By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On July 27, 2020. the Czech Republic government rejected euthanasia for the third time. Previous attempts to legalise euthanasia came in 2008 and 2016. According to an article published by BRNO Daily news: On July 27th, the Czech government blocked another parliamentary effort to legalise euthanasia… The bill …Continue reading "Czech government rejects euthanasia bill again"
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"
Did one of the leading right-to-die doctors ignore the law? By Michael Cook On April 19, 2012, a 64-year-old Belgian woman named Godelieva de Troyer was euthanised. For the doctor, Wim Distelmans, it was probably just another case. For her son, Tom Mortier, a chemistry lecturer, it came as a terrible shock. He only found out …Continue reading "Belgian euthanasia under scrutiny in European Court of Human Rights"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The lawyers for Tom Mortier have submitted in the European Court of Human Rights a challenge to the Belgian euthanasia law based on the death of Mortier’s depressed mother. In an article published in Actuall.com, Nicolás de Cárdenas interviews Robert Clarke, the legal representatives for Mortier who …Continue reading "Belgian man fights for justice in the euthanasia death of his depressed mother"
Editor’s note. This media release comes from Care Not Killing, a UK-based alliance bringing together over 40 organisations and thousands of concerned individuals. Care Not Killing has strongly condemned a Dutch End of Life Bill that would extend euthanasia to anyone over the age of 75, even if they have no illness or disability. Dr. …Continue reading "Care Not Killing strongly condemns Dangerous “Completed Life” bill that would extend Dutch euthanasia to healthy people"
By Wesley J. Smith Good grief. We are told that euthanasia is “compassion.” But how compassionate is it when last year in Canada, hundreds of sick people were euthanized because of loneliness? The country’s 2019 MAID [medical assistance in dying] Annual Report found that 13.7 percent of the 5,631 Canadians killed by doctors asked to be lethally …Continue reading "Hundreds of Sick Canadians Euthanized citing Isolation and Loneliness"
By Michael Cook A Dutch legislator has submitted a private member’s bill to allow “completed life” euthanasia. Pia Dijkstra, of the D66 party, was ready to table [introduce] her proposal earlier in the year — but it seemed tactless to do so in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The bill would allow people over …Continue reading "Dutch concern over bill for ‘completed life’ euthanasia"
By Ken Orr, Spokesperson Editor’s note. This is adapted from a media release distributed July 25 by Right to Life New Zealand. Right to Life New Zealand commends David Seymour, the architect and sponsor of the “End of Life Choice Act,” for insisting that the public be given accurate information on the purpose of his …Continue reading "Right to Life New Zealand Seeks Informed Debate on Euthanasia Referendum"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A bill to extend euthanasia in the Netherlands to people who are healthy, but “tired of living” was submitted by Pia Dykstra (Democrats 66 party). An article by Janene Pieters in the NL Times reported that: The legislative proposal allows people over the age of 75 who feel that …Continue reading "Dangerous “Completed Life” bill would extend euthanasia in the Netherlands to healthy people."
By Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last April the Dutch Supreme Court approved the euthanasia death of an incompetent woman with dementia who resisted at the death. The woman with dementia had stated in her advanced directive that she wanted euthanasia but when the doctor came to inject her she resisted. The doctor put drugs in her …Continue reading "Assisted suicide for people with dementia almost certainly paves the way for the approval of non-voluntary euthanasia"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alistair Thompson wrote an excellent article – -“Euthanasia campaigners exploit Covid fears” that was published by The Conservative Woman, UK. Thompson is challenging the push by the euthanasia lobby to exploit the COVID-19 crisis to expand or legalize medicalized killing. Thompson begins by commenting on his home …Continue reading "Euthanasia campaigners exploit COVID-19 fears"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition New Zealand’s parliament passed a euthanasia bill in November 2019 by a vote of 69 to 51. In order to obtain the necessary votes to the government agreed to a referendum on the bill. New Zealand is now debating the legalization of euthanasia as they approach a …Continue reading "Living with end-of-life possibilities: why she opposes legalizing euthanasia in New Zealand"