Assisted Suicide Increases Other Suicides
I have long suspected that pushing suicide in some situations, would increase suicides in others.
For example, Oregon has the second highest suicide rate in the country–and that doesn’t include its assisted suicides.
Between 1999-2010, the suicide rate ...
Science Does TOO Know When "Human Life" Begins
The buzz of obfuscation around “when life begins” has reached a crescendo of intensity in the wake of the Planned Parenthood imbroglio.
Such huffing and puffing about the earliest embryo–when the dismember and harvest of PP happens well into ...
Doctor Sued for Saying No to Euthanasia
I have been warning (with increasing intensity) about a pending medical martyrdom–forcing doctors to choose between killing and continuing in their profession–both from the contexts of statutory law and professional discipline.
Now, in the Netherlands, we see a ...
Mouse Experiments Point to Alzheimer's Treatment
Animal rights ideologues really bring out their deep misanthrope by opposing all animal research, no matter the potential human benefit.
They lie, saying that such research never does any good. They claim that lab animals are as important as the ...
Should we Preserve Organs of the Suddenly Dead?
The organ transplantation community is continually on the lookout for ways to increase the organ supply.
Sometimes, unethical approaches are proposed–such as killing the cognitively devastated for their organs.
But a new proposal has potential, and I think, could ...
California Votes for Suicide on World Suicide Prevention Day
A corrupt fixed deal shoved assisted suicide through the California Legislature, ironically on World Suicide Prevention Week and Day.
Only in California, the Suicide State.
Meanwhile, the British Parliament, far wiser than their radical California cousins, overwhelmingly voted assisted suicide ...
Fibbing for God? No, Lying for Death
The medical intelligentsia is increasingly supporting euthanasia–as doctors who actually work with the dying–remain strongly opposed.
Richard Horton, the editor of The Lancet is the latest example. Typically, he doesn’t really grapple with the substantive arguments made ...
Quebec to MDs: THOU SHALT KILL!
You went into medicine to be a healer and not a killer? Tough! Thou shalt kill.
Those are not the exact words, but are certainly the gist of what Quebec’s Minister of Health is threatening in the face of ...
US Euthanasia Steams Toward Anything Goes
The media and many other observers continue to pretend that the euthanasia/assisted suicide movement is only about terminal illness.
But any observer of events in Europe, Canada, and with Kevorkian demonstrate that isn’t true.
Meanwhile, slowly the camouflage ...
The Coming Medical Authoritarianism
Canada’s medical establishment intends to force all doctors to kill patients legally qualified for euthanasia–a radically broad category–or find a doctor who will.
If doctors refuse, they will be punished. I call this authoritarian threat, “medical martyrdom.”
Media Support for Forcing Doctors to Kill
So, you’re a doctor. You go into the profession to heal and alleviate suffering.
You believe in the sanctity of human life, either due to religion or philosophy. You accept the maxims of the Hippocratic Oath. Your beliefs are ...
New Assisted Suicide Push in CA
More corrupt legislating from the pro-death side. As usual.
Having lost fair and square in a California Assembly Committee, the suicide pushers have filed a new legalization bill–AB 15–for a special session intended to grapple with health care costs.
Second California Judge Refuses Assisted Suicide
The suicide forces are 0 for 3 in recent court rulings.
This time, a San Francisco judge refused to overturn California’s law against assisted suicide. From the NBC Bay Area News story:
Goldsmith said he felt that by granting the petition ...
Pushing for Courts to Impose Assisted Suicide
The suicide pushers want to win by any means possible.
Hence, Kathryn Tucker, the lawyer who brought the Glucksberg case, wants judges to impose assisted suicide legalization on us all. From, the ...
Transhumanism is Really Minushumanism
Transhumanism is like a great old Woody Allen joke:
Agnes is having coffee with her friend Pearl. “How was the new restaurant,” Pearl asks. “Awful.” Agnes responds, “The food was terrible–and such small portions!”
Similarly, transhumanists say that humans ...
Science Blog Pushes "Plant Rights" Nonsense
The Genetic Literacy Project’s slogan is “science over ideology.”
Apparently, that’s a crock, as a post on the site pushes “plant rights.” From, “Are Plants Sentient Beings With Rights?” by Jeremy Hance:
Plants are intelligent. Plants deserve rights. ...
