After a mammoth public consultation, New Zealand euthanasia bill hangs in the balance

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 …

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New Zealand native group rallies against euthanasia bill

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 …

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The power of words in the euthanasia debate

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 …

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Belgian nurse watched euthanasia turn pain management into a death prescription

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 …

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Another conundrum: euthanasia and anatomy programs

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 …

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We don’t want to pay for oldies, say Belgians

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, …

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Distorting the “aftermath” of the death of Terri Schindler

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, …

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‘I don’t want assisted suicide ads to make me feel unworthy of care’

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 …

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Terrible decision by Ontario court in food and fluids case

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 …

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Canada: Euthanasia deaths increase by more than 50% in 2018

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, …

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