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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Victoria Australia: 124 assisted deaths in the first year of its euthanasia law

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Victoria Australia Assisted Dying Review Board reported that in the first year of its euthanasia law there were 124 assisted deaths. Victoria passed its euthanasia law in November 2017 and instituted the law on June 2019. Reporting for the Age, Melissa Cunningham wrote Ten times more …

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Two Japanese doctors charged in the assisted suicide death of woman with ALS

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Japan Times reported Thursday that prosecutors have indicted Yoshikazu Okubo, 42, and Naoki Yamamoto, 43. The two “were arrested in July for allegedly giving Yuri Hayashi (51) a lethal dose of a sedative drug at her home in the city of Kyoto last November. Before her death, the …

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Older, ill and disabled people deserve choice-promoting services, not assisted death.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition John Kelly is a long-time disability rights advocate and writer in Boston and director of the disability rights group Second Thoughts MA. On August 12, he wrote an excellent response in the Recorder newspaper to Joan Milnes’s article “Making a final choice about quality-of-life,” published on July …

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Australian euthanasia promoter, Philip Nitschke, challenged by woman whose father died after receiving suicide advice

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. Even one year later, this story from August 14, 2019 is an inspiration. Too often “right to die” proponents go unchallenged. As reported by Gary Adshead with News9.com.au, a woman, whose father died by suicide after being assisted Dr. Philip Nitschke, challenged Nitschke at a pro-euthanasia …

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Rapper Azealia Banks expresses desire for ‘voluntary euthanasia’: ‘My soul is tired, I’m ready to go’

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser  Azealia Banks, a singer, songwriter, and rapper, sent a series of disturbing messages on Instagram over the weekend, indicating a desire for voluntary euthanasia, even though she is not physically ill in any way. Banks, who is 29, originally gained attention when she posted music on MySpace in 2008, eventually gaining a …

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The devastating impact of physician-assisted suicide on the medical profession

By Dave Andrusko Often times the very best analyses don’t necessarily offer a lot of new information. Rather they bring together in one place many ingredients that only those who follow an issue closely would know. We try to accomplish that at NRL News Today for our growing number of readers. In his brilliant National Review Online columns Wesley …

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New Jersey reports 12 assisted suicide deaths in first 5 months after legalization

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The New Jersey assisted suicide act—“Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act”–was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on April 12, 2019. It went into effect on August 1, 2019. An injunction was granted on August 14, but the injunction was rescinded on August 27. What …

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Assisted Suicide for the Healthy

Just How Slippery Is This Slope? By John Stonestreet with Roberto Rivera [Breakpoint.org]. Physician-assisted suicide is sold to the public as a “compassionate” measure, necessary to spare those with no reasonable chance of recovery the unbearable pain and suffering of the last days of their lives. In every context in which it has been made …

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