Canadian Cancer Patient Euthanized Because He Couldn’t Obtain Chemotherapy

By Wesley J. Smith We are told continually that the Canadian system of health care is better than ours. Hardly. A Canadian cancer patient was euthanized after opting for a lethal jab in desperation because he was unable to access chemotherapy that could’ve extended his life. From the National Post story: Dan Quayle marked his 52nd birthday …

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How ‘Medical Aid in Dying’ Became the Euphemism of Choice for Assisted Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith The word engineering never stops, does it? When radical policies are proposed, the first step is to change the lexicon to make it seem less extreme, even mundane. That has certainly been true in the euthanasia movement. Indeed, as described by Ian Dowbiggin in A Concise History of Euthanasia, the term “euthanasia” — which …

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No surprise. NYTimes Op-Ed Pushes Assisted Suicide for the Mentally Ill

By Wesley J. Smith The phony argument that legalized assisted suicide will permanently be limited to the terminally ill took a big hit by a New York Times op-ed in which an oft-suicidal Canadian philosophy professor, Clancy Martin, argues that mentally ill people who are suicidal should receive help from doctors to die. Martin’s first paragraph makes clear why …

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AMA Retains Policy against Assisted Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith I am a frequent critic of the medical establishment. But not this time.  It didn’t make much news, but the American Medical Association had another vote to repeal its existing policy against assisted suicide, and for the fourth time — good on them — the delegates refused to budge. The current policy remains in place, which states …

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Dutch People Support Euthanasia for a ‘Completed Life’

By Wesley J. Smith Once a society embraces killing as an answer to suffering, the “suffering” that qualifies for termination never stops expanding. The Dutch have decades of experience with this. Since lethal-injection euthanasia became decriminalized — and then, formally legalized — the killable caste has expanded from the terminally ill, to the chronically ill, to …

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How ‘Medical Aid in Dying’ Became the Euphemism of Choice for Assisted Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith The word engineering never stops, does it? When radical policies are proposed, the first step is to change the lexicon to make it seem less extreme, even mundane. That has certainly been true in the euthanasia movement. Indeed, as described by Ian Dowbiggin in A Concise History of Euthanasia, the term “euthanasia” — …

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No to Killing for Organs

By Wesley J. Smith The shortage of organs for transplantation is threatening to unleash immoral and unethical remedies. A terrible story out of Belgium illustrates the peril. A 16-year-old girl with a brain tumor asked to be euthanized and have her organs harvested. Sixteen! Doctors agreed. She was sedated and intubated in an ICU for 36 hours …

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Danish Council of Ethics Nixes Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith We have sufficient experience with assisted suicide/euthanasia to understand where it leads — an ever-expanding regime of medicalized killing and acceptance of the dangerous concept of the life not worth living — all under the guise of so-called “death with dignity” (as if dying naturally isn’t dignified). Still, euthanasia activists keep …

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Danish Council of Ethics Nixes Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith We have sufficient experience with assisted suicide/euthanasia to understand where it leads — an ever-expanding regime of medicalized killing and acceptance of the dangerous concept of the life not worth living — all under the guise of so-called “death with dignity” (as if dying naturally isn’t dignified). Still, euthanasia activists keep …

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The Canadian Culture of Death Brooks No Dissent

By Wesley J. Smith Mere legalization of euthanasia is never enough. Eventually, efforts will be made to compel dissenting doctors and institutions to become complicit in the killing of sick patients — even if it violates constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion. That process is accelerating in Canada. Ontario already requires individual doctors, at the risk of …

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Congress Should Ban Quality-of-Life Health-Care Rationing

By Wesley J. Smith Health-care costs are soaring, in part because the medical field is increasingly being put into harness to facilitate lifestyle and self-fulfillment desires. So the pressure is on to ration health care. If we are not careful, rationing could be wielded in an invidious manner against the very sick, elderly, disabled, and those …

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Peter Singer Compares Abortion to Turning Off a Computer

By Wesley J. Smith This is the kind of thinking that results from rejecting the intrinsic moral value of human life. Princeton University bioethicist Peter Singer — who is most famous for secularly blessing infanticide — just compared abortion to turning off a computer. He first claims that should an AI [Artificial Intelligence] ever become “sentient,” turning it off …

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