“Acceptance of the idea of rational suicide in older adults is in itself ageist”

By Wesley J. Smith I have worried and written about the growing normalization of elder-suicide, brought on in part — obviously, that is not the whole problem — by assisted-suicide advocacy and frequent media applause of such deaths among the elderly. That opinion receives a peer-reviewed boost in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. …

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The dangerous ideology of ‘rational suicide’

The death of a 104-year-old Australian scientist in a suicide clinic in Switzerland is a tragedy, not a triumph of self-affirmation By Michael Cook On Wednesday, a 104-year-old Australian scientist gave a press conference to world media in a crowded auditorium in Switzerland. Sitting in a wheelchair and flanked by euthanasia campaigners, Dr. David Goodall …

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Psychiatrist Opens Door to “Rational Suicide”

  By  Wesley J. Smith I have been warning for many years about the “rational suicide” movement within the mental health professions. The latest thrust to have psychiatrists sanction some suicidal patients’ self-destruction was just published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry–alarming considering the euthanasia movement’s current energetic attempts to legalize doctor-facilitated death there. Psychiatrist Angela Ho argues that helping …

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