By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post at National Review Online and is reposted with permission. Poland has traditionally outlawed most abortions, except for those obtained due to fetal abnormality or to save the life or health of the mother. Now, the Constitutional Tribunal, Poland’s highest court, has ruled that …Continue reading "Polish High Court Outlaws Abortion for Fetal Disability"
By Wesley J. Smith The New England Journal of Medicine is a progressive menace when it comes to policy and cultural issues. In our latest example, the Journal published a doctor who helped his non-terminally ill grandfather starve himself to death–and it is presented as a reason to expand assisted suicide eligibility. The 103 year-old had the usual and difficult afflictions …Continue reading "Suicide by Starvation and Expanded Assisted Suicide Promoted in New England Journal of Medicine"
By Wesley J. Smith The Netherlands is about to expand its euthanasia law to allow children ages 1–12 to be killed by doctors. (Children older than 12 already can be euthanized). From the NLTimes story: Terminally-ill children between the ages of 1 and 12 will likely be granted access to euthanasia, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge told Parliament …Continue reading "Netherlands Gets Ready for Child Euthanasia"
By Wesley J. Smith I wrote a bit ago here about the Canadian woman legally trying to prevent her husband from being killed in a euthanasia homicide. The courts rejected her appeal and now the man is dead. The case highlights the cultural tensions and incompatible value systems that are tearing the West apart, about which euthanasia is …Continue reading "Doctor Kills Canadian Man Whose Wife Asked Court to Prevent Euthanasia"
By Wesley J. Smith You knew it would come to this. The push is on in Canada to persuade medical schools to teach students how to euthanize patients — that is, to commit homicide — known euphemistically as medical assistance in dying (MAID). Now, the Canadian Medical Educational Journal lists several suggestions on how to …Continue reading "Canadian Push for Medical Schools to Teach Euthanasia"
By Wesley J. Smith On Sept. 25, President Trump signed an executive order designed to save babies who survive abortion. The order doesn’t actually mention the word “abortion,” but make no mistake: The babies protected are those who survive after mid to late-term abortions result in a live birth instead of a dead fetus. Specifically, Trump’s …Continue reading "Trump Signs Order to Save Babies Who Survive Abortion"
By Wesley J. Smith A U.K. woman with anorexia is in danger of starving to death and courts there will not allow force-feeding to save her life because she has decision-making capacity. From the BioEdge story: At this stage the only way to save her life is naso-gastric tube feeding. But AB finds this abhorrent. She would have …Continue reading "Autonomy or Abandoning the Mentally Ill?"
By Wesley J. Smith September 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day! Did you know that? I’ll bet you didn’t. From the International Association of Suicide Prevention Website: Efforts to prevent suicide have been celebrated on World Suicide Prevention Day – September 10th – each year since 2003. In 2014, the theme of World Suicide Prevention …Continue reading "Invisible World Suicide Prevention Day"
By Wesley J. Smith How in the tank for assisted suicide are the media? This much. A headline in the Mercury News about assisted suicide exclaims: “How Doctors are Fixing How We Die.” Good grief. The story is about Lonnie Shavelson, formerly a part-time ER doctor who spent most of his working life as a photo journalist. …Continue reading "Suicide M.D. Conducts Human Experiments in Making People Dead"
By Wesley J. Smith Disability-rights activists are some of the greatest and most effective opponents of assisted suicide/euthanasia, correctly identifying it as a form of discrimination. Canadian cuts in social services for the disabled during COVID proves their point. Some poor people with disabilities in Canada are growing so desperate, they are asking their doctors …Continue reading "Canadian Disabled Seek Euthanasia Because of Poor Social Services"
By Wesley J. Smith The evil that is Communist China is increasingly visible for anyone with eyes who want to see. The latest example comes from an obstetrician who formerly worked in hospitals in the Xianjang province of western China, home to the Uyghur Muslim religious minority. It makes for brutal reading. From the Radio …Continue reading "Uyghur Babies Killed by Doctors"
By Wesley J. Smith Euthanasia/assisted suicide subverts family cohesion. For example, what if one spouse wants to be made dead, and that decision is opposed by the other? Or, what if siblings object to a depressed brother’s decisions to be put down and beg doctors not to kill him, to no avail? Both cases happened in …Continue reading "Wife Loses Lawsuit to Prevent Husband’s Euthanasia"