• Coronavirus crisis: The wrong way to decide which patients get hospital care

    At a hospital in New York City, an intensive-care-unit physician faces a terrible dilemma: There are two coronavirus patients in a severe situation, both competing for only one available ICU bed and ventilator. One is a 57-year-old heavy smoker, the other a 72-year-old marathon runner. Who... Read more
  • Infant boy removed from ventilator after controversial ‘brain stem death’ ruling

    Despite his parents’ protests that he showed “signs of life,” a four-month old boy who was severely brain damaged was legally declared dead and has been removed from a ventilator in the U.K. Midrar Ali was disconnected from his ventilator sometime after judges agreed with doctors this... Read more
  • Canada Leads the Way in Liberalizing Euthanasia Around the Globe

    More than a dozen patients are killed by euthanasia daily in Canada, where Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government legalized euthanasia just under four years ago and has announced it will enforce broader new regulations allowing patients who are suffering — but not terminally ill... Read more
  • Swiss Inmate Demands Right to Assisted Suicide

    A Swiss prisoner is challenging the country’s policy to bar inmates from receiving assisted suicide after his request to die was denied. Peter Vogt, 69, is serving the equivalent of a life sentence after being convicted of multiple rapes, including of a child. He requested assisted suicide... Read more
  • Sandra the orangutan, freed from a zoo after being granted ‘personhood,’ settles into her new home

    A 33-year-old orangutan who was granted 'legal personhood' in Argentina has been relocated to a new home in Wauchula, Florida. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes where Sandra the orangutan is now living, told CNN she has been "inquisitive, calm, engaged and... Read more
  • Cleveland Clinic performs its first in utero surgery on fetus, repairs spina bifida before baby’s birth

    CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Clinic has joined other top hospitals in North America and can now offer in utero surgery. The hospital announced Wednesday that after more than a year of preparations they have successfully completed Northern Ohio’s first ever surgery on a fetus inside the uterus... Read more
  • Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Frozen Embryos Mere ‘Marital Property’

    Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm … unites with a female gamete or oocyte…to form a single cell. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual. (p. 18) — Keith Moore and T.V.N.... Read more
  • Jewish, Christian, Muslim leaders sign declaration against euthanasia

    Representatives from the Catholic and Orthodox churches and the Muslim and Jewish faiths signed a joint declaration at the Vatican reaffirming each religion’s clear opposition to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. They also encouraged promoting palliative care so that dying patients... Read more
  • Bobby Reyes dies after UM takes him off life support

    A 14-year-old Monroe County boy who was declared brain dead died Tuesday after C.S. Mott Children's Hospital disconnected him from life support after the boy's family lost a legal battle to prevent the move. Parents Sara Jones and Jose Reyes fought the University of Michigan hospital's initial... Read more
  • Downriver mother fights to keep child on life support; facility rejects transfer

    It's been a heartbreaking few weeks for an Ash Township family. Bobby Reyes, 14, was hospitalized at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor after a severe asthma attack in September. His mother, Sarah Jones, successfully fought to stop the hospital from taking her son off life support when... Read more