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April 04, 2005

Who Died and Made Bioethicists gods?

Altogether now, eugenics!

How's that spelled? B-I-O-E-T-H-I-C-I-S-T-S.

The next time you see, hear or read something in the media regarding quality of life issues and they trot out a so called expert to "clarify" matters, check out their title. It is probably bioethicist. Though they wrap themselves in a high sounding title, these loathsome creatures are no more than real life versions of Ebeneezer Scrooge or Mr. Potter from "It's a Wonderful Life." They operate from the belief the all men are created unequal and that the enlightened ones of society are obligated to purge the weak, infirmed and inferior from our ranks. Remember that!

The following is quoted from an article titled "End of the Affair" by John Leo on USNews.com.

The following candid exchange occurred on Court TV last month in a conversation between author Wesley Smith and bioethicist Bill Allen. Smith: Bill, do you think Terri is a person?" Allen: "No, I do not. I think having awareness is an essential criterion for personhood." Fetuses, babies, and Alzheimer's patients are only minimally aware and might not fit this definition of personhood, and so would have no claim on our protections. Smith points out that other bioethicists narrow protection further, requiring rationality, the capacity to experience desire, or the ability to value one's own existence. Tighter definitions of personhood expand the number of humans who can be killed without blame or harvested for their organs while still alive. On Court TV, Allen argued that the family could have removed Terri's organs while she was alive, "just as we allow people to say what they want done with their assets."
[emphasis added - TS]