Pro-Abortion Defense of Planned Parenthood
I have been warning the pro-life movement that their ideological opponents–forced into a defensive crouch by the clear scientific truth that abortion takes a human life–are now changing their advocacy, from “pro-choice” to definitively pro-abortion.
I have also ...
Chimps Are Still Chimps, Not Persons
Good news on the human exceptionalism front: A New York trial judge has rejected the specious argument that chimpanzees are “persons” and should have human-type rights.
But that shouldn’t make us sanguine as the judge expressed undue sympathy for ...
Suicide Should Not Be Made Easy
Suicide should not be easy to access. It should be difficult. That is how lives are sometimes saved.
I daresay, there may be people reading this post who once wanted to die for enduring and understandable reasons, but who are ...
Jahi McMath Lawsuit Percolates Under the Surface
The law professor and bioethicist, Thaddeus Mason Pope, and I disagree about most issues. But I have to say, he sure keeps up on legal affairs of mutual concern.
Through his Medical Futility Blog and Twitter feed–as far as ...
CA Judge: No Right to Assisted Suicide
Assisted suicide advocates care about results, not methods. If they can’t win in legislatures or in a popular vote, they try to have a judge impose their will.
Two such cases have been filed in California. One trial judge ...
"Smart Mouse" Proof of Human Exceptionalism
The cry is out in the land: Humans are not exceptional!
But if we are not exceptional, why are we the measure of highest moral value?
Latest example, genetically engineering mice to have human brain cells, raising potential ...
Dogs Aren't Human: They are Dogs
National Geographic often carries stories that explicitly or implicitly seek to undermine human exceptionalism.
It has now published another story claim that animals are people too.
This time, it is dogs. From, “Dogs Are Even More Like Us Than We ...
Euthanasia Not a Human Right in Europe
Two cases were brought to the European Court on Human Rights hoping for a Canada-style EU-wide imposition of euthanasia as a fundamental right. Case dismissed. From the Telegraph story:
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a right-to-die case ...
Depressed Poet Euthanized in Netherlands
STRICT GUIDELINES PROTECT AGAINST ABUSE! From the Binnenland story (Google translation):
Robert Gabor Charles Wieg, a child of Hungarian immigrants, debuted in 1981 with the collection Cis-trans. In 1987 he was awarded the Lucy B. and CW van der Hoogt Prize Magic ...
Planned Parenthood Exec Chows Down Discussing Sale of Fetal Parts
This video, by the Center for Medical Progress may or may not show Planned Parenthood’s executive/doctor discussing the illegal selling of fetal body parts by affiliates.
But Deborah Nucatola’s insouciant attitude as she chows down while chirpily ...
"Intelligent" Machine Future Devoid of Meaning
Transhumanists, you gotta love them. Or pity their withered view of the importance of humanity.
The UK’s Astronomer Royal celebrates his belief that humanity’s future will be carried on by intelligent machines. From, “Cheer Up: The Post-Human Era ...
The Dilution of Human Dignity
The term “human dignity”–properly understood–embodies the objective principle of equal and intrinsic moral worth of every human being.
These days, it is too often conflated with subjective notions of behavior, aesthetics, and now in the same sex marriage ...
CA Assisted Suicide Dead for Year
The elites that are generally behind the push for assisted suicide ran into a wall of those who advocate for those most likely to be hurt by such a law–advocates for minorities and disability rights groups. The result, a ...
Big Trouble for CA Assisted Suicide Bill
I have been hearing this news for a few weeks, but it looks like CA’s assisted suicide bill may be dying. From the Matier and Ross column in the San Francisco Chronicle:
The highly touted proposal by ...
PETA Pushes "Vegan Infant" Abuse
Veganism can be dangerous to very young children. Humans are omnivores and our young need the nutrients readily supplied by meat and other animal-based products, which are among our natural foods.
But animal rights fanatics still push the “meat is ...
Dwarfism Drug Could Save Lives
An experimental drug is being tested that could add stature to people born with dwarfism. But not all are pleased. From the Bloomberg Business story:
An experimental drug to treat dwarfism by lengthening children’s bones is meeting skepticism from ...
Death by Poison Holistic "Dignity?"
