Canadian Hospice Says No to Euthanasia

By Wesley J. Smith Assisted suicide/euthanasia is completely contrary to the hospice vision espoused by the late great medical humanitarian Cecily Saunders, who created the modern hospice movement. She stood steadfastly against assisted-suicide legalization. Indeed, suicide prevention is one of hospice’s most fundamental services, I would say close in importance to pain control. As Saunders …

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British Columbia Health Authority orders hospice to do euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The recent edict by the Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia ordering (non-religious) healthcare facilities to participate in euthanasia (Medical Aid in Dying–MAiD) including hospices is an infringement on the conscience rights of the medical staff. I believe that Institutional conscience rights are about the rights of …

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British Columbia hospices say they’ve been told to offer euthanasia

By Steve Weatherbe BRITISH COLUMBIA, October 21, 2016 – Two of British Columbia’s five regional health authorities — one of them covering the “Bible Belt” area of the lower Fraser River valley just east of Vancouver — apparently have told voluntary societies offering hospice and palliative care that they must provide euthanasia and assisted suicide. …

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“My body did not want to let him go”: A far better solution to a “non-viable pregnancy” than aborting a baby at 24 weeks

By Dave Andrusko When you read or hear about parents being told their unborn child has a life-threatening chromosomal disorder, your heart goes out to them. Kylie Gunn’s sad, sad story of aborting her child at 24 weeks is both specific in some areas and vague enough in others to make you grapple with why …

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First perinatal care conference hears of revolutionary new treatments and perinatal hospice care

Editor’s note. This guest blog appeared at Life Institute. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the International Perinatal and Hospice Care Conference held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. Going into the conference, I was prepared to hear typical medical conference fare – long and technical presentations albeit about an …

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First perinatal care conference hears of revolutionary new treatments and perinatal hospice care

Editor’s note. This guest blog appeared at Life Institute. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the International Perinatal and Hospice Care Conference held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. Going into the conference, I was prepared to hear typical medical conference fare – long and technical presentations albeit about an …

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The obscenity of the Minister for Children calling for abortion of babies with severe disabilities

By Niamh Ui Bhriain Editor’s note. Ms. Ui Bhriain is a spokeswoman for the Irish pro-life organization, The Life Institute. Fine Gael is an Irish political party. Seanad Éireann is the upper house of the Irish Parliament. In the past week we’ve seen the Minister for Children, James Reilly, call for the liberalisation of Ireland’s …

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Lauren Hill enters hospice, continues to fight inoperable brain cancer with courage and dignity

  By Dave Andrusko The family of Lauren Hill, the courageous freshman at Mt. St. Joseph college, announced last night that Lauren has entered hospice care. Lauren, battling inoperable brain cancer, has been a profile in courage as she refused to allow her disease to stop her from achieving a life-time goal: playing in a …

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Give terminally ill patients both hope and hospice

  By Arthur Caplan and Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This first appeared in USA Today and is reprinted with permission of the authors. Terminally ill brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard’s death by prescribed lethal overdose — legal in Oregon — made headlines. Her campaign to legalize assisted suicide — or as some prefer, “aid …

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Dr Ira Byock: Brittany Maynard is “being exploited by Compassion & Choices…. and I think that’s a tragedy”

  By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. In a debate format interview on the PBS Newhour, Ira Byock, a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care for the end of life debated Barbara Coombs Lee, the leader of the assisted suicide lobby group Compassion & Choices. Byock, with …

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End of “Abandon All Hope” Hospice Model?

  By Wesley J. Smith When I was researching my book on bioethics, Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America, the late Dame Cecily Saunders honored me with a 30 minute interview at her St. Christopher’s Hospice. For those who may not know, Dame Cecily–the creator of the modern hospice movement–was one …

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