Terminally ill patients in Quebec have the right to choose to die. The non-partisan Bill 52, also known as an act respecting end-of-life care, passed Thursday afternoon in a free vote at the National Assembly in Quebec City.
Animal rights come before religion.
Scandinavian doctors have endorsed banning circumcision, claiming baby boys aren’t old enough to consent to ‘mutilation.’ But how far can the state go to limit religious parents’ impact on their kids?
The Supreme Court will decide whether companies don’t have to cover contraception because they have religious beliefs.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a nice piece by George J. Annas, J.D., M.P.H., Sondra S. Crosby, M.D., and Leonard H. Glantz, J.D in regard to the force feeding of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Prison, Cuba. They claim that hunger striking and the resulting symptoms are not a medical problem and should not be treated as such. They urge the medical community to support any Gitmo medical staff who refuse to engage in force feeding.
The prisoners are hunger striking in response to the injustice of indefinite detention and lack of due process (as well as possible breaches of religious freedom). President Obama and congress have the power to solve this situation and have given little more than than lip service to resolve the problem. The ethical responsibility of the lives of these prisoners has been shifted away from the U.S. congress and over to the Gitmo medical staff. The medical staff have had to compromise their own ethical integrity to cover for the ethical failure of the elected officials.