The deadly “Quality of Life” ethic

By Wesley J. Smith Something evil happened recently in Austin. Michael Hickson, a forty-six-year-old African-American man with quadriplegia and a serious brain injury, was refused treatment at St. David’s Hospital South Austin while ill with COVID-19. The hospital withheld his tube-supplied food and water despite the objections of his wife, Melissa—and even though Michael might have …

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Euthanasia (MAiD) for People with Psychiatric Disorders is dangerous

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On September 11, 2019, Justice Christine Baudouin of the  Quebec Superior Court  struck down the section of Canada’s euthanasia law limiting euthanasia to people whose natural death is “reasonably foreseeable.” The Truchon decision was not appealed by the federal or provincial governments, creating a new debate concerning …

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Quadriplegic COVID-19 Patient Starved by Texas Doctor because of his Disability

By Texas Right to Life Michael Hickson, a 46-year-old COVID-19 patient, was starved and left without adequate treatment for his illnesses at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center. His wife, Melissa, says the hospital refused to treat his illnesses because of his disability. Michael Hickson became quadriplegic due to receiving CPR after he went into …

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More Euthanasia Targets: People with Mental Illness and Dementia

Several countries may be ahead of us in this area, but the U.S. is fast catching up.   By Wesley J. Smith A few years ago, a Dutch doctor attended her elderly Alzheimer’s disease patient at a nursing home. The doctor’s purpose wasn’t to examine the patient or prescribe new medicines. Rather, she was there to kill. …

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Did Covid-19 open the door to euthanasia in Sweden?

Many nursing home residents with breathing difficulties were given morphine instead of oxygen  By Michael Cook Disturbing figures are coming from Sweden about the number of Covid-19 deaths amongst the elderly. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, half of the people who died in Sweden were residents of nursing homes. Sweden’s approach …

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Pandemic teaches how to care for the ill and aged

By Kathleen M. Gallagher, director of Pro-Life Activities, New York State Catholic Conference When you stop to think about it, everything we’ve been doing for the past two and a half months has been for the sole purpose of saving lives. Every step we have taken —  the quarantines, the masks, the distancing, the sanitizing …

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HORRIFIC: 34-year-old man who was not terminally ill starved and dehydrated to death in medically induced coma

By Texas Right to Life A story from the United Kingdom is gaining attention in recent days for the shocking implications for care of the vulnerable and the future of assisted suicide legislation.  The story involves the killing of a 34-year-old man, referred to in court documents as MSP, who was not terminally ill but struggled with …

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Questions remain about the role of hospice in euthanasia as referendum approaches in New Zealand

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention  On May 6, I reported that Hospice New Zealand had applied for an urgent court injunction concerning their right to conscientiously object to doing euthanasia.  The New Zealand parliament had passed a euthanasia bill in November 2019 by a vote of 69 to 51. But in order to get the …

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Dutch MD Euthanized Dementia Patient Despite Being Told ‘No’

By Wesley J. Smith I have written before about Marinou Arends, the Dutch doctor who euthanized a woman with dementia struggling to stay alive. Readers may recall the doctor first drugged her patient’s coffee and then, when the woman awakened and fought against being killed, had the family hold the patient down while administering the …

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Canadian Hospice is still being pressured to do euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Sign and share the petition: Hospice Organizations Must NOT be Forced to do Euthanasia. In February 2018 the Board of the BC Delta Hospice was given an Edict from Fraser Health to provide euthanasia (Medical Aid in Dying–MAiD). At that time, the Board of the Delta Hospice decided not …

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A Court Allows Slow-Motion Euthanasia in the U.K.

By Wesley J. Smith In the United Kingdom, a 34-year-old unnamed patient (MSP) with a severe but treatable bowel problem is going to be kept in an artificial coma and denied sustenance until he dehydrates to death. This gets a bit complicated, so bear with me.  MSP has a history of serious depression, mental illness and chronic bowel …

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Uruguay bill would legalize wide open euthanasia and assisted suicide

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide is being debated in the Uruguayan Congress. The Uruguay bill lacks definition allowing it to have a wide interpretation. Euthanasia is an intentional act to kill a person, upon request, who is disabled, sick or suffering. In most countries, …

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