By Wesley J. Smith A seriously disabled man was allowed by an Italian court to commit assisted suicide. From the New York Times story: For more than a year, media reports kept Italians up to date on the travails of a 44-year-old man known only as “Mario” as he sought to end his life through …Continue reading "Man Commits Italy’s First Legal Assisted Suicide"
By Patricia Stewart, Esq., Executive Director, MCFL It is critical that you act immediately to contact your state legislators, especially your State Senator, as there are efforts to move the Massachusetts assisted suicide bill forward – see the information below. You can easily reach your legislators by clicking on this Voter Voice link which will …Continue reading "URGENT Action Alert from Massachusetts Citizens for Life: Oppose Assisted Suicide Bill "
By Michael Cook Colombia’s Constitutional Court handed down a 6-3 decision to decriminalise assisted suicide. Although there are still significant legal obstacles, euthanasia has been legal in Colombia since 1997. But the legalisation of assisted suicide, in which the patient himself administers a lethal medication, lagged behind. The case was fought by a right-to-die group, …Continue reading "Colombian high court legalizes assisted suicide "
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Swiss Medical Association has published new guidelines concerning assisted suicide for healthy people. According to the Swiss Academy for Arts and Sciences the new guidelines state assisted suicide for healthy persons is not medically and ethically justifiable according to the guidelines. Assisted suicide is justifiable in …Continue reading "Swiss Medical Association approves “tighter” assisted suicide guidelines "
By Jennifer Popik, J.D. Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, a first-of its kind law, has been in effect since 1997. Essentially, the law permits physicians to prescribe lethal medications to patients who meet a set of loosely-defined requirements including being terminally ill, competent at the time of the request, and a few others. These so-called safeguards …Continue reading "Oregon’s Slippery Slope on Assisted Suicide – What it Means for Other States"
This is a moment to demand accountability from the activists, doctors and politicians who ‘own’ this legislation. by Michael Cook The Australian state of New South Wales legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide on May 19. Members of the Upper House supported the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2022 by a margin of 23 to 15. Both …Continue reading "‘Assisted dying’ sweeps Australia "
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Terry O’Neill wrote an excellent article that was published by the BC Catholic on May 12 titled: Assisted suicide is a cancer that is destroying authentic palliative care. Authentic palliative and hospice care does not hasten death. O’Neill quotes key people including: Palliative-care expert Dr. Neil Hilliard …Continue reading "Assisted suicide is a cancer that is destroying authentic palliative care. "
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Canada’s National Post published an excellent editorial on May 8, 2022 titled: The truly awful cost of Canada’s permissive assisted death program. The editorial begins with their warning in 2015: After Quebec became the first Canadian jurisdiction to allow assisted suicide in 2014, we warned that , …Continue reading "The truly awful cost of Canada’s permissive assisted death program "
Editor’s note. This letter was distributed by the Massachusetts Catholic Conference. The Massachusetts State Legislature is considering passing into law two deeply troubling bills this session which would legalize Physician Assisted Suicide. The bills, House 2381 and Senate 1384, are identical in text and titled “An Act relative to end of life options”. “The Catholic …Continue reading "Say NO to Physician Assisted Suicide in Massachusetts"
By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. The main criterion for reposting a story than ran in NRL News Today a year ago is its relevancy. The following meets those specifications in all respects. Unfortunately, the assault on these vulnerable people grows worse seemingly day by day. Excluding children, who are utterly powerless, no vulnerable group is …Continue reading "How to soften resistance to “assisting” the suicide of people with an “elevated” risk of Alzheimer’s"
By Michael Cook A British man living in Cyprus could die in jail if he is convicted of the premeditated murder of his terminally ill wife. David Hunter, a 74-year-old former miner, smothered his wife Janice in December last year. She was suffering from leukaemia. He tried to kill himself with pills and alcohol but …Continue reading "British expat on trial for ‘mercy killing’ in Cyprus"
By Wesley J. Smith Remember when we were told that assisted suicide would only be engaged in as part of an intimate and long-term physician/patient relationship? Of course, the laws never required that. And now, Vermont has legalized assisted suicide by Zoom or Skype. The new law also eliminates the previous requirement that the doctor …Continue reading "Vermont Legalizes Assisted Suicide by Zoom"