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  • Issue Brief posted April 20, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Physician-Assisted Suicide Corrupts the Practice of Medicine

    Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”[1] First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational…

  • Issue Brief posted April 14, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Global Experience Shows that Physician-Assisted Suicide Threatens the Weak and Marginalized

    Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”[1] First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational…

  • Commentary posted April 8, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Physician-assisted suicide is social contagion

    In 2012, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, campaigned against physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts. She pointed out that most people wish for a good death “surrounded by loved ones, perhaps with a doctor and/or clergyman at our bedside.” But with physician-assisted suicide, you get “a prescription for up to 100 capsules, dispensed by a…

  • Issue Brief posted April 7, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Purported Safeguards in Physician-Assisted Suicide Are Ripe for Abuse

    Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”[1] First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational…

  • Commentary posted April 6, 2015 by Edwin Meese III, Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Religious-liberty protections promote tolerance

    A national firestorm has erupted over an Indiana law that, in all essentials, mirrors the legal standard protecting religious liberty in all federal courts and 31 state courts. Why? The answer, unfortunately, is “the culture war” — and, contrary to media portrayals, conservatives aren’t the aggressors here. Who favors coercion in this debate? Who opposes tolerance and…

  • Issue Brief posted March 30, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Four Problems with Physician-Assisted Suicide

    The Hippocratic Oath proclaims: “I will keep [the sick] from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.”[1] This is an essential precept for a flourishing civil society. No one, especially a doctor, should be permitted to kill intentionally, or assist in killing intentionally, an innocent…

  • Issue Brief posted March 27, 2015 by Martin D. Brown, Rachel Sheffield The Moynihan Report 50 Years Later: Why Marriage More Than Ever Promotes Opportunity for All

    In 1965, Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who later served as a U.S. Senator from New York, introduced what has come to be known as the Moynihan Report.[1] His report focused on the increases in disparities between white and black Americans in terms of income, standard of living, and education. Moynihan boldly asserted that the root cause of these…

  • Backgrounder posted March 24, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Always Care, Never Kill: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality

    The Hippocratic Oath proclaims: “I will keep [the sick] from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.”[1] This is an essential precept for a flourishing civil society. No one, especially a doctor, should be permitted to kill intentionally, or assist in killing intentionally, an innocent…

  • Legal Memorandum posted March 10, 2015 by Gene Schaerr, Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Memo to Supreme Court: State Marriage Laws Are Constitutional

    Over the past year, four federal circuit courts—the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits—have ruled that the states and their people lack the ability under the federal Constitution to define marriage as it has always been defined: as the legal union of a man and a woman.[1] In their breathtaking sweep, those four rulings are reminiscent of the U.S. Supreme Court’s…

  • Commentary posted March 9, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Leslie Ford A Fight to Keep Catholic Schools Catholic

    San Franciscans are currently debating a simple question: Should the government respect the right of Catholic schools to be authentically Catholic? San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone thinks so. But eight California senators and assemblymen sent the archbishop a letter last month, saying that his actions in issuing new faculty guidelines “foment a…

  • Issue Brief posted March 9, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Sarah Torre Congress Should Protect Religious Freedom in the District of Columbia

    On March 6, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has transmitted to Congress two pieces of legislation that will seriously infringe on conscience rights and religious freedom in our nation’s capital. Congress now has 30 legislative days to pass a resolution of disapproval, which, if signed by the President, would effectively veto these bad laws and protect the rights…

  • Commentary posted February 10, 2015 by Robert Rector Married to the welfare state

    Fifty-one years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty. Since then, taxpayers have spent more than $22 trillion fighting Johnson’s war, three times the cost of all military wars in U.S. history. Last year, taxpayers spent more than $920 billion on 80 different anti-poverty programs. Despite this spending, the percentage of Americans who are poor…

  • Commentary posted December 15, 2014 by Lindsey Burke, Rachel Sheffield The Preschool Mirage

    The Obama administration has just announced a new $1 billion initiative ($750 million in federal grants and the remainder from private funding) to enroll more children in government preschool programs. The new measure is being announced formally at the White House Summit on Early Education this morning. The push comes on the heels of President Obama’s speech on women and…

  • Commentary posted December 11, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Sarah Torre The Right to Life and a Culture of Marriage

    The abortion rate keeps dropping. The latest numbers from the CDC, released last week, show that the abortion rate is the lowest it’s been since 1973, the year the Supreme Court manufactured a constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade. This raises two important questions: What is the cause of the decline in abortion? And how can we build on this success to protect…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2014 by Romina Boccia, Robert Rector Weakening an Asset Test Could Expand the Welfare State

    Before Congress recessed for the midterm elections, lawmakers announced plans to use the current lame-duck session to work on passing a bill called “The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act.” Supporters describe the bill as a way to eliminate “barriers to work and saving by preventing dollars saved through ABLE accounts from counting against an individual’s…