No Religious Cleansing of Bioethics

“In Defense of Irreligious Bioethics” (Murphy 2012) was one of the most perplexing articles I have ever read in a bioethics journal. Mostly, the author complains bitterly about the unjust and unpredictable manner in which the nonexistent deity answers or ignores prayer. Indeed, the article struck me as the written equivalent of a man standing on a box in Hyde Read More ›

Invisible Suicide Prevention Day

When I was practicing law from the mid-1970s into the 1980s, there was tremendous emphasis given in the popular media and within the bar association to the cause of suicide prevention. Hotlines proliferated, anti-suicide billboards were ubiquitous, and a great deal of attention was paid to saving the lives of despairing people. Attitudes have shifted since then. Not only does Read More ›

George Gilder: The Real Reagan Lesson for Romney-Ryan

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan could soon be facing a David Stockman moment. Mr. Stockman was President Reagan’s young, first-term budget director assigned the titanic task of retrenching government spending in the midst of the Cold War. In this role, he made the covers of all the most fashionable magazines as “Mack the Knife” or some other compassionless conservative slashing Read More ›

Our Neurotic Fear of Suffering

Never in human history has suffering been more readily relieved than today. And yet, paradoxically, we have never been more afraid of suffering. Our forebears would find this very odd. For them, horrendous suffering was ubiquitous, the bane of rich and poor alike. For example, before anesthesia, the agony of surgery may have killed more patients than surgical procedures helped. Read More ›

Ohio Hospital Shooting: Mercy Killing or Murder?

This article, published by the Associated Press, quotes Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Wesley J. Smith: Juries are often sympathetic to those who kill a spouse out of what is portrayed to be love and compassion, but the message that sends is unclear, said Wesley J. Smith, a California lawyer who wrote a 2006 book “Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide and Read More ›

Death Panels on Steroids

If you want to see what direction health care is going, just read the July 12 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Of course, reading a medical journal isn’t on most people’s “to do” lists. Even medical professionals who do read journal articles rarely do so to gain insight into the latest shifts in the cultural or Read More ›

Freedom of Worship’s Assault on Freedom of Religion

Until very recently, the West saw religious liberty as a weight-bearing pillar of human freedom. Thus, the very first clause of the First Amendment (1789) states, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof More broadly, Article 18 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) provides: Everyone has the Read More ›

Netherlands Euthanasia Stats Are Appalling

This article, published by The Province, quotes from Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Wesley J. Smith: “In only 23 years, Dutch doctors have gone from being permitted to kill the terminally ill who ask for it, to killing the chronically ill who ask for it, to killing newborn babies in their cribs because they have birth defects, even though by definition Read More ›

Santorum More Right than Wrong about Dutch Euthanasia

The Dutch like their euthanasia — but sure are sensitive when a prominent person describes the horrors that medicalized killing has unleashed. Latest example: Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum criticized Dutch euthanasia in an interview with James Dobson, stating in part: Ten percent of all deaths, and half of those people are euthanized involuntarily, because they are old or sick. And Read More ›

Netherlands Looks to Expand Euthanasia Grounds to Include Lonely, Poor

This article, published by The Daily Caller, quotes Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Wesley Smith: American bioethicist Wesley Smith disagrees. “This whole assisted suicide euthanasia issue is a symptom, not a cause,” Smith told TheDC. “I think it’s a symptom of a society that has decided that it can’t establish moral standards.” The rest of the article can be found here.