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  • BioEdge: The last psychopath: using the brain to root out disorder
    disability and disorders The play raises the question if we had the technology to get rid of the traits that cause a burden to society should we use it But what counts as an illness or a disability And is there a value in conserving disability We already have pre implantation genetic diagnosis that in the UK can be used to screen for thalassemia cystic fibrosis and other genetic disorders It can also be used to screen for traits traditionally considered a disability such as deafness More recently a maternal blood test called non invasive prenatal diagnosis was developed to test for single gene disorders and is being implemented in the UK And CRISPR Cas9 genome editing techniques may one day give clinicians the tools to edit embryos A group at the Francis Crick Institute has already applied to the regulatory Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for a licence to use the technology in human embryos in the lab but clinical applications are still a long way off In Tomcat Jessie echoes some of the arguments made by people with autism spectrum disorders who reject the label of disability and want to be considered neurodiverse as their condition determines their identity These issues are timely Disability rights activists have started to question the screening tests which would lead to a future free of illnesses and disabilities Would we relinquish our value of personal freedom for a healthy society What would we lose of our humanity in such a world Are we slipping towards eugenics with a new wave of biological determinism based on genes and brain scans Tomcat prompts reflections of how we think about disability illness and identity As Jessie says I don t want to be me if I can t be me Isn t this the case

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/the-last-psychopath-using-the-brain-to-root-out-disorder/11636 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    move last week the West Australian Reproductive Technology Council authorised an IVF clinic to screen out potentially autistic embryos Autism linked to older fathers Michael Cook 01 September 2012 Comments tags autism delayed marriage Two contemporary trends have been linked by a recent article in Nature the rising age of first time fathers and the increasing rate of autism Autism linked to infertility drugs Michael Cook 21 May 2010 Comments

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/autism (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    tests our views about eliminating neurodiverse children 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 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia 13 Feb 2016

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  • The case for expanding physician-assisted death to psychiatric cases
    of dignity and loss of things that make life pleasurable and meaningful are more often cited as reasons These too can cause intense suffering although it is not the kind of suffering that can be addressed by morphine or other pain relieving drugs Moreover concerns like these are not limited to those who are terminally ill The morally relevant features that justify restricting physician assisted death are I submit incurable conditions and severe unrelenting suffering not terminal illness Steinbock also addresses the claim that mental illness impairs decision making capacity Certainly PAD should not be offered lightly However if a patient has undergone all available therapy for years to no avail and as a result has such severe and unrelenting suffering that he or she wants to die it is hard to see why this isn t a legitimate reason for requesting PAD and why a compassionate physician has to refuse such a request She quotes the cautionary words of famous legal academic and euthanasia opponent Yale Kamisar yet she suggests that checks and balances can be put in place to prevent the misuse of PAS for the mentally ill The solution to the slippery slope is not to impose arbitrary restrictions based on the source of suffering but to limit PAD to those with severe and unrelenting suffering that cannot be alleviated any other way Kamisar tends to be quoted at his most moderate In a 1976 essay he presented a historical examination of euthanasia discussing among other things forced euthanasia in Nazi Germany Kamisar suggested that wherever euthanasia for the mentally ill has been authorized involuntary euthanasia might not be far off Why should the prospects of the police state and the systematic extermination of certain political or racial minorities be taken any less seriously when we enter

