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California Lawmakers Reintroduce Physician Assisted Suicide Legislation

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If you think it’s starting to feel like Groundhog Day, you’re right. Yesterday, lawmakers in California reintroduced a bill that would allow for physician assisted suicide in the state. This comes after the fact that a California court upheld the ban last Friday and the bill failed to make it out of an assembly committee […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. New Study Evidences that Egg Freezing “Doesn’t Always Work” A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine found a success rate of only 43% of live births for women who freeze their eggs. Fresh eggs yield a success rate that is only slightly higher at 50%. As the high failure rates evidence, the practice of egg […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. China Prohibits Egg Freezing, Encourages Sale of Sperm China has long held a ban on single women freezing their eggs, but now in light of the decision by Juhuasuan, a Chinese company affiliated with Alibaba (the Chinese equivalent to eBay) to begin selling sperm, some Chinese women are pushing back against “reproductive inequalities.” Here at […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. The Price of a Human Egg Litigated Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported on litigation where two women are claiming that the price guidelines for egg “donation” clinics are in violation of antitrust laws. These women argue that the agencies have suppressed the real dollar amount they should be able to get […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Another International Surrogacy Arrangement Goes Awry Reuters is reporting that a Thai surrogate has changed her mind and is refusing to release the child she carried for a gay couple in the United States. The couple is claiming that the conflict is now “destroying” their lives. Stories like this are making their ways into […]

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Voluntary Euthanasia Not Limited to Terminally Ill

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A chilling article appeared earlier this week in the Sydney Morning Herald chronicling the death of a twenty-six year old man who took his own life utilizing voluntary euthanasia—despite the fact that he was not terminally ill. It was only three years after his death when his mother discovered that her son was a member […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Embryo Selection on the Rise It’s been a big week for embryo-selection technology. Earlier this week the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlighted a new technology, EmbryoScope, that is both an incubator for embryos as well as a camera that takes photos of the embryos to monitor their development. As I mentioned earlier this week, 60 Minutes highlighted the […]

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British PM Opposes PAS

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During yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Question Time, David Cameron declared, “I don’t support the assisted dying proposals. I don’t support euthanasia.” Despite promises of safeguards and protections, Cameron cited his concerns that this bill would put the elderly and disabled—those who are most vulnerable and deserve the most protection—at risk. While discussion on physician assisted suicide […]

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No One Should Have No One

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Last week while in the United Kingdom, I kept seeing the same advertisement posted throughout the London Underground: No one to say good morning to. No one to bless you when you sneeze. No one to take tea with. Or whisky, for that matter. No one on the end of the phone. No one to […]

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Disability Rights Groups Silenced in NJ PAS Debate

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Last month we alerted you to the effort underway to legalize physician assisted suicide (PAS) in New Jersey. The NJ state assembly has now successfully passed a bill in favor of the practice, though it’s unlikely to pass the senate. And if it were to reach his desk, Governor Chris Christie will almost certainly veto […]

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Making Life and Taking Life, One Law at a Time

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New York State Senator Brad Hoylman has been on the CBC radar for some time now. He’s been pushing legislation to make commercial surrogacy legal in his state. He’s the direct beneficiary of the practice, which allows paying women to have babies for others. He and his partner, David Sigal, paid a woman in San […]

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A Slippery Slope: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Belgium

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Last month, Oxford’s Anscombe Bioethics Centre, along with the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies, St Mary’s University Twickenham, and KU Leuven, sponsored an important conference on “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Lessons from Belgium.” ‘Assisted dying’ bills are pending in the UK, hence the motivation for the conference. A […]

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The Fallout from Brittany Maynard’s Case Begins

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The New Jersey state assembly is scheduled to vote on a bill today that would allow physician assisted suicide within the state. The bill’s sponsor, John Burzichelli, has publicly said that Brittany Maynard’s death earlier this month has added momentum to the bill. Fortunately, the bill would also have to pass the senate and state […]

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Mourning Brittany Maynard—and Offering a Better Example

The death of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old terminally ill woman who took her own life on November 1st utilizing Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” law, is not just a personal tragedy, but also one for the institution of medicine at large. The CBC has long been one of the most vocal opponents of physician-assisted suicide, and […]

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Lessons on the Limits of Medicalization of Life and Death

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The October issue of First Things magazine offers a chilling column from Kalman Kaplan, Clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. In the column Kaplan chronicles his correspondence with Martha Wichorek—who would later to become the 70th person to die using the assistance of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the […]

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Reclaiming what “Dying with Dignity” Means

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A profile piece in today’s New York Times on one woman’s fight to fulfill her father’s last wish to die at home evidences the horrific conditions that many elderly patients are forced to endure in the final stages of their lives. The story has also sparked a “Room for Debate” discussion on “Finding Humane Care […]

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If You Ask Us, We Want Life!

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That’s what demonstrators were chanting outside a pro-euthanasia conference in Chicago last week (see video below). Canadian anti-euthanasia activists traveled from Quebec to join U.S. groups like Not Dead Yet (NDY) and American Disabled for Attendant Programs (ADAPT) to protest for three days outside the World Federation of Right to Die Societies conference. The director […]

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A Lethal Legacy: Hurricane Katrina and the Indignity of Euthanasia

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A new book tells the harrowing story of Memorial Medical Center, where some physicians took the lives of their patients during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. When Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and devastated New Orleans in 2005, many wondered what would become of the fabled city and its French-and-African fused culture. Katrina was […]

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