Assisted suicide/euthanasia are accomplished with some of the same drugs used in lethal injection executions.
I bring this up because the American Holistic Nurses Association has elected an assisted suicide assister and booster as its president.
First, what is ...
Cowardly Canadian Docs Cooperate with Culture of Death
In the face of the Canadian Supreme Court imposing a radical nation-wide euthanasia regime on the entire country, the Canadian Medical Association is cooperating with the culture of death. From the National Post story:
The nation’s most powerful doctors’ ...
Wishful Thinking Chimps Know Right from Wrong
ANOTHER yearning attempt within the scientific community to elevate the capacities of animals to approach those of human beings. (Last time, it was CHIMPS CAN COOK, but don’t.)
This time, it is chimps which, supposedly have now been shown ...
France Senate Rejects Slow Motion Euthanasia
A bit ago I wrote about how the French Senate was considering legalizing terminal sedation as a way to kill the terminally ill.
That column also distinguished between the slow motion euthanasia by dehydration/starvation of terminal sedation and the ...
Peter Singer: Save 200 Pigs Over 1 Human Baby
Peter Singer is something of a house ethicist for the New York Times and especially beloved of the weak liberal thinker, Nicolas Kristof.
While I think he should be treated the same as if he were a racist for his ...
Nevada DA Shrugs at Gun Euthanasia
This is the kind of thing that opens the door to people accepting euthanasia murder as a legitimate action.
A man shot his wife in the hospital because she was despondent over becoming paralyzed in an accident.
Yet, despite shooting ...
Pope Francis Embraces Human Exceptionalism
There was some buzz in the liberal Catholic press that Pope Francis might embrace “nature rights.” I suggested that course could schism the Catholic Church because it would essentially elevate nature to human status, or perhaps better stated, reduce us ...
"Care Planning Act" Introduced in US Senate
When Sarah Palin (wrongly) said that insurance payments for advance planning under Obamacare were “death panels”–there are other such potentialities in the law, but not that–she killed the provision.
Ever since, politicians of both parties have been struggling ...
Euthanasia of Mentally Ill Should be Bigger News
We live in very nihilistic times, in which abandonment is called compassion and true compassion–the root meaning of which is to “suffer with”–is denigrated as paternalism.
Consider: Brittany Maynard became an international celebrity for killing herself. At euthanasia ...
Assisted Suicide Picture Worth 1000 Words
Steve Breen, Creator’s Syndicate.
Actually, not a “slippery slope:” Facts already on the ground as every one of the categories below have been euthanized or assisted in suicide where legal, perhaps with the exception of the “slightly ill.”.
Texas Court Victory Pushes Pro-Abortion Roe Reversal
Surgical abortion is an out-patient procedure. Accordingly, why shouldn’t fetal-killing clinics be required to comply with the same rules as other non-hospital surgical centers?
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals apparently couldn’t think of one, and so, unanimously ...
Colombia Imposes Euthanasia Medical Martyrdom
Doctors are increasingly under threat of being forced to kill or get out of medicine.
I call this “medical martyrdom,” that is, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc. forced to choose between engaging (or being complicit) in life-terminating acts such as euthanasia ...
Hawking: Suicide if I Become a Burden, Can't Contribute
I have been warning that the high-profile normalization of assisted suicide–and the media celebrating those who kill themselves in the face of disease–is leading toward an ethic in which people kill themselves to not be a ”burden,” in ...
The Reason for Euthanasia Word Engineering
The euthanasia movement is about killing–which simply means to intentionally end life–as a response to human suffering.
The euthanasia movement has always tried to change the meanings and definitions of descriptive words and phrases as the honey that ...
National "Animal Rights Day" Foolishness
The term “animal rights” is used far too loosely. Many people think it means be nicer to animals. Or, treat them humanely.
No. That is animal welfare. Improving animal welfare is a noble cause that rises out of the understanding ...
Obama's Fake Genetic Engineering Caution
Chinese scientists succeeded in a rudimentary form of “gene editing,” the first step toward the genetic engineering of human embryos, permanent genomic changes that would flow down the generations.
Given the eugenic possibilities, the foreseen and unforeseen consequences, and our ...
Family-Supported Suicide Risks Others
It used to be that families and mental health professionals were the last bastions helping despairing people (for whatever reasons) stay in life.
