Is Prof. Thilaganathan deliberately misleading parliament over results of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing for Down’s syndrome?

By Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. Here’s a new story involving disabled people, taxpayers’ money, apparent scientific deception, a biotechnology company looking for profits, and the NHS [National Health Service]. …

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New parliamentary report on conscientious objection to abortion calls for widespread changes

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. A new parliamentary report has found that there is ‘widespread and increasing pressure’ on healthcare professionals to participate in abortions which is ‘in …

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“Papageno” and “Werther” effects–public policy lessons for the prevention of suicide

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. We’ve written and reposted multiple times explaining how the number of suicides–or requests for “assistance” in suicide–spikes when such deaths are portrayed in a sympathetic, even laudatory fashion. The following post brilliantly and succinctly explains why the converse is true as well–the numbers drop when (as Dr. Saunders writes) …

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British Medical Association rejects attempt to push it neutral on assisted suicide by 2 to 1 majority

By Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. On Tuesday the Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) of the British Medical Association (BMA) in Belfast voted against going neutral on assisted suicide by a …

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Recent cuts in proven cancer drugs will steer people toward assisted suicide if Marris Bill passes

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. The news broke last week that more than 5,000 cancer patients will be denied life-extending drugs under plans which charities say are a …

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“If choice really trumps all, then why deny assisted suicide to anyone who wants it?”

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. I was contacted by the Sunday Times who were planning to run a high profile story about a 75 year old retired nurse …

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Britain’s law on assisted suicide is not ‘broken’ and does not need ‘fixing’

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at pjsaunders.blogspot.com. On Friday September 11, Members of Parliament will vote on the Assisted Dying …

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Britain’s law on assisted suicide is not ‘broken’ and does not need ‘fixing’

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at pjsaunders.blogspot.com On Friday September 11, Members of Parliament will vote on the Assisted Dying …

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The assisted suicide of Gill Pharaoh reminds us that there are actually limits to choice

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. Last week I was contacted by the Sunday Times who were planning to run a high profile story about a 75 year old …

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Christians must speak out about the Marris Bill on assisted suicide in England and Wales

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship. The following is excerpted from pjsaunders.blogspot.com. Labour Member of Parliament (MP) Rob Marris wants to legalise assisted suicide in England and Wales. His Assisted Dying (No 2) Bill would allow mentally competent adults (over 18) judged to have less than six …

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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 is from a while back and addresses another category of the medically vulnerable: those with …

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Former Voluntary Euthanasia Society reveals contents of Rob Marris’s assisted suicide bill

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. In the parliamentary system the government originates most legislation. One of the few opportunities for ordinary Members of Parliament who are not spokesmen for a party is what is called a “private members’ bill.” The higher the draw, the more likely it is the bill will get debating time. …

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