As I write this post, the Baby MB case decision is about to be announced. If the Court rules that doctors are permitted to unilaterally refuse life support, it will be a huge step forward for the medical futility movement, that persumes to permit bioethicists and doctors to, in effect, declare that some lives are not worth living. If the parents prevail, it will reaffirm the important principle that in these difficult cases, family decision making about “quality of life” and whether to continue treatment belong ultimately to patients and families.
Meanwhile, I spoke last night to interested parties at the Parliament on euthanasia and attended a very substantive debate on the same topic on Monday night. I was very impressed with the quality and substance of the debate and was quite pleased that the opponents of euthanasia carried the question from the audience.