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  • BioEdge: Quebec to launch euthanasia consultation
    to guide the discussions I don t think there s any risk in launching a reflection Health Minister Yves Bolduc says It s a complex question and opinions are divided but I think there s a consensus and that is that everyone would want to die with dignity and want their loved ones to die with dignity Now we need to consider ways to make that happen and help improve people s situation The government is responding to a demand by the opposition Parti Quebecois for a public consultation People are suffering Doctors want guidelines says PQ member Bernard Drainville We need to give ourselves a framework People are asking for it it s a human issue a moral issue The PQ claims that it is responding to surveys showing that medical specialists which does not include general practitioners favour reopening the debate Canadian Press Dec 6 MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted suicide euthanasia Quebec Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study Should we get rid of race in

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/quebec_to_launch_euthanasia_consultation/8775 (2016-02-18)
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  • Anti-vaccination debate erupts in US
    measure of choice in things as well So that s the balance that the government has to decide White House spokesman Josh Ernest said The president believes it shouldn t require a law for people to exercise common sense and do the right thing He continued This is the right thing for them to do both by their own children but by also other children in the community They have a responsibility to do this But while federal politicians have stayed at a more theoretical level state senators have been more zealous in seeking restrictions California senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have sent an open letter to the state s Health and Human Services department requesting that only children with medical conditions be exempt from vaccination Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children not only put their own family at risk but they also endanger other families who choose to vaccinate the senators asserted In an article in the National Law Review Georgetown University health law expert Lawrence O Gostin argues that the risks of not vaccinating outweigh the importance of personal choice The ethical question is whether a layman s view of vaccine risk unsupported by evidence ought to prevail when the consequence of failure to vaccinate is the spread of dangerous sometimes lethal diseases What has happened is that religious and conscientious objectors cluster in distinct neighborhoods which leads to outbreaks throughout the community The tragedy of the commons is that if enough people opt out everyone becomes at risk MORE ON THESE TOPICS civil liberties conscientious objection politics vaccination This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/the_vexing_question_of_anti_vaxxers/11315 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    politics A number of studies have found that there is a genetic or psychological basis for political preferences Now reseachers at University College London writing in Current Biology claim that these are also related to brain structures Hazy end of life concepts cloud euthanasia debate Jared Yee 07 April 2011 Comments tags assisted suicide euthanasia law politics An authentic public debate on legalising euthanasia can only occur after a clear distinction is made between assisted suicide and euthanasia and the refusal withholding or withdrawal of life sustaining measures says a Queensland University of Technology QUT law academic Has Ukraine s PM exploited swine flu panic Michael Cook 17 December 2009 Comments tags pandemic politics swine flu Yulia Tymoshenko may have deliberately exaggerated fears of a swine flu epidemic to boost her flagging presidential campaign Plan for tighter limits on stem cell research fails Jared Yee 28 November 2009 Comments tags Nebraska politics stem cells Nebraskan university will abide by Obama s federal stem cell research policies Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/politics (2016-02-18)
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  • US Navy nurse investigated for refusing to force-feed prisoners
    much they resisted The American Nurses Association ANA recently released an open letter to Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and the director of the Navy Nurse Corps requesting that the nurse not be punished The ANA invoked the ethical right of a nurse to make an independent judgment about whether he or she should participate in this or any other such activity The Navy has not responded The World Medical Association has condemned force feeding and this week the lobby group Physicians for Human Rights declared its support for the nurse Nurses like physicians have professional duties to respect the autonomous decisions of their patients and never participate in ill treatment or torture said Dr Vincent Iacopino PHR s senior medical advisor MORE ON THESE TOPICS conscientious objection force feeding Guantanamo Bay professional conduct This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/us_navy_nurse_investigated_for_refusing_to_force_feed_prisoners/11227 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    be due to monetary considerations Xavier Symons 07 September 2013 Comments tags Caesarean sections professional conduct The rate of Caesarean sections in the US may be high because it is more profitable for doctors Good advice of the week no coke on job for doctors Jared Yee 18 December 2010 Comments tags Italy professional conduct Don t snort cocaine on the job Italian hospital director says Search BioEdge Subscribe to

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/professional+conduct (2016-02-18)
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  • Norwegian study examines medical students' views on conscientious objection
    Students views varied significantly depending on the issue 62 of respondents said they would object to participating in euthanasia a surprisingly high proportion considering that the majority of Norwegians are said to support legalising euthanasia A far smaller number said they would object to participating in abortions between 12 5 and 19 depending on the stage of pregnancy and whether the foetus had disabilities Only a small number of students said they would object to referring patients for abortions 4 9 and just 10 2 said that they would tolerate other doctors refusing to refer Norway has strict regulations on conscientious objection to abortion Doctors are required by law to refer patients to abortionists even if they have moral reservations MORE ON THESE TOPICS abortion conscientious objection euthanasia Norway This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/what_students_think_about_conscientious_objection/11114 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    the trial of Michael Jackson s doctor for involuntary manslaughter suggests that this is not necessarily the case Prosecutors have declared that Dr Conrad Murray conducted an obscene pharmaceutical experiment on the pop singer The verdict could come next week Even royalty are not exempt One of the sensational claims made in a new book about Norway s monarchs during World War II King Haakon VII and Queen Maud is that the Queen may have been involuntarily euthanased Killer was fan of transhumanism and reprogenetics Michael Cook 27 July 2011 Comments tags Anders Behring Breivik Norway reprogenetics transhumanism In the wake of the murderous spree by Norwegian right winger Anders Behring Breivik bloggers and columnists have been trawling through his 1500 page rant about how to create a Muslim free Europe to show how deluded Christians or conservatives or immigration opponents or fill in the dots are But since much of 2083 A European Declaration of Independence was cobbled together from websites there is something for everyone Even fans of transhumanism and reprogenetics Here it is I cannot bear to comment Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Norway (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Warsaw hospital head sacked for refusing to refer for abortion
    a hospice when it was born As a result Hanna Gronkiewicz Waltz the mayor of Warsaw fired Dr Chazan last month She said that he did not have the right to refuse to refer and the he had not informed the woman about her options for getting a termination Under Polish law abortions can be performed until the 25th week of pregnancy if the life of the mother or child is at risk or in cases of incest or rape Today s decision is the start of an attack on the conscience of doctors and people in management positions in the health service it is a violation of their conscience Prof Chazan told the media Abiding by the laws of nature and first and foremost by the law that prohibits killing a person will probably become a reason for eliminating these people from management positions MORE ON THESE TOPICS abortion conscientious objection Poland refusal to refer This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/warsaw_hospital_head_sacked_for_refusing_to_refer_for_abortion/11081 (2016-02-18)
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