German doctors drop opposition to assisted suicide after high court ruling

By Michael Cook  German doctors have dropped their opposition to assisted suicide, in a controversial move which could pave the way for complete legalisation of euthanasia. The German Doctors’ Congress (Bundesärztekammer) this week voted to make professional regulations for doctors on assisted suicide consistent with a ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court in February last …

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Maine report: 30 people died by assisted suicide in 2020.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Maine assisted suicide law came into effect in September 2019.  According to the 2020 Maine assisted suicide report, the first full year of the Maine regime:  50 people were approved for death by lethal drugs,  30 people died by assisted suicide,  15 of the 50 people …

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How to soften resistance to “assisting” the suicide of people with an “elevated” risk of Alzheimer’s

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. The main criterion for reposting a story than ran in NRL News Today a year ago is its relevancy. The following meets those specifications in all respects. Unfortunately, the assault on these vulnerable people grows worse seemingly day by day. Excluding children, who are utterly powerless, no vulnerable group is …

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Major parliamentary initiative launched to stop assisted suicide being introduced to the UK

By Right to Life UK A new cross-party parliamentary group has been formed to unite against a renewed call to make assisted suicide legal in the UK. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dying Well, publicly launched on Sunday, is being chaired by Conservative MP Danny Kruger but has members from across all the major political …

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Canadian Supreme Court cements closure of private hospices for refusal to participate in assisted suicide

By Anne Marie Williams, RN, BSN A British Columbia hospice society recently lost an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, one of several legal avenues it unsuccessfully pursued in an attempt to avoid participating in assisted suicide. Delta Hospice Society, located in the town of Delta in the Canadian province of British Columbia, was …

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Australian murder trial. Woman tells court that she assisted the suicide of her boyfriend.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Natasha Darcy is on trial for murder in the August 2, 2017 death of her boyfriend, Matthew Dunbar. Dunbar had made Darcy the sole beneficiary of his multi-million dollar estate. I have reported on this case before. Darcy claims, in her defense, that she didn’t murder Dunbar …

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Does Canada’s Bill C-7 ignore a dark lesson from history?

C-7 promotes ableism, the view that able-bodied people are superior—more worthy of life. By Hendrik van der Breggen  Editor’s note. This was written just prior to passage of C-7. It is now the law in Canada. Lebensunwertes Leben is German for “life unworthy of life.” As a justification of killing, this idea led to the Holocaust. Alarmingly, …

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Study: New Zealand medical students more likely to oppose assisted suicide with more education

By Texas Right to Life New Zealand, like many other industrialized nations, legalized assisted suicide. As in other places that have made the killing of some patients legal, many doctors are refusing to participate.  Anti-Life politicians may be able to convince themselves that killing ill patients instead of treating them is “compassionate,” but the doctors who …

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Three things most people don’t know about assisted death.

By Rosemary Frei This article was published on April 12, 2021 The cadence is increasing of jurisdictions introducing, normalizing and expanding laws allowing doctors to help people commit suicide.  Is this purely in the service of relieving unbearable physical or mental suffering? Or do other factors predominate?  I used to believe the former, but my recent re-examination …

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Diverse coalition defeats proposal to expand so-called “right to die” and to remove all safeguards in Washington state

By Dave Andrusko It was a close call, but the Washington state Senate adjourned this week without taking up HB 1141. Advertised by one highly sympathetic reporter  as ”making it easier for terminally ill, competent patients to use Washington state’s Death with Dignity Act,” in fact, HB1141 is riddled with dangerous provisions. Congratulations to the …

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NEJM publishes powerful essay against physician-assisted suicide

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. I wrote this post a couple of years back. However with a powerful tide rolling in to “empower” the mentally ill (and therefore  unable to give genuine consent) by giving them the “right” to assisted suicide, I believe it is more relevant than ever. Although I do scan relevant articles, …

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