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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    ACLU claim that the USCBC code of conduct for hospitals known as the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services led to unnecessary trauma and harm for their client 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 completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/ACLU (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Theology and bioethics 2: Pope Francis
    same sex marriage and an allusion to abortion and euthanasia The Pope says that Christian faith sustains a belief in human dignity which underlies its opposition to these controversial procedures Thanks to faith we have come to understand the unique dignity of each person something which was not clearly seen in antiquity In the second century the pagan Celsus reproached Christians for an idea that he considered foolishness and delusion namely that God created the world for man setting human beings at the pinnacle of the entire cosmos Why claim that grass grows for the benefit of man rather than for that of the most savage of the brute beasts If we look down to Earth from the heights of heaven would there really be any difference between our activities and those of the ants and bees At the heart of biblical faith is God s love his concrete concern for every person and his plan of salvation which embraces all of humanity and all creation culminating in the incarnation death and resurrection of Jesus Christ Without insight into these realities there is no criterion for discerning what makes human life precious and unique Man loses his place in the universe he is cast adrift in nature either renouncing his proper moral responsibility or else presuming to be a sort of absolute judge endowed with an unlimited power to manipulate the world around him MORE ON THESE TOPICS Catholic Church Francis human dignity 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 make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/theology_and_bioethics_1_pope_francis/10587 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: New pope unlikely to change bioethics stand
    but in ensuring that the organism suffers as little as possible One is not obliged to preserve life with extraordinary means That can go against the dignity of the person Euthanasia is something different it is killing I believe that nowadays there is a hidden euthanasia the health services pay up to a certain level of treatment and then they say may God look after you An elderly person is not cared for as he or she ought to be and ends up on a scrap heap Sometimes the patient is deprived of medicine and ordinary care and that kills them In Catholic moral teaching no one is obliged to use extraordinary means to get better We are talking about hanging onto a life which one knows is no longer a life As long as recovery is possible we do all that we can But it is proper to use extraordinary means only if there is some hope of recovery Abortion The moral problem of abortion is of a pre religious nature because the genetic code is written in a person at the moment of conception A human being is there I separate the topic of abortion from any specifically religious notions It is a scientific problem Not to allow the further development of a being which already has all the genetic code of a human being is not ethical The right to life is the first among human rights To abort a child is to kill someone who cannot defend himself Science Science has its own autonomy and it must be respected and encouraged We should not meddle with scientists autonomy Unless that is they step outside the boundaries of their own fields and step into the transcendent Science is fundamentally a tool for the commandment received from God

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/new_pope_unlikely_to_change_bioethics_stand/10432 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Colorado hospital apologises over personhood dispute
    of the debate were surprised that lawyers for a Catholic hospital were arguing that a fetus has no rights in a malpractice case The circumstances were tragic In 2006 31 year old Lori Stodghill who was seven months pregnant with twin sons died of a pulmonary embolism at St Thomas More Hospital Medical Center in Canon City The hospital is owned by a group which operates hospitals in 17 states Catholic Health Initiatives Jeremy Stodghill sued CHI the hospital and two doctors alleging that the doctors failed to perform an emergency Caesarean to save the twins who also died CHI s lawyers countered that under Colorado s Wrongful Death Act fetuses do not have legal status This is clearly at odds with Catholic bioethics The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services affirms the sanctity of life from the moment of conception until death When Colorado s Catholic bishops found out about the case they protested vigorously even though they were not managers of CHI Now CHI and the hospital have accepted that they erred Although the argument was legally correct recourse to an unjust law was morally wrong CHI said in a statement After losing the initial case and an appeal Mr Stodghill is trying to appeal to the State Supreme Court If he succeeds CHI s lawyers will not cite the Wrongful Death Act Instead their argument will dispute allegations of negligence MORE ON THESE TOPICS Catholic Church Colorado personhood 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 make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/colorado_hospital_apologises_over_personhood_dispute/10390 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: A surprise bioethics best-seller for 2013?
    Portuguese English and Spanish and t wo million copies are being printed a respectable number for a bioethics text The 70 page book will be distributed to pilgrims to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in July an event which takes place every three years and is probably the biggest youth gathering in the world It has eight chapters which cover the story of a little human being abortion prenatal diagnosis medically assisted procreation pre implantation genetic diagnosis embryo research euthanasia organ donation and gender theory No prizes for guessing what position the book takes on these issues But with two million potential readers it might have a big impact on the next generation of bioethicists MORE ON THESE TOPICS bioethics Catholic Church 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 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 the comments powered by Disqus

