Tag Archives: physician-assisted suicide

AMA to vote whether to retain opposition to physician-assisted suicide

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. As NRL News Today was about to post all stories for the day, news broke that the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates voted not to affirm the report of its Council

Can There Really Be a “Safer” Physician-assisted Suicide?

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter

By Nancy Valko In August, I wrote a blog “Physician-assisted Suicide and the Palliative Care Physician” about Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, a palliative care doctor in California who approved of physician-assisted suicide, would want it for herself

Major US doctors group slams physician-assisted suicide

American College of Physicians has dug its heels in By Michael Cook | The American College of Physicians, the second-largest physician group in the United States with 152,000 members, has declared that physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is unethical.

Could Brittany Maynard Have Been Saved?

By Nancy Valko This week, CBS’ 60 Minutes reported that FDA has just granted “breakthrough status” for an innovative treatment for glioblastoma brain cancer that was first reported by 60 Minutes on March 29, 2015. Brittany Maynard

What’s behind the demolition of conscience rights in Canada?

Margaret Somerville

Autonomy, choice, and tolerance are being used to justify euthanasia but these grand principles don’t apply to opponents By Margaret Somerville Editor’s note. “The Carter case” refers to the 2015 case of “Carter v. Canada” in which

Physician Assisted Suicide faces continued pushback in New Hampshire and Vermont

  By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Last week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives resoundingly rejected several dangerous bills, including HB1325. By a vote of 219-66 the House voted down HB1325. New

Split Court of Appeals upholds Canada’s ban on physician-assisted suicide

By Dave Andrusko A split British Columbia Court of Appeal today upheld Canada’s ban on physician-assisted suicide. The vote was 2-1. The federal government had appealed what was described as a “landmark” ruling , a reference to

67% of American doctors oppose the legalisation of physician assisted suicide

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and is CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. An on-line poll of

The Risks of Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide

Editor’s note. This our latest entry in our year-long “Roe at 40” series, ran in the March 11, 1998, issue of National Right to Life News. The excerpt, “The Risks of Legalization” [of assisted suicide], was taken

2/3rds oppose physician-assisted suicide in poll conducted by New England Journal of Medicine surveying its own members

By Dave Andrusko The headline on the story is encouraging enough—“Most Doctors Oppose Physician-Assisted Suicide, Poll Finds”—but that’s only the beginning. Here’s the opening paragraph of Steve Reinberg’s story for HealthDay. He is writing about a poll


WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, warned of an “alarming trend nationwide” after Vermont legalized physician-assisted suicide, May 20. He called for “all people

NEJM asks readers should physician-assisted suicide be permitted

Editor’s note.  The following was reproduced on the webpage of Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. It is one of two responses to a case study that appeared in the New England Journal of