autonomy

GG Bridge Suicide Barrier Violates Right to Death

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We are told continually by the “right to die” crowd that suicide/euthanasia is the “ultimate civil liberty.” Indeed, these purveyors of suicide argue that we all of the RIGHT to determine the time, manner, method, and place of death. If that is so, the Golden Gate Bridge District Board of Directors are civil rights abusers! […]

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Will Bioethicists Support Hunger Strike Death?

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Last year, I argued against permitting prisoners from harming their health from hunger strikes–by force feeding if necessary.  The issue has been primarily discussed here at HE in the context of Guantanamo, but there was also advocacy for doctors both helping ease inmate’s hunger strike symptoms and/or refusing to participate in forced feeding. For example, here is […]

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Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

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Patient autonomy is fast becoming a one-way street. Choose to die by refusing life-sustaining treatment–sacrosanct! Want to live with life-sustaining treatment? Not your call. I recently helped successfully fight an attempt in Texas (SB 303) to legalize no consent DNRs. But they have been passed in VT and MD. From Thaddeus Pope’s Medical Futility blog: […]

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Planned Premature Birth Another Sign of Procreation as Manufacture

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Reproduction, we are now told, is a fundamental right. That sounds good. We don’t want government preventing people from having children. But under this theory, the right to reproduce has become more than just the right to have children. Women who don’t want their babies […]

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Driven Nuts by “Suffering:” Professor Urges Animal Eugenics Aimed at Eradicating Predators

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The problem of suffering and what do to about it has occupied philosophers and religious thinkers since humans first created civilization. This concern has led to to the creation of great religions, such as Buddhism, and impelled some of us to astonishing acts of empathy […]

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Assisted Suicide in Washington — Like Oregon, Not About Pain That Cannot be Controlled

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The first dehumanizing assisted suicide “statistics” from Washington are in, with 36 people reportedly overdosing themselves via lethally prescribed drugs in the first year. Washington voters were “sold” on assisted suicide, as is always the case, with the fear of being in pain that cannot […]

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