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Wesley J . Smith: Who Decides to Discontinue Medical Treatment?

Medicare will now reimburse doctors $86 for half-hour consultations about the kind of treatment patients would—or would not—want should they become incapacitated. Writing at The Weekly Standard, DI Sr. Fellow Wesley J. Smith explains why this new regulation exposes patients to the threat of a doctor’s potential refusal to provide them with the life-extending treatment that they want. Read his article at The Weekly Standard.


Lethal Ageism

By Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Wesley J. Smith. Originally published at First Things. A story out of Belgium vividly illustrates how our elderly are becoming personae non gratae in a society increasingly obsessed with avoiding difficulty. Francis and Anne are healthy and happily married octogenarians. Not wanting to live without each other, they plan to die together on their sixty-fourth anniversary. Rather than engaging suicide prevention, their children procured a doctor to euthanize them. Digging more deeply into the Daily Mail story, we can glean that there’s more to this case than the couple’s fear of widowhood: <blockquote<John Paul said the double euthanasia of his parents was the ‘best solution’. ‘If one of them should die, who would remain would Read More ›