By Nancy Valko I discovered that former San Francisco Chronicle reporter Katy Butler is now publishing yet another book on dying well (her first book “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” was a best seller) when I read her lead essay in the February 8, 2019 Wall Street Journal article titled “Preparing for a Good End of …Continue reading "“Dying Well” or scare tactics?"
A leading medical association in the UK is polling its members about a change in policy By Margaret Somerville Supporters of assisted suicide and euthanasia in the United Kingdom are a tenacious lot. Although they have been unable to persuade Parliament to legalise “aid in dying” (i.e., physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia), they have allies in …Continue reading "Can doctors be ‘neutral’ about assisted suicide and euthanasia?"
By Nancy Valko It was 1969 and I was fresh out of nursing school when I was assigned to a patient I will call “Jenny” who was thirty two years old and imminently dying of cancer. She was curled up in her bed, sobbing in pain and even moaned “just kill me.” The small dose …Continue reading "Pain and “Choice”"
By Nancy Valko January’s Medscape, a subscription news service for medical professionals, published the article “Good News about Dying in America” by Dr. George Lundberg. Dr. Lundberg is the former editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and editor-at-large of Medscape itself as well as a member of the Institute of Medicine …Continue reading "“Good” News about Dying in America?"
Editor’s note: This article was published by Advocate Daily on December 3. By Hugh Scher, Legal Counsel – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A Quebec Superior Court justice has rightly found that a provincial law allowing medically assisted suicide in certain circumstances contradicts provisions in Canada’s Criminal Code and therefore cannot take effect as planned, says Toronto …Continue reading "Quebec’s assisted dying law in conflict with Criminal Code: judge"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition In his decision on December 1, Justice Michel Pinsonnault of the Québec Superior Court stopped the Québec euthanasia law from coming into effect on December 10. The case was launched by the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice which sought to obtain an injunction and to …Continue reading "‘Medical aid in Dying’ in Québec is Euthanasia, Quebec Superior Court rules"