Intrinsic vs. Instrumental Value

Cross-posted from Secular ProLife  Discussion of the concepts of intrinsic and instrumental value goes back at least as far as the ancient Greeks. It has pretty much gone unchallenged for all that time until the last hundred years or so, but even then there really haven’t been any major challenges to the concept. The concept

Brain-dead Canadian woman gives birth

Cross-posted from BioEdge A brain-dead woman in British Columbia has delivered a baby, more than six weeks after she suffered a devastating brain haemorrhage. Robyn Benson, 32, collapsed on December 28 when she was 5 months pregnant. Her husband Dylan asked that she be kept alive on a ventilator long enough so that her son Iver

UK doctors continue to oppose assisted suicide

Cross-posted from BioEdge  After an extensive consultation of its members the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in the UK will continue to oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia. Nearly 80% of RCGP members who submitted individual responses to the consultation expressed the opinion that the College should remain opposed to a change in the law to permit

The Medical, Legal and Philosophical Case Against Abortion

Cross-posted from ProLifeNZ [with modification] Abortion can be debated against by a variety of people from a variety of different starting points. Here is a selection of arguments based on law, medicine and philosophy. Medical Arguments Against Abortion The medical arguments against abortion are compelling. For example, at conception the embryo is genetically distinct from the mother. To

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