These days, even that bastion is crumbling. Psychiatrists in the Netherlands and Belgium euthanize patients, and a ...
1/3 Believe Animals Deserve Equal Rights
I hope these people didn’t think the question through.
Gallup reports that a worrying 32% of respondents believe animals should have “the same rights as people.”
Good grief. That would mean no ownership of animals. After all, people have the ...
Assisted Suicide Comes to California
I am mourning the betrayal by Governor Jerry Brown of all that is decent and right in medical ethics and healthcare policy.
For those interested, I posted my initial reaction over at The Corner.
This is a sad day, perhaps ...
Adult Stem Cells Effective Against MS
THIS CAN’T BE TRUE! Embryonic stem cells are the ONLY HOPE, “the scientists” and their media and celebrity camp followers repeatedly insisted–as they urged priority funding for studies from embryonic.
Except, those who argued that adult stem cells ...
PETA Sues to Give Monkey Copyright
A copyright protects creative works to encourage artists, scientists, etc. to engage in intellectual and artistic efforts. From “Copyright 101″:
The primary purpose of copyright law is not so much to protect the interests of the authors/creators, but rather to ...
Europe Bans Animal--Not Human--Cloning
I am always amazed at how there is a great anger in Europe against technologies like plant GMOs, but far less outrage over the prospect of human genetic modification, in the early stages of implimentation. From The Indpendent story:
Belgian Mother Euthanized for Grief
The Belgian euthanasia juggernaut continues to cut a terrible swath.
Now, a woman was euthanized shortly after she learned her daughter was dead. From the News.Com.Au story:
FIVE minutes after Simona de Moor heard her daughter had died ...
Do Transhumanists Want Realists Dead?
Transhumanists crack me up, but I also find them a bit unsettling.
They claim the mantle of scientific rationalism. But they are really desperate to escape the reality of mortality, and so pretend that “the singularity” will save them.
Human Exceptionalism Prevails in New York!
Human exceptionalism remains the law in New York as the highest court there has refused to hear an appeal seeking to create chimp personhood.
The Court of Appeals ruling rejecting the attempt, now the law of New York because the ...
Quebec Doctors are Veterinarians Now
Quebec legalized euthanasia last year, euphemistically called “aid in dying,” which is NOT restricted to the terminally ill (why would it be?), with mandated complicity that no Quebec MD can avoid due to the referral requirement.
The state–which pays ...
Animal Rights Zealotry Hates Animal Welfare
Animal rights ideology seeks to end all domestication of animals.
Animal welfare seeks to create ever-improving standards of animal husbandry.
Animal rights sometimes hides behind animal welfare appeals–to gain funds and followers–but a true animal rightist HATES animal ...
Good Grief: Now It's "River Rights"
Anti-human exceptionalism is becoming epidemic. Now, it’s “river rights.”
An Indian environmental activist has won an award for improving water systems in his home country. Good for him. But now, Rejendra Singh wants to engage the UN to adopt ...
ETHICAL Stem Cells Grow Human Brain
This is an achievement: Scientists have used skin cells to build a rudimentary human brain. (These were induced pluripotent stem cells.) From The Guardian story:
An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time, ...
Nietzsche Transhumanism's "Patron Saint"
Transhumanism is a bitter fight against the drowning nihilistic darkness of naked materialism.
Whether it is Aubrey de Gray’s railing against aging, Nick Bostrom’s intellectualism, George Dvorsky’s loathing of suffering, or Zoltan Istvan’s sunny and energetic ...
War on Humans: An 'Ecosystem' Sues
People keep laughing when I warn that “nature rights” is a serious threat intended to squelch human thriving.
“It will never happen here,” they say, rolling their eyes. But it is happening–and will happen if we don’t forcefully ...
Don’t tell me assisted suicide advocacy isn’t having a cancerous impact on our culture.
A coroner has now praised a couple who committed joint suicide because one had cancer. From the Daily Mail story:
A couple committed suicide ...
Euthanasia Doctor Shopping in the Netherlands
The Journal of the American Medical Association has conducted a study on euthanasia in the Netherlands and Belgium. It makes for morbid reading. The culture of death is really up and running!
For this post, I want to focus on ...
