Vermont Bill to Own Your Organs
I know my headline is a bit provocative, but there is a point.
A bill has been filed in Vermont for presumed consent to organ donation, and it would grant an explicit ownership interest in the organs of all dead ...
Human Exceptionalism Key to Human Equality
The morality of the 21st century will depend on how we respond to this simple but profound question: Does every human life have equal moral value simply and merely because it is human?
Answer yes to that question and it ...
MD Wrong to Refuse Lesbians' Baby Care
A pediatrician in Michigan refused to take a baby as a patient because the child’s parents are a married lesbian couple. From the USAToday story:
But as Jami and Krista Contreras sat in the exam room, waiting to be ...
"Morally Smarter" or Morally Myopic?
I am always amused when secularists present advances in contemporary morality as somehow due to SCIENCE.
Michael Shermer’s column in Reason exemplifies the presumption. He notes that IQ scores have been rising and correlates this with a higher morality–...
Thou Shalt Abort--and LIKE IT!
My First Things column this week warns against the coming ”medical martyrdom,” by which I mean that the minions of the culture of death intend to require doctors, nurses, and facilities to either kill (abortion, assisted suicide, etc.) or get ...
Special Order Baby Eugenics
The “choice” culture is so self-centered. We presume the right and ability to control everything. As a consequence, unconditional love is eroding as we think of ourselves as so special.
These trends are particularly evident in the baby-making industry. The ...
ISIS may be harvesting organs from its victims. From the CBSNews story:
Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to look at allegations that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ...
Julia Roberts Promotes "Sub-Humanism"
The new-greens are anti human.
Even conservation groups–a noble cause–now seethe with an unhealthy anti-humanism that is both nihilistic and destructive to the cause of better environmental practices. I mean, who is going to follow a flag proclaiming ...
Green County:"Nature Rights" or Secession!
I have been pounding the drum for several years now warning about the “nature rights” movement that would obliterate human exceptionalism and shatter our economies.
My good friend Joseph Bottum came upon the latest such lunacy in New Mexico, and ...
"Aid in Dying" IS Assisted Suicide
Sophistry, redefintion of terms, blurring vital distinctions, postmodern deconstruction of words–such are the weapons wielded by assisted suicide ideologues as they work unceasingly to undermine Hippocratic medical values and promote suicide as a “medical treatment.”
Here in California, the ...
The war on humans continues as attacks against human exceptionalism from the environmental movement keep on coming.
A recent column in High Country News pushes the meme that Mother Nature should have standing to bring lawsuits in court. From, “Should ...
"Starve Alzheimer's Patients" Pushed Again
The principle that all patients must always receive humane care is under pronounced assault in bioethics, Indeed, some bioethicists now argue that nursing homes should be required to starve Alzheimer’s patients to death–even if they willingly eat, and ...
Canadian Docs OK Putting Patients Down
In the wake of Canada’s Supreme Court ordering full-tilt Belgium euthanasia yesterday, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association now says it is just fine for doctors to put patients down. (Hey, if the docs are going to embrace veterinarian-style ethics, ...
Compassion and Choices Hearts Canada Euthanasia
Compassion and Choices has been running a scam for many years. Here’s the baloney pile: It support assisted suicide only for the terminally ill when nothing else can be done to alleviate suffering.
The Canadian Supreme Court just forced ...
Hospice's Flaccid Defense Against Hemlock
Technically, the hospice movement is part of the diverse coalition opposing assisted suicide.
But people would be excused for being unaware of the hospice position since the organized movement has generally gone silent on the issue–in my view, abdicating ...
Anything Goes UK OKs Three-Parent Babies
We live in an anything goes culture in which preventing suffering or using medicine to achieve every life desire rules all.
The UK Parliament voted to approve the creation of three-parent embryos. From the BBC story:
The UK is now ...
Cousins Commit Joint Suicide at Swiss Clinic
Two elderly cousins, who worried about being separated, have flown to Switzerland where they were made dead while holding hands. From the Telegraph story:
Stuart Henderson, 86, and Phyllis McConachie, 89, took their lives together in a Swiss clinic in November last ...
Pro Virus Anti Human Vaccine Hater
This is so potentially destructive of human life that it has to be considered part of the “war on humans.”