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/the-case-for-expanding-physician-assisted-death-to-psychiatric-cases/11640 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: French doctor convicted of euthanasia death
    received a two year suspended sentence Medicine is my life my patients are my life and I miss them he told the court before the jury retired I acted as a doctor and I say this to you with a great deal of sincerity he added The chief prosecutor Olivier Tcherkessof said that Bonnemaison was not a killer not a poisoner in the common sense of the terms but said he had deliberately caused the death of patients The conviction was controversial Many of the relatives of the dead patients supported Bonnemaison Bernard Kouchner the co founder of Médecins Sans Frontières and a former minister visited Bonnemaison to encourage him and lend him some of his moral authority as did Jean Claude Ameisen president of the national ethics committee and Jean Leonetti the architect of France s end of life legislation But the evidence of an intention to kill was too strong as the prosecutor pointed out in his concluding remarks Bonnemaison had given curare a poison to at least one patient He failed to consult colleagues about his medical decisions He carried a syringe around in his pocket ignoring basic rules of hygiene presumably because his patient was not going to survive And he bet a chocolate cake that one of his patients would not survive the afternoon He may have acted in good faith the prosecutor said But it was according to his own logic and a feeling of medical omnipotence MORE ON THESE TOPICS euthanasia France 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/french-doctor-convicted-of-euthanasia-death/11630 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    physician assisted suicide may not reduce the suicide rate Mexican politician suggests lethal injections for the homeless Michael Cook 03 October 2015 Comments tags euthanasia Mexico After apologising she has gone back to the drawing board Dutch doctor in hot water for refusing to approve euthanasia Michael Cook 26 September 2015 Comments tags child euthanasia euthanasia Netherlands Patient subsequently hanged herself Unbearable suffering questioned in documentary on Belgian euthanasia Michael Cook 19 September 2015 Comments tags assisted suicide Belgium euthanasia unbearable suffering 85 year old woman euthanised for grief before the camera Dutch right to die group promotes euthanasia in schools Xavier Symons 12 September 2015 Comments tags euthanasia Netherlands schools The Dutch Voluntary End of Life Association NVVE is rolling out is latest project to bolster public support and acceptance of euthanasia a school curriculum program The atheist case against euthanasia Xavier Symons 12 September 2015 Comments tags assisted dying atheism bioethics discourse euthanasia Is it only religious types who are fighting against assisted suicide Not quite Assisted dying sinks in UK Parliament by 3 1 margin Michael Cook 12 September 2015 Comments tags assisted dying assisted suicide euthanasia UK Brilliant speeches in passionate debate Children contest will of Nitschke follower Michael Cook 29 August 2015 Comments tags assisted suicide Australia euthanasia Exit International Philip Nitschke Disinherited in favour of euthanasia activist Scores of depressed patients euthanised in Belgium Xavier Symons 29 August 2015 Comments tags assisted dying euthanasia existential suffering mental illness A new study claims that vague terminology in Belgium s assisted dying guidelines is allowing for scores of psychiatric patients to be euthanised New resource about euthanasia Xavier Symons 22 August 2015 Comments tags assisted dying assisted suicide euthanasia public opinion UK The Anscombe Centre has released a comprehensive evidence guide on euthanasia Progressive US bioethicist

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/euthanasia/P20 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    severely brain damaged 38 year old Frenchman A mercy killing outside the law Michael Cook 13 June 2015 Comments tags euthanasia mercy killing What message will legalisation send to unbalanced people Belgian euthanasia under fire again Michael Cook 05 June 2015 Comments tags Belgium euthanasia Belgians should be alarmed by the deliberate shortening of lives of some patients without their explicit voluntary request Death of a salesman reignites assisted dying debate in UK Xavier Symons 30 May 2015 Comments tags assisted suicide Dignitas euthanasia fear UK Yet another UK national has travelled to Switzerland to receive assisted suicide Woman at centre of Indian euthanasia debate dies Michael Cook 23 May 2015 Comments tags end of life care euthanasia India minimal consciousness Fear of death driving push for euthanasia says medical ethicist Xavier Symons 23 May 2015 Comments tags euthanasia existential suffering hospitals public policy UK The fear of a miserable death in a hospital bed rather than at home is driving public support for mercy killing law in the UK Leading bioethicists back euthanasia for mentally ill Xavier Symons 09 May 2015 Comments tags Canada euthanasia informed consent mental illness paternalism Udo Schuklenk Why not legalise euthanasia for those suffering from an untreatable mental illness South African judge defends assisted suicide ruling Xavier Symons 09 May 2015 Comments tags assisted suicide euthanasia law religion South Africa A South African judge has defended a ruling he made in favor of assisted suicide South African court authorises assisted suicide Xavier Symons 02 May 2015 Comments tags assisted suicide euthanasia law South Africa On Thursday a South African court ruled that a 65 year old man should be allowed to undergo assisted suicide Colombia close to legal euthanasia Michael Cook 25 April 2015 Comments tags Colombia euthanasia The Health Ministry has finally drawn

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/euthanasia/P40 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    January 2010 Comments tags assisted suicide disability euthanasia Oregon Special issue of Disability and Health Journal Another blast at human dignity Michael Cook 07 January 2010 Comments tags Canada euthanasia human dignity Udo Schuklenk A straw in the wind for Canada s euthanasia debate Montana allows assisted suicide Michael Cook 04 January 2010 Comments tags assisted suicide euthanasia Court decision sure to be challenged UK assisted suicide guidelines under attack Michael Cook 12 December 2009 Comments tags assisted suicide euthanasia UK Public consultation ends next week Quebec to launch euthanasia consultation Michael Cook 07 December 2009 Comments tags assisted suicide euthanasia Quebec Under pressure from Opposition Are some Dutch having second thoughts about euthanasia Michael Cook 05 December 2009 Comments tags euthanasia Netherlands Minister responsible for the law says it may have been a mistake Even in Netherlands euthanasia is still taboo for mental patients Jared Yee 05 December 2009 Comments tags euthanasia Netherlands Put mental patients out of their misery lawyer says French Assembly rejects euthanasia Michael Cook 05 December 2009 Comments tags euthanasia France Luc Ferry opposes utilitarian approach Page 18 of 18 First 16 17 18 Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/euthanasia/P340 (2016-02-18)
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