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Death wishes

Medicine | Severely ill patients are more than collections of usable organs
by Charles Horton
Posted 8/16/18, 03:19 pm

Alfie Evans died on April 28 at 23 months old, and the British boy’s case has reopened old questions: Who has the right to veto further care? What happens where conflicts of interest arise, as when Terri Schiavo’s husband fought to withhold water and nutrition while living with another woman and standing to inherit over $700,000 from his wife’s medical trust fund? And most fundamentally: What is life, or quality of life?

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Facing waves

Culture | Early August profiles in courage and cowardice
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/16/18, 09:54 am

The Pacific, contrary to its name, has violent waves, but the smoothest boat ride I ever had was crossing that ocean to Japan on a freighter loaded with Canadian timber. That’s because the ship had “bottom,” as 18th-century mariners would say, with all that wooden ballast keeping it steady even during high winds and waves. Journalists back then applied the same word to leaders like George Washington who showed steadfastness amid adversity.

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Inside the FDA’s research with aborted baby body parts

Abortion | New revelation shows government involvement in sketchy fetal tissue practices
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 8/13/18, 04:02 pm

Taxpayers have been funding government research using tissue from aborted babies for years, according to a new report, and pro-life groups are calling for the practice to halt.

CNS News broke the story last week that the Food and Drug Administration signed a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) to provide “human fetal tissue” to make “chimeric animals that have a human immune system.” FDA contracts with ABR date back to 2012.

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