Posts tagged 'Ethics':

Old & New Covenants in Medicine

When a patient says ‘I want to die’ is that what he means? Purveyors of contractual medicine simply listen to the patient’s words; they take such laments as a request for services. But are they? Aren’t patients saying, ‘Tell me I am loved, I am needed, and that my life has been worthwhile. Tell me that I am not a burden.’

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So-Called ‘Individual Rights of Conscience’

People writing against Conscience Rights in medicine, even in prestigious journals, have often not stepped back to consider what a right of conscience really is. Which is not surprising, given that they are often responding to Christians defending a loose idea of these rights — the first that came to their minds, when pressured to act against their conscience. If we get the picture straight this discussion will likely go better.

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“Radical progress” in love

What is sadder than what we are told about how human beings can make moral progress by ‘smart’ magazines like The Atlantic Monthly. What hope is more threadbare than the hope held out by these degree holders, “senior fellows,” and Pulitzer Prize finalists.

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Prostitution: another job?

In that there is no law condemning it, prostitution is legal in Canada — but to say that is to talk as if the law has actually condoned it. In fact the law has been against it, making almost everything around it criminal. Now those prohibitions will all be gone by December 2014. As they fall from the books, will Canada take any stand against prostitution or just let sex become another commodity?

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Dying with Dignity

I have a strong suspicion that the reason people have gravitated to the label ‘Death with Dignity’ (leaving it at that) is that it is very hard to say what kinds of undignified death are really to be avoided. It seems like a movement to avoid not so much undignified death as the kinds of death that people do not want: a movement to let people take control of the conditions of their death. But ‘taking control of how people die’ doesn’t have the same ring as ‘dying with dignity’ – doesn’t quite cry out in the language of rights.

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