Category Archives: Euthanasia

Experts warn Australians against following overseas experience with euthanasia

When doctors are authorised to kill their patients, fundamental social values undergo a tectonic shift By Debra Vermeer The practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide overseas has been a disaster, with so-called safeguards failing and doctor-assisted killing on the rise,

Canadian bioethicists call for organ donor euthanasia

Of all ideas about assisted dying, this must be the worst By Michael Cook Well, well, that didn’t take long, did it? Euthanasia became legal in Canada in June and by December Quebec bioethicists had already published an article in

Dignity in Dying uses lack of police prosecution to push for euthanasia

Editor’s note. This comes from SPUC–the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. The Economist magazine reports that although reported instances of people aiding someone in committing suicide have increased, the number of arrests and prosecutions have gone down. Euthanasia

Euthanasia: it’s a long, long, long way down

One way to get rid of slippery slopes is to deny that they exist By Margaret Somerville For a long time, it’s puzzled me how proponents of the legalization of euthanasia can confidently claim, as they do, that in the

Euthanasia: no one is ever satisfied

Western Australian MP Robin Chapple

Bit by bit ‘onerous’ safeguards are shed By Paul Russell, Director, HOPE Australia It is perhaps a statement of the obvious that those who oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide are never happy about the passage of such laws. Paradoxically, those

Three arrested in New York death of ventilator-dependent resident

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition In a December 28th press release, Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York, announced the arrest of two registered nurses and a certified nurse aide in connection with the death

Dutch MP flags new extension to euthanasia laws

By Paul Russell, Founder, HOPE Australia Dutch News is reporting that the media hype over the idea of euthanasia for a ‘completed life’ that has been going on for more than a year, now has a legislative backer in MP

Finland set to debate euthanasia

Esko Olavi Seppänen

By Paul Russell, Founder, HOPE Australia A citizen’s initiative to raise the issue of euthanasia in the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta) has gathered the requisite 50,000 signatories required to trigger a parliamentary debate. [1] As in many countries, Finland has been

At least 744 euthanasia deaths in Canada since it was decriminalized in June

University of Toronto health law professor Trudo Lemmens

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition CTV News reported that at least 744 people have died by euthanasia in Canada since it was decriminalized in June 2016–four Canadians a day–“and experts say those numbers are expected to

Italian doctor describes deaths of at least five patients as mercy, not murder

Leonardo Cazzaniga

By Michael Cook LATE FLASH! Here’s an update on the romantically involved doctor and nurse accused of killing at least five patients and possibly dozens more between 2011 and 2014 in a hospital near Milan. Previously BioEdge reported that “The

American Psychiatric Association takes historic stand on assisted suicide and euthanasia

By Michael Cook The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has taken a strong stand against euthanasia. In a formal position statement approved by its board of trustees this month, it says: The American Psychiatric Association, in concert with the American Medical

Canadian Government Eyes Expanding Euthanasia

By Wesley J. Smith The euthanasia law–forced by the Supreme Court of Canada’s fiat–is just starting to put people into the ground, and the government is already talking expanding the death license. From the Global News story: The federal government

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