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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Terri Schiavo Not Out of Woods

From First Thoughts

The remarkable events of the weekend has heartened me tremendously. Not just because a law was passed that might save Terri Schiavo’s life. (Actually, I am not very optimistic about that. This case has become part of a larger power struggle between the judiciary and political branches of . . . . Continue Reading »

Legitimizing Infanticide

From First Thoughts

There is a campaign underway to make infanticide seem normal and a legitimate medical procedure. The latest example is this puff piece in the New York Times (registration may be required), non-judgmentally “profiling” a doctor who kills disabled babies in the Netherlands. This follows . . . . Continue Reading »

Schiavo Travesty

From First Thoughts

The pulling of the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo is a travesty and a case of the law’s addiction to process over humane justice. But this killing—if it is finished, remember she has twice been here before—is not being done behind closed doors. It is happening in the glare of the . . . . Continue Reading »

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 »