Professor John Keown (Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University) will be giving a lecture in London (Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster) on May 16, 2011. The lecture, which is entitled “The provision of palliative care: an ethical and legal duty?”, is sponsored by by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre. See http://www.bioethics.org.uk/ Professor Keown will also speak on […]
Dr. Andrew Trew will conduct a series of five workshops titled “Bioethics in Clinical Care” in the metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio area February 16 and 23 and March 2, 16, and 23. Participants can earn ten CME/CEU credits. Topics include bioethics consultations, treatment decisions, competent and incompetent patients, early life and end of life care, advanced […]
On the European Life Network blog, Pat Buckley has an interesting post about a case in India that raises some of the same issues presented in the Terri Schiavo case. http://europeanlifenetwork.blogspot.com/2011/02/could-this-be-indias-terry-schiavo-case.html The case involves Aruna Shanbaug who has been seriously disabled since 1973. One interesting twist is that the effort to have Ms. Shanbaug’s feeding halted comes from a […]
Here is Wesley Smith’s commentary on some of the problems with a Vermont bill that would legalize assisted suicide. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2011/01/24/vermont-assisted-suicide-bill-the-usual-loophole-scam/ Richard M.
Here is a link to a press release from the European Centre for Law and Justice on a recent decision from the European Court of Human Rights on assisted suicide. http://www.eclj.org/Releases/Read.aspx?GUID=f47f9a82-9459-4a51-9c4d-eb3db0ff3cf3&s=eur The decision rejected the claim of a man who claimed a right to obtain a lethal drug without a prescription, as Swiss law requires. Here is the […]
Here is Wesley Smith’s response to the news that Jack Kevorkian will be lecturing at UCLA on January 15, 2011.http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2011/01/12/kevorkian-demonstrates-that-killing-can-be-a-path-to-fame-and-fortune/ Smith comments near the conclusion of his post: “Few things better illustrate the degradation and degeneration of our culture than the elevation of Kevorkian in the media and popular culture to respectability and adulation. ” Richard M.
The Obama Administration has shelved the end of life counseling regulations. Here are links to Wesley Smith’s commentary. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2011/01/05/medicare-end-of-life-counseling-now-to-be-removed-from-regulations/ http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2011/01/05/end-of-life-care-counseling-whiplash-part-2/ Richard M.
I highly recommend Bob Destro’s article on the Terri Schiavo case. “Learning Neuroscience the Hard Way: The Terri Schiavo Case and the Ethics of Effective Representatation,” at 78 Miss. L. J. 833-903 (2009). There have been scores of articles on various aspects of the Schiavo controversy. (My own short paper on the Schiavo case is […]
I think there is a perception that the issue of assisted suicide has receded in importance. The issue does not seem to have the high profile it did in the mid-1990s when Jack Kevorkian was on the loose and when it appeared that the US Supreme Court might create a constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide. But […]