New Zealand Parliament passes euthanasia bill, public referendum last hurdle

By Michelle Kaufman WELLINGTON, New Zealand, November 14, 2019 – New Zealand’s parliament passed a highly contentious Bill legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide on Wednesday night. The public will now be asked in a referendum if the Act should come into force. The End of Life Choice Bill passed 69 votes to 51 at its …

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Australian woman charged with murdering her millionaire boyfriend using euthanasia techniques

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Natasha Beth Darcy has been charged with killing her boyfriend, Matthew Dunbar (42) in August 2017, soon after he named her the sole beneficiary of his multi-million dollar estate. I am writing about the alleged murder of Dunbar is that Darcy is accused of using euthanasia techniques …

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Globally, opposition to euthanasia dwarfs end-of-life movements

By Michael Cook Jurisdictions which permit assisted suicide or euthanasia suck all the oxygen out of media coverage of this topic. To put the issue in perspective, assisted suicide or euthanasia is only legal in Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and a handful of American states. Nearly everywhere else, doctors have repudiated it. As a …

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Nick Goiran introduces 357 proposed amendments to Western Australia euthanasia bill.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Hon. Nick Goiran, a Liberal MP and a known opponent of euthanasia, gave notice Wednesday night that he is proposing 357 amendments to the Western Australia euthanasia bill, making it clear that a final vote on the bill will not likely occur this year. Last August, Goiran, …

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World Medical Association Opposes Euthanasia, Supports Medical Conscience

By Wesley J. Smith After much pressure to go cowardly neutral on legalizing euthanasia, like a few other weak-kneed medical associations have, the World Medical Association has joined the AMA and reaffirmed its strong opposition to doctors killing patients. From the “Declaration on Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide”: The WMA reiterates its strong commitment to the …

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Researchers cast spotlight on Dutch euthanasia for dementia

By Xavier Symons A group of US-based researchers have published a detailed review of Dutch cases of euthanasia for patients with dementia. Their findings show that euthanasia doctors in many cases ‘read in’ what they think an incapacitated patient would say about receiving assistance in dying. The study was published in August in the American …

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Marieke Vervoort: an athlete’s influence used for harm?

By Taylor Hyatt, Policy Analyst & Outreach Coordinator, Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet Editor’s note. This article was published by the disability rights group Toujours Vivant – Not Dead Yet and reposted at the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. After the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Belgian wheelchair sprinter Marieke Vervoort made two startling announcements. …

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Canada’s euthanasia philosophy: ‘control, choice and change’

It may take many generations to realize the damage that ‘Medical Aid in Dying” will do By Margaret Somerville Editor’s note. This first appeared at Mercatornet and is resposted with permission. Professor Margaret Somerville taught medical law and ethics for nearly 40 years at McGill University in Canada. Few people are better qualified to comment …

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New Zealand Parliament approves referendum on euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The New Zealand parliament has been debating a euthanasia bill for many months. On October 23, the New Zealand parliament agreed to a referendum enabling the people to decide if they want to legalize euthanasia, based on the David Seymour euthanasia bill. According to a Newshub article, …

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Care Not Killing expresses sadness at the death of Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort whose life was ended by euthanasia but warns against changing the law in the UK

“It is extremely sad news that Ms. Vervoort has chosen to end her life this way,” said Dr. Gordon Macdonald, Chief Executive of Care Not Killing. “But her death highlights how the right to die has become a duty to die in both Belgium and their near neighbours in the Netherlands. “In these countries, laws …

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