Dr. Jack Wolfson believes we should leave the poor viruses that kill us alone by stopping vaccinations. After all, they ...
Dutch "Better Killed than Disabled" Bigotry
I have been reporting on the non-voluntary euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands for more than 20 years, the infanticide, euthanasia of the elderly “tired of life,” psychiatrists killing the mentally ill.
Often people hear this truth and yawn, “Oh, hum–but ...
My Bioethics Predictions for 2015
Each year, the Center for Bioethics and Culture asks me to predict the coming 12 months in bioethics. I have a very good record. For example, last year I made his prediction about Jahi McMath that some would have considered reckless, ...
UK Female Genital Mutilation Epidemic
This is awful and barbaric: The Independent reports that nearly 500 cases of female genital mutilation were discovered in just 1 month! From the story:
Almost 500 newly identified cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) were reported by hospitals across England in one ...
Culture "Debate" Not Possible in America
I have been in the trenches of fighting against assisted suicide, health care rationing, radical animal rights, anti-human environmentalism, etc. ad nauseam, for more than 20 years.
About five years ago it hit me like a punch: We can no longer ...
Big Step Toward Human Fetal Farming!
I have warned for some time that we may one day use aborted human fetuses as sources of organs.
Now, scientists have transplanted human kidneys from killed fetuses and grown them in rats. From the LiveScience story:
Researchers say they ...
Dutch Eutanasia for Tinnitus!
Euthanasia is a voracious beast, its hunger never assuaged.
Now, in the Netherlands, a woman was lethally injected because of severe tinnitus. From the DutchNews.nl story:
A special clinic in The Hague, set up to help people whose doctors ...
PBS's Nonjudgmentalism on Belgian Euthanasia
Well, at least they reported accurately that Belgium doctors euthanize mentally ill people.
But the utterly non-judgmental tone of this PBS story is truly chilling. From, “The Right to Die in Beligium:”
MEGAN THOMPSON: As she opens the door to ...
Humanists Support Robin Williams' Suicide?
The Humanist has an article out promoting assisted suicide as a “choice.” issue that should be available for anyone with more than a transitory desire to die.
The issue of death-on-demand–which lies at the heart of the euthanasia movement–...
Hobby Lobby Protects Another Company
Last year’s very limited Hobby Lobby ruling–the hysteria by those disagreeing was a wonder to behold–has protected the Catholic owners of a closely-held company from being forced to pay for contraceptive and sterilization coverage against their faith. ...
Emanuel: Don't Get Annual Obamacare Physical!
You cannot make this stuff up.
First, Obamacare’s chief bioethicist, Ezekiel Emanuel, wrote that he wanted to die at 75–strongly implying we should too.
Now, he is telling you to be as good as he is by refusing your ...
Kevorkian Place in History Up to Culture Victors
I was recently contacted by a high school student writing a paper about the historical significance of Jack Kevorkian. I hadn’t considered that particular aspect of his saga before, and so I took some time answering her. I then ...
Refusing Measles Vaccine is Reckless
The anti-vaccine movement has led to an increase in preventable infectious diseases, such as measles. Now, an infected person at Disneyland apparently caused nine children to get sick–and eight had not been vaccinated. From the CBSLA story:
At least ...
Transhumanism Puts Parents' Wants Over Baby's Welfare
I wrote here the other day about how scientists believe they may be able to turn skin cells into usable eggs and sperm. This means, among other things, that two men could become biological parents of a child–with one ...
Transhumanist Reality Check
Transhumanists are control freaks. They believe religiously that they can achieve indefinite life through anti-aging research, biotech, cybertech, uploading minds into computers, etc.
But life has a way of showing us that there are limits to human manipulation. Many cancers, ...
A "Death Doula" Loses His Medical License
There is more to this story than a ghoul suicide facilitator losing his medical license.
Lawrence G. Egbert is part of the suicide “counseling” organization, Final Exit Network. The group assists all kinds of people–including the mentally ill–in ...
CA Animal Rights Activists Raise Egg Prices
I have noticed that egg prices have gone up about $2-3 per dozen in my local store. There’s a reason: Californians passed a measure banning laying hens from being kept in cages. From the Medical Daily story by Samantha ...
