90 percent of public submissions were opposed to killing By Carolyn Moynihan A euthanasia bill before the New Zealand Parliament has provoked the biggest public consultation in the country’s parliamentary history. The End of Life Choice Bill may be voted on as early as May 1, however, a select committee studying the legislation tabled its …Continue reading "After a mammoth public consultation, New Zealand euthanasia bill hangs in the balance"
By Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. This post combines two items, a story written by Mr. Schadenberg and a press release from the advocacy group “Not Dead Yet.” A rally was held this week at the New Zealand parliament by the Pacific People native group opposing the euthanasia bill. According to a Radio …Continue reading "New Zealand native group rallies against euthanasia bill"
By Michael Cook Words matter a lot in the public debate over the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law, the model for most subsequent American legislation, is called the “Death with Dignity Act”. The text of the law avoids using the words suicide or euthanasia. Academic studies have shown that the …Continue reading "The power of words in the euthanasia debate"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last week The Federalist published an article by Lillian Quinones that is about the experience of a Belgian palliative care nurse. Sadly, this is not a new story but a continuing story. In 2014, I republished an article by Claire-Marie Le Huu-Etchecopar, a French nurse who …Continue reading "Belgian nurse watched euthanasia turn pain management into a death prescription"
By Michael Cook The legalization of euthanasia – called medical assistance in dying (MAID) — in Canada has resulted in some people choosing to donate their bodies to anatomy programs, but it has raised profound ethical issues. Bruce Wainman, of McMaster University, said the anatomical scientist community needs to establish guidelines around these donations. There …Continue reading "Another conundrum: euthanasia and anatomy programs"
By Michael Cook According to reports in the Belgian media of a survey of attitudes towards health care, 40% of Belgians (more amongst Dutch-speakers than French-speakers) believe that the social security expenses need to be kept in check “by no longer administering costly treatments that prolong the lives of over-85s”. The obvious consequence of this, …Continue reading "We don’t want to pay for oldies, say Belgians"
By Dave Andrusko If you’re old (like me), you’ll recall the famous line from “Love Story” in which the Ali McGraw character vacuously opines, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Anyone who is or has been married knows that is preposterously absurd. Likewise, for the major media, and particularly the New York Times, …Continue reading "Distorting the “aftermath” of the death of Terri Schindler"
A young, terminally ill New Zealand woman speaks out. By Carolyn Moynihan A mini-documentary launched today by #DefendNZ, a movement giving voice to New Zealanders opposed to all forms of euthanasia, features a young woman who lives with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, an incurable connective tissue disorder. Kylee Black, 32, has had the genetic condition since childhood …Continue reading "‘I don’t want assisted suicide ads to make me feel unworthy of care’"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Several weeks ago the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition announced our intention to intervene in the case of Hannah Cement which was being heard by the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board. The Consent and Capacity Board is a judicial body that was established under the Ontario Health Care …Continue reading "Terrible decision by Ontario court in food and fluids case"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Data for the Canadian euthanasia/assisted suicide (euphemistically known as Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) has been missing. I have received multiple inquiries asking how many Canadians have died by MAiD. Now we have some data, but not from the government. On March 15, 2019, Jocelyn Downie, …Continue reading "Canada: Euthanasia deaths increase by more than 50% in 2018"
By Wesley J. Smith A Canadian man with diabetes named Dan Laramie, whose illness had advanced to the point he would need amputations, decided to be lethally injected instead. He was killed by his doctor to cheers and applause from family and friends at his euthanasia party — at which photos were taken to commemorate …Continue reading "Euthanasia Party in Canada!"
By Dave Andrusko Bobby Schindler, as most pro-lifers know, was the brother of Terri Schindler Schiavo, who died an unfair, unjust, and unmerciful death by starvation nearly 14 years ago. Bobby reminded us that it was on this date, March 18, 2005, that “6th Circuit Court Judge of Florida, George W. Greer’s order to have …Continue reading "Remembering Terri Schiavo….."