Tag: doctors

Understanding freedom of conscience

by Brian Bird, Policy Options, 2 August 2017 Conscience is about living in alignment with our moral judgments, regardless of where they come from. If moral freedom is what freedom of conscience protects, why we protect this freedom boils down to the fact that conscience touches on core moral commitments that sustain our identity and integrity — who I… Read more »

Legalising voluntary euthanasia a slippery slope: Geriatrician

by Anneke Smith, Hawke’s Bay Today, 19 May 2018 His biggest concern was that doctors and nurses would become too relaxed about the due processes in place and end the lives of those who either didn’t want euthanasia or weren’t eligible. “A person might have a severe disability or illness which qualifies him or her for… Read more »

Being exquisitely careful…

by Henry Cooke, Stuff, 22 May 2018 Tawa doctor and chair of the Health Professionals Alliance Catherine Hallagan submitted strongly against the bill. “It is a bad bill that cannot be fixed,” Hallagan said. She said doctors and other health professionals did not want the law. No safeguards built into the law would be sufficient to make… Read more »

Commentary: Shortening life to end suffering is troubling

by Thomas J. Madejski, Times Union, 28 April 2018 Compelling arguments have not been made for medicine to change its footing and to incorporate the active shortening of life into the norms of medical practice. Although relief of suffering has always been a fundamental duty in medical practice, relief of suffering through shortening of life has… Read more »