Unimaginably poignant: A dad’s farewell lullaby to his dying baby boy

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. Sunday is Father’s Day. Last week, we  began a series that will run up through this Friday which will include new stories about men and abortion (often in the context of crisis pregnancies but also just about being a dad) and reposts of the best of previously published stories. This …

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Hospice New Zealand launches court case asking whether a hospice can conscientiously object to Assisted Dying and operate a “euthanasia-free” service

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Hospice New Zealand has applied for an urgent court injunction concerning their right to conscientiously object to doing euthanasia.  The New Zealand parliament passed a euthanasia bill—”The End of Life Choice Act”–in November 2019 by a vote of 69 to 51. In order to get the bill passed …

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Fortresses of courage in a wilderness of mourning

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation As I write these words, I know of two women who are accompanying loved ones on their final journeys. One is a wife, tending to her dying husband. The other is a daughter, spending the remaining precious moments with her ailing father. At such times, the …

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British Columbia Hospice looking at legal options after government cuts funding.

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Canadian Press reported that a hospice society in British Columbia is outraged by the governments decision to stop its funding because it refuses to provide (MAiD) euthanasia. Angelina Ireland, President of the Delta Hospice, told the Canadian Press: …if the government wants to implement medical help in …

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‘Starve Me’ Advance Directives Would Be Immoral

By Wesley J. Smith Not content with assisted suicide, the euthanasia movement wants people with dementia to be able to force caregivers to starve them to death when they become severely impacted — even when they willingly eat. An assisted-suicide advocacy group in New York previously created an advance directive containing such instructions. And now …

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Prominent Bioethics Journal debates whether withdrawing and withholding treatment are equivalent

By Michael Cook The current issue of the American Journal of Bioethics hosts a debate on whether withholding and withdrawing treatment are ethically equivalent. Intuitively most doctors feel that there is a difference between not using the “plug” and “pulling it out” – but should that “gut feeling” be respected? Most medical guidelines assume that …

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“We don’t want an advance directive that could be hazardous to our health!”

By Nancy Valko When I first became a registered nurse in 1969, ICUs (intensive care units) were still new. The first one I worked was set up in the former visitors’ lounge and we learned how to read EKGs (heart tracings) by using a book. By the early 1970s, I worked in a surgical/trauma ICU …

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Swiss doctors go head-to-head over liberal guidelines for assisted suicide

By Michael Cook The Federation of Swiss Medical Doctors (FMH) has refused to include in its code of ethics new guidelines on end-of-life care proposed by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS). These provide that a physician may practice assisted suicide for patients presenting with “unbearable suffering” related to the symptoms of an incurable …

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Italy passes controversial end-of-life bill

By Michael Cook Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at Bioedge. After 30 years and 3000 attempts to propose amendments, an end-of-life bill was passed by the Italian Parliament this week which allows patients to end their lives by refusing to eat and drink. It also allows patients to express binding …

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