Being Rich and Famous Doesn’t Protect You from Elder Abuse

Editor’s note. The following article was published by HOPE Australia on May 30 and is reposted with permission. Stan Lee literally made superheroes. A comic book writer, he was responsible for the creation of characters like Spiderman, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Thor and the Hulk. Generations and generations of comic book fans …

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Winnipeg man sentenced to three months in horrific elder abuse case

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Ron Siwicki, the Winnipeg man who left his mother unattended on the floor to die over a span of three weeks, was sentenced to three months in jail, after pleading guilty to criminal negligence last January. “Ron Siwicki, 62, will receive credit for a month he’s …

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Euthanasia and the danger of Elder Abuse

No reason to believe that adequate safeguards can be put in place for euthanasia Editor’s note. The following article was published Tuesday by HOPE Australia. One of the greatest dangers that we face as Australians, now that euthanasia is legalised in [the state of] Victoria, is making the elderly feel as if they are a …

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Left to suffer: Treat elder abuse as a human rights violation, not just task force fodder

If this were a backlog of 25,000 reports about schoolchildren, the governor would be calling out the National Guard. By Scott Fischbach, Executive Director, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Editor’s note. This appeared over the weekend in the [Minneapolis] Star Tribune. Thousands of Minnesotans are abused, neglected and mistreated in care facilities all across our …

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MCCL calls for immediate measures to address care crisis at facilities for elderly, disabled

News report highlights urgent need for proper care, funding to protect vulnerable citizens MINNEAPOLIS — The state’s largest pro-life organization is calling on public officials to take immediate action to stem the abuse crisis raging at care facilities. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) urges Gov. Mark Dayton, state lawmakers, the Minnesota Department of Health, …

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Elder abuse is a clear and present danger in the euthanasia debate

An Australian report underscores the seriousness of the problem By Paul Russell, Director HOPE, Preventing euthanasia & assisted suicide Editor’s note. Paul Russell is director of HOPE: preventing euthanasia & assisted suicide, which is based in Australia. This appeared on Mr. Russell’s blog and is reposted with permission. June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Timed …

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Linking headlines: post-truth, euthanasia, and elder abuse

Feelings trump facts when thinking about euthanasia By Margaret Somerville Exploring the connections that can be made among three very recent stories in the news, which at first glance seem unrelated, can provide important insights and warnings. These stories are that “post-truth” is the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year; that the Victorian Government …

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Ten Percent of Elders Abused

By Wesley J. Smith There is a phenomenon in assisted suicide advocacy, I call it Euthanasia World, in which a terrible problem is discussed with nary a mention that it could impact decisions for assisted suicide. For example, one day citizens of Euthanasia World wring their hands about HMOs cutting costs by reducing levels of …

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10% of elderly Americans abused, says NEJM

By Michael Cook Doctors need to be able to recognize the tell-tale signs of elder abuse, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, because about 10% of the elderly experience some form of abuse. “Thus, a busy physician caring for older adults will encounter a victim of such abuse on a frequent basis, regardless …

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Elder abuse rings alarm bells in New Zealand

By Marcus Roberts In New Zealand the following report has not seemed to generate much media interest although it is extremely troubling and also extremely relevant to the euthanasia debate which is simmering away in the background. (At the last election in 2014 the opposition Labour party forced one of its MPs to withdraw her …

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Elderly woman dies on floor of her home, son says she “did not want to continue her life, and did not want her son to call for help”

  By Hugh Scher, legal council – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. This article was first published in Advocate Daily. The case of a Winnipeg man accused of leaving his fallen, elderly mother on the floor of her home where she then died is a “horrifying” example of why a process is needed to ensure …

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Abuse and “Assisted Death” go hand in hand

  By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from a post at alexschadenberg.blogspot.com Mr. Schadenberg begins by referencing a recent video on Vision TV that strongly promoting the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide. When the euthanasia law is abused, it means that someone has died, who …

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