Nova Scotia and Ontario report increase in euthanasia deaths.

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last March, Canada’s federal government passed Bill C-7 to widen access to euthanasia (MAiD) in Canada (Link to article on Bill C-7). I have written articles on the increasing number of euthanasia deaths but now Rebecca Lau reported for Global news that Nova Scotia has temporarily put (MAiD) …

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Doctors Kill 10 Percent of All Babies Who Die in Flanders

By Wesley J. Smith  Belgium has no age limit for its euthanasia. Now, a letter published in a British Medical Journal publication reports that 10 percent of babies who died from 2016 to 2017 in Flanders — up to age one — were given drugs by their own doctors with “an explicit life-shortening intention.”  In …

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Prominent Danish ethicist opposes euthanasia in British Medical Journal

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 on …

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“As difficult as it is sometimes, there is always hope.” Euthanasia for those with mental illness is abandonment.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition An inspiring story was published on October 3 by Tubantia news  (Netherlands) concerning Emma (20). Three years ago her mental illness was considered too complex and she was told that she was “out of treatment.” Her practitioners said they could do nothing more for her depression, eating disorder …

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Illegal euthanasia of infants continues in Belgium

By Michael Cook   It is well-known that eligibility for euthanasia in Belgium is elastic. However, there are limits. The law only permits the euthanasia of minors who are capable of discernment and who are conscious. But, according to a recent brief report in the Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal edition, Flemish doctors …

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Nova Scotia and Ontario report increase in euthanasia deaths

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last March, Canada’s federal government passed Bill C-7 to widen access to euthanasia (MAiD) in Canada. I have written articles on the increasing number of euthanasia deaths but now Rebecca Lau reported for Global news that Nova Scotia has temporarily put (MAiD) euthanasia referrals on hold as “increased demand …

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Ground Being Prepared for Death on Demand in the Netherlands

By Wesley J. Smith Once killing is defined as an acceptable response to suffering, there are few natural stopping points in the steady expansion of legalized euthanasia or assisted suicide. Requiring a diagnosed medical condition still retains some heft. But it isn’t logical, since the ultimate issue is suffering, not its causes. These days, even that boundary …

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Contemporary euthanasia is an updated version of early 20th century eugenics

By Mark Sutherland Editor’s note. This article was published by Mercatornet on September 22, 2021. German monument to the euthanasia victims “Your son was released from a severe and incurable disease.” “He died quickly and without pain. Considering his serious and incurable illness, death meant relief for him.” “Considering her severe and incurable illness, life …

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Belgium: Euthanasia of Newborns Practiced Outside the Law

By Alex Schadenberg This article was published by the European Institute of Bioethics on June 6, 2021. 10% of newborn deaths in Belgium are euthanasia deaths. A recent study has brought to light the practice of deliberate euthanasia to newborns for whom the medical team considered that there was “no hope of a bearable future”. These practices concerned 10% …

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Why has opposition to euthanasia crumbled?

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 …

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Prominent Danish ethicist opposes euthanasia

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 …

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Euthanasia: why are we letting all those perfectly good organs go to waste?

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: …

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