Lives worth living? Why healthcare rationing must be ethical

Lives worth living? Why healthcare rationing must be ethical

CNA—As state health officials plan for health care rationing during the coronavirus pandemic, lawyers, ethicists and theologians are warning that denying care on the basis of age or disability violates federal law.  “There’s always the temptation when things get rough, and when you’re looking at rationing situations and looking at triage, to fall into the…

First, Take No Stand : In assisted suicide, the medical profession ducks behind “neutrality.”

First, Take No Stand : In assisted suicide, the medical profession ducks behind “neutrality.”

The New Atlantis—On June 9, 2016, a law permitting physician-assisted suicide went into effect in California. The same day, Dr. Lonny Shavelson, an emergency medicine physician, opened the Bay Area End of Life Options clinic to provide the newly legal service. A longtime activist for the cause, Shavelson’s interest began in adolescence. In an interview…