November 5, 2014
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
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.
February 18, 2014
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
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...
January 9, 2013
The following is an essay by Marc Newhouse on his mother's use of VSED. Marc Newhouse is a former cellist, nurse, and English teacher. He is now a book author who blogs at Life, Death and Iguanas.
In April of 2010, my...
December 12, 2008
A New Zealand woman isn’t leaving anything to chance in the event she is taken into an emergency room unconscious. She doesn’t want there to be any mistake about her wishes in the event of a life-threatening event.…
September 24, 2008
Some Brits are shocked at Baroness Mary Warnock’s latest quote regarding the significant burden placed on Alzheimer’s caregivers and her call for euthanasia for the demented.…
August 26, 2007
In July, a grand jury decided not to indict one doctor and two nurses on second degree murder charges that they had taken actions to kill patients in their care at New Orleans’ Memorial Medical Center during Hurricane Katrina.…