British Columbia euthanasia deaths hit record highs

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 …

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Right-to-die in Scotland: People in glass houses, etc.

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 …

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Pro-euthanasia group Dignity in Dying UK has its roots in the eugenics movement

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 …

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Euthanasia deaths rise quickly in Ontario, likely related to the passing of Bill C-7

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Federal Government passed Bill C-7 on March 17, 2021. The Canadian government predicted that there would be a 20% increase in the number of assisted deaths in Canada. That number proved to vastly underestimate the toil. On July 1, I published some of the data from Health …

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Legalizing Euthanasia: What we can learn from the Netherlands

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Leo van Doesburg with The European Christian Political Movement  and Diederik van Dijk with the NPV-Care for life published a thorough article titled  Legalizing Euthanasia: What we can learn from the Netherlands, in response to the growing number of countries debating euthanasia and the growing practise of …

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Bioethicists invent another ingenious way to kill people

An ‘advance directive implant’ would end your life at a preset time By Michael Cook  No doubt you have heard of “advance directives” – guidelines for your carers, guardians or doctors on what do to in the event that you are not competent to instruct them. Right-to-die associations often promote them as a way of …

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Activists seek to force caregivers to starve their patients to death or be at risk of lawsuits for “wrongful life”

By Wesley J. Smith As I have warned here before, euthanasia activists are pushing for laws that permit people to write advance directives ordering themselves starved to death if they become mentally incapacitated. That effort is apparently gaining steam.  The assisted suicide supporting organization Final Exit Network published a poll that supposedly found only 15 percent of …

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Netherlands Public Prosecutor questions euthanasia rules for people who cannot consent

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Last November I published an article reporting that,  based on the Netherlands Supreme Court’s decision in April 2020, the five regional euthanasia review committees in the Netherlands had agreed to rules to expand euthanasia to include people with dementia. On July 20, 2021, The Dutchnews.nl published an …

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Propose Time-Delayed Suicide Implant for Dementia Patients

By Wesley J. Smith Bioethicists are looking for ways to eliminate people diagnosed with dementia when they become incapacitated. Belgium and the Netherlands permit advance orders to be euthanized. Another proposal gaining traction in bioethics would force caregivers to starve patients to death. And here’s a new idea: Writing in the Hastings Center Report — the world’s most prominent bioethics journal …

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Euthanasia consciousness ”distorts our views of the importance of vulnerable lives”

By Wesley J. Smith As I have been documenting over the past 28 years (!), euthanasia in the Netherlands has metastasized from killing the terminally ill, to the chronically ill, to people with disabilities, to the elderly, to people with dementia, to the mentally ill, to children of any age, and babies born with serious disabilities. Yes, …

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Colombia’s Health Ministry sets euthanasia guidelines, sparks controversy

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition In 1997 Colombia’s Constitutional Court ruled that “the State cannot oppose the decision of an individual who does not wish to continue living and who requests help to die when suffering from a terminal illness that causes unbearable pain, incompatible with his idea of dignity”.  Since that …

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