Is death by dehydration in a patient’s ‘best interest’?

By Michael Cook The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that court orders are not necessarily needed before withdrawing hydration and nutrition from a comatose patient. If doctors and the patient’s family agree that on-going treatment is not in his best interests, it may be stopped without applying for a court order. Lady Black, a Supreme Court …

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Cognitively disabled French man threatened with death by dehydration

By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Vincent Lambert case in Reims France may be changing direction after the Reims Appeals Court appointed Vincent’s wife, Rachel Lambert, as his primary guardian. Vincent Lambert became severely cognitively disabled in a motorcycle accident injury in 2008. His wife unsuccessfully petitioned the court to have …

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In landmark decision, British justice authorizes starving and dehydrating patient in a “minimally conscious state”

By Dave Andrusko Four years ago, we held our breath as Justice Baker of the British Court of Protection considered whether to extend the logic of starving and dehydrating patients in a so-called “persistent vegetative state” to someone diagnosed as being in a “minimally conscious state.” Thankfully, he said no. Just two months ago, a …

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People with severe dementia should be starved and dehydrated to death to save money says BMJ editorial

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. We are posting elsewhere today a story about brain-injured patients who, despite predictions to the contrary, awaken. Typically, their families had been counseled to “allow” them to die–withdraw food and fluids. The following story is from a while back and addresses another category of the medically vulnerable: those with …

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“Starve Alzheimer’s Patients” Pushed Again

By Wesley J. Smith The principle that all patients must always receive humane care is under pronounced assault in bioethics, Indeed, some bioethicists now argue that nursing homes should be required to starve Alzheimer’s patients to death–even if they willingly eat, and presumably even if the patient begs for food–if so instructed in an advance …

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Alzheimer’s: To Love and Care or Kill?

  By Wesley J. Smith Sometimes I get emotional whiplash. On one hand, we see very prominent bioethicists say that we should starve Alzheimer’s patients to death if they asked to be killed in an advance directive. Compassion and Choices teaches oldsters how to commit suicide by self-starvation. People like Peter Singer claim we should …

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Nine years after her death, the “aftermath” of Terri Schiavo continues to be distorted by the New York Times

By Dave Andrusko If you didn’t follow the terribly tragedy that was the unnecessary death of Terri Schiavo, it might shock you how much misinformation, snarky commentary, and relevant facts that did not make their way into Clyde Haberman’s 1,057-word-long Sunday story, “From Private Ordeal to National Fight: The Case of Terri Schiavo.” If you …

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More than 1000 people killed by dehydration in the UK

  By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition For many years I have stated that once death by dehydration becomes common people will react by demanding death by lethal injection. Death by dehydration is not a compassionate death. The Euthanasia lobby, who first promoted death by dehydration, now use the abandonment of vulnerable …

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Dehydrated Patients May be Aware!

By Wesley j. Smith Imagine you are in a hospital or nursing home with a brain injury. Doctors say you are “not there,” but you are. And you hear doctors tell your family to stop giving you food and water! Imagine what that would feel like. And imagine the suffering that would cause! Kate Adamson, …

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The demise of the Liverpool Pathway and euthanasia by dehyration

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On July 14, Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips, wrote a profound article concerning the end of the Liverpool Care Pathway in the UK. Her article was published July 14 under the title “Hope at last on the pathway to death – but the NHS still has a …

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“Terri’s Day”

Editor’s note. This can be heard at www.prolifeperspective.com The court-ordered starvation and dehydration death of Terri Schindler Schiavo seven years ago was truly a watershed moment in our nation.  Millions of people both here and around the world became aware of Terri’s situation. They also suddenly faced the reality that we are willing to treat …

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A path to oblivion?

Are English hospitals putting seriously ill patients on an assembly line to death with the Liverpool Care Pathway? By Jacqueline Laing Editor’s note. This appeared at www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/the_path_to_oblivion In 2008, a year after the Mental Capacity Act 2005 came into force, the Liverpool Care Pathway was recommended as the Department of Health’s end-of-life care strategy. Only …

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