Palliative Care

Bioethics at the Oscars

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the big news coming out of the Academy Awards last night is the mixup regarding the Best Picture winner. Even without that, though, you probably wouldn’t have heard much about a nominated film that brought a bit of bioethics to the Oscars. Extremis, nominated for Best Documentary Short […]

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Centralized Healthcare Hurts the Dying

We should look with great trepidation at the experience of the NHS for what Obamacare’s centralized control is bringing our way–I mean beyond bitter societal division currently tearing the country apart. The care of the dying vividly illustrate my point. Years ago, too many dying people on the NHS were allowed to die in agony. […]

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Child Euthanasia in the U.K.?

Euthanasia is a virulent affliction of the modern era. (For one of the reasons why, see my current First Things column.) The Netherlands allows euthanasia down to age 12 and so tolerates infanticide–technically murder under the law–that baby-killing doctors felt confident enough to publish the Groningen Protocol, a bureaucratic check list for which sick or […]

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Who Cares What Great Palliative Docs Think?

The greatest palliative care physicians of our era are (or were) against assisted suicide. Dame Cecily Saunders–one of the great medical humanitarians in history for creating the modern hospice movement–told me that she saw assisted suicide as, by definition, denying the dignity of dying patients. Dr. Kathleen Foley, perhaps the most respected practicing palliative care physician […]

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Folly for UK to Legalize Assisted Suicide With Palliative Care Failure

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The modern hospice movement began in the United Kingdom, thanks to the calling and energies of the late, great medical humanitarian, Dame Cecily Saunders. But now, a disturbing report appeared in the Telegraph indicating that tens of thousands of dying patients do not receive adequate […]

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More Than Raw Information Checklists Needed for Good Palliative Care

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC As I watch Compassion and Choices (once the Hemlock Society), it appears to have a couple of long term goals. First and foremost, of course, is the complete legalization of assisted suicide throughout the country, supposedly restricted to the terminally ill under guidelines. Then, the […]

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