p style="padding-left: 60px;"><span><span><span class="UFICommentBody"><span>“People need to be made more aware of the need to work at learning how to live because life is so quick and sometimes it goes away too quickly.” – Andy Warhol</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span class="UFICommentBody"><span>This past weekend was the last one for The Late Drawings of Andy Warhol: 1973-1987 exhibit at <a href="http://www.hydecollection.org/">The Hyde Collection Museum in Glen Falls</a>, and I almost didn’t go to it. I told myself there were far too many other things to do: the stack of recent journal articles I’ve been meaning to get to; student assignments that are in need of grading; the upcoming presentations for which I haven’t even begun putting together powerpoints; the apartment that, despite ongoing efforts, never seems to be completely clean; the piles of unwashed or unfolded laundry; and so on. In terms of triaging my limited time, a two-hour round trip trek to see a handful of sketches hardly seemed sufficiently important.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.04px;"><strong>The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a</strong> </span><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.04px;">Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="color: #000099; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://www.amc.edu/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong></p>
November 5, 2014

Physician assisted suicide on YouTube

Physician assisted suicide (PAS) is in the news in a way that is different than before. It is not because it is election time and a state has a ballot initiative about legalizing PAS. It is because a 29 year old woman with an aggressive malignant brain tumor, Brittany Maynard, has chosen to use PAS to end her life and chosen to do it very... // Read More »
February 19, 2014

Bioethics Poetry, Another Dannie Abse Edition


And yet God has not said a word!

“Porphyria’s Lover,” R. Browning

Half asleep, you recalled a fading list

of girls’ sweet names. Now to old women

these names belong—some whom you tumbled and


in summer’s twilit lanes or hidden by heather.

You were a youth who never stayed long

for Gwen or for Joyce, for Rita or Ruth,

and there were others too, on a lower register.

Then, suddenly, a robust, scolding voice

changed your dream’s direction and the weather.

“That much morphia, doctor? Wrong, wrong.”

Surprised to discover your eyes still shut

you wondered which dead patient or what

(whose accusing son and when?) as any

trusted doctor would who did not murder

any pleading one with sovereign impunity.

“I found a thing to do,” said the lover

of Porphyria. Porphyria? Awake you add

the other pretty names too: Anuria,

Filaria, Leukaemia, Melanoma,

Sarcoma, Euthanasia, amen.

Dannie Abse

February 18, 2014

Euthanasia in Quebec?

Quebec legislators are reportedly within days of passing a law that would permit euthanasia for competent adult patients with incurable disease which causes constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering. The euthanasia-related portion of Bi...
February 13, 2014

Bad Argument Linking Belgian Euthanasia With US Death Penalty

Eugene Kontorovich (Northwestern Law) has penned an egregious argument over at the Volokh Conspiracy. Go read it, if you're entertained by egregious arguments. In sum, it goes like this:In Roper v. Simmons (2005) the Supreme Court found unconstitu...

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January 16, 2013 2:06 pm

Deaf twins who discovered they were going blind and would never see each other again are euthanized in Belgian hospital (Mail Online)

A pair of identical twins, who were born deaf, have been killed by Belgian doctors after seeking euthanasia when they found out they would also soon go blind.  In a unique case under the country’s euthanasia laws, the 45-year-old brothers, from Antwerp, chose death as they were unable to bear the thought of never seeing one another again.  


December 10, 2012 7:22 pm

Euthanasia “trivialized” in Belgium: report by bioethics institute (BioEdge)

Belgium legalised euthanasia in 2002, with a law containing strict controls to protect the vulnerable. The Belgium-based European Institute of Bioethics has just released a study of the experience of ten years of euthanasia.  It claims that the results are far from encouraging.

July 11, 2012 6:41 pm

Legal Euthanasia Didn’t Raise Death Rate, Researchers Say (Bussinessweek)

“Countries differ greatly in demography, culture and organization of medical care,” Lo, who is also director of the medical ethics program at the University of California, San Francisco, wrote in a comment accompanying the study. More in- depth information is needed to better understand how patients and physicians reach their decisions, he said.

May 7, 2012 11:48 am

Legal euthanasia kills justice for all (Sunday Star Times)

As the spokesperson of a Catholic bioethics centre, there are some who discount my message because of my religious affiliation, rather than on the basis of its merits. It’s a classic case of “playing the man instead of the ball”. As two commentators noted in response to comments I recently made about the dangers of legalising euthanasia: “I am sick of the religious trying to force their narrow views on society.

April 11, 2012 1:14 pm

Why Do Americans Balk at Euthanasia Laws? (NY Times)

Why is euthanasia more controversial in the United States than, for instance, in the Netherlands? What would need to change before the U.S. would legalize physician-assisted suicide?