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/a_surprise_bioethics_best_seller_for_2013/10365 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Furore in Netherlands over refusal to conduct euthanasia funeral
    refused to say a funeral mass for a man who had opted for euthanasia Although hundreds of Dutch Catholics have probably chosen euthanasia in the last decade this seems to be the first time a priest has refused a funeral since 2002 Father Norbert van der Sluis said this week that he would not even refer the funeral service to a more accommodating priest see YouTube for an interview in Dutch so the family of the deceased man had to arrange for the service to be held in another parish When it comes to euthanasia my answer has to be no said Father van der Sluis As a matter of conscience I cannot allow a fellow priest to say the funeral mass in my church Some members of the parish of Beheading of Saint John Baptist told the media that they are furious The parish council has halted a fundraising for a church organ However the priest says that he is only heeding rules set down by the Dutch Catholic bishops who have declared that anyone who opts for euthanasia is not entitled to a church funeral Radio Netherlands Aug 23 MORE ON THESE TOPICS Catholic Church euthanasia Netherlands Please

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/furore_in_netherlands_over_refusal_to_conduct_euthanasia_funeral/9707 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Catholic bishops slate assisted suicide
    the procedure without their consent and often against their will In the US Catholic bishops issued a long anticipated statement on physician assisted suicide To Live Each Day with Dignity is more philosophical and ethical and theological Its main targets are individualism radical autonomy and false compassion It argues that suicide is evidence of social failure to care for the disadvantaged disabled and lonely What society must offer it says is a readiness to surround patients with love support and companionship providing the assistance needed to ease their physical emotional and spiritual suffering Physician assisted suicide does not promote compassion because its focus is not on eliminating suffering but on eliminating the patient True compassion it contends dedicates itself to meeting patients needs and presupposes a commitment to their equal worth PAS also undermines patients freedom by putting pressure on them to choose death once society has officially declared the suicides of certain people to be good and acceptable while working to prevent the suicides of others Undermining the value of some people s lives will undermine respect for their freedom as well the statement says citing countries such as the Netherlands where voluntary assisted suicide has led to involuntary euthanasia The bishops appealed to the Declaration of Independence which declared that every human has an inalienable right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness The right to life is the most basic human right Other valued rights the right to vote to freedom of speech or to equal protection under law lose their foundation if life itself can be destroyed with impunity Barbara Lee Coombs the president of Compassion Choices the most influential assisted suicide lobby group denounced the statement as an effort to impose religious agenda on Americans She warned that the statement foreshadowed a widespread political

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/us_catholic_bishops_slate_assisted_suicide/9591 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    their patients commit suicide are unconstitutional it is on a full rolling boil Five Hawaii doctors offer assisted suicide to terminally ill patients Jared Yee 21 April 2012 Comments tags assisted suicide law physician assisted suicide suicide A group of Hawaii doctors is offering to write prescriptions for terminally ill patients in order to test whether physician assisted suicide is permitted under state law American Medical News reports Catholic bishops slate assisted suicide Michael Cook 18 June 2011 Comments tags Catholic Church physician assisted suicide The US Catholic bishops have issued a statement on physician assisted suicide To no one s surprise they are strongly opposed However To Live Each Day with Dignity is more philosophical and ethical and theological Its main targets are individualism radical autonomy and false compassion It argues that suicide is evidence of social failure to care for the disadvantaged disabled and lonely What society must offer it says is a readiness to surround patients with love support and compa 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 completed life

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/physician+assisted+suicide (2016-02-18)
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