Assisted-Suicide Mendacity: Today’s ‘Strict Protections’ Become Tomorrow’s Unjust ‘Barriers’

By Wesley J. Smith When assisted-suicide mongers promise strict guidelines to protect against abuse, rest assured, it’s nothing but a con. It won’t take long before these same advocates denigrate the very “protections” they promoted as “barriers” or “obstacles” to a good death. Assisted-suicide-movement camp followers in the media eagerly promote the new message without a mention that …

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Lancet: Worries grow about Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada. 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Paul Webster was published in the Lancet on September 10 with an article titled “Worries grow about Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada.” It is significant that a medical journal was specifically interested in uncovering the problems with Canada’s euthanasia law. Webster interview was not biased. Webster …

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“Rigged” consultation – 3,526 submissions opposing assisted suicide removed from Scottish assisted suicide consultation

By Right to Life UK 3,526 submissions from members of the public to the consultation on Liam McArthur’s assisted suicide Bill has been removed, resulting in calls for the Scottish Government to conduct an urgent independent review of the handling of the consultation process. Liam McArthur conducted a consultation on his assisted suicide Bill that …

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Judge agrees: California assisted suicide law violates conscience rights of doctors. 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition U.S. District Judge Fernando Aenlle-Rocha for the Central District of California ruled that California Senate Bill 380, which passed last year to amend the End of Life Option Act that legalized assisted suicide in California, violates the First Amendment rights of doctors by requiring them to participate …

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What does the future hold for the disabled when euthanasia is legal? 

By Michael Cook  As the cartoon above suggests, disability activists fear that euthanasia could become a cheaper option for medical care. In a position paper published by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, in the UK, a Canadian expert in disability studies contends that “While the expansion of [euthanasia and assisted suicide] has been motivated by a …

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Response: “Neurologic Diseases and MAiD” in The American Journal of Bioethics 

By Jules Good, Not Dead Yet  Jules Good writes in response to “Neurologic Diseases and MAiD: Aid-In-Dying Laws Create an Underclass of Patients Based on Disability” by Lonny Shavelson, Thaddeus M. Pope, Margaret Pabst Battin, Alicia Oulette & Benzi Kluger, published in The American Journal of Bioethics 16 August 2022. Legal assisted suicide puts disabled …

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Assisted Suicide Is Not About Autonomy; It Is A Symptom of Systems Which Deny Autonomy To Sick And Disabled People

By Kathleen Nicole O’Neal Editor’s note. This article was published on the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition webpage as a guest blog by the disability rights group Not Dead Yet and is reposted with permission. On June 16, 2022, a forty-four-year-old Italian citizen named Federico Carboni became the first patient in the history of his country to …

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World Medical Association agrees doctors should not be forced to provide referrals for assisted suicide and euthanasia

By Right to Life UK Despite pressure to take a position that would support the removal of some conscientiously-objected rights, the World Medical Association (WMA) has retained its position that doctors should not be “forced to participate in euthanasia or assisted suicide, nor should any physician be obliged to make referral decisions to this end”. …

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Swiss doctors back restrictions on assisted suicide 

By Michael Cook  The Swiss Medical Association has clarified its attitude toward assisted suicide – and it is very restrictive in the face of growing pressures for liberalization. Assisted suicide has been legal for decades in Switzerland, but since the 1990s, Switzerland has become a haven for foreigners seeking to die. The guidelines issued last …

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Swiss assisted suicide groups concerned that “stricter” rules will discourage suicide tourism

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition An article by Kuoru Udo published by Swissinfo.ch on July 26 explains that Switzerland’s new assisted suicide guidelines may lead to fewer suicide tourists.  Udo introduces the issue with the story of Alex Pandolfo who lives in the UK with early onset dementia. Sixty-eight-year-old Pandolfo lives in …

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The Mansfield case should never be a reason to change the law on assisted suicide in the UK. 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Phil Friend posted the following comment on the Not Dead Yet UK Twitter page. The Mansfield case (UK) concerns Graham Mansfield who killed his wife, Dyanne,  in a suicide pact, but then failed to kill himself. The UK assisted suicide lobby claims that this case is a …

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Church of England Synod rejects assisted suicide in overwhelming vote for the “sanctity of life” and better-funded palliative care

By Right to Life UK The General Synod of the Church of England has voted overwhelmingly against assisted suicide legislation being introduced by the UK Government. “Sanctity of life is central to our understanding as Christians”, said the retired GP who called for the vote. The General Synod, the legislative body of the Church of …

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