Are people being coerced into euthanasia?

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last week I had the opportunity to screen the Fatal Flaws film and speak in Victoria, Nanaimo, and Campbell River British Columbia. Thank you to the local organizers who made this possible. This article is about three stories from the three events at which I spoke. The …

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Another Australian state on the verge of legalising euthanasia

Euthanasia and assisted suicide bill passes Western Australia’s Legislative Council by 25-11 By Richard Egan At 4:11 pm on Thursday, 5 December 2019, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 passed its third reading vote in the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Western Australia by a decisive vote of 25 to 11. Only one member …

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Moral Challenges exist for nurses around euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition “Nurses are conflicted with assisted deaths” UBC Okanagan nursing professor and Canada Research chair in health, ethics and diversity, Barb Pesut, was interviewed by Daniel Taylor for the Lake Country Calendar. In her interview Pesut comments on the moral challenges faced by nurses with euthanasia. She states: …

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Québec government begins consultation on expanding euthanasia for Alzheimer’s

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last September, a Quebec court expanded Canada’s euthanasia law by striking down the “terminal illness” requirement in the law. As the Canadian Press reported at the time, “A judge today found the ‘reasonably foreseeable natural death’ requirement of the Criminal Code, which prevents some people from accessing …

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Québec man asked for euthanasia based on nursing home living conditions, not his health

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A Québec man who is scheduled to die by euthanasia on December 5, says that he asked for euthanasia, not based on his degenerative health, but due to his untenable living condition at CHSLD [a residential and long-term care center] in Valcourt. Mélanie Noël, reporting for La …

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Delta BC Hospice supports caring options, not euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Board of the Delta BC Hospice Society that operates the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner BC [British Columbia] has reversed the decision of the previous board and has reverted to its prior position opposing euthanasia while supporting excellent care. An article published by the Delta Optimist …

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Euthanasia for “completed Life” to be debated in the Dutch parliament

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Dutchnews.nl is reporting that the Liberal Democratic Party will be introducing legislation to extend euthanasia to people who are not sick or dying, but who state that their life is complete. The article quotes recent polling that suggests that 55% of those polled in the Netherlands …

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Most Dutch pediatricians want euthanasia for kids: report

By Michael Cook A report from three Dutch teaching hospitals claims that 84% of Dutch pediatricians want active life termination for children between 1 and 12 years old. It was recently tabled [introduced] in the lower house of the Dutch parliament. At the moment active termination of life for children between 1 and 12 years …

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New Zealand poll shows confusion about euthanasia bill.

By Euthanasia-Free NZ A new nationwide Curia Market Research poll shows the vast majority of New Zealanders are confused about what the End of Life Choice Bill aims to legalise. “While many of our supporters welcome the opportunity to vote on this Bill, we are concerned that a referendum result at the next election would …

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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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