CNN: Maynard "Extraordinary" for Suicide
The media’s worship of the euthanasia movement is really becoming evident. CNN has named Brittany Maynard one of its “11 Extraordinary People of 2014.” From the story:
Her example sparked a widespread debate about the rights of people with incurable illnesses ...
Good Grief: Now It's "Death Doulas"
The Hippocratic Oath is one of the last remaining impediments to the complete deprofessionalization of medicine.
Doctors don’t take it much anymore, but the people still embrace its core purpose as an essential protection of their lives and wellbeing.
Why Bioethics Should "Fail"
Julian Savulescu represents all that I find so objectionable about the mainstream bioethics movement.
Rejecting the sanctity/equality of human life, utilitarian in outlook, embracing a eugenics point-of-view, the Oxford professor–what does that tell you?–would lead society in ...
Court Declares Orangutan "Non Human Person!"
I have been warning you and warning you: It just takes one judge, wanting to make history, to kick the props out from under our tottering societal embrace of human exceptionalism.
In Argentina–next door to Brazil, where a judge ...
Liberal media love anti-human exceptionalism. I have written how the NYT will seemingly publish any idea and promote any cause that would destroy the unique value of human life.
Now Vox has joined the list, with an interview of Will ...
Attack of the Killer Suicide Potatoes
Good grief. So obsessed are some among the assisted suicide set, that they keep thinking of ever-more bizarre ways for people to make themselves dead.
Latest example, Faye Girsh, a biggie in the assisted suicide movement internationally. How big? She ...
Senior Depression Often Untreated? Euthanize!
I get such whiplash. On one hand, we are oft told in the media that assisted suicide/euthanasia are “dignity” and “choice”–that ending one’s own life at the time and in the manner of one’s choosing the “...
Making Sure Jahi Stays Dead?
I accept properly diagnosed brain death as dead. Hence, when three doctors found that Jahi McMath was tragically gone, I accepted the diagnosis.
But I also wrote that if her body did not deteriorate–as happens in almost all brain ...
Canada Bill to Legalize Euthanasia of Disabled
Like I keep saying: Euthanasia/assisted suicide is not about terminal illness. It is ultimately about allowing anyone with more than a transitory desire to die to be killed–whether by a doctor, a lay suicide facilitator, or even, family ...
In the midst of the Brittany Maynard media mania, it struck me how prophetic Jack Kevorkian was about how deeply the culture of death would subsume the culture of the West. So, I took to the pages of the Weekly ...
Why Not Get Stop ICU Child Care OK in Writing?
Apparently legislation in Missouri is controversial among the bioethics set because it requires written consent to stop ICU care for a child. From Thaddeus Mason Pope’s valuable Medical Futility blog:
Ordained Christian minister and Missouri state representative Bill Kidd ...
CDC: Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks
After all the nonsense from “intactivists” and their ridiculous war against circumcision, a little sanity from the CDC. It recommends circumcision’s health benefits as outweighing risks. From the Reuters story:
The benefits of male circumcision outweigh the risks, according ...
Time for Commercially-Assisted Suicide?
Human logic goes where our first principles and fundamental premises take it.
Assisted suicide’s core premise is that being killed to stop suffering is a fundamental human right. In other words, terminal illness may sometimes be potically expedient entry ...
Rate Down: Pro-Abortion Types Will be Unhappy
The CDC has issued a report noting a steep decline in the number of abortions. From the report:
For 2011, a total of 730,322 abortions were reported to CDC. Of these abortions, 98.3% were from 46 reporting areas that submitted data every year during 2002–2011, ...
Animal Research Points to Pain "Off Switch"
On this Thanksgiving Day, let us give thanks for the “grim good” of animal research to alleviate human suffering and point us toward methods to cure diseases.
Latest example: In animal studies, researchers may have found a pain “off switch.” ...
End America's "Hospice Cruel Choice" Now!
Art Caplan and I co-penned (computered?) a piece in USAToday recently urging an important hospice reform: Stop making dying patients choose between the hope of living a quality life in hospice, versus the potential for life-extending or curative care in ...
Suicide Prevention Facebook Style
Facebook has decided to try and prevent suicides. From the San Francisco Chronicle story:
When people write about harming themselves on Facebook, their friends can ask Facebook to review the post because it’s “hurtful, threatening or suicidal.”
