Bad medicine

Death | A church in New York City hosts a lightly attended event on legalizing physician-assisted suicide
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/31/18, 01:45 pm

A New York moment:

I popped into a Compassion and Choices “community listening session” about the bill in New York to legalize physician-assisted suicide (or as the group terms it, “medical aid in dying”). That bill would allow physicians to prescribe fatal drugs that terminal patients would self-administer. Disability groups chiefly oppose the practice on the grounds that it would put economic and emotional pressure on the vulnerable or “less valuable" to end their lives. 

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He comes, the old man

Life | A short story lesson on respect for the aged
by John R. Erickson
Posted 1/20/18, 12:39 pm

John R. Erickson is not only the prolific author of 70 beloved Hank the Cowdog books but short stories as well. Here’s the world premiere of one he wrote 25 years ago but never published. WORLD Magazine’s 2018 Roe v. Wade issue features nine articles on different aspects of defending the very young, but a pro-euthanasia culture also needs respect for the aged—and “He comes, the old man” speaks to that. —Marvin Olasky

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Physicians in white

Medicine | What happens when old doctors’ skills fade, fade away?
by Charles Horton
Posted 1/17/18, 07:16 pm

A new law will allow Japan’s Emperor Akihito, who would otherwise have had to serve for life, to abdicate; he plans to step down in 2019 at the age of 85. This extreme approach to tenure contrasts with America’s federal judges: Firing one would take a (literal) act of Congress, but they’re free to leave whenever they choose.

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