I sometimes catch myself using the “who” word in an unthinking way when referring to animals. But I always try to catch myself, and change to “that.” We have to maintain proper language. The personalizing “who” should be reserved strictly ...
Steven Pinker Pushes Unethical Human Research
Steven Pinker believes in scientism. What’s more, he doesn’t seem to believe in robust ethics.
That is the gist of his column arguing against ethical restraint in medical research involving human subjects and within cutting-edge fields such as ...
Cecil's Killer Violated Human Exceptionalism
The killing of Cecil the Lion was a very bad thing. As I understand it, a sanctuary lion–and tourist attraction–was lured out of his safe zone and shot with an arrow, taking many hours to die.
I know ...
"Let's Kill for Organs" Meme Continues
We are a society of public policy promise breakers. Advocates for radical transformations in law and culture promise their proposed changes will be constrained and regulated by strict guidelines.
Then, when the policy becomes law, it is often Katy bar ...
Terminal Nonjudgmentalism Validates Euthanasia of the Mentally Ill
I have written frequently about how euthanasia has become a “cure” for the mentally ill wanting to commit suicide in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland (soon in Canada).
Now, a study in the British Medical Journal discusses the euthanasia requests ...
More Than "In God's Image"
I feel the continual need to defend the value of human life simply and merely because it is human.
Why? Among other reasons, human exceptionalism is the necessary predicate to universal human rights and equality.
If we don’t have ...
Sick Suicide Reality Show at Edinburgh Festival
A sign of a sick society: Turning our nihilistic suicide outlaws into celebrities.
That happened big time with Jack Kevorkian, who assisted mostly non-terminally ill people in suicide, offering the kidneys he ripped from one of his victim’s body ...
Group Funded Assisted Suicide
The daughters of a cancer patient, who wants to fly to Switzerland to be made dead, started a group funding effort to pay for their mother’s assisted suicide.
When that got shut down, people apparently sent cash to help ...
Ethical Stem Cells Grow Tiny Human Hearts
Remember when THE SCIENTISTS! insisted that embryonic stem cells and human cloning were the ONLY HOPE to create a vibrant regenerative medical sector? People bought the mendacity, and as one consequence, California is now stuck with the borrow-and-spend-billions boondoggle known ...
Newer Chimp Hands Irrelevant to Human Exceptionalism
Science reporting seeks to undermine human exceptionalism at even the slimmest pretexts.
Case in point. A study concludes that human hands are less sophisticated than those of chimps (never mind how much more we have accomplished with ours. And the ...
Those who support euthanasia and assisted suicide continue their attempt to conflate hospice/palliative care with killing, as if they invoke the same moral values. They. Do. Not.
The latest example is in the New York Times (of course!). From, “...
Euthanasia for Gang Rape?
Those who believe in euthanasia accept the noxious premise that killing is an acceptable answer for human suffering.
That being true, it can’t be about terminal illness–and in most places where it is allowed, it isn’t. That’...
Animal "Rights" versus Free Exercise of Religion
We have entered a time in which the free exercise of religion is under sustained assault. Here’s a relatively extreme example: Animal rights activists are suing an Orthodox Jewish sect and the City of New York to prevent the ...
Netherlanders Pressured into Euthanasia
Netherlanders are pressured into “choosing” euthanasia, reads the story. I’m not surprised. This has been true for many years. For example, in the first edition of my Forced Exit, I reported on a story in which a wife told ...
Biological Colonialism Bites Back
I coined the term “biological colonialism” as a descriptive of the practice of well-off westerners (and others) who travel to very poor countries so as to exploit the destitute for their body parts and functions.
Thailand was one major port ...
First Colombia Medicalized Killing
Colombia’s first legal euthanasia has just been carried out. That makes four countries with currently legal euthanasia; Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Colombia.
Canada will soon join that list once the Supreme Court’s imposition goes into effect next year. ...
Clarence Thomas Defends Human Exceptionalism
I am not involved in the same sex marriage debate. I want both sides of that contentious issue to agree with me on human exceptionalism–and the best way to be heard by all is to keep my big trap ...
Canadian Medical Association: Vichy of Euthanasia
The Canadian Medical Association has, in short course, gone from resisting euthanasia to being enthusiastic collaborators with the culture of death.
Its draft “principles” have no limits to which patients can be killed by doctors. Indeed, there isn’t even ...
