Push for assisted suicide threatens disability rights

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 …

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British Medical Association drops opposition to assisted suicide

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% …

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Prominent Danish ethicist opposes euthanasia

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 …

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Euthanasia: why are we letting all those perfectly good organs go to waste?

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: …

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British Medical Association (BMA) decides by just 4 votes to go neutral on assisted suicide

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, …

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Swiss assisted suicide group EXIT will continue to provide suicides to foreigners

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 …

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Biden’s Suicide Prevention Day Proclamation Fails to Repudiate Assisted Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith Thursday was World Suicide Prevention Day. You didn’t hear about it? If so, that’s pretty typical, which is why I call this annual event, “Invisible Suicide Prevention Day.” Once again, the obligatory official proclamations didn’t mention that suicide is now promoted widely in the media, popular culture, and by political activists seeking to legalize …

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Is The euthanasia lobby promoting suicide?

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition While reading an article published by the Cal-Alumni Association that was promoting the expansion of the California assisted suicide law, I wondered: Why (and how) does the death lobby get away with promoting suicide? The article focused on stories of people who died by suicide / assisted …

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Scotland could be close to legal assisted suicide

But the bill has formidable opponents By Michael Cook  Will Scotland become the first jurisdiction in the United Kingdom to legalise “assisted dying”? According to a report in the British Medical Journal [BMJ] , a bill introduced in June in Holyrood [seat of Parliament] has better chances than previous attempts. Scottish Liberal Democrat Member of the Scottish …

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Queensland Australia Euthanasia Bill fails to protect vulnerable from involuntary death

Editor’s note. This article was published by the Australian Care Alliance on September 1, 2021 and reposted at the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. To read the full submission by the Australian Care Alliance, click here. In a legal analysis of Queensland’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 presented to the Australian Care Alliance, Paul Santamaria QC concluded …

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Standing firm against euthanasia and assisted suicide

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Two weeks I published an article titled ‘Is assisted suicide a suicide?’ based on the ongoing debate in the Psychiatric Times between psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Komrad, and long-time euthanasia activist, Margaret Battin, Ph.D. Yesterday I published an article by Dr. Komrad responding to Battin’s assertion that there is …

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Bioethicists joust over Canada’s ‘Medical Aid in Dying’

By Michael Cook  The debate in Canada over euthanasia and assisted suicide – or, as it is called there, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) – will have a huge impact upon developments elsewhere in the Anglosphere. As two of Canada’s stalwart defenders of MAiD, Jocelyn Downie and Udo Schuklenk, pointed out in a recent article …

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