A team ...
Of the Death Penalty & the Hippocratic Oath
We live in a topsy-turvy world. On one hand, advocates of abortion and assisted suicide have shattered the Hippocratic Oath so that doctors can be free to take human life and still be considered professionals.
At the same time that ...
MDs Can't Control Pain, Can Kill
Brilliant! The same Canadian doctors who are apparently very poorly trained in palliative care, have been given a license to kill by the recent radical ruing of the country’s Supreme Court.
This medical and potentially humanitarian mess is sorted ...
Columnist: Euthanasia = "Natural Death"
Sometimes, all I can do is I scratch my head. A Guardian columnist named Tim Lott supports the willingness of Dutch doctors to kill patients “tired of life,” as proof they believe in natural death. From, “We’ll All Die ...
Assisted Suicide Explored on Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning is an interesting Christian interview program, hosted by Brian Matson and Jay Friesen, that touches on a lot of contemporary social and cultural issues. They aim their show at a younger demographic (than me), but despite my fogeyhood, ...
Forcing Doctors to Lie About Assisted Suicide
California’s assisted suicide bill would–like Washington’s law–require doctors to lie about the cause of death in assisted suicide. From SB 128:
443.7. (a) Unless otherwise prohibited by law, the attending physician may sign the qualified individual’s death ...
At Least 1000 Californians Would Commit Legal Assisted Suicide Each Year
The bogus Oregon death with dignity assisted suicide statistics are out, and the numbers are up again.
According to the report–based on physician self-reporting–in 2014, 105 people overdosed themselves with drugs obtained via a doctor’s prescription (usually, facilitated in ...
Rescind Jahi Death Certificate Request Coming
According to a media report out of New Jersey, a third doctor–the others are Shewmon and Calixto–has signed a declaration stating Jahi McMath is not brain dead. The family attorney Chris Dolan says he will petition the California ...
The Netherlander Euthanasia Contagion
Newsweek has a long article–in which I briefly appear–exploring how and why the euthanasia monster broke its fetters to turn the Netherlands into ground zero for the culture of death (now seriously challenged by the even more death-enthusiastic ...
We live in very unethical times. The human cloning fraudster, Hwang Woo-suk, has hit it big with a new stem cell startup. From the AAAS story:
The scientist who once fraudulently claimed to have created embryonic stem cells matched to ...
Murderer Latimer Supports Canadian Euthanasia
One Sunday, Robert Latimer carried his 12-year-old daughter to the family pickup truck parked in the barn. He placed the girl, disabled by cerebral palsy, in the vehicle and started the engine. He closed the doors and asphyxiated Tracy to ...
Canada Euthanasia: Remediable = Irremediable
I have now fully digested the Canada Supreme Court’s absurd ruling lethally injecting euthanasia into the Maple Leaf vein. My stomach hurts.
Why do I use the word, “absurd?” Because words, definitions, meanings, common sense meant nothing in the ...
Colorado Committee Rejects Assisted Suicide
We never say die!
A bipartisan vote rejected assisted suicide–hopefully killing it for the session. From the Denver Post story:
A bill that would have legalized assisted suicide in Colorado failed in a legislative committee on an 8-5 bipartisan ...
Euthanasia: Supremes Turn Canada Into Belgium!
The Canadian Supreme Court just unleashed the evils of Belgium euthanasia on all of Canada in a unanimous vote. From the Reuters story:
The Supreme Court of Canada overturned a ban on physician-assisted suicide on Friday, unanimously reversing a decision ...
Doctors Want to Force Doctors to Kill
The culture of death brooks no dissent.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan has published a draft ethics policy that would force doctors to perform abortions on demand–and presumably assisted suicide, if the Canadian Supreme Court ...
Boo Hoo, Poor Michael Schiavo
Ever since Jeb Bush made noises about running for president, Michael Schiavo–who won a court ruling having his wife dehydrated to death–has been bashing Bush for trying to save Terri’s life.
Now, in Politico, a totally one-sided ...
France Animals "Living Beings Gifted Sentience"
France has changed the law regarding pets and domesticated animals. They are no longer “movable property” under the law but “living being gifted sentience.” From the The Speaker story:
Animals are now considered to be “living beings gifted sentience.” In ...
