“Good News” CDP (WA) Conference 19 Nov 2011
I’m pretty sure the first thing I knew about Lachlan Dunjey speaking on “Good News” was when I saw the program on the web. Now hang on guys, why not pick on Job or Jeremiah? Hey Jeremiah – we’re sick of all this stuff you’re blogging, how about [...]
“Good News” CDP (WA) Conference 19 Nov 2011
Doctors – providers of medical services or professionals with conscience? Notre Dame University: Medical Law, Sept 2010.
How the law threatens the very foundations of medicine in Australia.
Compassionate care means much, much more than simple acquiescence to patient demand.
Killing must never be seen as a solution for misery.
Killing must never be seen as a solution.
It is one thing to pass a law that permits evil but it is something more to pass a law that compels evil.
Legislation has never been successful in limiting euthanasia to those capable of informed consent.
Any legislation permitting physician-assisted suicide sends a wrong message to the community about the legitimacy of suicide as a solution for distress.
Dr Philip Nitschke also argues that anyone, even – get this – troubled teens, should have the right to kill themselves:
…all people qualify, not just those with the training, knowledge, or resources to find out how to “give away” their life. And someone needs to provide this knowledge, training, or recourse necessary to anyone who wants it, including the depressed, the elderly bereaved, the troubled teen.
National Review Online, 5 June 2001
Statement: In Victoria we have unrestricted late-term abortion, unrestricted eugenic selection of anything regarded as imperfect through to birth, and legal compulsion of doctors to act against their conscience – all this significantly due to the influence of Emily’s List of which our PM Julia Gillard is a founder.
Question: If it is absolutely clear that a political party leader is deliberately leading the country in an un-ethical and anti-God direction, can we trust that leader or that party in other non-God areas?
Meditation from Cradle Mountain Chateau, Tasmania: What’s going on?
The small picture is that I am sitting here in front of the log fire in one of the libraries at Cradle Mountain Chateau looking out over the rain-swept forest and the fold after fold of ranges, thinking shall I just stay here and write or [...]
The Ethical Crisis in our Parliaments
“Recent atrocious laws about abortion and embryonic stem cell research only passed by one or two votes. Will the same happen with euthanasia, assisted suicide and cloning? Why wouldn’t it? If we do not encourage people with strong Christian values about life, marriage and family to enter parliament, nothing will [...]
At root, the culture of death is about autonomy. The cry for abortion centres
on we want control over our bodies; the cloning debate hinges on but we
want to do this research anyway, even if it is not necessary and even if it is
wrong; the call for Advance Care Directives and euthanasia is ultimately
about we want to choose when we die, not just when life is near its natural
end but at any other time we choose as well. It is a “we want” battle to the
exclusion of any consideration of moral law or the soul. And Dr Nitschke
wants to include troubled teens.
Listen to this marvellous piece of narrative from the Old Testament somewhere around 2,500-3,000 years ago. The background is that Jeremiah the prophet has just dictated a judgment against the king but with an opportunity to change his ways and thus save Jerusalem from destruction. The scribe is Jehudi.
It was the ninth month and the [...]
The shedding of innocent blood
Preamble to prayer of repentance at National Solemn Assembly, Canberra 9-11 March 2007 with specific reference to abortion and cloning. The profession of medicine has a long and noble history of skill and compassion.The teachers I had in medical school were honourable and moral and many of them were Christian.
But we are [...]
Conflicting views in medical ethics.
Concern for society and the future of medicine.
At root is the conflict between the utilitarian view of human life and the ‘intrinsic value’ view (human life has intrinsic value from fertilisation to life’s natural end in all conditions of disability and dependency).
The utilitarian view is already ‘respectable’ and is dependent on [...]