Pushing Validated Suicide in Palliative Care Journal

By Wesley J. Smith Well, this is shameful. Palliative care isn’t the same thing at all as assisting suicide. Yet, the Journal of Palliative Care has an article by assisted suicide promoters on the “clinical criteria” for a doctor prescribing poison to a patient. Talk about mutating hospice into hemlock! And get this, the article, …

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Quebec Palliative Care Clinic to be Killing Center

By Wesley J. Smith When a palliative care center in Quebec announced it would not offer euthanasia, the Minister of Health ominously told it, “Yes you will!” And so it has come to pass. The Center will now be one of the first to kill patients under Quebec’s euthanasia law. From the Leader Post story: …

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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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West Australian Doctors warn about euthanasia

  By Paul Russell, Founder, HOPE Australia A group of West Australian Palliative Care Specialists has told a Senate Inquiry into euthanasia that they do not want to be put in the position of having to end patients’ lives. The West Australian newspaper says that, ‘members of the WA Palliative Medicine Specialists Group, which includes …

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Who Cares What Great Palliative Docs Think?

  By Wesley J. Smith The greatest palliative care physicians of our era are (or were) against assisted suicide. Dame Cicely Saunders–one of the great medical humanitarians in history for creating the modern hospice movement–told me that she saw assisted suicide as, by definition, denying the dignity of dying patients. Dr. Kathleen Foley, perhaps the …

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End of year update on euthanasia, assisted suicide and palliative care

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. As 2012 draws to a close, we look back over a busy twelve months, and ahead to the challenges that 2013 holds …

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“Care Not Killing”–Update on end of life issues

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note.  Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. This appeared on his blog at http://pjsaunders.blogspot.com/2011/11/care-not-killing-update-on-end-of-life.html The Care Not Killing Alliance (CNK), representing over 40 organisations which promote palliative care and oppose …

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Despite Support for Palliative Care, Doctors and Patients at Odds Over Emphasis on Cost

By Jennifer Popik, JD Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics 79% of physicians believe too much money is spent saving lives, a view held by only 37% of the general population, according to a Regence/National Journal poll  published November 15th. One of the survey questions asked 500 board-certified doctors and 600 members of the general …

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More Than Raw Information Checklists Needed for Good Palliative Care

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This appears on Wesley’s terrific blog. As I watch Compassion and Choices (once the Hemlock Society), it appears to have a couple of long term goals.  First and foremost, of course, is the complete legalization of assisted suicide throughout the country, supposedly restricted to the terminally ill under guidelines.  …

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