The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is pleased to announce that Wesley J. Smith, international public speaker and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Human Exceptionalism, has joined the Network’s Board of Directors.
Smith is an internationally renowned opponent of assisted suicide and a premier advocate for the intrinsic dignity of all human life, a concept he calls “human exceptionalism.”
Smith was named a Great Defender of Life by the Human Life Foundation for his work against the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. He has penned hundreds of opinion articles and is the author or co-author of fourteen books. Smith is a regular contributor to “The Corner” for National Review on issues germane to human life and dignity.
“Bobby Schindler and the Network that he leads are dedicated to fighting for medically vulnerable persons and their families,” Smith said. “The Network courageously stands against the grain of a coarsening culture to defend the most defenseless among us. I’m proud to stand with Bobby in furthering the work of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.”
Smith’s book Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide and the New Duty to Die (1997, Times Books), a broad-based criticism of the assisted suicide/euthanasia movement, has become a classic in anti-euthanasia advocacy and is now in its third edition, published by Encounter Books in 2006. Smith’s Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America, a warning about the dangers of the modern bioethics movement, was named one of the Ten Outstanding Books of the Year and Best Health Book of the Year for 2001 (Independent Publisher Book Awards). Last year, published a revised and updated version under the title: Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine. Smith also wrote Consumer’s Guide to a Brave New World, in which he explored the morality, science, and business aspects of human cloning, stem cell research, and genetic engineering.
He is also a renowned public speaker lecturing internationally on the issues of assisted suicide, bioethics, and human exceptionalism.
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network upholds human dignity through service to the medically vulnerable, and has advocated for more than 2,500 patients and families.