Peter Singer on the Maraachli case

Peter Singer wrote the article below on the Maraachli case in the NY Daily News.

Attempted rescue of Baby Joseph Maraachli, pro-life poster child, is deeply misguided








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BBC – Podcasts – Making History

BBC – Podcasts – Making History
Peter the Wild Boy from the 1720s

Tue, 22 Mar 11

28 mins

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How enlightened were they in the age of the enlightenment? Lucy Worsley, Curator at the Royal Historic Palaces, explores the story of Peter the Wild Boy, a feral dumb child who was found in the woods near Hamburg and brought to the court of King George in the 1720’s as an object of fascination. How did Peter’s experience differ to others who were ‘different’ in the age of the enlightenment. Bristol’s links with the slave trade are well known… or are they? Tom Holland explores the little-known history of slavery in medieval England. We assess the impact of the Marshall Plan on post-war reconstruction and Helen Castor discovers more about the personal sacrifices made to feed Britain during the Second World War.

via BBC – Podcasts – Making History.

2011 Internship Opportunity at the University of Alberta

Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada
Summer Internships, 2011

Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada is a 5-year project, funded in 2010 by the Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) program of SSHRC, based at the University of Alberta and directed by Professor Rob Wilson Email Rob Wilson. The project focuses on the history of eugenics in Western Canada, and the relevance of that history for ongoing issues concerning reproduction, technology, disability, human variation, and community inclusiveness. For an overview of the project, and to read about the summer 2010 internships, see

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Rebecca Dresser, UW professor and member of the growth attenuation working group, comments on the Maraachli case

Commenting on the Maraachli case where Baby Joseph was moved to U. S. after Canadian court ordered removal of his respirator, Rebecca Dresser, a professor of law and medical ethics at Washington University in St. Louis, said in the article below that U.S. courts generally side with families in such cases that want to continue treatment for loved ones even in seemingly hopeless medical cases, that similar end-of-life cases will likely become more common, “Because of the growing concerns about costs, we’re going to see more of this.”–baby-joseph-moved-to-u-s-after-canadian-court-rules-docs-can-remove-breathing-tube?bn=1

Please note that Dr. Dressor is one of the members of the growth attenuation working group set up by Seattle Children’s and was quoted many times by Christine Ryan Continue reading