Politicians aren’t listening to logical, evidence-based arguments. By Michael Cook Another Australian state, Queensland, legalised assisted dying last week. The bill passed in the unicameral parliament by an impressive margin — 61 to 30 — on Thursday afternoon. It was a “conscience vote”, ie, MPs were not bound by their party’s policy. Although 55 separate amendments were …Continue reading "Why has opposition to euthanasia crumbled?"
By Michael Cook A former chair of the Danish Council of Ethics has published a broadside on legalised euthanasia in The BMJ . Ole Hartling, a doctor, author and co-author of several books, was a member of the Council between 2000 and 2007 and its chair for five years. During that time, the Council carried …Continue reading "Prominent Danish ethicist opposes euthanasia"
It sounds ghoulish, but doctors in the Netherlands are keen By Michael Cook One inevitable development of euthanasia which its supporters seldom mention is organ donation after euthanasia. A good number of people who request euthanasia suffer from neurological disorders, but their organs are still shipshape. A question which many doctors ask, then, is this: …Continue reading "Euthanasia: why are we letting all those perfectly good organs go to waste?"
By Alex SchadenbergExecutive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A Swiss group has decided to continue providing assisted suicide to Swiss citizens living abroad. EXIT, which is the largest assisted suicide group in Switzerland, had been considering limiting assisted suicide to Swiss citizens living in Switzerland but was pressured by its members to continue providing assisted suicides …Continue reading "Swiss assisted suicide group EXIT will continue to provide suicides to foreigners"
By Bridget Sielicki As many European countries are either legalizing euthanasia or considering legislation to do so, Pope Francis has spoken out against the devaluing of human life, calling it part of a “throwaway culture.” Catholic News Service reports that the Pope made his remarks during an interview with Carlos Herrera of COPE, which is the …Continue reading "Pope Francis condemns euthanasia and abortion as part of a ‘throwaway culture’"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Dr. Mark Robinson MP, who represents Oodgeroo in the Queensland parliament, wrote a dissenting report to the official parliamentary report on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 Dr. Robinson’s report creates a strong basis for opposing assisted dying bill and is similar to the minority report on assisted …Continue reading "Dissenting report opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide in Queensland, Australia"
By Michael Cook Legal euthanasia is drawing closer in the Australian state of Queensland. A committee has recommended a bill for voluntary assisted dying (VAD) to the unicameral parliament in a 327-page report. It will be debated in Parliament in September. MPs [Members of Parliament] from both major parties will be granted a rare conscience vote on this legislation. The …Continue reading "Queensland close to legalising euthanasia Catholic hospitals indicate that they would defy the legislation, if necessary."
By Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition We received this email from Margaret titled: No Euthanasia for Mental Health Reasons. She gave us permission to publish it. As I am now approaching 70 years of age, I would like to share my experience Ever since I was twelve years old, I have been treated by psychiatrists, …Continue reading "A personal story: No to euthanasia for mental health reasons"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The British Columbia (BC) government released the euthanasia stats (MAiD—Medically Assisted Dying) to Terry O’Neill, a reporter for the BC Catholic paper. O’Neill states in his article: The B.C. Catholic requested the detailed provincial statistics after the federal government’s last two annual reports on the contentious subject failed …Continue reading "British Columbia euthanasia deaths hit record highs"
By Michael Cook The argumentum ad hominem is widely regarded as the worst of arguments, but, you know, it’s fun. It’s also dangerous, as the riposte, tu quoque – what about you?—can be painful. This takes us to the media in Scotland, where a bill for assisted dying is gathering momentum in Holyrood. An evangelical …Continue reading "Right-to-die in Scotland: People in glass houses, etc."
By Wesley J. Smith Pope John Paul II once famously described Western society as a “culture of death.” But what does that term mean? It refers to a civilization that endorses lethal omissions and even outright killing by doctors to alleviate suffering or resolve life crises. “Culture of death” is most often applied in the …Continue reading "Three culture of death tipping points"
By Laura Nicole As the debate rages on around assisted suicide in the Scottish parliament, the issue is being hotly debated in Scottish media. One news outlet targeted a Christian multi-millionaire who donated to a pro-life, anti-euthanasia organization called Care Not Killing. In return, other media outlets are shining a light on the origins of the pro-euthanasia organization Dignity in …Continue reading "Pro-euthanasia group Dignity in Dying UK has its roots in the eugenics movement"