Switzerland Supreme Court overturns conviction, based on a technicality, of assisted suicide of a healthy woman

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition  In October 2019, a Geneva court gave a suspended sentence to the regional vice-president of the assisted suicide group EXIT, Pierre Beck, for assisting the suicide of an 86-year-old healthy woman. Swissinfo reported that Beck admitted to acting beyond the criteria of the law but he said that he …

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Death capsule is designed to undermine societal resistance to suicide

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition I have avoided writing about Philip Nitschke’s (“Dr. Death”) Sarco Death capsule that is designed to promote his death business while undermining resistance to suicide. An article written by Clare O’Dea for Swissinfo.ch says that Switzerland has approved the Sarco death machine. Essentially this article is propaganda to popularize suicide …

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What is a “Death Doula” and Why is Compassion & Choices so Interested?

By Nancy Valko Most people have heard of doulas, specially trained people who help pregnant women during pregnancy, labor, birth, and immediate postpartum by providing “emotional, physical, and informational support”. My daughter used a doula for both of her children and was so happy with the results that she is considering taking the training to become …

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Swiss assisted suicide doctor does not support euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Erika Preisig is a doctor and president of assisted suicide organisation Lifecircle. She was recently asked in an interview, with Swissinfo, if Switzerland should allow euthanasia rather than assisted suicide?  She answered NO and stated: I don’t want to kill anybody. Preisig correctly differentiates assisted suicide, which …

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A Medical Perspective on the assisted dying debate

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Canberra Times in Australia published an excellent opinion article by Dr. Paul Jenkins titled A Medical Perspective on the voluntary assisted dying debate. Jenkins writes: For 2000 years physicians have rejected killing their patient as a means of relieving suffering and mental stress.The most common reasons for …

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Despite claims to the contrary, assisted death is suicide and it is a tragedy

By Bridget Sielicki  As the call to make assisted suicide legal in the United Kingdom gains popularity, one advocate is publicly making the claim that assisted death isn’t the same as suicide. In a recent opinion piece for The Mirror, Marjorie Wallace claims, “Shortening life and shortening death isn’t the same and a clear distinction must be made …

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Could voluntary assisted dying become contagious?

Research shows that the experience of losing a parent through suicide is a risk factor for children. How about VAD? By Michael Cook Does voluntary assisted dying (VAD) – or euthanasia and assisted suicide – have a negative impact upon other people? It’s rare for this question to be raised in debates. If it is, supporters …

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In backing assisted dying ‘The Economist’ turns a blind eye to its dangers

By Michael Cook As a reflection of the influence of classical liberal thought upon current affairs, the British “newspaper”, The Economist, has no peer. Its tightly written leaders (editorials) and backgrounders are extremely influential. Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, is said to have remarked: “I used to think. Now, I just read The Economist.” So its stand …

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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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Assisted suicide deaths are not what you think they are

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition David Rose, writing for the Daily Mail UK, published an article on October 21 titled “Why an ‘assisted death is almost certainly not what you think it is.” Stories about how assisted suicide deaths actually occur are rarely published.  Recently researcher Dr. Joel Zivot has challenged how …

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