Posts Tagged ‘Wesley J. Smith’

Chinese doctor caught buying/selling newborn babies

by Wesley J. Smith It would be easy to dismiss the case of the Chinese doctor selling newborns to human traffickers as just one money-hungry criminal doing what those kinds of people do. That is true: Bad people will always be bad. But we also need to look at the context–the ”why” that…

Children’s Hospital Oakland’s PR disaster in handling Jahi McMath ‘brain death’ case

by Wesley J. Smith Children’s Hospital Oakland has a very good reputation where I live in the Bay Area. But its public communication around the tragedy of Jahi McMath’s ”brain death” has been astoundingly insensitive, bordering on arrogant. The hospital’s statements quoted in today’s San…

PETA to bear-mauled girl: You deserved it!

by Wesley J. Smith I really do believe that PETA is a people hating organization, at least among its leadership. Alpha wolf Ingrid Newkirk, for example, expressed the wish that humans had never appeared on the planet. Recently, a young woman in Florida was out hunting and badly mauled by a bear. No one asked PETA’s…

Sea change: investors shifting $s to ETHICAL stem cell research!

by Wesley J. Smith Ten years ago, we were in the midst of a heated national debate over embryonic stem cell research. Proponents castigated opponents (like me) as “anti-science,” and theocratic for opposing ESCR federal funding based on ethical concerns. When we claimed that alternatives to embryonic stem…

My friend with ALS wanted to commit suicide, but then he ‘came out of the fog’

by Wesley J. Smith The media sells content these days by promoting the supposed virtues of suicide by the sick and disabled. How else explain the National Post doing an extended, puff interview with two ill women about their plans to commit suicide? From the article: Q: How important…

Dilbert creator says he wishes assisted suicide opponents would ‘die a long, horrible death’

by Wesley J. Smith The Dilbert cartoon brilliantly satirizes our dysfunctional work environments in which bosses are stupid and workers are demoralized or just plain nuts. The strip is one of my favorites. Imagine my dismay to learn that Scott Adams, Dilbert’s creator, says he literally “hates…

Eugenic pre-natal cleansing spreads to Autism

by Wesley J. Smith More boys than girls have autism, so now, an Australian IVF clinic will search out male embryos for destruction before implantation, e.g., sex selection. A bioethicist thinks that accepting pre-natal autism cleansing needs to be respectfully debated. From, “Prenatal Screening and…

Australian euthanasia advocate Nitschke opens Internet suicide clinic

by Wesley J. Smith Australia’s Philip Nitschke is Jack Kevorkian, squared, but without our late ghoul’s willingness to put his own freedom on the line for his beliefs. How noxious is Nitschke? Just read Kathryn Jean Lopez’s interview with him from more than ten years ago, in which…

China relaxes 1 Child Policy? Not really

by Wesley J. Smith Oh good grief. I read a headline saying China was relaxing its tyrannical one-child policy. Great! No more forced abortions? No more female infanticide? People free to plan the size of their own families? Nope. From the Washington Post story: The policy will be slightly relaxed so that couples will be…

‘Vegetative’ patient described the excruciating pain of being dehydrated, starved

by Wesley J. Smith We dehydrate to death helpless people to death in this country because they have a catastrophic cognitive impairment. Advocates for dehydration say it is just medical ethics, the withdrawal of the medical treatment of tube feeding. (Now, there is even a lawsuit to compel starvation by withholding spoon…

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