By Wesley J. Smith The American Nursing Association has stalwartly supported suicide prevention throughout its history. In 2015, an article in the Association’s Online Journal of Issues in Nursing recognized nurses’ vital role in suicide prevention. From “Suicide Assessment and Nursing” (my emphasis): RNs are in a prime position to detect and prevent suicidal behaviors …Continue reading "Will Nurses Only Prevent Some Suicides?"
By Wesley J. Smith It is a sad fact of contemporary political life in the USA that the Democratic party pushes killing as an acceptable answer to human problems, e.g., the Culture of Death. Consider this very partial list: The New Jersey Legislature, Democratic controlled, just passed legislation legalizing assisted suicide. The Democratic governor promises …Continue reading "A Vote for Democrats Is a Vote for the Culture of Death"
By Wesley J. Smith Assisted-suicide advocates sell their hemlock by promising “strict guidelines” to protect against abuse. The thing is, the guidelines are never really “strict,” and they don’t offer much protection. Convincing people of that can be daunting because it takes a lot of explaining. But something just happened in Maryland that illustrates the …Continue reading "Assisted-Suicide Advocates Oppose Real Protections"
Editor’s note. The following press release was issued on behalf of Care Not Killing. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) should ditch moving to a neutral position as doctors once again vote to oppose changing the law on assisted suicide, says Care Not Killing (CNK). The survey, which was announced in January and carried out …Continue reading "Care Not Killing Alliance: Royal College of Physicians should ditch neutral position as doctors once again oppose assisted suicide."
By Michael Cook In the UK, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has adopted a neutral position on assisted dying following an on-line survey of its UK fellows and members. This represents a controversial change from the RCP’s traditional position of opposition. Before the poll the RCP leadership set the threshold impossibly high for supporters …Continue reading "Royal College of Physicians goes neutral on assisted dying"
By Fabian Stahle Dear Senator, I write to you from Sweden regarding HB 399 and SB 311 because these bills are similar to the Oregon law that is proposed here in Sweden. After contact with Oregon Health Authority I found disturbing information that was not available before and is highly relevant for HB 399 and …Continue reading "A letter from Sweden to Maryland Senators concerning the dangers of assisted suicide."
Editor’s note. The following is an abbreviated version of the letter published on March 18 in the Connecticut Mirror written by Lisa Blumberg, an attorney and freelance writer, that appeared on the webpage of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Ms. Blumberg is a member of the bipartisan disability advocacy Second Thoughts Connecticut. Let’s not be confused …Continue reading "Connecticut disability rights leader opposes assisted suicide bill."
By Dave Andrusko The Connecticut Public Health Committee held what was described as a day-long public hearing today on H.B. 5898, “An Act Concerning Aid In Dying for Terminally Ill Patients, ” which would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Connecticut. The Public Health Committee is one of the joint standing committees of the Connecticut General Assembly. …Continue reading "Critics outline case against assisted suicide in Connecticut"
By Nancy Valko In 2013, the American Nurses Association (ANA) stated this: “The American Nurses Association (ANA) prohibits nurses’ participation in assisted suicide and euthanasia because these acts are in direct violation of Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (ANA, 2001).” (Emphasis added) But now in 2019, the ANA is proposing a new …Continue reading "Is the American Nurses Association Ready to Drop Opposition to Assisted Suicide?"
By Nevada Right to Life A hearing was held on SB165, the assisted suicide bill in the Nevada Legislature. Thank you to so many of you for your comments to the members of the Nevada Senate health and human services committee regarding SB165, the assisted suicide bill. Thanks also for registering your opinion at the …Continue reading "Update On SB165: Doctor Assisted Suicide"
Senate version of assisted suicide bill introduced today ST. PAUL — Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) strongly opposes legislation introduced today in the Minnesota Senate that would legalize assisted suicide in the state. A companion bill was introduced in the House last week. “Proponents of assisted suicide claim that there are safeguards to prevent …Continue reading "Minnesota should reject assisted suicide legalization"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition An article by Gillian Slade for the Medicine Hat News reports that the number of euthanasia deaths, referred to as MAiD [Medical Aid in Dying], increased by 50% in Alberta in 2018. Euthanasia was legalized on June 17, 2016 in Canada. The story, based on data …Continue reading "Alberta: 50% increase in Medical Aid in Dying deaths in 2018"