Culture of death? What culture of death?
The denial of conscience has significant implications beyond birth control, and raises the question of whether medical professionals may be required one day to kill.
That’s the subject of my biweekly First Things column. First, I set up the problem.From, “Will Doctors be Forced to Kill?”The wailing and gnashing of teeth in some quarters over the modest Hobby Lobby decision has me worried. Apparently, many on the political port side of the country believe that once a favored public policy has been enacted, it immediately becomes a “right” that can never be altered or denied. More, once such a “right” is established for the individual, others should have the duty to ensure access—even at the cost of violating their own religious consciences.
If such thinking prevails, medical professionals could be forced to participate in the taking of human life, for example in abortion, assisted suicide, and (given the research trends in regenerative medicine) providing treatments derived from the intentional destruction of human embryos or fetuses.
I get into the ACLU trolling for clients to (I believe) bring suit against religious institutions or individuals that have denied the right to interventions and transactions–even those like abortion and assisted suicide that involve killing.
I point out that the RFRA does not protect these conscientious objections from state laws that allow medicalized killing and that the religious left is not about to cooperate in creating any more state laws in this regard because of its potential impact on issues such as gay rights.
And I note that much of the medical establishment is hostile toward medical conscience. I conclude that forcing medical professionals to be complicit in killing could result in a professional culling:
can you say "Death panels" children?
And it goes beyond the obvious: It also includes forced rationing according to guidelines.
Just remember: The Lockerbie Bomber was released from jail as dying, but once he got treatment denied to him by the British rationing board, he lived for over two years.
and if you are handicapped or old, they will browbeat you into signing "end of life" papers to stop treatment.
Did I ever tell you about the woman who was allowed to die in the ER with a food bolus in her trachea because she signed a paper saying no respirator? So the doc would not refer her for a bronchoscopy to remove the food.
After that, we stopped pushing our patients to sign the damn papers.
Title IX is now being used to push colleges to integrate transgenders into their chosen dorm, even when the colleges are Christian. from ann althouse:
"For 123 years, our housing policy has been to house students by their anatomy..."“I think the fact that Jayce is choosing to stay at George Fox shows the university community has been supportive of him during his whole experience here,” [said Rob Felton, a university spokesman.] “We may have a difference of opinion on appropriate housing, but all indications are he has been treated well by his peers, professors and our student life staff.”...
“I want other transgender and L.G.B.T.Q. people to see that they can have a place in faith-based education,” [Jaycen] said. “The fact that I’m here is proof of that.”...
So, one question is whether Title IX should determine what policy schools can have and another is whether there should be religion-based exemptions.
But the federal government's position says it's sex discrimination in violation of Title IX not to accede to the student's self-identification.
another botched execution.Posted at 8:52 am by Glenn Reynolds
Actually I agree with JP2: If you are able to jail them forever, there is no need to kill them (although I point out in more primitive worlds, there is a good argument that the death penalty is needed to keep society safe).
But this should not be surprising: The "humane" killers know these drugs don't always work well, which is why they include putting a plastic bag over the head of the victim, and keeping him from removing it. If you just overdose, it may take 24 hours and sometimes they wake up and change their mind.
and, like the hemlock given to Socrates, they paralyze the patient so the onlookers don't get upset. But a lot more frightening to the one being killed...
I sing the body electric:
again from instapundit.
Feds Spending $10 Million to Build Robot Companions for Children. “Just like a good personal trainer, we want the robots to be able to guide the child toward a behavior that we desire.”
excerpt from the twilight zone here.
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