Category Archives: Assisted Suicide

Conway assisted suicide case – autonomy is not absolute and this latest appeal should be dismissed

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. A 67-year-old Shropshire man with

Compassion and Choices Celebrates as the Massachusetts Medical Society Becomes the 10th State Medical Association to Succumb to the Physician-assisted Suicide Agenda

By Nancy Valko In 1980, the Hemlock Society (now known as Compassion and Choices) was formed to work for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide by proposing state legislative bills, voter initiatives and public advocacy. These efforts failed

Oregon’s Permissive Assisted Suicide Regime

By Wesley J. Smith The media have always gone along with the nonsense that assisted suicide and euthanasia laws are governed by strict guidelines to prevent abuse. In actuality, the guidelines–such as they are–are merely to give

How does assisting with suicides affect physicians?

Many feel acute emotional distress after helping someone to die By Ronald W. Pies When my mother was in her final months, suffering from a heart failure and other problems, she called me to her bedside with

“MAID” in Laval, Canada

By Nancy Valko The December 2017 issue of the Canadian medical journal Le Specialiste contains a fascinating but disturbing English language article “First Results from a Unique Study”on pages 36-40. 2015 was the year when the MAID

How media helps push us off suicide cliff

By Wesley J. Smith I’ve seen it again and again in my more than twenty years of opposing assisted suicide: the media promote suicide in the guise of reporting the news. Indeed, these days, it is almost

Six things you must know before you decide whether to support or oppose physician-assisted suicide

By Nancy Valko Editor’s note. This article was originally published in The Public Discourse on December 19, 2017. Is the real healthcare crisis not enough physician assisted suicide laws? Or is it the staggering and increasing number

Vermont assisted suicide report provides scant information

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Vermont Department of Health recently released the assisted suicide report for the period May 31, 2013 to June 30, 2017. However, the report provides very little information about

A Look Back at 50 Years: 1998 and the defeat of a referendum to legalize doctor-prescribed death in Michigan

Editor’s note. This comes from Right to Life of Michigan, NRLC’s state affiliate. RTL of Michigan has run a monthly series looking back at historically significant prolife moments in the state’s history. This is the seventh and

Woman who attempted suicide based on a terminal illness had a wrong diagnosis

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The story of Mya DeRyan is not just about gaining a second chance at life; it is also a warning to Canadians, now that euthanasia is legal, that

Former California politician charged with assisting the suicide of his wife

By Alex Schadenberg Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Steven Clute, a former member of the California Assembly, was charged with assisting the suicide of his wife, Pamela Clute. Pamela Clute died from a gunshot wound on

Sydney, Australia, Geriatrician: “We do not want or need physician assisted suicide”

Editor’s note. This appeared on the HOPE, Australia blog and is reposted with permission. Dr. John Obeid, a geriatrician in Western Sydney, has voiced his opinion in the Daily Telegraph about why assisted suicide should not be an