By Right to Life of Michigan This is the second in a five-part series contrasting the ways our society could handle end-of-life care moving forward. The right to die is an odd concept. Everyone will inevitably die. Many people fear what sort of condition they may be when they are older or suffering from a …Continue reading "“Right to Die?’ Oppose it"
Death through despair and deception By Eric Metaxas with Roberto Rivera We could have predicted this: Canada may extend the “right to die” to the mentally ill. It’s an evil idea. In 2015, Canada legalized physician-assisted suicide. We have talked about the Canadian decision several times on BreakPoint. In March, in fact, we talked about …Continue reading "Canada, the “Right to Die,” and the Mentally Ill"
By Dave Andrusko The name Thaddeus Pope may ring a bell with particularly careful readers of NRL News Today. We have written before about Pope, who is Director, Health Law Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, in St. Paul, Minnesota, and author of the hugely influential “Medical Futility Blog.” He is a major player in …Continue reading "The “right to die” and the Karen Ann Quinlan case at 40"
By Amy Hasbrouck, Director: Toujours Vivant – Not Dead Yet Editor’s note. This first appeared at alexschadenberg.blogspot.com. HBO’s Vice documentary series presented “Right to Die,” a 27-minute “debate” on assisted suicide. To call this a debate is ridiculous. Less than two minutes was dedicated to opposition to assisted suicide. The segment implied that the opposition …Continue reading "“Right to Die debate”–another propaganda film promoting assisted suicide"
By Michael Cook A right-to-die case which has riveted Spain ended on October 9 with the death of a disabled 12-year-old girl. Andrea Lago Ordóñez had a rare degenerative condition which landed her in a hospital in Galicia, in the northwest of the country, for the last three months of her life. She was not …Continue reading "Spanish girl at centre of “futile care” controversy dies"
By Paul Russell, Founder, HOPE Australia Yahoo News is reporting on a new UK poll released to coincide with the recommencement of debate on Lord Falconer’s ‘assisted dying’ bill in the UK House of Lords. The public backs the principle of state-assisted suicide for the terminally ill but has serious concerns that in practice …Continue reading "New UK Poll reveals right-to-die concerns"
By Margaret Somerville Recently, the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, published an editorial, “Quebec gets it right on the right to die,” which articulated the strongest case that can be made for supporting legalizing euthanasia and Quebec’s Bill 52 which seeks to do just that. At the time of publication of the editorial, …Continue reading "Fact-checking claims of “well regulated euthanasia”"
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. You can listen to the interview and read a short report on the BBC website. Two men seeking assisted suicide are …Continue reading "My Radio Four Today programme debate on the ‘right to die’ cases before the Supreme Court"
By Wesley Smith Editor’s note. Part of the reason for our year-long “Roe at 40” series is to provide historical background for what has come to bear ugly fruit. In this instance—a story that first appeared in the Weekly Standard in 2000 and reprinted in the December 2000 National Right to Life News—bioethicist Wesley Smith …Continue reading "The Futile-Care Revolution: Killing Them Softly"
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. Marie Fleming is a 59 year old former Irish lecturer who has multiple sclerosis and wants her partner to be able to …Continue reading "Landmark Irish ‘right to die’ case is based on flawed assumption"
By Stephen Drake Editor’s note. As was explained Wednesday, “Liz Carr, the incredibly thought-provoking, usually funny, multi-talented disability rights leader from the UK has produced a program for the BBC entitled: ‘When Assisted Death is Legal.’” Yesterday we ran Part One of Mr. Drake’s analysis. In Part 2 of her Euthanasia Road Trip, Carr visits …Continue reading "BBC – Liz Carr Presents “When Assisted Death is Legal” (Euthanasia Road Trip) Part 2"
By Wesley J. Smith The tragic case of Sung Eun Grace Lee, the 28-year-old banker dying of brain cancer, made headlines when she won a lawsuit against her parents to have her respirator removed, and then changed her mind. But let’s leave the Lees alone. They have enough problems without our looking over their shoulders. …Continue reading "There is no “Right to Die”"