Oregon State Assisted Suicide Reports Substantiate Critics’ Concerns

Editor’s note. The following article was written by Diane Coleman, a lawyer and President of the disability rights group, Not Dead Yet, and published on the Not Dead Yet website on October 4. It was reposted at alexschadenberg.blogspot.com. One of the most frequently repeated claims by proponents of assisted suicide laws is that there is “no …

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Latest data from Washington State—assisted suicide deaths up nearly 32%

Washington State was the second US state to legalise assisted suicide after a ballot initiative. The law commenced in March 2009. By Paul Russell, Executive Director, Hope Australia The latest data release from the Washington Department of Health for the 2015 calendar year highlights and reinforces concerns. This is particularly important for Victorians where a …

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Oregon 2015 assisted suicide report shows another 26% increase in assisted suicide deaths

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The 2015 Oregon assisted suicide report indicates there was another 26% increase in assisted suicide deaths and a 40% increase in lethal prescriptions. This follows on the heels of the 2014 Oregon assisted suicide report which showed a 44% increase in assisted suicide deaths and a …

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Follow the Money

Oregon makes assisted suicide a public priority. By Wesley J. Smith The United States is slowly becoming pro-suicide. No, not all suicides. No one favors troubled teens or healthy adults killing themselves. But our society can no longer be described as unequivocally antisuicide. Look at the celebration of the late Brittany Maynard, who received the …

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Oregon County Wants “Zero Suicide:” Really?

By Wesley J. Smith I am a big believer in suicide prevention. But the movement has been derelict in struggling against blatant suicide promotion from the so-called “death with dignity” movement. Here’s another example: Suicide preventers in Washington County, Oregon are pushing for a zero suicide rate. From the Oregon story: Suicide can be prevented. …

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Assisted suicides in Oregon leap 44% in 2014

By Gayle Atteberry, Executive Director, Oregon Right to Life Oregon, the first state to legalize assisted suicide, just released numbers on those who killed themselves via physician assisted suicide in 2014. The numbers, while shocking, bring reality to the warnings from pro-lifers: suicides skyrocketed 44% over the previous year. Physician assisted suicide has become the …

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Abortions in Oregon now at all-time low!

  By Gayle Atteberry, Executive Director, Oregon Right to Life “Tsunami GOP wave misses Oregon” screamed newspaper headlines throughout Oregon the morning after Tuesday’s election. In spite of election difficulties, pro-life Oregonians are saving the lives of unborn babies in record numbers. After reaching an all-time high of annual abortions of 14,487 in 1997, abortion …

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Oregon–steady annual increase in assisted suicide cases sounds warning to UK

  By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and is CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. Lord Falconer wants to legalise assisted suicide for adults who are mentally competent and have less than six months to live …

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Oregon will never ration assisted suicide

  By Wesley J. Smith Oregon explicitly rations health care to its Medicaid recipients. This means that some patients with terminal conditions have been denied life-extending treatments because the state proclaimed that their lives were not worth the cost of the care needed for them to continue. Assisted suicide has also been on the rationing …

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Commissioners meet to disavow use of aborted babies to provide electricity

  By Liberty Pike, Oregon RTL, Director of Communications The government is famous for moving slowly and throwing up red tape as it moves along. That was not at all the case these past 24 hours. Just yesterday news broke that British Columbia was sending “biomedical waste” to a plant in Brooks, Oregon, which is …

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Burning bodies of aborted babies is “the ultimate disrespect to innocence”

  By Dave Andrusko Responding quickly to a story that appeared in the B.C. Catholic newspaper, an Oregon county commission Wednesday ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity, “waste” that included the bodies of aborted babies. An emergency meeting was scheduled for this morning. The story, written by Steve Weatherbe …

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Pro-Life Voices Ring Loud at Oregon rally

  By Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life Those who have been around for a while will remember the name of Bob Packwood. A former Republican senator from Oregon, Packwood was a staunch supporter of abortion who served almost 30 years in the Senate before resigning amidst charges of sexual abuse and assault. In …

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