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Kate Kelly describes what it was like to watch her mother die of hunger and thirst after her older sister and brother had her food and water withheld after she suffered a mild stroke: Even as the morphine, quickly injected by a disconcerted nurse, caused the old woman’s eyes to close and her face to […]


Posted at: January 31st, 2015 - 12:41 am - Number of Comments » 0

As he does every year, the CBC’s resident psychic, Wesley Smith, takes a look into his crystal ball (or whatever) and tells us what he sees happening in the world of bioethics in the coming year: I believed last year—and still do—that the Canadian Supreme Court will declare a constitutional right to assisted suicide. The […]


Posted at: January 28th, 2015 - 5:56 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Liz — living with advanced, incurable kidney cancer wants you to know: “The moment we label suicide an act with dignity, we’ve implied that people like me are undignified for not ending our lives, or worse, we’re a costly burden for society. What a lonely, uncharitable and fake world we live in if we think it’s […]


Posted at: January 21st, 2015 - 11:17 pm - Number of Comments » 1

Yesterday I was up bright and early for a 6:30 am interview on the new Mike Allen Show. He has moved from an hour-long afternoon drive time show to two hours in the morning. Below is audio from my segment with Mike looking back on the best and the worst in bioethics news last year: http://www.reflectionsofaparalytic.com/audio/Mike-Allen-show-1-15-15.m4a […]


Posted at: January 16th, 2015 - 4:40 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Should you choose to accept it, Zachary Gappa from the Center for a Just Society has a New Year’s challenge for pro-lifers: this new year I beg people to take some time to learn more about bioethics. The stakes are high. Our definitions of life, death, and human dignity are up for grabs, so we must […]


Posted at: January 15th, 2015 - 11:54 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Today I’m headed up to Louisville, KY to attend the annual National Right to Life Convention. I’m looking forward to several of the workshops on end of life issues and am especially interested in Friday’s general session on Bioethics War On Humans featuring Wesley Smith and a few other folks from the Robert Powell Center […]


Posted at: June 25th, 2014 - 12:13 am - Number of Comments » 0

Jack Kevorkian was a convicted murderer who, even after being released from prison, bragged about having “assisted” the suicides of at least 130 people. Unlike most felons once they’re released, his status as a convicted murderer treated Kevorkian quite well. Not only was he several high profile, high paying speaking engagements and interviews to defend […]


Posted at: April 11th, 2014 - 5:18 am - Number of Comments » 1

Since they introduced euthanasia for those aged 18 and older in 2002, Belgium has seen a nearly 500% increase in deaths by euthanasia. Now, Belgium’s Parliament is considering extending euthanasia to children 17 years and younger. The Senate approved a bill last December and Belgium’s lower legislative house will vote on the legislation this Thursday. […]


Posted at: February 11th, 2014 - 2:07 pm - Number of Comments » 0

After I wrote this post about an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that I thought responsibly handled disability and assisted suicide, I was informed by multiple people about another episode of TNG that seemed to be a little more pro-suicide. The episode was Half a Life and it involved a planet on which […]


Posted at: October 3rd, 2013 - 2:34 pm - Number of Comments » 0

This is good news: Work has begun on a memorial in Germany for the 300,000 people murdered by the Nazis for having mental and physical disabilities or chronic illnesses. A 30m (100ft) long glass wall is being built in the centre of Berlin, near the former site of the Nazi-era office that organised the “euthanasia” […]


Posted at: July 9th, 2013 - 11:23 pm - Number of Comments » 1