Editor’s note. The following was published by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dying Well on October 11. A recent briefing makes several claims. Claim 1: “People with disabilities are not generally opposed to assisted dying laws” A survey of the views of disability rights organisations on assisted dying found that 94% declined to comment, …Continue reading "Assisted dying “compounds the existing, widespread inequalities in healthcare that disabled people already must endure”"
The state’s former Premier says “every life matters until the last breath” By Mike Baird When faced with the terminal suffering of someone you love, almost nothing else matters. I understand the pain. The renewed debate about voluntary assisted dying in New South Wales (NSW) is personal for me – my mother died earlier this …Continue reading "Why I hope New South Wales, Australia, does not embrace voluntary assisted dying"
By Wesley J. Smith These days, even that boundary line is growing more blurry — particularly in countries that have fully swallowed the euthanasia hemlock — which is why a new study published in Population Health is cause for alarm. It appears to be an early gambit to remove the medical requirement from the Dutch …Continue reading "Ground Being Prepared for Death on Demand in the Netherlands"
By Dr. Gordon Macdonald, Chief Executive of Care Not Killing On Tuesday last week the British Medical Association’s (BMA) Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) passed a motion by a narrow majority of just 4 votes (49% to 48%) which shifted the organisation to a position of neutrality on ‘assisted dying’ from its previous position of opposition. …Continue reading "BMA goes neutral on assisted suicide. Closer specialty to the care and support of dying people, the more they opposed change"
By Alex Schadenberg Dr. Miro Griffiths is a Leverhulme Research Fellow in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, a policy adviser and spokesperson for the Better Way campaign. In this article, was published by the Press and Journal in Scotland on September 27, 2021, he explains why assisted dying undermines the equality of people with disabilities. …Continue reading "Assisted dying would undermine the fight for equality"
By Michael Cook Another Australian state, Queensland, legalised assisted dying this week. The bill passed in the unicameral parliament by an impressive margin — 61 to 30 — on Thursday afternoon. Although 55 separate amendments were proposed, all of them were rejected and the legislation passed as drafted by the state’s independent law reform commission. …Continue reading "Another Australian state legalizes ‘assisted dying’"
This letter was published in the Boston Globe by Not Dead Yet on September 7, 2021 In response to an essay on the Victorian fantasy of a peaceful death, two letter writers (“Beyond the fantasy of a gentle death,” Aug. 29) called on the state Legislature to pass the proposed assisted suicide bill. Paula Bacon and Molly DeHaas Walsh …Continue reading "Push for assisted suicide threatens disability rights"
By Bridget Sielicki The British Medical Association, the United Kingdom’s largest doctors union, has voted to adopt a “neutral” stance on assisted suicide and euthanasia. The move reflects a change in the association’s official position, which, since 2006, had previously opposed the practice of assisted dying. According to The Guardian, it was a close vote, with 49% …Continue reading "British Medical Association drops opposition to assisted suicide"
By Michael Cook A former chair of the Danish Council of Ethics has published a broadside on legalised euthanasia in The BMJ . Ole Hartling, a doctor, author and co-author of several books, was a member of the Council between 2000 and 2007 and its chair for five years. During that time, the Council carried …Continue reading "Prominent Danish ethicist opposes euthanasia"
It sounds ghoulish, but doctors in the Netherlands are keen By Michael Cook One inevitable development of euthanasia which its supporters seldom mention is organ donation after euthanasia. A good number of people who request euthanasia suffer from neurological disorders, but their organs are still shipshape. A question which many doctors ask, then, is this: …Continue reading "Euthanasia: why are we letting all those perfectly good organs go to waste?"
By Right to Life UK Delegates at the British Medical Association’s Annual Representative Meeting have decided by a narrow margin of four votes to change the Association’s position on assisted suicide from opposition to neutrality. The vote was held this Tuesday afternoon on a motion to “move to a position of neutrality on assisted dying, …Continue reading "British Medical Association (BMA) decides by just 4 votes to go neutral on assisted suicide"
By Alex SchadenbergExecutive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A Swiss group has decided to continue providing assisted suicide to Swiss citizens living abroad. EXIT, which is the largest assisted suicide group in Switzerland, had been considering limiting assisted suicide to Swiss citizens living in Switzerland but was pressured by its members to continue providing assisted suicides …Continue reading "Swiss assisted suicide group EXIT will continue to provide suicides to foreigners"