Blog Posts (18)
March 1, 2017
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about finitude. About limits. Incompleteness. Even failure. Like the friend of a friend who is dying and has just been admitted to hospice, whose young teenaged daughter is facing the prospect of a life without her mother. Like the colleague who is grieving the loss of both a spouse and a parent within a month of each other. Like... // Read More »
February 19, 2017
Oregon Senate Bill 494 has been described as a “euthanasia bill” that is “intentionally ambiguous,” and as a piece of legislation that would “allow the starving and dehydrating of patients who suffer from dementia or mental illness.” What has received less press is the composition of the 13-member committee who would be perpetually in charge of advance directive forms in the state, with no oversight by... // Read More »
February 12, 2017
In a 1992 article in the Journal of Clinical Ethics titled, “Doctors Must Not Kill,” renowned physician and bioethicist Edmund Pellegrino reminded fellow physicians—with incisive logic and strong passion—of their historic duty to be healers, not killers. As one who is not a physician but will one day be a patient facing the end of his life, I would take comfort in knowing that my... // Read More »
January 29, 2017
Though a relative “latecomer” in the legalization of physician-assisted suicide (PAS), Canada seems determined to make up for lost time. Already the question of organ donation after PAS has been raised. Very recently, the medical “savings” made possible by the legalization of PAS in 2016 was brought to light. The January 23, 2017 volume of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published the results of... // Read More »
December 7, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
<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
<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>
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January 16, 2013 2:06 pm
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
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
“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
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 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?