By Xavier Symons Public support for euthanasia in countries like the United States is quite strong according existing polling data. But support appears to wane when respondents are given more detailed information about the complexities of medically-assisted suicide. A paper in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry looks specifically at public attitudes to euthanasia for …Continue reading "Polling on euthanasia may fail to capture people’s more nuanced views"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A report from Euronews says that Italy’s lower house recently approved a bill that will legalize a form of euthanasia. “The new bill follows a ruling from Italy’s Constitutional Court in 2019, which said that certain forms of euthanasia should not be illegal,” according to Euronews. The …Continue reading "Italian lower house passes euthanasia bill for people with disabilities "
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. The euthanasia lobby has started a campaign to force Canada’s denominational medical institutions to participate or provide (MAiD) euthanasia. The Canadian Press reported that Dying With Dignity is campaigning to stop “forced transfers” a process that they define as transfers from medical facilities that forbid (MAiD) euthanasia. The euthanasia …Continue reading "Canada’s euthanasia lobby is trying to force religious medical facilities to kill"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Jocelyn Downie, one of the world’s leading “academic” euthanasia (MAiD) promoters and Mona Gupta, a psychiatrist who has been promoting euthanasia for mental illness alone, responded to the Québec Commission on MAiD that recently decided to support euthanasia for incompetent people, but would not support euthanasia for …Continue reading "Article supporting euthanasia for mental illness provides excellent argument against euthanasia."
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Two Windsor Ontario women are facing murder charges in the death of a family member. Windsor police began an investigation in January and have charges two women who are not named. The Windsor Star reported: A pair of Windsor women are facing murder charges after police say …Continue reading "Two Ontario women charged with alleged illegal euthanasia"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition In September 2019, the Italian Constitutional Court opened the door to assisted suicide. The ruling appeared to limit the extent of the decision to people being kept alive on life-support but further reading suggests that the decision was much wider. A Guardian article stated: The court said that …Continue reading "Italy’s Constitutional Court rejects euthanasia referendum "
Move along, please. Nothing to see here in the organ donation office. By Michael Cook ¡Ay, caramba! that didn’t take long, did it? Spain legalised euthanasia on June 25 last year and already transplant surgeons are busy removing organs from euthanised patients. According to a report in the Spanish magazine Redaccíon Médica, seven patients donated their organs – even …Continue reading "7 Spaniards who were euthanised last year donated their organs"
By Wesley J. Smith In my first anti-euthanasia column, written for Newsweek in 1993 I warned that if assisted suicide/euthanasia became legal and normalized, it would lead to “organ harvesting thrown in as a plum to society.” Needless to say, I was called a fear monger, alarmist, and hysteric — and those were the polite …Continue reading "Spain Joins the Euthanize-and-Organ-Harvest Club "
By Michael Cook A government commission in Quebec has recommended the use of advance directives in euthanasia. In a report released in December, the committee says that “a person who is old enough and competent can make an advance request for medical assistance in dying following a diagnosis of a serious and incurable disease leading to incapacity” …Continue reading "Quebec moving toward euthanasia for dementia patients"
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 …Continue reading "Prominent Danish ethicist opposes euthanasia"
Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition An article published by Spark Chronicles indicates that since legalizing euthanasia on June 25, 2021, Spain has had at least 50 euthanasia deaths and 130 requests. Spain’s euthanasia law is oriented toward approving euthanasia for people with disabilities. Spain approves euthanasia for “serious, chronic and debilitating conditions or serious, incurable …Continue reading "At least 50 Spanish euthanasia deaths in the first six months of the law"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Dr. John Maher, who is a leading psychiatrist and editor-in-chief, of the prestigious Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, wrote an excellent analysis of the current euthanasia (MAID) practise in Canada that was published in the Hamilton Spectator on January 4. Maher examines the current situation through …Continue reading "Canada: Euthanasia is promoted while caring options are not readily available"