Miracles, recovery and “rush-to-judgment” revisited

…thdrawal over the objections of the patient’s family. When Pope first reported on this, Wesley Smith posted a comment suggesting that this wasn’t a “miracle” but a “rush to judgment” case. Pope never replied to Wesley. Pope had already weighed in with his major concern over the story: There really are limits to prognostication. That fact and cases like this will continue to prevent some surrogates from…

Pope Benedict’s Personal Experience with Euthanasia

…sites mentioned something about the Pope I hadn’t heard before regarding his experience with euthanasia, and motivated me to find out more about something I hadn’t heard before. It turns out that this particular Pope’s feelings regarding euthanasia may be as rooted in personal experience as they are in his religious beliefs, according to a recent children’s book about the life of Pope Benedict XVI. (his name was Joseph…

NDY Full Written Comments on Futile Care Laws and Policies Before the National Council on Disability

…e potential risks and benefits of medical treatment are required for informed consent and could never violate the Oklahoma provision. Only actions denying desired health care could do so. Another critic is Professor Thaddeus Pope, who wrote about the Oklahoma law in a piece entitled “Defending Disability Discrimination.”[iii] Pope argued that “[t]his blanket prohibition rests on a limited and inaccurate assumption that considerations of an…

Haleigh Poutre’s New Life and the Flawed Lessons People are Taking Away From Her Story

…isted suicide advocates, etc. actually want the public to be confused about a number of life and death topics in order to avoid informed discourse. The press, of course, just parrot the professional jargon they’re fed. Thaddeus Pope claims that “her (Haleigh’s) story powerfully illustrates the limits of prognostication for some critically ill patients.” That’s not accurate at all. Her story illustrates what can…

New Jersey/Futility: Oral Arguments in Betancourt v. Trinitas (Appellate Court)

…very much of this argument as written – it is more likely that she will start getting questioned from the bench – this is most often the case with oral arguments. Of additional interest, Professor Thaddeus Mason Pope will follow Anne Studholme. Pope maintains the Medical Futility Blog – and it’s unusual to see him play this role in a futility case. NDY Activist, Organizer and Scholar Nadina LaSpina will be attending the…