Wesley Smith on the “Gerber Baby”

Here is a link to an excellent piece by Wesley Smith on the selection of Lucas Warren, a baby with Down syndrome, as the Gerber Baby of 2018.

“Unwelcome Guests: Disabled People and the New Eugenics”

Here is a link to a recently published essay by my colleague Steve Mikochik who explains why disabled people are so considered about the legalization of assisted suicide.

“Beyond Roe: A Global Roadmap for the Pro-Life Movement”

Here is a link to a very good piece by Stefano Gennarini published by Public Discourse.

Here are his concluding paragraphs—

“We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in the history of the pro-life movement internationally. And it requires President Trump to once again challenge the status quo. His willingness to defy the seemingly unassailable orthodoxies of government bureaucracies is a cause for hope.

While the abortion industry has not been able to create a right to abortion, it has succeeded in securing political and financial support through UN sexual and reproductive health policy and the UN system. If this continues, the abortion industry will expand its political influence, with deadly consequences for children in the womb.

We have reached a tipping point. International policy on abortion must change. And it can change in one of two ways. Either abortion will be taken out of UN policy altogether, or it will be enshrined as an international right.

It is not enough to defend life through reservations and symbolic political gestures. Nor is it enough to go back to the status quo before Obama took over the White House. President Trump must be helped to make his time in office count. The pro-life movement must insist on results and victories until abortion becomes history.”

 

Wesley Smith on Death with Dignity

Here is a link to a good column by Wesley Smith on true death with dignity

Germain Grisez, R.I.P.

Here is a link to a very good essay by John Finnis on Germain Grisez. Grisez passed away on February 1, 2018.

Grisez was a prolific scholar who contributed important work on many topics, including abortion and euthanasia. Here is a link to a comprehensive website (The Way of the Lord Jesus) detailing Grisez’s work.

“Echoes of Charlie Gard”

Here is a good article by John Burger discussing several cases in the UK involving disputes between doctors and parents about the medical treatment that ought to be provided to children. In the cases discussed, doctors have decided to discontinue treatment they regard as futile. The parents want to have treatment provided or want to seek treatment from another doctor. The article notes a statement from the Anscombe Bioethics Centre setting forth the ethical principles that should apply to such cases.