Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation impacts us all

There is a fundamental difference between VAD and palliative care By Helen Lord Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state, like many other jurisdictions, is currently considering legalising voluntary assisted dying (VAD). It is of great concern that legislators are seeking to incorporate this into palliative and medical care. Voluntary assisted dying sounds like a description of what …

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Washington Bill to Let Non-Doctors Participate in Assisted Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith When selling the legalization of assisted suicide, activists always promise that strict guidelines will protect against abuse. After legalization, these protections are rebranded as “obstacles” or “barriers” that prevent patients from getting what they want. As soon as activists think they can get away with it, the law is loosened. That process is …

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Assisted Suicide Is Bad Medicine. How Can Legislators Represent Us If They Cannot Talk to Us?

Editor’s note. This press release from Second Thoughts Connecticut was originally published by Not Dead Yet and reposted by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. January 11, 2021 (Manchester, CT) – People with disabilities fear for their lives during the pandemic, and like everyone else must socially distance. At the same time, they are increasingly concerned that assisted …

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The Economist Swoons over Death Doctor & His Suicide Machine

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This post from a year ago today in National Right to Life News Today reminds us the media’s morbid fascination with the likes of Jack Kevorkian lives on after his death. The mainstream media mostly went head over heels over Jack Kevorkian’s ghoulish assisted suicide campaign, rarely mentioning that …

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Andrew Coyne: Canada is accelerating toward death-on-demand

Editor’s note. The following opinion column was published in the Globe and Mail on December 11, 2020 and subsequently reposted at the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Coyne, who has been writing about issues related to euthanasia and assisted suicide for many years, examines Canada’s move from cautiously considering euthanasia to Bill C-7 which nearly permits death on demand.  …

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Austrian Court Creates Right to Assisted Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith  A bit ago, Germany’s high court created an absolute right to commit suicide and the concomitant right to have help in making oneself dead. Now, an Austrian court has said that committing suicide is a right of “self determination” and that obtaining help is part of that right. From the Tribune …

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British Government rejects pressure from assisted suicide lobby to review law

By Right to Life UK The Government has announced it has no plans to review the law on assisted suicide or to issue a call for evidence. In response to a Parliamentary question, the Government announced that “any change to the law in this area must be for individual Parliamentarians to consider as an issue of conscience, …

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Contra Canadian Senator Kutcher: Suicide rates in jurisdictions that have legalized assisted death are not decreasing

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On November 24, I had the opportunity to present our brief on euthanasia Bill C-7 to the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.  After the presentations, Senators asked questions and made clarifications of the witness presentations. Senator Stanley Kutcher decided to challenge a witness by making …

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Dr Mai: I already see the MAiD law being broken and a clear lack of safeguards.

Dr Lauren Mai is a stroke neurologist who speaks about treatment options for stroke patients. She expresses concerns that MAiD assessors are not experts in stroke recovery and propose MAiD as the solution. Something that’s always remarkably surprising from the stroke literature, for example, is that people with the most devastating strokes, once they have …

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The five year review of Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD): Will parliament do its job?

By Amy Hasbrouck, Director, Toujours Vivant – Not Dead Yet and President of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition  Editor’s note. This first appeared  at Tourjours Vivant – Not Dead Yet and was reposted at the website of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. In its 2015 decision in Carter v. Attorney General that struck down the prohibition on physician assisted dying, …

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Assisted suicide travel fine despite second lockdown to save lives, says UK Health Secretary

By Right to Life UK The UK Health Secretary has said people are legally allowed to travel overseas for an assisted suicide during lockdown. Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell was fearful the national lockdown in England, which was brought in to save lives, “could deter” people from ending their lives. However, [Health Secretary] Matt Hancock told MPs, …

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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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