A Hospice Step in the Right Direction

When I had the great honor of interviewing Dame Cecily Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, she criticized the American “way” of hospice, noting that unlike the UK, we had created a system where hospice is seen as an “abandon hope all ye who enter here,” . . . . Continue Reading »

Move to Outlaw Gene Patenting

A bi-partisan bill is being introduced in the House of Representatives to outlaw the patenting of human genes. It doesn’t have a number yet. Here is what it states: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no patent may be obtained for a nucleotide sequence, or its functions or . . . . Continue Reading »

The Integrity of James Thomson

James Thomson, who first derived human embryonic stem cells, is a man of integrity. I disagree with him on the ethics of the issue, but he always tells it like it is. For example, where some cloning advocates claim that a cloned human embryo is not really an embryo—a major argument of the pro . . . . Continue Reading »

Biotechnological Colonialism

And so, what I call biotechnological colonialism continues. Now. the Times of London is reporting, British would-be parents are traveling to India to buy embryos for implantation and birth. From the story: “The booming industry has attracted criticism on ethical grounds. Social workers in . . . . Continue Reading »

China to "Experiment" With Euthanasia

The Chinese Government is being advised to experiment with euthanasia in preparation for full legalization in coming years. Why are we surprised? A nation that sells the organs of executed prisoners and has a eugenics public policy, is probably not going to be squeamish about doctors killing . . . . Continue Reading »

Ashley’s Case: Final Words

I have a piece in today’s NRO about Ashley’s Case. The article was written a few weeks ago when the story was hotter, but I think it remains worth our contemplation. In the column, I worry that Ashley was used as a subject of unethical human experimentation, point out that “what we . . . . Continue Reading »