Is euthanasia an essential service?

Is euthanasia an essential service? That is the question that Canadian health officials are grappling with in the coronavirus epidemic. At least two clinics in Ontario have stopped providing euthanasia (or medical assistance in dying, as it is called in Canada) to prevention transmission and to free up health-care resources. Others regard it as essential …

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Fifteen years ago today Terri Schiavo died after 13 days without food and water

By Dave Andrusko And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? —Micah 6:8 Can it possibly be that long ago? Today is the  fifteenth  anniversary of the grotesque death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo.  As I do each …

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Coronavirus forces closure of Dutch euthanasia clinic

By Michael Cook  The only specialised euthanasia clinic in the Netherlands has closed its doors during the coronavirus pandemic. The Euthanasia Expertise Center, formerly known as the End of Life Clinic (Levenseindekliniek), is located in The Hague and provides counselling and euthanasia services for patients whose GPs refuse to authorise euthanasia. According to its website, …

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Euthanasia clinic shuts down amid Coronavirus Crisis

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition [EPC] The Netherlands euthanasia clinic, Euthanasia Expertise Center, has temporarily shut-down amid the Coronavirus crisis.  This is the euthanasia clinic that reported euthanasia requests, in 2019, were up by 22% and euthanasia deaths increased to 898 from 727 in 2018. This is also the euthanasia clinic that specializes in euthanasia …

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Biden’s Coronavirus Adviser Wants to Die at 75

By Wesley J. Smith Joe Biden has announced the creation of a “Public Health Advisory Committee,” consisting of Democratic experts to advise him about how to best grapple with the coronavirus during the campaign. Okay. Good public-health practices are worthy goals for any candidate. But I don’t think receiving such information requires the naming of …

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Euthanasia saves money and provides organs for donation, academics assert

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Canada legalized euthanasia on June 17, 2016. On January 23, 2017, the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published a study by Aaron J. Trachtenberg MD DPhil, Braden Manns MD MSc titled: “Cost analysis of medical assistance in dying.”  The researchers in that study found that Canada’s healthcare …

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Canada Psychiatrists: Refusing Euthanasia for Mentally Ill Is ‘Discrimination’

BY Wesley J. Smith Dedicated psychiatrists are often the only defense between patients with serious mental illness and suicide. But legalizing euthanasia shifts thinking 180 degrees because suicide has been redefined as health care and a right. Hence, protections — such as barring administered death to the mentally ill — soon come to be seen …

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Royal College of General Practitioners remains opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia

By Jennie Pollock, Christian Medical Fellowship The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) announced on  February 21  that it ‘will continue to oppose a change in the law on assisted dying, following a consultation of its members’. (Assisted dying is a blanket term that covers assisted suicide, physician-assisted suicide, voluntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia.)  Christian Medical Fellowship [CMF] welcomed this …

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Death on Demand comes to Germany

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This first appeared at First Things and is reposted with the author’s permission. The 1973 dystopian film Soylent Green featured several shocking moments, including overpopulation riots and men calling women “the furniture” required for sex. But the most disturbing scene showed Edward G. Robinson entering a euthanasia clinic, choosing to be …

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UN disability expert concerned about euthanasia, assisted suicide and the New Eugenics

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Catalina Devandas, who was designated as the first Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities in June 2014 by the UN Human Rights Council, published a statement to accompany their report concerning the New Eugenics and ableism in medical practise. Devandas expresses her concerns on the …

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Euthanasia: Canada, Conscience and Coercion

By Nancy Valko Editor’s note. All emphases are added. A January 22, 2020 CNA article titled “Perform Euthanasia or Lose Government Funding”, Canadian Hospice Told” revealed that a secular Canadian hospice was at risk of losing its government funding over its refusal to euthanize patients who request an “assisted death.” How could this happen? First of all, Canadian health …

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Involve the kids in euthanasia, advises Canadian doctor

By Michael Cook   Bedside gatherings at a Canadian euthanasia are normally an adults-only affair. But one doctor suggests that young children would benefit from becoming involved. In a [February 26] blog entry at a University of British Columbia site, Dr. Susan Woolhouse, who has been involved in some 70 “assisted deaths,” says “My past experiences during my …

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