RE: Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) May 2019 Editor’s note. The following was recently published by the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP). The CSPCP supports conscience rights for physicians, they believe that (MAiD) euthanasia should not be the responsibility of individual physicians, and they view (MAiD) euthanasia as separate from …Continue reading "Palliative care strives to reduce suffering, not to intentionally end life."
Increasingly aggressive euthanasia activists are attempting to rewrite the meaning of palliative care across Canada. Editor’s note. This article was published by Huffington Post on January 29, 2018 and reposted on the blog of Alex Schadenberg. By Dr. Will Johnston, a family physician and Chair of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition-BC. Canadians who are sick and suicidal …Continue reading "The alarming trend of Bullying Hospitals and Hospices into Assisted Suicide"
A palliative care physician says that very, very few people ever ask for euthanasia By Dr. Ghauri Aggarwal Editor’s note. Cachexia refers to “general physical wasting and malnutrition usually associated with chronic disease.” We are lucky to live in the 21st Century. Curing and prevention of disease and prolongation of life are achievable. We look …Continue reading "Breaking the golden thread of trust"
By Michael Cook Is the developed world prepared for the avalanche of elderly people who will die of cancer and dementia? A report in the journal BMC Medicine says No. About 75% of people approaching the end of their lives would benefit from palliative care services. But after crunching the numbers, researchers at the Cicely …Continue reading "An urgent need for palliative care as the world turns grey"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition This week the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published a study by Aaron J. Trachtenberg, MD DPhil, and Braden Manns, MD MSc., titled “Cost analysis of medical assistance in dying.” Canada has a universal healthcare system, whereby the financial cost for healthcare is primarily covered by …Continue reading "Study: Legalizing euthanasia saves money"
By Dave Andrusko A seriously ill baby girl has died after a judge in Nottingham, England authorized the hospital to “move the baby to a palliative care regime,” the Nottingham Post has reported. Justice Keehan of London’s High Court overruled the objections of the Nottingham City Council which disagreed with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust …Continue reading "Six-month-old baby girl dies after justice allows hospital to withdraw “life-sustaining treatment”"
By Wesley J. Smith There is a fight in the UK about whether to keep a seriously ill baby on life support or put her in palliative care to die. Typically of our age, the idea that a person has a life not worth living may really be about discrimination against the disabled coupled to …Continue reading "Quality (Not Worthy of Life) Danger Ahead"
By Paul Russell Two memes dominate the pro-euthanasia rhetoric–choice and pain. Yet in a significant number of media stories featuring people who want access to euthanasia and assisted suicide we see that it is not pain that is the dominant driving factor; it is fear of the possibility of future pain and, most often the …Continue reading "Tyranny disguised as the illusion of autonomy"
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 Mathew Wagner, Education Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. This post is definitely the most personal…and probably the most painful…I will write. One of the reasons I am so ardently pro-life is because of my experience with our second child. Early in the pregnancy, there were complications…bleeding etc. but nothing prepared us for the news when …Continue reading "Support When it’s Needed Most"
Editor’s note. This article was published by Senator Unger on February 22 on her website. “Palliative care should be the priority, not physician-assisted dying. There is something terribly wrong when a government does more to guarantee that the living can die, than to ensure that the dying can live.” — Betty Unger, Alberta Senator Last …Continue reading "Alberta Senator Betty Unger: Palliative care should be the priority, not physician-assisted dying"
Editor’s note. This appeared at Maryland Against Assisted Suicide. As we see the state of California press forward with the ill-advised policy of legal assisted suicide, we also hear about more and more medical professionals who wish that the medical community would find better actions for improving end of life care. These doctors stress the …Continue reading "NPR Covers Palliative Care Doctor Who Wishes We’d Do More"