In December, the New York Times reported on the widespread starvation of children in Venezuela due to its economic collapse. The government's response: falsify the records. "Doctors are censored in hospitals, too, often warned not to include malnutrition in children’s medical records. “In some public hospitals, the clinical diagnosis of malnutrition has been prohibited,” Dr. … Continue reading Falsifying Health Records
This article was published in this week's Catholic Free Press. As is usually the case with life issues, each side seem to talk a different language. The same is true in the debate on physician-assisted suicide (PAS). From those of us who oppose PAS we hear that “all life has dignity” while from those who … Continue reading A Tale of Two Dignities
In September, The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) surveyed its 22,500 members regarding physician assisted suicide (PAS). They say that because of that survey, the MMS decided to “rescinded its longstanding opposition to physician assisted suicide,” and to adopt a position of “neutral engagement.” But is that consistent with the survey results? The survey itself had … Continue reading Mass Medical Society PAS Survey Results
Italy recently passed a law permitting citizens to create living wills, a type of advance directive, with differing perspectives reported in the New York Times and The Tablet. The law specifically allows refusal of nutrition and hydration, the basics human care, before someone is actively dying. When we are convinced that this is allowable, then … Continue reading Advance Directives as a Road to Euthanasia
This excerpt is from The Mystery of Christmas, a lecture she gave to a group of academics. This is even more powerful when one considers her eventual martyrdom in an Auschwitz gas chamber. Though we know that the vast majority of people seeking assisted suicide are not physically suffering and are still far off from … Continue reading Saint Edith Stein, Christmas, and Redemptive Suffering
One of the biggest medical stories of 2017 was met with bored indifference. The death rate from Alzheimer's Disease rose a whopping 55% from 1999 to 2014. It is now the 6th leading cause of death, 5th leading cause in those over 65. And the 2015 data are even worse. The rates of the other … Continue reading Alzheimer Euthanasia Already Reality?
On September 7, New York’s highest court unanimously ruled against assisted suicide. They wrote, “At present, the Legislature of this State has permissibly concluded that an absolute ban on assisted suicide is the most reliable, effective, and administrable means of protecting against its dangers.” They described those dangers: As summarized by the Supreme Court, the … Continue reading Why Prescribed Suicide is Bad, Again