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The Case of Jahi McMath: A Teachable Moment

The distressing case of Jahi McMath can be a teachable moment for us. Jahi, only 13 years old, suffered severe complications after a tonsillectomy operation at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California. She was declared brain dead by the hospital three days later.

The California Uniform Determination of Death Act allows for the legal determination of death based on either “(1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of...

Which rights should prevail?

Most agree that “might makes right” is a pathetic ethical standard with which to decide conflicting claims. Nonetheless, when conscience rights are the issue, this is frequently the approach that institutions and governments adopt.

An egregious example is the current Swedish governmental position that all medical personnel must be prepared to carry out any legal procedure they are ordered to perform. Conscientious objectors face legal sanctions and, in short order, dismissal from employment or even...

Population Control and the Elephant in the Room

I am amazed at the sheer audacity and persistence of the population control crowd. Since the 1960s, they have given a single answer to every major social issue encountered. Hunger? Population control. Poverty? Population control. Racial/Religious conflicts? Population control. Communism? Population control. Women’s rights? Population control. Ecological problems? Population control. And on and on. How could powerful leaders and nations be duped by such an asinine proposal?

As the old proverb goes, “Be careful of...