Oregon’s suicide crisis worsens

By Wesley J. Smith Oregon, a state that has considerably liberalized its assisted-suicide laws, has an ongoing youth and general suicide crisis on its hands.  From an Oregon Health Authority press release: In February the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that suicide was the leading cause of death among Oregon youth ages …

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British Medical Association surveys doctors on assisted dying

By Michael Cook  Supporters of euthanasia and assisted suicide in the United Kingdom have cheered the BMA’s [British Medical Association’s] survey of members on assisted dying.  The BMA is officially opposed to a change in the law on assisted dying. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) dropped its longstanding opposition in favour of neutrality following …

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Germany’s high court endorses a right to assisted suicide

A new era of nihilism begins By Michael Cook  Euthanasia movements around the world have been given a boost by Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court. On Wednesday it handed down a long-awaited decision endorsing the legality of assisted suicide. It ruled that a law banning suicide with professional assistance was unconstitutional, as it deprived terminally ill patients …

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Training Doctors How to Assist Suicides

By Wesley J. Smith In California, a death doctor named Lonnie Shavelson is trying to start an assisted suicide specialty. From the Medscape story: Organizers of the National Clinicians Conference on Medical Aid in Dying (NCCMAID) did not debate the appropriateness of the practice or focus on policy and ethics but rather sought to train …

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Australian doctors help kill 52 sick patients in first 6 months of new assisted suicide law

Australian politician says the new assisted suicide law is ‘working well’ By Paul Smeaton February 19, 2020  — A new report has revealed that doctors aided in the state-sanctioned killing of 52 people in Victoria, Australia under a new assisted suicide law which came into effect six months ago. The law allows for patients who are told they …

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Assisted suicide goes against our values

By Steven Wade, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association Editor’s note. This opinion article was published by the Concord Monitor on February 11, 2020 and reposted at the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. House Bill 1659 effectively gives physicians permission to prescribe drugs that result in patient suicide. We have serious concerns about the potential impact on …

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Victoria Australia’s ‘voluntary assisted dying’ law has come into effect; but were legislators right to think they could avoid the ‘slippery slope’?

Editor’s note. This article was originally published in ABC Religion & Ethics and Bioethics Outlook (Plunkett Centre for Ethics), and reposted at Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. By John Keown Victoria’s law permitting physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and voluntary euthanasia (VE) came into force in June last year. Other states, particularly Western Australia, may soon follow suit. All …

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Dutch euthanasia clinic saw an “alarming” 22% rise in suicide requests last year

By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children A Dutch euthanasia clinic has revealed that the figure of 3,122 requests for assisted suicide it received in 2019 was “far more than expected” as the Netherlands struggles to meet increasing “demand.” The Euthanasia Expertise Centre, the Netherlands’ only euthanasia clinic, assisted in around 900 suicides …

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Canada must learn lessons from Belgium on assisted dying

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition I had the opportunity recently to attend a presentation by Trudo Lemmens a Professor and Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Toronto, who spoke about the lessons Canadians need to learn from Belgium’s euthanasia law. Prof. Lemmens posted an opinion piece January …

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“We should not set a position on when is the right time to kill someone who is sick”: British MPs debate assisted suicide

By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children A majority of the MPs who spoke in a debate on assisted suicide in Parliament last week, called for protecting the vulnerable against suicide, but SPUC’s Alithea Williams warns that the fight is far from over. Christine Jardine, the Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, moved …

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