The power of words in the euthanasia debate

By Michael Cook Words matter a lot in the public debate over the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law, the model for most subsequent American legislation, is called the “Death with Dignity Act”. The text of the law avoids using the words suicide or euthanasia. Academic studies have shown that the …

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Belgian nurse watched euthanasia turn pain management into a death prescription

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last week The Federalist published an article by Lillian Quinones that is about the experience of a Belgian palliative care nurse. Sadly, this is not a new story but a continuing story. In 2014, I republished an article by Claire-Marie Le Huu-Etchecopar, a French nurse who …

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‘Starve Me’ Advance Directives Would Be Immoral

By Wesley J. Smith Not content with assisted suicide, the euthanasia movement wants people with dementia to be able to force caregivers to starve them to death when they become severely impacted — even when they willingly eat. An assisted-suicide advocacy group in New York previously created an advance directive containing such instructions. And now …

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ACTION NEEDED: Two euthanasia bills scheduled for votes in Oregon!

By Lois Anderson, Oregon Right to Life Bad news. HB 2217 and another bill, SB 579, have been scheduled for votes in their respective committees early next week. Please contact your legislators now. HB 2217 would expand an existing loophole in Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide (PAS) law and allow the lethal medication to be delivered through …

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‘I don’t want assisted suicide ads to make me feel unworthy of care’

A young, terminally ill New Zealand woman speaks out. By Carolyn Moynihan A mini-documentary launched today by #DefendNZ, a movement giving voice to New Zealanders opposed to all forms of euthanasia, features a young woman who lives with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, an incurable connective tissue disorder. Kylee Black, 32, has had the genetic condition since childhood …

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Terrible decision by Ontario court in food and fluids case

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Several weeks ago the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition announced our intention to intervene in the case of Hannah Cement which was being heard by the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board. The Consent and Capacity Board is a judicial body that was established under the Ontario Health Care …

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Canada: Euthanasia deaths increase by more than 50% in 2018

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Data for the Canadian euthanasia/assisted suicide (euphemistically known as Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) has been missing. I have received multiple inquiries asking how many Canadians have died by MAiD. Now we have some data, but not from the government. On March 15, 2019, Jocelyn Downie, …

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Are patients with personality disorders who request euthanasia being treated properly?

According to a study of Dutch patients, the answer is No. By Michael Cook On January 26 last year, 29-year-old Aurelia Brouwers drank a lethal medication and died. The young Dutch woman was not terminally ill. Instead, she had a psychiatric illness which, she said, made her suffer unbearably. “Every breath I take is torture.” …

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The other country where euthanasia for children is legal—Colombia

The long process of legalisation began in 1997 By Michael Cook Colombia is not a nation that one associates with end-of-life debates, but it is one of the few which has legalised euthanasia – even for children over 6 years old. Perhaps the issue has flown under the radar because many Colombians are Catholics or …

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Quebec man found guilty of manslaughter in the death of his wife.

He said it was a “mercy killing.” By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Michel Cadotte, the Québec man who killed his wife, Jocelyne Lizette (60) by suffocation on February 20, 2017, was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury. Cadotte, claimed that his wife wouldn’t have wanted to live this way. Cadotte …

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Truchon, Gladu, and “medically killing” people who are not terminally ill

By Dr. Catherine Ferrier, President, Physicians Alliance Against Euthanasia Editor’s note. This article was published on February 7, 2019. In recent issues of this Newsletter we have considered the dangers of different ongoing schemes for enlarging the qualifying criteria for euthanasia, to include people with dementia(by advance directive), “mature” minors (with or without parental consent …

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