Bioethics

Hippocrates Was a Human Exceptionalist

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Jennifer Lahl, head of the Center for Bioethics and Culture (for which I consult), weighed in on human exceptionalism at the Human Life Review symposium, which debates whether religion is necessary to the defense of HE. No, she says. From, “Thank God Hippocrates Was a […]

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Transhumanists as Nietzche’s Children

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC You are going to die. How’s that for a cheerful lede? But it is true. You are going to die. So am I. No escape. Deal with it constructively. Some say that when humans became aware of death, we invented religion for that precise purpose. […]

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Obama’s Ethically Challenged “Bioeconomy Blueprint”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Central Control has released the “National Bioeconomy Blueprint” that outlines how the sector can transform our struggling economy into soaring prosperity, and how the government-business partnership will make that happen. Perhaps, but why do I keep seeing visions of the public money vacuum Solyndra dancing […]

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NICE Wants UK Docs to ^ Pain Control

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The UK’s rationing board, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) wants doctors to use more pain control. From the BBC story: NICE wants doctors in England and Wales to make more use of morphine and other strong opioids — the only adequate pain relief […]

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All +50 Ordered to Take Statins?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC We are individuals, not statistics. But don’t tell that to the healthcare technocrats, who are now strongly urging that the NHS give all people over 50 prescribed statin drugs to lower the risk of heart attack — even people who don’t have any apparent need […]

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Bioethicists Fraternizing With the Enemy

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Oh dear. Carl Elliot, a bioethics professor, has written a blistering critique of his own field in the Chronicles of Higher Education. Elliot is angry because Pfizer has created a fellowship in bioethics and has takers, which he views as fraternizing with the enemy. From […]

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No, Bioethicists Can’t Ride to the Rescue

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I warned in Culture of Death: The Assault on Medial Ethics in America that the bioethics movement had ambitions to influence life and public policy well beyond its sphere of influence in medicine and health-related laws and regulations. The title of an article published in […]

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Excellent Book Review

The Brave Lass, a freelance writer in Colorado, gives a close reading to Ellen Painter Dollar’s new book, No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction, and finds it wanting. From the conclusion: Ellen Painter Dollar’s story is deeply moving, but when she attempts to move into […]

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Right to Induce Early Birth So Dying Father Can See Baby?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I saw a story this morning that created a conflict between my heart and my head. An imminently dying man and his pregnant wife wanted him to be able to hold their baby before passing. And so, doctors agreed to induce a two-week early birth […]

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See It Now! Bioethics 2012

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Fresh off a very successful year of predicting the future in 2011, I now find myself forced to once again risk my laurels, peer into my crystal ball, and tell you what will happen in the world of bioethics in 2012. What I foresee hurts […]

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Just Change My Name to Nostradamus

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC It’s that time of year I dread every time it comes around. No, not the religious and New Year holidays. When I have to go back to my annual CBC predictions for the future year, and see whether I was truly prescient or a false […]

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Bioethicists Don’t Have “The Answers” To Life’s Problems

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC So, which is it? Is ” mainstream bioethics” a “come let us reason together” learned discourse in which respected colleagues explore differing views and ethical outlooks, as some in the movement suggest? Or, is it actually, as I opined in Culture of Death: The Assault […]

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Drug Companies Should Be Stopped From Outsourcing Drug Testing Ethics

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The human body and its constitutent parts are fast becoming among the world’s most valuable “natural resources.” Indeed, ounce for ounce, human eggs are probably the most expensive (now) commodity in the world. Because human bodies are so valuable, biological colonialism is becoming a growing […]

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Break the Spiral of Silence

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC New Media Manager Chuck Colson today weighs in on Jennifer’s recent experience of being verbally mauled by a fertility specialist at a Canadian fertility conference. Sadly, Lahl’s experience is much more common than you would expect . . . The directness of this attack and its unvarnished prejudice is intended to […]

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We Don’t Have a Moral Duty to Be Experimented Upon

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I think many of the political and ethical arguments today, whether in bioethics, tax policy, or other issues roiling society–boil down to a fundamental dispute between what is meant by “equality.” Some (me included) believe it means equal opportunity (American Revolution), while others (President Obama, […]

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Should Doctors Tell Patients When Death is Imminent? It Depends on the Patient

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The LA Times has an interesting story about whether doctors should tell imminently dying patients that they are about to expire. The question asked, is whether this is the right thing to do. From “Should Doctors Tell Patients When Death is Imminent:” A study published […]

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Projection Alert: Stem Cell Scientist Casts Moral Aspersion

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Pro embryonic stem cell research scientists sure can get touchy about ethics. In fact, if you read what some of them write, you might conclude that they believe only scientists should decide what is ethical in science. What else are we to think about a […]

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Male Contraceptives Would Create Few Ethical Arguments

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The New York Times has an interesting report today that male contraceptives in human trials appear to work, generally by reducing sperm output to the point of infertility. From the story: Male contraceptives are attracting growing interest from scientists, who believe they hold promise for […]

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