Suicide by Starvation and Expanded Assisted Suicide Promoted in New England Journal of Medicine

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 …

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Proposed changes in reintroduced Medical Assistance in Dying proposal (MAID) are pure Madness

By Alex Schadenberg An important article by Drs. Ramona Coelho, Leonie Herx, Timothy Lau, & John F. Scott was published in the National Post on October 8. The article begins by explaining how Bill C-7 “effectively allows medical death on demand for almost anyone who wants it.” On [October 5], the federal government reintroduced Bill C-7. Under …

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The detail is where the Tasmanian Devil is in the Assisted Dying bill

By David Foletta Editor’s note. Tasmania is a state in Australia as are Victoria and Queensland. The End-Of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020 (Tasmanian Bill) which is currently before the Parliament of Tasmania is another piece of assisted dying legislation in Australia which is unnecessary, dangerous, puts ideology before safety and erroneously labels euthanasia …

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Palliative care doctors in Great Britain overwhelmingly oppose assisted suicide, new poll reveals

By Right to Life UK Seven out of ten palliative care doctors surveyed believe the British Medical Association (BMA) should remain opposed to assisted suicide, a new survey has revealed. The largest poll to date of British medics’ views also showed that only 30% of doctors surveyed supported the BMA actively supporting attempts to change …

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New Zealand’s assisted suicide Bill condemned at UN Human Rights Council meeting

By Right to Life UK New Zealand’s proposed assisted suicide legislation has been condemned as “deeply alarming” during a UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. Legal advocacy group ADF International delivered a statement addressing the dangers and threats it would pose to the elderly and vulnerable during an interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert …

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Even advocates concede that assisted suicide death may not be quick or peaceful

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. When debating assisted suicide, legislators and voters assume that an assisted death is quick and peaceful. For example, see the debate surrounding New Zealand’s upcoming referendum which would legalize  both assisted suicide and euthanasia under the term assisted dying. This is important because people often support assisted …

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Assisted dying activists sue to force UK doctors to change policy

By Michael Cook    British activists are threatening the Royal College of General Practitioners [RCGP] with legal action for continuing to oppose the legalisation of assisted dying. Earlier in the year the RCGP surveyed its members about the highly contentious issue. Only about 13% of the RCGP’s 50,000 members responded. Of these, 47% said that the …

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Legalising assisted dying can actually increase suicides

The experience of the Netherlands should be a cautionary tale for countries debating assisted dying. By Theo Boer  Recently I addressed a group of Parliamentarians in London about assisted suicide and euthanasia. My talk, which coincided with World Suicide Prevention day, sought to address the unintended consequences of legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia in the Netherlands. One of the …

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Invisible World Suicide Prevention Day

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 …

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Victory through exhaustion? Once again, Tasmania’s parliament will debate assisted suicide

By Michael Cook  This week the parliament of the Australian state of Tasmania will once again consider assisted dying. Sponsored by upper house member Mike Gaffney, an independent, this bill will be the fourth to be debated in ten years. Previous bills failed in 2010, 2013, and 2017. There are powerful voices on both sides …

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Grandma took her life yesterday. Her doctors helped her

She was not in pain, but she was lonely and dejected By Madeleine Dugdale  My husband’s grandmother took her life yesterday in a Victorian nursing home. After 87 years of a life well-lived, she swallowed state-sanctioned poison to end her life. The “health” professionals here called it medication, but the aim of taking medicine is to …

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Suicide M.D. Conducts Human Experiments in Making People Dead

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. …

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