Another one-sided report on euthanasia, this time in the Australian state of Victoria By Paul Russell The Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Victorian Parliament handed down its long-awaited Report into End-of-Life Choices today. It makes some valuable comments and recommendations in respect to improvement in palliative care. It acknowledges that access to palliative …Continue reading "A sugar coated poison pill for Victoria"
By Wesley J. Smith I think the drive to get us all talking about dying may be getting a little out of hand. A new 500 page report funded to the tune of $1.5 million by an anonymous donor–would love to know who that was–has recommended that end-of-life medical care be discussed with teenagers. …Continue reading "Should Teenagers Plan End-of-Life Care?"
Living with Dignity denounces the adoption of Bill 52 on “end-of-life care” Montreal– Dramatic day for Quebec Thursday: by a vote of 94 to 22, the Members of the National Assembly have adopted Bill 52, “An Act respecting end-of-life care.” The citizen network Living with Dignity (LWD) denounces the new law, which allows anyone …Continue reading "Quebec’s elected officials have lifted a vitally important ban"
By Margaret Somerville So, you call your pet duck, which lives with you, a dog, because the law prohibits keeping a duck in your apartment, but allows dogs. A court will convict you for breaking the law. Now you are the Quebec provincial government and you table a bill in which you call euthanasia, which …Continue reading "Quebec is trying to legalize euthanasia by calling it something else. It’s still wrong"
By Michael Cook End-of-life care is a phrase associated with gurgling tubes, beeping monitors and flashing lights. But a fledging subspecialty of archaeology is examining how early humans cared for the disabled in their communities. An article in the New York Times [last] week highlighted the life of a young man in northern Vietnam between …Continue reading "The ethics of care in the Neolithic Age"
By Wesley J. Smith Articles like this are ubiquitous these days: First, purportedly write about one thing that is entirely reasonable–but which, beneath that patina, is really about centralizing health care decisions and/or restricting expensive treatments, e.g., rationing. Yesterday I deconstructed a New York Times opinion column that supposedly was about how we don’t know …Continue reading "Pushing One-Way-Streets in End-of-Life Care"
By Wesley J. Smith The current medical resource crisis has placed people in extremis in the cross hairs of rationing or abandonment. We spend too much on end-of-life care, we are told. Often we pour money into treatment and the patient dies anyway, “wasting” the resources. Why pour good money into patients who can’t give …Continue reading "Pushing Centralized Control Over Which Patients Receive Life-Saving Treatment"