Appeals Court refuses to stay decision overturning California assisted-death law

By Dave Andrusko Kudos to Alex Schadenberg for reporting that on Wednesday California’s Fourth District Court of Appeals refused Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s request for a stay of Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia’s decision that California’s assisted suicide law had been improperly passed. Neither decision addressed the underlying constitutionality of the 2015 California End …

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Lawyer: Canada’s euthanasia law is unconstitutional

Ken Berger: “persons with disabilities are being assisted to their death rather than being assisted with life” By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Ken Berger, the lawyer representing Roger Foley, a man who is stuck in a London, Ontario hospital for two years, told CTV News that has urged Canada’s justice minister to …

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Canadian man wants assisted life, not assisted death

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition CTV News reported Thursday that Roger Foley, who is lives with cerebellar ataxia, a degenerative neurological condition, has launched a lawsuit naming the London Health Sciences Centre and the Southwest Regional LHIN. According to CTS News, Foley said they are offering him assisted death but they are not …

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Michelle Carter and Doctor-Assisted Death

Mixed Messages about Human Value By John Stonestreet & Roberto Rivera The recent, disturbing criminal trial of Michelle Carter not only tests new legal boundaries, it’s a mirror held up in front of our society. On June 16th, a Massachusetts judge found Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend, Conrad …

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Canadian doctors are asking to have their name removed from “assisted death” list

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition An article by columnist Sharon Kirkey published in the National Post indicates that as of February 17, there were 137 Ontario doctors who were willing to be on a list of doctors who will participate in “assisted death.” However there were also 24 doctors who asked to …

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Senate changes to C-14 ‘very bad news’, opponents charge

By Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News OTTAWA – The Senate has put itself on a collision course with the House of Commons after it voted to amend the government’s assisted-suicide bill to include people who may not be facing imminent death. Senators approved an amendment to Bill C-14 on June 8 that removes the requirement …

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Conscience rights for Canadian nurses and Physician assistants are being trampled by their professional bodies

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA) has advised its members that they are not required to directly participate in physician assisted death (euthanasia and assisted suicide) but that they are required to refer the patient to someone who will directly participate. Physician Assistants work under a supervising …

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Hospice and Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital will not participate in “assisted dying”

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The recent report of the federal government’s Special Committee on Assisted Dying stated (recommendation 11) that every publicly funded healthcare institution should be required to allow assisted death on its premises. On March 5, the Windsor Star published an article by Brian Cross concerning Hotel Dieu …

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Assisted dying report goes beyond scope of Supreme Court decision, ignores evidence

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s assisted suicide law. It has now given parliament an extension until June 6, 2016 to implement a new law. On February 25, the Special Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying released its report advising the government …

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Euthanasia contagion – it exists!

Editor’s note. This appeared at alexschadenberg.blogspot.com.. The writer asked to remain anonymous out of respect for the privacy of the family. My grand-mother is 95 years old. She lives in a nursing home in Belgium, and we, her family, live on another continent. Last year, she became critically ill and told us she wanted to …

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Assessing the Comments of Canada’s New Top Doc about Hastening Death

  By Mark Davis Pickup The new head of Canada’s Medical Association, Dr. Chris Simpson, has stated that doctor assisted death could be appropriate after all other choices have been exhausted. Really? He said there are enough doctors willing to kill their patients in this brave new world of post Hippocratic medicine. Really! (See here.) …

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How the Culture of Death Metastasizes

By Wesley J. Smith The culture of death is like a cancer sapping the moral health of western society. And, like a cancer, it never stops spreading. Here’s how: I wrote earlier today about Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu supporting palliated self starvation as a manner of dying. To get to that conclusion, he uses the …

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