Of the "Death Test" and Death Panels
When the NHS adopted the “Liverpool Care Pathway” to guarantee quality palliative care, it led to bureaucratic checklist medicine, back door euthanasia, and the terminal sedation dehydration deaths of non-terminally ill patients. It became such a scandal that the LCP ...
David Suzuki's Anti-Human "Blue Dot" Campaign
The Canadian environmental radical, David Suzuki, is at it again. Not content with denigrating humans as “maggots” that go around defecating on the environment, he now wants to add a “right” in the Canadian Charter to “a clean environment.” As ...
Humans "Worse Than Alien Invasion" Debunked
The animal rights movement accuses those of us who believe in human exceptionalism of having no empathy for animals. In actuality, animal welfare and anti-cruelty laws demonstrate the opposite. It’s just that those of us who reject animal rights ...
With assisted suicide, abortion, and starving Alzheimer’s patients to death on the bioethics agenda, the acute question is raised, whether doctors can be forced to kill–or be complicit in the killing–of human fetuses and born people.
A Right to "Personal Recreationism?"
Forgetting the maxim, “Where fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” over at First Things, I weigh in on the “T” of GLBT, and what creating rights around that issue might portend.
I describe some of the latest developments ...
Let's Force Doctors to Starve Alzheimer's Patients!
Immoral bioethical policies and practices advance toward implementation through discourse–first in professional journals, and then in elite popular media columns.
That process is now gearing up regarding what I call “VSED-by-Proxy.”
VSED stands for “voluntary stopping eating and drinking”–...
Again with "Anti-Born Kids" Anti-Pro-Life Slur
Before I got into anti-assisted suicide work in 1993, I never hung out with pro-lifers. I only knew a few and didn’t engage the issues in which they were interested.
That changed fast once I joined the euthanasia fray, as ...
Sperm Donor as Human Stud Bull
Isn’t it amazing how often “progressive” human fertility industry practices mimic methods of animal husbandry?
Latest example: The Hollywood Reporter cheerily reports about “23 Hollywood moms” who had children by the same sperm donor.
When Violet was a toddler, Fain ...
Media Fails to Connect PVS Dehydration Dots
Count on the media to miss the obvious angle when it comes to the culture of death.
The story of Martin Pistorius–believed falsely to have been unconscious for 12 years–is all over the mainstream media. NPR is typical:
Canadian Proposal to Euthanize Incompetent
In the 1990s by the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that assisted suicide is not a constitutional right. But the Court has again taken up the issue–and hence, I suspect the handwriting is on the wall.
That seems so clear ...
Marcia Angell Enthusiastic for Euthanasia
Just as an illustration of where too many among the intelligentsia and technocratic classes are concerning euthanasia: I would like to briefly review a book review by former New England Journal of Medicine executive editor–and assisted suicide booster–Marcia ...
Court Axes California Foie Gras Ban
A decade ago, animal rights terrorists went after a Napa restaurateur for serving foie gras–pouring acid on his car, issuing threats, etc.
Typical of the way things go these days, rather than discredit the anti-foie gras movement, my state’...
As the Belgian Euthanasia Turns
What a soap opera.
The planned euthanasia killing of the Belgian murderer and rapist has been put on hold because the death doctor came down with an unexplained case of cold feet. From the De Staandard story (Google translation):
Belgian Rapist to be Euthanized
Apparently, the Belgian rapist who wanted euthanasia rather than spend life in jail will be snuffed by a doctor forthwith, in a country that rejects the death penalty. From the RTE News story:
Belgian newspaper De Morgen is reporting Frank ...
Slate has published a wonderful series of photos of babies only seconds in the world.
According to some very prominent bioethicists–past and present–certain, or even any, of these littlest people are killable–either because they are denigrated as ...
Gruber: There Will be Obamacare Death Panels
Back in 09–when Obamacare advocates castigated those who worried that Obamacare would lead to rationing–Jonathan Gruber said get the law passed first, then refuse treatment later. From the Daily Caller story:
“Let’s get the people covered and then ...
Debbie Purdy Dies: Case Echoed I Accuse!
