"You hold her down and I'll give her the drink." "Your condition is not worth treating. Let's start the Medical Aid in Dying process." This may be what people think coercion is like, but really it is far more subtle and powerful. The popular news media is full of "good death" stories often originating from … Continue reading What Does Coercion Look Like?
Massachusetts Medical Society Survey Results Physician-assisted suicide is "fundamentally incompatible with the physician's role as healer." That is the position the AMA still holds despite the rather dramatic pleas from those seeking a position of "engaged neutrality" - a clever but meaningless phrase. Compassion and Choices wrote the playbook for physicians to flip their societies' positions. … Continue reading AMA Remains Opposed to Assisted Suicide
In Australia, a judge has ordered that a pregnant teenage who is a Jehovah's Witness receive a blood transfusion should she need one when being induced to deliver her baby. Why? "The court heard from experts who said that while the teenager had been very clear and consistent in her wishes she was influenced by … Continue reading Muddy Waters of Autonomy, Consent, and Faith
One bioethicist who would like to see people more frequently denied healthcare that he deems "futile" is up in arms because in "a new study, researchers found that zero physicians providing LDCT had a qualifying shared decision making visit with an evidence based decision aid. 'Potential harms of screening were not adequately explained, and decision … Continue reading “Fraud” in Medicine
During morning Mass on August 14th, the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, I listened to the priest recount the story of his death at Auschwitz. I knew the story well, but on hearing it this time I realized just how important his intercession is against assisted suicide and euthanasia. As a "poorly behaved" child, … Continue reading St. Maximilian Kolbe and Euthanasia
After Bishop Michael Bruce Curry delivered his sermon at today’s wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, many observers around the world wondered, as one headline put it, “Who was the Jesuit priest mentioned during the Royal Wedding sermon?” On Twitter, many of those familiar with the work of that Jesuit priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, expressed surprise … Continue reading Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Legacy of Eugenics and Racism Can’t Be Ignored
I sit here waiting for Mom at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. As we make our way from the lab to the doctor's station to the transfusion suite, I see so many other cancer patients accompanied by their family as well. Some wear masks and gloves, some have little hair; others are in wheelchairs or carry … Continue reading Seasons of Caring