Tag Archives: euthanasia

Converting the miserabilists

The fundamental question in confronting euthanasia is whether life is worth living By Michael Cook, editor, MercatorNet. Philip Nitschke is one of the world’s most famous Australians, although he has recently moved to the Netherlands. He helps people to kill

The inhumanity of euthanasia in Belgium

This brilliant short documentary explains why euthanasia abandons patients. By Michael Cook Euthanasia is billed as a humane practice. But after watching this brief documentary about Belgium it’s hard to believe that. Euthanasia was legalised there in 2002 and since

Dutch Euthanasia “Treatment” for Alcoholism

By Wesley J. Smith Further tragic proof arrives like a storm expected–as if any more were needed–that euthanasia consciousness never stops expanding. Now, a lethal “treatment” for chronic alcoholism. From the Daily Mail story: A 41-year-old man has ended his

Anorexic Woman Allowed to Starve Herself to Death

Superior Court Judge Paul Armstrong

By Wesley J. Smith We have reached the point that indisputably mentally ill people are being allowed to commit suicide or to die from their terrible psychiatric afflictions. In Belgium, a chronic self-harmer was voluntarily euthanized and organ harvested. In

Doctors’ Association refuses to back euthanasia in Australia

AMA President Michael Gannon

By Michael Cook After surveying its members the Australian Medical Association [AMA] has reaffirmed its opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide. “Doctors should not be involved in interventions that have as their primary intention the ending of a person’s life,”

Netherlands offers euthanasia for alcoholics


It’s certainly less bother than a 12-step program in Alcoholics Anonymous By Michael Cook The ever-expanding circle of eligibility for euthanasia in the Netherlands now includes alcoholism. Writing in the Dutch magazine Linda, journalist Marcel Langedijk describes the grim life

Australian Medical Association re-affirms opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide

By Paul Russell, Founder, HOPE Australia Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from a post at noeuthanasia.org.au. On November 24, the Australian Medical Association [AMA] released its new policy on euthanasia and assisted suicide. The policy review is a five-yearly

Posturing in Victoria: needing to get noticed in the killing debate

Victorian Health Minister, Jill Hennessy

“Go softly or the law will fail” By Paul Russell Editor’s note. Victoria is a state in Southeast Australia. The Greens are a political party. Points for frankness go to the Victorian Greens this week with party Health Spokeswoman Colleen

The first statistics for Quebec’s euthanasia are available—and scary

There were nearly three times the number of expected deaths By Paul Russell The recently released first report on the operation of Quebec’s euthanasia & assisted suicide law should make everyone stop and think. There were three times the expected

Should Ethics Committees be Death Panels?

Terri Schindler Schiavo, shown here as she responds to the tender touch of her mother, Mary Schindler.

By Nancy Valko I volunteered to serve on a newly started hospital ethics committees in the 1990s. While I wanted to help analyze difficult cases and serve as a resource for hospital personnel with ethical concerns, I became increasingly alarmed

Euthanasia: Crossing the clear bright line

Victorian Health Minister, Jill Hennessy

By Paul Russell, Director, HOPE Australia Dutch journalist, Gerbert van Loenen once observed about euthanasia in his homeland that, ‘Making euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide legal started a development we did not foresee. The old limit ‘thou shalt not kill’ was

Under new law Québec euthanasia numbers much higher than expected

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Québec end-of-life care commission has reported that during the first 7 months under the euthanasia law there were 262 reported euthanasia deaths, a number that is much higher than the expected

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