Sadly, many bioethicists work to justify and rationalize the current practices of withholding or denying proper medical treatment to vulnerable individuals (at present, mainly the elderly, and the severely handicapped infants and newborns, see links below) in hospital. You see and hear bioethicists on television documentaries that address the many troubling issues in medicine today, specifically those issues or problem areas that involve humans dying or being killed. Listen carefully to what they tell you. As well, read their books and published articles. A “quality of life” subjective or arbitrary determination on the part of doctors can be used to justify withholding treatment from a patient in hospital, even when this is contrary to both the patient’s desire and the wishes of the patient’s family.
In recent years, there has been much discussion by medical practitioners on how to define or determine death. With the very high cost of medical treatments in hospitals, the shortage of hospital beds, and the need for organ donation for transplants, there does appear to be a rush to judgment, so to speak, in declaring individuals, who have suffered severe trauma and injury, legally dead. Many bioethicists argue in favor of a more hasty, and liberal determination of death so medical expenditures can be controlled and human organs can be harvested more quickly.
Bioethicists, as well as doctors and medical professionals, are not demigods. Why should we by default defer to their judgments, really opinions, on matters of life and death? There is a need for a healthy skepticism here and greater public participation in these matters.
Bioethicists have previously redefined human life and its beginning so as to make abortion acceptable in Western countries. (Widespread abortion has also led to the bioethicists’ rationalization of the cannibalization of tissues and organs harvested from aborted babies for macabre medical research.) Now, these “bioethicists” are arguing for a redefining of death to further utilitarian purposes which are not necessarily ethical or moral.
relevant links from other bloggers
From this past weekend, we have this post on euthanasia in the UK:
The trafficking of human organs worldwide leads to kidnappings and murders for those organs. This has been a serious problem now for many years as noted in this post:
The world heard of the plight of poor Alfie Evans in British hospital earlier this year. But, not many know of these sordid facts about his demise.
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