No free choice: Remember four suicides of people with disabilities.

By Toujours Vivant – Not Dead Yet  By Amy Hasbrouck May 22, 2020–In the year before euthanasia came into effect in Québec, between April, 2014 and March of 2015, four Québecers with disabilities ended their lives because they didn’t have the supports they needed to remain independent. Despite efforts by advocates, conditions in the province have …

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Medscape UK report: More UK doctors oppose than support assisted suicide.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Medscape UK 2020 ethics report found that more UK doctors oppose assisted suicide than support assisted suicide. The Medscape report was based on an online responses from 1,355 UK physicians. The Medscape question asked:  Should physician-assisted suicide or ‘physician-assisted dying’ be made legal for the terminally ill – …

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COVID-19 and New Jersey’s Suicide Confusion

By Wesley J. Smith  New Jersey recently became one of the seven states (plus the District of Columbia) to legalize assisted suicide by statute. In effect, New Jersey sanctions suicide for some residents through its public policy. Now, with COVID-19, New Jersey officials are worried about a spike in suicide caused by the shutdown, so for …

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Dr. Mark Komrad: “Psychiatrists prevent suicide, not provide it.”

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition There are many great doctors working to prevent euthanasia and assisted suicide, but psychiatrist and ethicist, Dr. Mark Komrad, has excelled in his research, leadership, and talking points. Duke University School of Medicine Alumni Magazine recently featured Dr. Komrad’s career, his accomplishments, and his opposition to euthanasia …

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Softening the resistance to “assisting” the suicide of people with an “elevated” risk of Alzheimer’s

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. The main criteria for reposting a story than ran exactly one year ago today is its relevancy. The following meets those specifications in all respects. Unfortunately, the assault on these vulnerable people grows seemingly day by day. Excluding children, who are utterly powerless, no vulnerable group is more exposed to …

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Six things you must know before you decide whether to support or oppose physician-assisted suicide

By Nancy Valko Editor’s note. This article was first reposted on May 1, 2019. As we do several times a week, this is an example of a story than ran exactly one year before that remains 100% relevant today. This article was originally published in The Public Discourse. Is the real healthcare crisis not enough …

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We Need to Worry about Suicide Contagion, Too

By Wesley J. Smith The National Center for Health Statistics has published an alarming report about the increasing suicide rate — which has been increasing at 2 percent per year since 2006. From the report (my emphasis): This report highlights trends in suicide rates from 1999 through 2018. During this period, the age-adjusted suicide rate increased 35%, …

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How many have been pressured to die by assisted death

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On April 6, Candice Lewis died a natural death. Her obituary began, “She passed away suddenly but peacefully at home with her Mom by her side.” What was the controversy concerning Lewis? In August 2016, Lewis, who was then 25, while receiving treatment at the hospital, was pressured …

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Death doctors use Coronavirus crisis to permit “aid-in-dying” via telemedicine

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The assisted suicide lobby is actively promoting the approval of assisted suicide and euthanasia via telemedicine. The death lobby is using the coronavirus to achieve two main goals: allowing the approval of lethal prescriptions via telemedicine (also known as telehealth) and the expansion of assisted suicide to …

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Washington State assisted suicide group: death may take hours

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A Washington State assisted suicide lobby group is informing its “clients” that death by assisted suicide may take many hours.  In their document, Death with Dignity – Preparing for the last day, End of Life Washington states: Every individual is different and time to death after taking the …

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Assisted suicide for mental illness: Why safeguards won’t work.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Impact Ethics published the most recent article by the renowned psychiatrist, Dr. John Maher, who argues that euthanasia for mental illness should not be permitted and safeguards will not work. Last month Dr. Maher was published by CBC News, explaining “Why legalizing (MAiD) for mental illness is misguided: Suicide …

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The endless ingenuity of the P.T. Barnum of assisted suicide

Inspired by the adventures of a South Korean spy, he has invented a new device By Michael Cook Over the past couple of years, the world’s media has been agog at Sarco (short for sarcophagus), the elegant suicide pod developed by Dr. Philip Nitschke. Just close the lid, turn on the nitrogen, and you will die. The …

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