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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Isle of Man rejects assisted suicide

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. The Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The Isle of Man rejected a motion to consider legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide. After a five-hour debate the House of Keys rejected the call for further investigation into changing …

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UK Parliament will debate assisted suicide this week

It is vital that MPs attend and speak against assisted suicide. By Society for the Protection of Unborn Children UNITED KINGDOM, January 21, 2020 – The U.K. parliament will debate assisted suicide on Thursday, January 23. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) is urging pro-lifers to email their MPs and ask them …

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Belgium’s Death Doctors

By Wesley J. Smith Wonder of wonders: Belgium is prosecuting three doctors for illegal euthanasia. After thirty-eight-year-old Tine Nys received a lethal injection, family members reported the doctors—one a psychiatrist—to authorities. They claim Nys’s lethal injection violated the guidelines that doctors are supposed to follow under Belgium’s euthanasia laws. Their allegations are disturbing. Nys had …

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