Category Archives: Euthanasia

Almost 450 Quebec patients were euthanized last year

By Xavier Symons New data released on assisted dying in Quebec indicates that requests for euthanasia doubled in the province in the second half of 2016. According to statistics compiled by the Protection of Conscience Project, 441 people in the

Lifetime: Euthanasia Drama Stars Doctor ‘Ending Lives with Dignity’

By Katie Yoder Lifetime believes in a time for death too. Next month, the network is bringing a euthanasia-centered series to an American audience. Mary Kills People follows Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas), a single mother and ER doctor, as she pursues

Number of Euthanasia deaths increasing quickly in Québec

By Alex Schadenberg , Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Earlier this week CBC news reported that the number of euthanasia deaths in Québec significantly increased in the second half of 2016. Moreover, the 6-month report indicated that 14% of

Euthanasia’s slippery slope is no longer a fantasy

By Charles Lewis It ran in The Ottawa Citizen in December at a time when most people were thinking about the glad tidings of Christmas. Health Canada, the story said, had struck a committee of experts to study expanding the

The importance of stories in the euthanasia debate

Margaret Somerville

The risks and harms to vulnerable people outweigh any possible benefits By Margaret Somerville The pro-euthanasia case is compact and quick and easy to make: It focuses on a terminally ill, seriously suffering, competent adult who gives informed consent to

Finnish Parliament debates euthanasia

Paul Russell, director of HOPE

By Paul Russell Late last year a citizen’s initiative to raise the issue of euthanasia in the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta) passed the requisite 50,000 signatories required to trigger a parliamentary debate. This week the matter came before the main chamber.

Should Quebec’s Alzheimer’s patients be eligible for euthanasia?

By Michael Cook Quebec is about to embark upon a debate on the involuntary euthanasia of demented elderly after a 55-year-old man in Montreal allegedly smothered his Alzheimer’s stricken wife and posted what he had done on Facebook. Michel Cadotte

Euthanasia and Alzheimer’s: Canada takes a step in the wrong direction

Supporters of ‘aid-in-dying’ already want to expand the law By Aubert Martin The euthanasia machine has once again become activated, following the “compassionate” murder of a woman with advanced stage Alzheimer’s [in Quebec]. Although the details are not yet known,

Alleged murder of woman with Alzheimer’s leads to demand for more euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The alleged murder in Montréal Monday of a woman with Alzheimer’s has led to renewed pressure by the euthanasia lobby to extend “MAID” [Medical Assistance In Dying] to incompetent people. “Under

Why euthanasia slippery slopes are inevitable

Margaret Somerville

By Margaret Somerville Advocates of legalizing euthanasia reject “slippery slope” arguments as unfounded fear-mongering and claim that its use will always be restricted to rare cases of dying people with unrelievable, unbearable suffering. But, as the Netherlands and Belgium demonstrate,

Oregon Senate Bill 494 will starve and dehydrate incompetent people to death

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition In Oregon, the Senate is debating a deceptive bill (SB 494) that appears to simply replace the current advanced directives legislation, but in fact promotes the withholding or withdrawal of nutrition and

Dutch nursing home death – more excuses, more killing

By Paul Russell Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at Mr. Russell’s blog. Once you create a situation at law where killing of another person is allowed in certain circumstances, not only will the circumstances in