End of Life Issues / Assisted Suicide
When Life Holds No Dignity
Advocates for assisted suicide have often marched under the “death with dignity” banner, but what does that word, “dignity,” mean? When did we get it, and how...June 12th, 2013
Deprived of the Chance - A Look at the Quality of Life and a 'Duty to Die'
My travels throughout North America have given me countless opportunities to meet some rather incredible people. One of those people is Lisa Van Drese. Her attitude, optimism and unrelenting...June 12th, 2013
A Primer on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
QUESTION: What’s the difference between voluntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia? ANSWER: Voluntary euthanasia involves a competent and stated desire of someone to have...May 13th, 2013
Predictions in Bioethics for 2011
Each year, the Center for Bioethics and Culture asks me to prognosticate about the coming 12 months in bioethics. My record was pretty good for 2010. But the CBC refuses to let...December 16th, 2010
Clueless Oregon Health Officials Lament High Suicide Rate While State Permits Suicide Facilitation
Oregon’s suicide rate is going through the roof. Government health officials are suitably alarmed. From the Oregon Health Authority (that sounds vaguely totalitarian, doesn’t...September 10th, 2010
They Shoot Horses... - A Look at Compassion at the End of Life
True Confessions: Forty years ago I took a first date to see the movie, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”Based on a 1930s novel, the movie was technically well done...June 18th, 2010
Managing the Tough Decisions - Discussing End-of-Life Options with Loved Ones
Julie rushed to the hospital after hearing about her Dad’s stroke. Upon her arrival, Julie was greeted by David, the social worker, who immediately escorted her into a private...June 18th, 2010
Afraid of Death? Dont Be!
Two of the most familiar Bible passages read at a Christian’s funeral are: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with...June 18th, 2010
Still Afraid of Death? - Dont Be!
The descriptive words about heaven remain familiar to those of us who have sat in church or attended a funeral. We know about its beauty and perfection. We even know that heaven is...June 18th, 2010
A Lingering Fear: When A Person Near Death Must Leave Loved Ones Behind
Even the strongest Christian can hold out one lingering fear about the prospect of facing death: concern for those left behind.Perhaps those nearing the end of life have become the...June 18th, 2010
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