The increasing outsourcing of health-care policy to medical bureaucrats during the COVID-19 crisis illustrates a dangerous temptation.
Consider: Children — no matter how “mature” — cannot buy cigarettes or give consent to being tattooed.
Scientists aren’t like “everyone else”: because of the prestige they enjoy, the impact of their being “uncritical of things that [they] want to believe” is tremendous. It can be quite corrosive, quite malign.
Meanwhile, to the applause of many bioethicists, the ACLU has mounted repeated lawsuits against Catholic hospitals.
Once again, we find that if radicals envision it, eventually we will try to go there.