ethics

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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‘Till Alzheimer’s Do Us Part

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Pat Robertson approves of seeing “other people” and/or divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s because it is a “kind of death.” From a 700 Club segment (first two minutes of clip) in which Robertson answers a question about a man started seeing other people after his […]

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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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Utilitarian Moral Views Linked to Psychopathology!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC This is funny. How often do we hear about studies claiming to demonstrate that liberals are smarter than conservatives, or conservatives live in a world dominated by fear: You know the drill. Well now a study has come out stating that those who believe that […]

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Rejecting “Right and Wrong” A Prescription for Allowing Great Evil

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Bioethicist Joel Marks comments on his loss of religious belief and how it led to his eschewing the very concept of “right” and “wrong.” It is an interesting read for me because it seems his “anti epiphany” flowed directly both from his rejection of God, […]

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“Moral Enhancement” to Feminize Hitler

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC This is funny, given our recent conversation about bioethicist Julian Savulescu’s support for “morally enhancing” people through drugs or implants. Apparently the UK Government plotted to do the same thing to Hitler by feminizing him with estrogen. From the Telegraph story: Now it has come […]

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Teaching Character, Not Neuro Enhancements, Key to Ethical Society

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC There has been a lot of justifiable worry expressed about moral decay in the wake of the UK riots. Apparently, the issue has also been on the minds of two among bioethics’ most notorious notable utilitarian practitioners, who are having a collegial disagreement about whether […]

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Only You Can Prevent Sex Selection and Other Ethical Failings

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Art Caplan — very pro choice — has an interesting article out warning against fetal testing technologies that can lead to sex selection and other eugenic pregnancy terminations. The context is a story in which sex can be determined in a blood test of the […]

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That Which Undercuts Human Exceptionalism Should be Considered Immoral

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Bioethicist Daniel Callahan has an interesting bit out at the Hastings Center blog. He says the term “immoral” is way overused in bioethical debates. As an example, he notes that he opposes proposed cuts in the “safety net,” but says that those who disagree with […]

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“Good Ethics Makes for Good Science”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Legatus magazine asked me to write a column on the stem cell issue, and so I did. From “Good Ethics Makes for Good Science:” Have you noticed that the stem-cell controversy rarely makes the news these days? There’s a reason: The greatest advances in stem-cell […]

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Human Subjects Research Ethics Protections Should Not be Dilluted

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Since the Nuremberg Code, protecting human subjects has always been thought more important than the speed in which research could be successfully brought into clinical application. But the world of medicine is growing increasingly utilitarian, and I have wondered how long that ethos would remain […]

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Contemporary Medical Oaths Exert Little Professional Pull on New Doctors

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Several years ago, I wrote about the woeful decline in the taking of the Hippocratic Oath, and the pabulum replacements that really did not require new doctors to pledge anything very meaningful at all. From my 2006 piece, “Harm Done,” in NRO: Unfortunately, we live […]

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Belief in Human Exceptionalism Only Real Protection of Human Subjects in Research

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC It is well known that Nazi “doctors” engaged in horrendous medical experiments with concentration camp inmates. They thought it was fine and right to do so because they believed they were working on so-called untermenchen, that is, humans of lesser value. There is no such […]

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Ethically Thin, Science Unltd.: The Shape of Progressive Bioethics

By Evan Rosa, CBC Communications Director Reviewed: Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy and Politics, Jonathan D. Moreno and Sam Berger, eds., The MIT Press, 2010 “The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.” (G.K. Chesterton, Fancies Versus Fads) […]

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Championing Ethics in an Unethical Time

I’ve been invited to speak at an important half-day conference in San Francisco on Saturday November 7th. This conference is FREE and hosted by the Center for Cultural Leadership. I hope many of you will consider attending. I know I will be there! Details of the conference can be found here. There will be three […]

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The Stem Cell Quest Resumes

Time Magazine’s cover article this week is on Stem Cell Research: The Quest Resumes. You can read it here. It’s basically another “blame it on Bush” piece on the tails of Obama’s “restore science to its rightful place” speech. Sorry, but I hate to mince words. Why would I say such a thing you ask? […]

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