Pope slams attempts to eliminate people with disabilities

Pope Francis issued a harsh condemnation of the underlying eugenic mentality in society that leads many to abort children who are are disabled

On Saturday, Pope Francis issued a harsh condemnation of the underlying eugenic mentality in society that leads many to abort children who are are disabled, saying the Church must be a place of acceptance and welcome for all who are vulnerable. While great strides have been made in recent years in terms of recognizing the dignity of every person, especially the weakest and … [Read more...]

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This terminally ill man is glad he rejected assisted suicide

Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer three years ago, his doctors said he likely had about four months to live, but he's still alive today "enjoying the arrival of our second son and living life to the fullest”

Three years ago, J.J. Hanson received a diagnosis that no one wants to hear. He had terminal brain cancer, and doctors said his time was short – he likely had about four months to live. “The surgeon said my cancer was inoperable and three different doctors told me there was nothing they could do,” Hanson said. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the same type of brain cancer … [Read more...]

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“They inspire joy, kindness, and wonder”

President Trump issues statement marking start of Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Statement from President Donald Trump on Down Syndrome Awareness Month: “During Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we celebrate the significant contributions that people with Down syndrome make to their families, to their communities, and to our Nation.  We also salute the family members, caregivers, medical professionals, and advocates who have dedicated themselves to ensuring … [Read more...]

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Nerve implant ‘restores consciousness’ to man in persistent vegetative state

Stimulation of the vagus nerve allows patient who had been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years to track objects with his eyes and respond to simple requests

A 35-year-old man who had been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering therapy involving nerve stimulation. The treatment challenges a widely-accepted view that there is no prospect of a patient recovering consciousness if they have been in PVS for longer than 12 months. Since sustaining severe brain … [Read more...]

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Bioethics expert says ‘de-valuing’ human beings is 21st century malady

“We’re actually preying on other human beings, and using them to benefit those who are wealthy and powerful”

In the early 21st century, the list of bioethical conundrums facing humanity is almost infinitely long. Just because we can whip up new human lives in a petri dish, should we? Just because we can extend life almost indefinitely, should we? Just because we can alter a new life’s genetic code to give it certain perceived enhancements, should we? According to one of the … [Read more...]

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Judge: Oakland teenager may not be brain dead after all

Jami McMath may not currently fit the criteria of death as defined by a state law

Jahi McMath, the Oakland teenager whose brain death case has sparked national debate, may not currently fit the criteria of death as defined by a state law written in conjunction with the medical establishment, a judge wrote in an order Tuesday. In his ruling, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stephen Pulido wrote that while the brain death determination in 2013 was made in … [Read more...]

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Silicon Valley’s latest craze: immortality

Libertarian candidate for governor says he would divert trillions of dollars into life-extending technologies in the hope that Californians will eventually be able to upload their consciousness to the Cloud and experience digital eternity

Zoltan Istvan is launching his campaign to become Libertarian governor of the American state of California with two signature policies. First, he’ll eliminate poverty with a universal basic income that will guarantee US$5,000 per month for every Californian household for ever. (He’ll do this without raising taxes, he promises.) The next item in his in-tray is eliminating … [Read more...]

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