Irish psychiatrists comment on the Irish euthanasia bill and possible extension to people with mental illness

 By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A letter published on June 22, 2021, in the Irish Times raises concerns about the issue of euthanasia for people with mental illness.  The authors of the letter are leaders with the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry, College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. They acknowledge that the Irish euthanasia …

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Wesley J. Smith: “A little euthanasia is euthanasia and a little euthanasia leads to broader euthanasia over time”

By Holly Gatling, Executive Director, South Carolina Citizens for Life Editor’s note. Wesley J. Smith will speak at the National Right to Life Convention at 9am on Saturday morning, June 26. The title of his session is “There’s No Such Thing as ‘Just a Little’ Euthanasia. ”Please go to nrlconvention.com for information about registering for …

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Why is Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) considered a right but palliative care is not?

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Dr. Janis M. Miyasaki asks this question in her article published by The Conversation on June 14th: Why is access to medically assisted death a legislated right, but access to palliative care isn’t? Dr. Miyasaki explains her concern based on personal experience. She writes: John started his …

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Canada’s Medically Assisted Dying Policy Sets ‘Dangerous Precedent’

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Andrew Chen interviewed Dr. Paul Saba in an article published by the Epoch Times on June 11, titled  “Canada’s Medically Assisted Dying Policy Sets ‘Dangerous Precedent’: Physician and Author.” Dr. Saba, who authored the book “Made to Live” and is a co-founder of the Physicians’ Alliance against …

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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation propaganda promotes couple euthanasia as a love story

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On June 4, CBC News published a story written by Sara Fraser that cannot be ignored because it dangerously promotes couple euthanasia (Medical Assistance in Dying–MAiD) propaganda as a love story.  The story concerns Bob & Margi Wilson who recently died by euthanasia.  The story is also about …

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Can we find a vaccine for the euthanasia virus pandemic?

A leading bioethicist questions the wisdom of legalising assisted dying.  By Margaret Somerville  Editor’s note. This appeared at Mercatornet and is reposted with permission. The Covid-19 virus pandemic is a threat to our physical and mental health and wellbeing, as both individuals and societies. The euthanasia “virus” pandemic is, likewise, a threat to our physical …

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Canadian Euthanasia deaths increased by almost 35% in 2020

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Joan Bryden reported for the Canadian Press on June 8, 2021 that Health Canada official Abby Hoffman told the new parliamentary Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying that there were 7,595 reported euthanasia (MAiD—Medical Assistance in Dying) deaths in Canada in 2020 representing a 17% increase from 5,631 …

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Ireland: only 14% of doctors support euthanasia

By Right to Life UK A study that examined the attitudes and opinions of physicians in Ireland found that only 14% of physicians surveyed were in favour of introducing euthanasia into Ireland.  Just 17% were supportive of introducing physician-assisted suicide. A majority continue to oppose the legalisation of euthanasia (67.2%) and physician-assisted suicide (56.3%). Last …

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Two doctors indicted in a second alleged euthanasia death in Japan

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition In August 2020, I reported that two Japanese doctors, Yoshikazu Okubo and Naoki Yamamoto, were indicted in the death of Yuri Hayashi. The two were arrested in July 2020 for allegedly giving Hayashi a lethal dose of a sedative drug at her home in the city of …

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Terminally Ill die out of sense of hopelessness and abandonment

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Daniel Tang reported for the Epoch Times that Dr. Chris Perry, the President of the Queensland Australia Medical Association, warned Queensland legislators who are debating euthanasia that terminally ill patients choose to “take poison” and die out of hopelessness or abandonment. Tang reporting on a press conference stated: Dr. …

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Queensland, Australia euthanasia bill will force religiously affiliated medical institutions to be complicit with killing

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition An editorial published in the Weekend Australian on May 22 focuses on a dilemma created by the Queensland Australia euthanasia bill.  To ensure access, the euthanasia bill forces religiously affiliated medical institutions to be complicit with killing. The editorial states: Christian churches in Queensland, which operate major hospitals in the …

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‘Resistance fighters’ against Belgian euthanasia publish anthology of behind-the-scenes observations

By Michael Cook This book would be a bargain at any price, but it is free to download from the website of Springer, the publisher of many medical journals: Euthanasia: Searching for the Full Story: Experiences and Insights of Belgian Doctors and Nurses. Euthanasia, though legal in Belgium, is opposed by some healthcare professionals. This collection of essays …

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