Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) opposes euthanasia for mental illness

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Bill C-7 passed into law on March 17, thereby expanding Canada’s euthanasia (MAiD) law to include people with mental illness alone.  Passage came in spite of robust opposition from the Canadian Mental Health Association. Stephanie Davis, reporting for CTV News Regina, interviewed Phyllis O’Connor, the Executive Director …

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‘Dignity in dying’ legislation fails in France and Latvia

By Michael Cook  France: A bill to legalise euthanasia was defeated by delaying tactics in the French Parliament this week. The bill was a personal initiative of Olivier Falorni, a deputy for the parliamentary splinter group Libertes et Territoires (“Freedom and Territories”). He says that the law would put a stop to a national “hypocrisy” …

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Canada’s new euthanasia law is a matter of life and death for people with disabilities

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Bill C-7 passed into law on March 17, thereby expanding Canada’s euthanasia (MAiD) law to include people with disabilities or chronic conditions who are not dying, and people with mental illness alone.  It’s important to remind people of how Bill C-7 undermines Canada’s global human rights commitments. …

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Peter Singer promotes euthanasia for mental illness

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Long time euthanasia promoter, Peter Singer, has written a commentary on the expansion of euthanasia to include people with mental illness alone who have made an advanced request for euthanasia. His commentary seems factual and dispassionate but, in fact, he supports more death by euthanasia. In his …

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Latvia rejects euthanasia initiative

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. Latvia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. The Latvian public broadcaster LSM.LV reported that, after a long debate, the Latvian Saeima [Parliament] rejected a citizens’ initiative to legalize euthanasia by a vote of 49 to 38 with two abstentions. A citizens’ initiative had collected 10,000 …

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The “tipping point” that leads the elderly in the Netherlands to ask for euthanasia

By Michael Cook  Most requests for euthanasia in the Netherlands come from people suffering from cancer. But the number of patients who have dementia, psychiatric disorders, or multiple geriatric syndromes (MGS) is growing steadily. An article by Dutch physicians that appeared in December in JAMA Internal Medicine examines the kind of geriatric syndromes which motivate a …

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Four-year-old killed by Texas’ 10-Day Rule

By Texas Right to Life Four-year-old Clifton suffered a traumatic brain injury on July 20, 2012, and was flown to Children’s Memorial Hermann in Houston. Clifton was given a ventilator to regulate his breathing, a feeding tube, and blood pressure medications. The hospital demanded they would only continue providing care for Clifton if he had …

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Dutch euthanasia criticised in leading medical journal

By Michael Cook JAMA Internal Medicine hosted a fiery debate about Dutch euthanasia this week. Geriatrician Diane E. Meier, of the Icahn School of Medicine, New York, responded feistily to critics of an editorial which she had written in December, headlined “The Treatment of Patients With Unbearable Suffering—The Slippery Slope Is Real.” Two teams of …

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Mum will take fight for her daughter’s life to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children The case of Pippa Knight, a young girl deemed to be in PVS, will proceed to the Supreme Court following a decision at the Court of Appeal in which the three judges rejected the call for Pippa to be allowed to go home on a long …

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Psychiatrist and disability leaders react to Canada’s expansion of euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Reporters Omar Sachedina and Brooklyn Neustaeter published an article for CTV News concerning the reaction of proponents and opponents to Bill C-7 after it passed.  The two interviews of concern were with Jewells Smith, the Chairperson of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, and Psychiatrist, Dr. John Maher. Smith …

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Blanket ‘do not resuscitate’ orders imposed on English care homes, according to governmental watchdog

By Right to Life UK Evidence has emerged of the blanket use of ‘do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ (DNACPR) orders in some parts of the country and the potential breach of the human rights of hundreds of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, according to a new report. The report, ‘Protect, respect, connect …

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Spanish Parliament passes euthanasia bill. Law may be challenged in Spain’s Constitutional Court

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On Thursday, Spain’s lower house of parliament passed the euthanasia bill with a vote of 202 to 141 with two abstentions. The Vox party has stated that it will challenge the euthanasia law before Spain’s Constitutional Court. “Politicians in Portugal have tried to pass a law similar to …

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