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Fallout from Physician Assisted Suicide

As we’ve already alerted you, earlier this week Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s physician assisted suicide bill into law. Now we can only wait for the fallout to begin—as is well documented in places like Oregon and Washington where the practice is already legal. In his statement in response, CBC Board Member Dr. Aaron Kheriaty observed, “Governor […]

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Governor Brown Delivers Death Sentence to California

It is with heavy hearts that we at the CBC report that Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law ABx2 15.  California becomes the fifth state to allow physician assisted suicide after Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Vermont. In his signing message to the California State Assembly, Governor Brown states that he weighed the arguments of […]

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Will California Governor Veto Physician Assisted Suicide Bill?

California Assembly Bill ABX2-15 is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk and he has until this Wednesday, October 7th, to decide whether or not he will veto it. If he does nothing, the bill will become law–forever corrupting the medical profession in his state. But it’s not just his state that will be affected by […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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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Tell Governor Brown to Veto Physician Assisted Suicide

As we’ve already alerted you, last week California’s state legislature approved physician assisted suicide. The bill is now on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown and it’s up to him to either veto it or sign it into law. Time is of the essence here—and it’s important that all concerned citizens of California act now […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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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Majority of Canadian Doctors Resist Physician Assisted Suicide

Yesterday, an overwhelming majority of Canadian doctors refused to embrace physician assisted suicide at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). As the CTV reports, “Only 29 per cent of doctors at the Annual General Council Meeting voted to support physician assisted suicide, citing concerns over mental health, young patients, and the lack of […]

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California Legislators Attempt Sly Maneuver to Reintroduce Physician Assisted Suicide On the heels of a California judge refusing to allow for physician assisted suicide in the state, lawmakers have once more reintroduced legislation on the matter—this time in a special session hoping to bypass legislators that oppose the practice. In a sly move, these legislators […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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

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

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

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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Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Dies in California

Proponents of the Hippocratic Oath have much to celebrate with the death of California’s physician assisted suicide bill, which failed to make it out of committee yesterday. We’ve followed this bill closely over the past year, and CBC board member Dr. Aaron Kheriaty has been one of its most vocal opponents. As Democratic Assemblyman Freddie […]

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This Week in Bioethics

The Economist Endorses Physician Assisted Suicide The editorial board of The Economist, a well-regarded weekly magazine, endorsed physician assisted suicide this week. In a provocative editorial, they write: “Competent adults are allowed to make other momentous, irrevocable choices: to undergo a sex change or to have an abortion. People deserve the same control over their […]

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Should We Live Forever?

Later this week the FDA will meet with researchers to evaluate plans for a possible clinical trial that would use the drug metformin in hopes of delaying the onset of major diseases such as various cancers or heart disease. The drug is already used to treat type 2 diabetes, though researchers are optimistic that the […]

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British PM Opposes PAS

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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Support for Physician Assisted Suicide Isn’t Liberalism, It’s Nihilism

There’s a fine new piece just out in POLITICO where Dr. Ira Byock calls out his fellow progressives for supporting physician assisted suicide under the guise of protecting civil liberties. He issues a strong indictment: Just when moral outrage and radical social change are called for, my fellow progressives have embraced physician-assisted suicide as their […]

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California Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Moving To Vote

During last week’s This Week in Bioethics update, I alerted you to the fact that the California Physician Assisted Suicide Bill was in suspense in the state senate and would likely fail. I am sad to report that in a surprise move, the state senate’s appropriations committee has approved the bill and moved it forward […]

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