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This Week in Bioethics

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1. The Council of Europe Rejects Surrogacy Earlier this week the Council of Europe rejected a report that called for the regulation of surrogacy, rather than an outright ban on the practice. Intrinsic to the practice of surrogacy is exploitation and coercion—and that’s why we’re grateful that the Council of Europe rejected allowing it in […]

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1. Physician Assisted Suicide Fails in Maryland The state senator behind Maryland’s efforts to legalize physician assisted suicide withdrew his bill yesterday admitting that he did not have enough support to move it forward. Maryland was a key state for advocates of doctor prescribed suicide and this withdrawal marks a big victory for vulnerable patients […]

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1. World Medical Association to Revise Hippocratic Oath The World Medical Association, which represents over 100 national medical associations, has announced that a working group will be revising the oath its members take. While no announcements have been made, I’d be willing to bet that one of the first orders of business will be to […]

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Euthanasia and Euphemisms

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A recent article in a Dutch newspaper exclaimed: “Euthanasia Patient Saves Five Lives with Organ Donation.” After suffering a stroke, the man decided he no longer wanted to live and asked to be euthanized. The article went on to note, “He gave his last breath in an operating room at the Erasmus Medical Center in […]

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1. IVF Conceived Children Face Poor Health Outcomes A new study in the journal of Human Reproduction warns that IVF conceived children may suffer poor health outcomes such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. According to Dr. Pascal Gagneux, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California San Diego, “We’re engaging in an evolutionary […]

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1. Belgium Sets New Records for Euthanasia Most countries aim to set new health records by alleviating certain diseases, curing cancers, or improving overall health among their citizens. In Belgium, however, they aim to set records to see how many of their fellow countrymen their medical institutions can kill off. And in 2015, a record […]

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Belgian Nursing Home Sued for Refusing to Euthanize Patient

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A Belgian nursing home is being sued by the family of a cancer patient for refusing to euthanize her. Yes, you read that correctly. An institution tasked with providing health care, treatment, and support to the ill and the infirmed is being taken to court for not wanting to perform a procedure that they viewed […]

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Stories that Matter

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Yesterday’s New York Times featured a beautiful piece titled “The Wisdom of the Aged,” where six elderly New Yorkers were followed and profiled over the course of a full year. The article captures their hopes, their struggles, and their daily routines as they live out their lives in their eighties and nineties—and while each of […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. European Parliament Condemns Surrogacy This week the European Parliament condemned surrogacy—delivering a huge victory for women and children. In their statement, the EP concluded that surrogacy “undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity.” We hope that policy makers around the world will […]

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1. Assisted Suicide Law Now in Effect in Quebec Quebec’s assisted suicide law went into effect yesterday. According to the Minister of Justice, the law is aimed at “allowing people at the end of their lives to receive care that respects their dignity and their autonomy.” It’s both strange and tragic how suicide—normally condemned and […]

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Euthanasia is Incompatible with Palliative Care

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Since 2002, the Belgium government has aimed to provide “palliative care for all” as a part of its healthcare services. On the surface, this sounds like a laudable goal and one that should be encouraged. But, as a new report from the European Institute of Bioethics reveals, the Belgian government’s understanding of euthanasia as a […]

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1. Couples Pursuing Surrogacy in India Now in Limbo Due to India’s recent ban on international commercial surrogacy, a number of foreign couples in process of utilizing an Indian surrogate are scrambling. Some have frozen embryos they are trying to have shipped to their respective countries, while others have surrogates that are already in the […]

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Our Fall is Off and Running

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Dear Friend, Our Fall is off and running! Members of a new cohort of Paul Ramsey Fellows already met in San Francisco to begin the fourth year of our Paul Ramsey Institute. I am so pleased with this new group, which includes students from the University of Chicago, Cornell Medical School, Claremont Graduate University, and […]

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1. India Bans Foreigners from Hiring Surrogate Mothers The Indian government delivered a huge win to women and children this week by announcing they would issue a ban on foreigners hiring Indian women as surrogate mothers. Unfortunately, the practice will still be available for Indian couples, but this move is a major step in the […]

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Doctors Refuse to Serve on Belgium’s Euthanasia Commission

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In 2002, the government of Belgium formed the Federal Evaluation and Control Commission for Euthanasia. Last week, they announced that seven of the seats are vacant—citing particular trouble finding doctors who would serve. There are two reasons for this: One, many doctors remain uncomfortable with wielding the power of medicine to kill their patients. Second, […]

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1. California Physician Assisted Suicide Bill on Governor Brown’s Desk On the heels of last week’s decision by the California state legislature to pass physician assisted suicide, pressure is now on Governor Jerry Brown to veto the legislation. This week the American College of Physicians sent a letter to the governor encouraging him to do […]

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California State Assembly Passes Physician Assisted Suicide Legislation On Wednesday, California’s State Assembly passed legislation that would allow for terminally ill patients to receive aid from physicians to commit suicide. The bill now goes to the senate, which is expected to approve it. We can only hope that Governor Jerry Brown will veto the legislation and refuse […]

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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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