Not Enough for Everyone

By Elizabeth Hanink BSN Just the word “rationing” evokes fear in many people. Add the word “medical” and you can count on a particularly visceral response. We all want to think that there is enough of everything to go around, … Continued

“Suffering and Choice”

By Julie Grimstad, President of the Board of HALO The problem of suffering has confronted mankind ever since Adam and Eve lost paradise. Suffering – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – is an inescapable element of human life. Fortunately, modern … Continued

Are Human-Made Laws Always Moral

By Miguel A. Endara, Ph.D. Toward the end of the Second World War, as the Allied forces began to occupy the German strongholds and camps, they began to make horrific discoveries. Previously, there were only rumors of abuse of Jews … Continued


By Rabbi Louis J. Feldman When the Roe vs. Wade decision was made on January 22, 1973, the floodgates of possibility for coercion against denominational institutions were wide open. The worst fears of the religious community were realized when a … Continued

New Doctors and the Hippocratic Oath

Excerpted by Elizabeth Hanink from article by Fritz Baumgartner MD, and Gabriel Flores MD. Recently a member of the Scholl Advisory Board published a study in the Linacre Quarterly concerning the attitudes of future doctors with respect to the Hippocratic Oath. The Oath … Continued

Elder Abuse – A National Plague

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, PHN, BSN Child abuse is routinely reported in gruesome detail and we wonder how anyone could do such things to a youngster. Sadly, elder abuse is a growing criminal problem, much less reported, barely acknowledged even. It often involves the … Continued

Patient Autonomy? Don’t Be Too Sure

By Germaine Wensley RN A recently developed protocol, futile care, may directly impact your life by posing a threat to your patient autonomy. Let me explain why. When patients enter a medical facility, they usually expect that they or their surrogate will have … Continued