Portugal Court Nixes Euthanasia, New Mexico Legislature Passes Assisted Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith Euthanasia is always in the news these days, alas. Portugal’s Parliament legalized lethal injection euthanasia recently. But the country’s president sent it to the Constitutional Court for review. The Court turned thumbs down.  From the AP story: Portugal’s Constitutional Court on Monday blocked a law passed by parliament introducing euthanasia and physician-assisted …

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Scientists Believe in No Limits on Embryo Research

By Wesley J. Smith I could have predicted this. In fact, I did. Repeatedly. During the Great Stem Cell debate, “the scientists” said they “only” wanted to be able to create and experiment on embryos up to 14 days of development, when cells begin to differentiate. Of course, at the time they couldn’t maintain them …

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Canada Poised to Legalize Euthanasia for Disabled and Mentally Ill

By Wesley J. Smith Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide: How It Starts: It’s just a safety valve, a tiny change in medical ethics and the law. Protective guidelines will protect against abuse! Where It Is Now: There are too many obstacles to death! We have to make it easier to die! Where It’s Going: Death on demand for …

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Nevada Legislation to Presume Consent for Organ Donation

By Wesley J. Smith Organ donation is purely voluntary in this country; that is, the donor or family have to consent. This is known as an “opt-in” system. But with waiting lists growing, the push is on for the law to presume consent to organ harvesting; that is, unless one explicitly “opts out” of being a …

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Activists Want to Force Caregivers to Starve Dementia Patients to Death

By Wesley J. Smith As I have warned here before, euthanasia activists are pushing for laws that permit people to write advance directives ordering themselves starved to death if they become mentally incapacitated. That effort is apparently gaining steam.  The assisted suicide supporting organization Final Exit Network published a poll that supposedly found only 15 percent of …

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Wales: 100% increase in ambulance call-outs for women taking ‘DIY’ abortion pills at home

By Right to Life UK In Wales, it has been reported that official data shows that there has been a 100 per cent increase in ambulance call-outs to people taking abortion pills at home since regulations permitting medical abortion outside of a clinical setting came into effect last year. At the start of the COVID-19 …

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The Atlantic Boosts Assisted-Suicide Doctors, Pushes Euthanasia

By Wesley J. Smith The media love to boost assisted suicide. They laud people who commit it — witness their swoon over the late Brittany Maynard — and the doctors who are willing to lethally prescribe or give lethal injections. Now, The Atlantic goes there bigly, describing the experiences of two California doctors who assist suicides. But I want to …

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Dutch MD Describes Euthanasia and Organ Harvesting

By Wesley J. Smith Euthanasia homicide is conjoined with organ harvesting in at least three countries — Canada, the Netherlands, and Belgium. In the latter two, the donors who are killed are sometimes mentally ill, not physically sick. Or, they might be disabled. A letter from a doctor involved in the Dutch kill-and-harvest procedures was published …

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Why Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Laws Are Needed

By Wesley J. Smith Forty-eight Senate Democrats and independents recently filibustered the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that would legally require that babies who survive abortion be treated as any other infant of the same gestational maturity. Reacting to the federal blockade, some red states are passing their own born-alive laws. South Dakota’s was just signed into …

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The Utilitarian Ethic at work: Bioethicist Wants to Morally Cleanse Medical Schools

By Wesley J. Smith Entry into medical and associated professional schools may soon depend on possessing the proper moral views as well as good grades. Say you’re a brilliant student who dreams of becoming an oncologist and saving thousands of lives from cancer. In the not too distant future, if some bioethicists have their way, …

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U.K. Forced Do Not Resuscitate Orders on COVID Patients with Developmental Disabilities

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. Mencap describes itself as “the leading voice of learning disability.” Oh, the joys of centralized health care. Apparently, the NHS has engaged in a bigoted DNR regime for COVID patients with developmental disabilities. From the Guardian story: People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of …

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From Supporting Abortion to Not Opposing Infanticide

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This reposted column from a year ago, unfortunately, paints an unchanged, dismal picture of all but two Senate Democrats today. Support for unlimited abortion has bled over from up to and including birth to after a baby survives an abortion–once famously described as “After Birth Abortion.” The Senate is planning …

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