By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller News Foundation Netflix announced in a statement Tuesday they will remove a graphic suicide scene in which actress Katherine Langford’s character, a teenager named Hannah, kills herself by slitting her wrist in a bathtub. “We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations …Continue reading "Netflix Removes Suicide Scene From ’13 Reasons Why’ Following Spike In Teen Suicides"
By Wesley J. Smith Funded bounteously by George Soros money and backed by an enthusiastic and generally uncritical media, assisted-suicide advocates push their death agenda with a pack of lies. First, they promise that protective guidelines will protect against abuse to ensure that only those with no other way to alleviate suffering but to take …Continue reading "Assisted-Suicide Leader Says Eliminate Waiting Periods"
By Michael Cook Members of FEN have been charged several times with assisting suicides. The implication of these words by FEN’s president is that right-to-die activists will continue to work beyond the boundaries of legality, even in states where it is legal in certain circumstances. A common argument for the legalization of assisted suicide is …Continue reading "On a mission from FEN: assisted dying outside the law"
By Wesley J. Smith The media abandoned unequivocal opposition to suicide long ago. Most publications editorially support legalizing assisted suicide, and the news sides — such as the New York Times and the Associated Press — have even gone so far as to run stories lauding suicide/euthanasia “parties,” at which people celebrate the life of …Continue reading "The Washington Post Boosts Elderly ‘Rational Suicide’"
By Michael Cook Euthanasia and assisted suicide became legal in the Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday. A bill authorizing “assisted dying” was passed by the State Parliament in November 2017; it took 18 months to set up the regulatory and administrative framework. The first death under the law could occur in the next few …Continue reading "Victoria has launched “assisted dying”"
Today euthanasia and assisted suicide become legal in the Australian state of Victoria By Xavier Symons Victoria’s controversial Voluntary Assisted Dying Act comes into effect today after a marathon parliamentary battle in late 2017, followed by a year and a half of meticulous planning by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. Under the …Continue reading "Assisted dying bill reinforces deadly cultural assumptions"
By Nancy Valko Over the last few years the American Medical Association (AMA) has been under enormous pressure from assisted suicide supporters and groups like Compassion and Choices as well as some other professional associations to change its’ long standing opposition to physician-assisted suicide to “neutrality”. This month, the AMA House of Delegates decisively approved …Continue reading "Great News: American Medical Association Votes to Continue Opposition to Physician-assisted Suicide. But Will the American Nurses Association Follow?"
By Wesley J. Smith Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) just signed a bill legalizing assisted suicide. That means she is pro, at least some, suicides. But her statement justifying her signing goes even further, and in my view, crosses the line to full-bore pro-suicide advocacy. From the Courthouse News Service story: “It is not up …Continue reading "Maine Governor Comes out Pro-Suicide"
By Michael Cook The American Medical Association voted last week by 71% to 29% to reaffirm its opposition to physician-assisted suicide. Testimony by medical students and residents on the dangers of the practice to both patients and the physician-patient relationship appear to have carried the day in a reference committee. The committee strongly recommended that …Continue reading "AMA sticks to a policy of opposing assisted suicide"
By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Director, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Earlier today, the American Medical Association affirmed the recommendation of its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs that the influential AMA remain opposed to assisted suicide. What made the victory even sweeter was the margin– an overwhelming 65% in favor to 35% opposed. After …Continue reading "By a nearly two-thirds margin, AMA votes to retain opposition to assisted suicide"
By Wesley J. Smith As reported by Politico Europe, the original story was wrong (leading to a revision from me). Noa Pothoven was not lethally injected. She was allowed –and perhaps helped, if she received palliative care — to starve/dehydrate herself to death. She decided to kill herself after being refused electro-shock therapy, (according to …Continue reading "Dutch Teen Not Euthanized, Died by (Abetted) Self-Starvation"
By John Stonestreet with G. Shane Morris Last week, international news outlets reported that a 17-year-old Dutch girl named Noa Pothoven legally secured a physician’s help in killing herself after years of battling trauma from childhood sexual assault and rape. This young woman, who had previously been hospitalized for extreme anorexia, underwent evaluations after requesting …Continue reading "A Climate of Death: The Collateral Damage of Legal Suicide"