A Case against Assisted Suicide for Mental Illness

By Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A contact sent me this article and wishes to remain anonymous. The Cracks and the Light  “There is a crack in everything; that is how the light gets in…” Leonard Cohen  This is not a story about miraculous healing or cure. This is a story about living with my …

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Questions remain about the role of hospice in euthanasia as referendum approaches in New Zealand

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention  On May 6, I reported that Hospice New Zealand had applied for an urgent court injunction concerning their right to conscientiously object to doing euthanasia.  The New Zealand parliament had passed a euthanasia bill in November 2019 by a vote of 69 to 51. But in order to get the …

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Canadian Hospice is still being pressured to do euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Sign and share the petition: Hospice Organizations Must NOT be Forced to do Euthanasia. In February 2018 the Board of the BC Delta Hospice was given an Edict from Fraser Health to provide euthanasia (Medical Aid in Dying–MAiD). At that time, the Board of the Delta Hospice decided not …

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Uruguay bill would legalize wide open euthanasia and assisted suicide

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide is being debated in the Uruguayan Congress. The Uruguay bill lacks definition allowing it to have a wide interpretation. Euthanasia is an intentional act to kill a person, upon request, who is disabled, sick or suffering. In most countries, …

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Canadian Bar Association: Canada’s euthanasia bill C-7 will be challenged in the court because it is not inclusive enough

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A recent report from the End of Life Working Group of the Canadian Bar Association suggests several “problems” with Bill C-7, the bill to expand euthanasia in Canada. Bill C-7 goes much further than the Quebec Superior Court’s Truchon decision but not as far as the Canadian Bar Association …

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Queensland, Australia euthanasia bill is deferred until after the October election

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition ABC News Australia, state political reporter, Josh Bavas, is reporting that the Queensland Australia euthanasia bill will be deferred until after the October 31, 2020 election.  Bavas wrote: …Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament this morning the legislation would instead be referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission …

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Medscape UK report: More UK doctors oppose than support assisted suicide.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Medscape UK 2020 ethics report found that more UK doctors oppose assisted suicide than support assisted suicide. The Medscape report was based on an online responses from 1,355 UK physicians. The Medscape question asked:  Should physician-assisted suicide or ‘physician-assisted dying’ be made legal for the terminally ill – …

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Assisted suicide lobby promotes no treatment during Covid-19 crisis.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Spectator published an excellent article, on May 6, by Michael Wee, the education and research officer at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre. The article concerns the push by the assisted suicide lobby for people, with certain medical conditions, to agree to refuse all medical treatment.  Wee writes in …

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Stop the extension of euthanasia in Canada by Bill C-7

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On February 24, the Canadian federal government introduced Bill C-7 in response to the Quebec Superior Court decision. On September 11, 2019, in Truchon v. Canada, the Court struck down that section of Canada’s euthanasia law requiring that a person’s “natural death must be reasonably foreseeable” before …

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Dr. Mark Komrad: “Psychiatrists prevent suicide, not provide it.”

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition There are many great doctors working to prevent euthanasia and assisted suicide, but psychiatrist and ethicist, Dr. Mark Komrad, has excelled in his research, leadership, and talking points. Duke University School of Medicine Alumni Magazine recently featured Dr. Komrad’s career, his accomplishments, and his opposition to euthanasia …

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Hospice New Zealand launches court case asking whether a hospice can conscientiously object to Assisted Dying and operate a “euthanasia-free” service

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Hospice New Zealand has applied for an urgent court injunction concerning their right to conscientiously object to doing euthanasia.  The New Zealand parliament passed a euthanasia bill—”The End of Life Choice Act”–in November 2019 by a vote of 69 to 51. In order to get the bill passed …

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Dutch Supreme Court decision on ‘coffee euthanasia’ opens the door to “dubious euthanasia”

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On April 21, the Netherlands Supreme Court approved euthanasia for incompetent people with dementia who had made a previous request for euthanasia while legally competent. The case concerned the euthanasia death of a 74-year-old woman with dementia. She had stated in her power of attorney document that she wanted …

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