Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, and consults for the Patients Rights Council.

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Why It’s So Hard to Kill Terri Schiavo

From First Thoughts

I have never seen so much energy expended by so many people to make one poor, helpless woman dead. Yet, despite it all, Terri lives! The key question is why? At a time when people who are far less cognitively disabled then Terri are dehydrated to death in all fifty states with nary a peep of . . . . Continue Reading »

UN Votes Against All Human Cloning

From First Thoughts

The General Assembly of the United Nations has voted overwhelmingly against all human cloning. While “The United Nations Declaration on Human Cloning” is not binding, it is an important statement that all human cloning is “incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human . . . . Continue Reading »

Much Ado About Very Little

From First Thoughts

The media is in a mini-frenzy because the Field Poll in California reported that support for physician-assisted suicide is running at about 70%. This seems an enormous margin. But legalization usually polls well so long as people are being asked the question in the abstract. However, history shows . . . . Continue Reading »