Category Archives: Euthanasia

Pro-euthanasia group uses video recorded Brittany Maynard to lobby California legislators

Brittany Maynard

By Michael Cook The leading assisted suicide lobby group, Compassion & Choices, has scored another public relations coup with the release of a third Brittany Maynard video. Nineteen days before she committed suicide on November 1, Brittany recorded a video

Killing for Organs Push in The Atlantic Magazine


By Wesley J. Smith I have repeatedly warned about articles published in medical and bioethics journals advocating killing the profoundly disabled or dying for their organs. The assault on the “dead donor rule” has now filtered down to the popular

Family-Supported Suicide and the Duty to Die

Diane Rehm

By Wesley J. Smith In 1991, my friend Frances invited me to a “going away party.” She wasn’t moving or going on vacation. Frances wanted her closest friends to come to her home, to tell her how much she meant

50 or 60 Belgian patients euthanased annually for psychiatric reasons


By Michael Cook At least 50 patients are euthanased each year for purely psychiatric reasons, says the leading figure in Belgian euthanasia, Dr. Wim Distelmans. In an interview in the Belgian magazine Humo, he says: Manic-depressive patients, in their manic

Changed Mind About Euthanasia? Oh Hum

Valentina Maureira, a Chilean teenager with cystic fibrosis, is reconsidering her request for “assistance” to die after her You Tube video prompted a wave of encouragement and uplifting support for the 14-year-old.

By Wesley J. Smith The media love hastened death! When someone wants illegal euthanasia it makes headlines around the world! Brittany Maynard was named one of the most extraordinary people of 2014 by CNN because she committed suicide rather than

Canada to Couple Euthanasia and Organ Harvesting?


By Wesley J. Smith Long ago, in my very first anti-euthanasia article, published by Newsweek in 1993, I warned that legalizing assisted suicide would lead to “organ harvesting as a plum to society.” That dark prophesy has come true in the Netherlands and

Terry Pratchett, novelist, Alzheimer’s campaigner and star euthanasia promoter, dies

Terry Pratchett

By Michael Cook British fantasy writer and star campaigner for assisted suicide Sir Terry Pratchett died last week a natural death surrounded by his family. He had been suffering from early-onset dementia for several years. In the 1990s Sir Terry

Nitschke’s campaign for re-registration falters

Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke

By Michael Cook Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke is sailing against the wind in his campaign to regain registration as a medical doctor. The Northern Territory branch of the Australian Medical Association expelled him this week for not living up to

Kevin Fitzpatrick: Conversation with Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett, an author and a euthanasia promoter, died Thursday at the age of 66 Editor’s note. That “awful Swiss house” Dr. Fitzpatrick alludes to at the end is the Dignitas suicide facility near Zurich, Switzerland. My first ‘outing’ on

Canadian Doctors Don’t Want to Kill? TOUGH!


By Wesley J. Smith Until recently, physicians who did not want to participate in these human life-ending practices–abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide–were allowed space to practice Hippocratic medicine regardless of the legal status of these killing procedures. But that right of

NRLC director of medical ethics testifies against Nebraska POLST

Burke Balch, J.D.

Editor’s note. This story appears in the March digital edition of National Right to Life News. The entire 39-page issue can be read at Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Director Burke Balch, J.D., testified before the Nebraska Legislature’s

Forced Starvation Attempt Appeal Dismissed

Mrs. Margaret Bentley

By Wesley J. Smith Good news: The case that sought to force a nursing home to starve an Alzheimer’s patient to death even though she willingly took nourishment–has been dismissed. From the Advocate Daily story: The British Columbia Court of