Tag Archives: euthanasia

“Clarifying” the mystery of severe brain injuries should never be an excuse to starve and dehydrate patients

The moment when Prof. Owen asked patient Scott whether he was in pain.

By Dave Andrusko Periodically, the popular press will pick up on something almost as if it were a sudden revelation. Flash! [fill in the blank]. That is the typically the case with the ‘discovery’ that some severely brain-injured patients who

People with severe dementia should be starved and dehydrated to death to save money says BMJ editorial


By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. We are posting elsewhere today a story about brain-injured patients who, despite predictions to the contrary, awaken. Typically, their families had been counseled to “allow” them to die–withdraw food and fluids. The following story

Forthcoming “Fog in August” movie addresses Nazi Euthanasia Program


By Dave Andrusko It’s only a brief article by Martin Blaney that appeared at Screen Daily but it definitely caught my attention. Here’s the lead: StudioCanal is to handle international sales on Kai Wessel’s Fog In August (“Nebel im August”), the

Netherlanders Pressured into Euthanasia

Professor Theo Boer

By Wesley J. Smith Netherlanders are pressured into “choosing” euthanasia, reads the story. I’m not surprised. This has been true for many years. For example, in the first edition of my Forced Exit, I reported on a story in which

Dutch expert: Children may be pressured by family members to die by euthanasia

Professor Theo Boer

Alex Schadenberg, International Chair – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Dutch News reported Friday that Professor Theo Boer, a Dutch euthanasia expert, is concerned that the Netherlands Paediatric Association (NVK) is extending euthanasia to children under the age of 12 and

Canadian Medical Association: Vichy of Euthanasia


By Wesley J. Smith The Canadian Medical Association has, in short course, gone from resisting euthanasia to being enthusiastic collaborators with the culture of death. Its draft “principles” have no limits to which patients can be killed by doctors. Indeed,

Belgium: ‘Euthanasia is a nice idea’ – the decline of a society?

Hermann de Dijn, emeritus professor of philosophy at the Belgian University of Leuven

By Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, EPC International Director and Director of HOPE Ireland Hermann de Dijn, emeritus professor of philosophy at the Belgian University of Leuven, says: ‘Once the law [legalizing assisted suicide] is there, you have people asking themselves new

Belgium’s euthanasia establishment hisses back

Dr. Tom Mortier

By Paul Russell, Director, HOPE Australia The name and the story of Belgian chemist Dr Tom Mortier has become known throughout the world. His physically well mother was clinically depressed. Yet in 2012 she was euthanized without his knowledge in

The Economist Pushes Death on Demand

Editor-in-chief of The Economist, Zanny Minton-Beddoes

By Wesley J. Smith The media no longer present objective reporting on issues of social or cultural controversy. They choose sides. This has been generally true for about ten years about assisted suicide, and ever since the Brittany Maynard manufactured

The Economist to campaign on Belgian model of euthanasia

Zanny Minton-Beddoes

By Michael Cook The world’s most influential news magazine, The Economist, has a new editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton-Beddoes, its former business affairs editor. One of the very first issues on which she has chosen to campaign is the legalization of euthanasia.

Euthanasia’s Open Season on the Mentally Ill

Godelieva De Troyer

By Wesley J. Smith A few years ago, I spoke about end-of-life care at a town-hall event; it quickly devolved into an intense debate on assisted suicide. When the time came for audience questions, a self-described “mentally ill” woman took

France Senate Rejects Slow Motion Euthanasia Share


By Wesley J. Smith A bit ago I wrote about how the French Senate was considering legalizing terminal sedation as a way to kill the terminally ill. That column also distinguished between the slow motion euthanasia by dehydration/starvation of terminal