The Economist Pushes Death on Demand
The media no longer present objective reporting on issues of social or cultural controversy. They choose sides.
This has been generally true for about ten years about assisted suicide, and ever since the Brittany Maynard manufactured media frenzy, the bias ...
CA Judge: Nursing Homes Can't Make Medical Decisions
This is very good. A California judge has ruled that it is unconstitutional to permit nursing homes to make medical decision on behalf of their incompetent patients. From the Kaiser Health News story:
A California law allowing nursing homes to ...
AP Orders Media to Stop Using "Committed Suicide"
I believe that we are in the midst of a broad push, across different sectors of society, to make suicide more palatable and normalized–at least for some categories of people, such as in those who commit assisted suicide because ...
Belgian Death Doctor Wins Humanist Award
I keep saying that humanism has metastasized into anti-humanism.
Case in point, the notorious euthanasia death doctor William Distelmans–an oncologist–killed the healthy but depressed Godelieva De Troyer because she wanted ...
Dutch Pediatricians Want to Euthanize Children
There is no limit to the culture of death once it is fully off the leash.
Dutch law allows euthanasia for children age 12 and over. But now a prominent pediatrician wants the age limits erased. From the AFP story:
Princeton Should Treat Peter Singer Like a Racist
In recent days, we have seen college professors forced out of their positions over relatively minor infractions of politically correct dogma.
But Peter Singer says all human beings should not be treated equally, indeed that some among us can be ...
France Debates Slow Motion Euthanasia
Sigh. If the euthanasia pushers can’t get people dead one way, they try another.
The French Senate is debating legalizing terminal sedation for the terminally ill who want it. From the Yahoo story:
France’s debate over end-of-life care ...
The Church of Transhumanism: Let us Upload
Have you noticed how materialists are inventing their own church? It is called transhumanism, and it seeks the same meaning people receive from religion, but perhaps without Liturgy and God forbid–sorry atheists–any concept of sin (other than staying ...
Euthanize Prisoner to Use Organs for Parents?
This won’t happen, but I don’t know how euthanasia supporters could oppose the request.
A murderer is suffering from imprisonment. He wants to die so his organs can be used to save his parents’ lives. From the WKRN ...
Unasked for Euthanasia in Belgium
The bottom line of euthanasia consciousness is that killing is splendid way to end human suffering.
Advocates say it is also about “choice.” But once one accepts the first destructive premise, what’s choice got to do with it?
CHIMPS CAN COOK! but, um, Don't.
“Humans are not exceptional!” we are continually told. But then, scientists and/or advocates huff and puff to show how animals are just like us–and the media swoon.
This one made me laugh. CHIMPS CAN COOK, screamed the Guardian ...
From Transgender to "Transable" for BIID
With all of the fuss about transgender issues these days–and support–I have been warning that the next stage in radical self-recreationism will be to allow people suffering from the terrible mental illness, body integrity identity disorder (BIID), to ...
Science! Now It's Plant Ph.Ds
Good grief, here we go again. I wrote previously about a professor (of course!) promoting “pea personhood” in the New York Times and a book.
Switzerland includes the “intrinsic dignity” of individual plants in its constitution.
“Nature rights” is the ...
Group-Funding to Pay for Suicide
Have we become such a degraded and life-disaffirming culture that a fundraising internet sight is hosting a request to group-fund a one-way trip to a Swiss suicide clinic?
Apparently so. From the pitch at the fund raising site, which I ...
Scottish Parliament Rejects Assisted Suicide
We keep hearing how assisted suicide can’t be stopped, but it almost always is defeated.
And now in so not conservative Scotland. From The Guardian story:
MSPs voted by 82 to 36 against the general principles of the assisted suicide (Scotland) ...
Transhumanism's Despairing Howl
I hear all the time that human exceptionalism is arrogant–that we are not “special” in nature, nor are our lives of higher value than other species, some even say, “nature.” Patent nonsense.
But this is arrogant–the transhumanist eschatology ...
Allow Organ Preservation After Unexpected Death
More than 100,000 people are on the organ waiting list hoping and praying for a transplant before their time runs out.
The excruciating waits have led to unethical proposals to gain more organs, such as allowing the cognitively devastated to be ...