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July 18, 2006

Irrational, Inconsistent or Dishonest?

Topics: Commentary

In this article, bioethicist Arthur Caplan proclaims of the doctors accused of murdering their patients in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina:

"You've got at best mercy and panic, but that doesn't add up to an excusable homicide."

In this article, by Caplan and titled "The time has come to let Terri Schiavo die", Caplan stated:
"So, it is clear that the time has come to let Terri die."

Caplan has also authored a book on Terri's case -- presumably yielding a significant pay-day.

Caplan has also hosted a bioethics symposium, using Terri's case as the feature, titled "Why is it so hard to die in America?"

By Artie's standards, killing a helpless person by jacking them up with narcotics - bad. Killing a helpless person by denying them something as simple as sustenance - good.

Don't ya just love 'ethics'? If Caplan is an authority on the subject then I'm a supermodel.

Source: Pamela Hennessy

Posted by tim at July 18, 2006 9:38 PM

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Try this test: see if you can think of any one morally significant difference between the patients in the New Orleans hospital and Terri Schiavo at the end of her life. (Hint: There are at least two big ones.)

If you actually believe there are no moral differences between the cases - if, upon reflection, you can't think of any at all - you are simply incomppetent to comment on them. If you recognize that there is, the next step would be to consider whether those differences might bear on the question of how to handle the respective cases. (Hint: Yes.)

Posted by: Kevin T. Keith at July 18, 2006 10:22 PM

Wow you're smart. Smart enough to see differences but too obtuse to recognize Caplan's ridiculous assertion.

Posted by: calvin at July 19, 2006 12:02 PM

I see Mr. Dishonesty is back. It appears YOU, Keith, have no business commenting on any of this since you are a bioethics hack and think it is perfectly okay to kill people who are sick and disabled.

Posted by: Susan Nunes at July 19, 2006 1:41 PM