Category: Ethics

Euthanasia Laws for Humans

Herald Sun, Friday September 24th 2010   If we are going to contemplate euthanasia, it is not enough to simply tell moving stories where a loved elder in terminal discomfort is kindly granted release by a caring doctor. We have

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Intelligent Natural Law

I support the Catholic doctrine of Natural Law as the rational basis for morality. But for this kind of ethics to produce humane guidance, an earnest effort must be made to look objectively at the workings of nature. A simplistic

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Limits of Cultural Relativism

Is one culture superior to another?  It was certainly thought so in the days of the British Empire. With the growth of anthropology since Victorian times and the nihilistic ethical movements that have arisen since the world wars, cultural relativism has gained

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Euthanasia 2

I’m sure there are many like me who are unwilling to see euthanasia legalised, but accept palliative care that may shorten life. But if a patient has specified no intervention once awareness is irreparably lost, then the hospital has no

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The Farming of Embryos

Re the embryo debate, some commentators are creating the impression that there are only a few embryos involved, innocently harvested for purposes of conception – and wouldn’t it be a shame to waste them? But let’s not kid ourselves. If

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A Patient’s Rights

Did the Victorian Government Health and Community Services Committee actually recommend active euthanasia, carried out by a doctor (SHS report June 16)? Or are we just talking about refusing unwelcome medical intervention? I thought it was established since the Nuremberg

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Fair Sharing

When one or two people want to share something I have, I might be willing.  But if I see many converging on me, I put away what I have and keep it to myself. Perhaps this is what is happening

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Not My Brother’s Keeper

Who’d want Mr Ruddock’s job? We curse him for imprisoning innocent asylum seekers.  Yes, by Australian standards, these people are being treated abominably. Equally though, we’d curse him if Australia were now heaving with the millions who’d come if there were

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Euthanasia

When the emotion dies down, the logic remains.  I can well understand the strong feelings of those who have seen loved ones slowly decay in hospital beds and are crying out for “death with dignity”. But letting doctors actively end

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Phoney Reporting

It is a victory for humanity that child abuse has been brought to public awareness and shown to have serious long-term effects. To help stamp out this evil, to maximise our chances of rescuing a child in trouble, we have

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Personal Privacy

[This was written years before Diana’s death while being chased by cameramen.] What we are doing to Princesses Diana and Fergie is wrong.  Civilisation is based on the dignity of the individual, which includes privacy. Just for sport, we have

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