Archive for August 2018

Economist debate on assisted suicide

Here  is a link to a BioEdge story about a debate on assisted suicide published in the Economist.

Federal Court of Appeals Invalidates Alabama’s Ban on Dismemberment Abortions

Here is a link to a story on the 11th Circuit’s August 22, 2018 decision in West Alabama Women’s Center v. Williamson affirming a lower court decision invalidating Alabama’s ban on dismemberment abortions. Here is a link to the court’s opinion. An interesting feature of the decision is that both Chief Judge Carnes (the author of […]

“Biologists’ Consensus on ‘When Life Begins'”

Here is a link to a new paper by Steven Andrew Jacobs. The paper defends the view that there is “a large and robust scientific consensus” that a human’s life begins at fertilization. The author doesn’t take a position on the normative issues. Jacobs states: “This paper does not argue that the finding ‘a fetus is biologically […]

Peter Saunders on the BMA draft paper on withdrawing food and water

Here is a link to a blog post by Dr. Peter Saunders on a confidential draft paper from the British Medical Association on withdrawing food and water from patients with dementia, stroke and brain injury who are not imminently dying. The draft says that such patients who lack mental capacity but who are not imminently dying […]

New report on severely brain damaged patients

Here is a link to post by Dr. Peter Saunders discussing a new report from the American Academy of Neurology on brain damaged patients. The title of the post conveys the basic message–“Severely brain-damaged patients are commonly misdiagnosed, often aware and may well recover, says authoritative new report.”

Argentina Defeats Bill to Legalize Abortion

Here and here are links to stories about the good news that the Argentina Senate voted against legalization of abortion.