Debbie Purdy, who won a landmark legal case in the United Kingdom requiring the public prosecutor to issue guidelines when assisted suicide would be prosecuted, has died in hospice after refusing to eat. She was 51.
Purdy’s case thrust the ...
Rare Media Defense of Human Exceptionalism
The media and the academy love anti-human exceptionalists–and I think for the same reasons. I believe the unremitting assault on unique human value–animal rights, nature rights, transhumanism, bioethics–aims to break the spine of Judeo/Christian moral philosophy (...
Can a Man be Both Mother and Father of Child?
We are speeding toward a time when human skin cells or embryonic stem cells can be morphed into sperm and eggs. The precursor of these gametes have been made in the lab. From the Guardian story:
Scientists have made primitive ...
Time to Make Organ Buying a Felony
This is biological colonialism turned into biological terrorism. ISIS is apparently financing its vicious atrocity campaign through killing for organs and selling them on the black market. From the Daily Mail story:
Islamic State has turned its hand to human ...
Why Revulsion at Dead Woman Giving Birth?
So a woman is declared brain dead in Ireland, but not taken off maintenance so her unborn child can gestate long enough to survive. The family wants to bury her. But a human life can be saved!
This really upsets ...
Hey Kids: Let's Organ-Harvest the Suicidal!
I warned this would happen back in my first anti-assisted suicide article–Newsweek, June 28, 1993–in which I wrote:
Of greater concern to me is the moral trickledown effect that could result should society ever come to agree with Frances [to ...
Infanticide Now "Debatable" in Bioethics
The late Richard John Neuhaus famously wrote of bioethicists:
Thousands of medical ethicists and bioethicists, as they are called, professionally guide the unthinkable on its passage through the debatable on the way to becoming the justifiable until it is finally ...
Driving Pro-Lifers Out of Medicine
Fifty years ago doctors were prohibited by the Hippocratic Oath–and most laws–from assisted suicide and abortion.
Now, we see the opening stanzas of forcing doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals to be complicit in such killing actions ...
Reducing Animal, Increasing Human, Euthanasia
I am all for reducing animal euthanasia in shelters if the dogs and cats can be cared for humanely. And indeed, shelters appear to be moving in that direction. From a Madison County Record story about one such case:
China Promises to End Harvesting the Executed
China has–for a second time–promised to stop organ harvesting those it executes. From the BBC story:
China has promised to stop harvesting organs from executed prisoners by 1 January, state media report…Death row inmates have long served as ...
Courts Should Punish Animal "Person" Litigators
The Nonhuman Rights Project lost a unanimous opinion in a New York Court of Appeals ruling that ruled–properly–chimpanzees are not persons. From the New York Times story:
In a blow for animal lovers and simian-rights advocates, a five-member ...
Proposed "Animal Charter of Rights" in Canada
Oh, good grief. Animal rights activists in Canada–not the same as animal welfare–are pushing an “Animal Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
Typical of most animal rights advocacy, much of it is utterly nonsensical.
From the proposal:
“Animals” means ...
Abortion Leads to Deadly Baby Hatred
Lila Rose’s Live Action Network has taped abortionists admitting they would not save babies who survive abortion. (After birth, whether wanted or not, the baby is no longer a “fetus.”
Here’s a quote from a tape posted last ...
Give Me That New Time Transhumanism!
I have a piece in this month’s First Things about how transhumanism is a form of materialistic faith. The column describes what I observed at a religion and transhumanism conference back in May. From, “New Time Religion” (subscription required):
The Technocracy Fights Fat but not Promiscuity
I wrote a bit ago in the Weekly Standard that obesity is the new global warming, noting that the proposed policy solutions to both “crises” are nearly identical, each increasing the power of the international technocracy exponentially.
Since then, the ...
MS Patient "Hero" for Euthanasia/Organ Harvest
So, this is where euthanasia leads, and how its values spread like a virus.
Belgium permits euthanasia to be combined with organ harvesting.
That odious couplng has now apparently spread to the Netherlands, where Dickey Ringeling, age 61, came down with ...
Invisible National Hospice/Palliative Care Month
Did you know that November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month? A time when hospice organizations publicize the truly compassionate care for the dying and those in pain? A time when media should be presenting high-profile stories of dying ...