By Wesley J. Smith Mere legalization of euthanasia is never enough. Eventually, efforts will be made to compel dissenting doctors and institutions to become complicit in the killing of sick patients — even if it violates constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion. That process is accelerating in Canada. Ontario already requires individual doctors, at the risk of …Continue reading "The Canadian Culture of Death Brooks No Dissent"
When the mask slips, people catch an unvarnished glimpse at what is going on behind all the soothing, medicalized language: killing people. By Jonathon Van Maren Nearly 3,000 people died by euthanasia in Belgium in 2022. One of them was 36-year-old Alexina Wattiez, who was suffering from terminal cancer. In 2021 she was told that …Continue reading "Hushed Horrors"
By Meghan Schrader Usually, I strongly oppose making comparisons between the United States “aid in dying” movement and the Nazi T4 program. It makes opponents of assisted suicide look paranoid and illogical. Rather than considering the parallels between some of their thinking and the thinking that drove the T4 program, they cite Goodwin’s Law. And, …Continue reading "Euthanasia – Popular Culture’s Misrepresentation of Disabled People and the Holocaust"
By Michael Cook Alexina Wattiez wasn’t supposed to die like this. The 36-year-old Belgian woman was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2021. She deteriorated rapidly and was in so much pain that she asked for euthanasia. On March 29 last year, her doctor, the two nurses who were looking after her, her partner, Christophe Stulens, and their …Continue reading "Euthanasia nurses in Belgium smother patient when lethal drugs fail to work"
By Michael Cook Don’t imagine that euthanasia’s slippery slope is like a long water slide at a theme park in which you hurdle ever downward, ever faster, until you are hurled into a pool. It’s more like moving from Duluth to Montreal through the St Lawrence Seaway – you slowly glide along, enter a lock, …Continue reading "A peek into euthanasia’s slippery slope boiler room"
By Cassy Fiano-Chesser The euthanasia program in Belgium has come under fire again, following news that a woman was suffocated with a pillow after the cocktail of drugs administered to her failed to end her life. Le Soir, a European media outlet, reported that Alexina Wattiez, who was just 36 years old, sought euthanasia after being diagnosed with terminal …Continue reading "A Belgian woman was set to be euthanized. Then loved ones heard her screaming."
By Wesley J. Smith The Hippocratic oath explicitly prohibits doctor participation in euthanasia/assisted suicide. But doctors don’t take the great oath anymore, precisely because (in part) it conflicts with modern sensibilities that doctors can be ethical takers of human life. And this is the result. The Canadian government is teaching doctors to become euthanasia killing specialists. …Continue reading "Canada Teaches MDs to Become Killing Specialist"
Dear Friends: We have incredible news. The Conservative Party of Canada overwhelmingly passed Policy 908 at their Convention (September 7 – 9, 2023) in Quebec City, a resolution that opposes the expansion of euthanasia to people with psychological suffering, to minors, to people who are not competent and their opposition to euthanasia for people who are not …Continue reading "Conservative Party of Canada passes Policy 908 opposing expansion of euthanasia"
By Alex Schadenberg The Care Not Killing Alliance UK shared the following message with their supporters as they gear up to prevent the legalization of euthanasia in the UK. This weekend, The Telegraph published an interview with Canadian veteran and Paralympian Christine Gauthier. ‘Ms Gauthier, who requires a wheelchair because of irreversible injuries from her time in the military, said …Continue reading "Canadian euthanasia stories influence the international debate."
By Michael Cook A British teenager who wants to live and a UK hospital who wants her to die are locked in a dramatic dispute over her future. ST is a bright 19-year-old girl suffering from an extremely rare mitochondrial disease which causes progressive degeneration of all of her bodily systems – except her brain. After contracting Covid-19 …Continue reading "‘I want to die trying to live’, say British teen"
By Wesley J. Smith Medical authoritarianism continues to expand in the U.K. Readers may recall the cases of Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard, infants with catastrophic illnesses whom the courts did not allow to be taken out of their hospitals — as desired by their parents — to receive treatment elsewhere. Now, a conscious and capable 19-year-old patient, referred …Continue reading "U.K. Court Rules Hospitalized Young Woman Can’t Decide to ‘Die Trying to Live’"
By Michael Cook Canada is constantly working to increase the number of euthanasia deaths. The latest development is proposed guidelines which practically require doctors and nurse practitioners to recommend medical aid in dying to people who might qualify. The Model Practice Standard for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) was released in March, but the most controversial of its proposals was …Continue reading "Will Canadian doctors be forced to market euthanasia to their patients?"