Canada, the “Right to Die,” and the Mentally Ill

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 …

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The “right to die” and the Karen Ann Quinlan case at 40

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 …

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Spanish girl at centre of “futile care” controversy dies

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 …

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New UK Poll reveals right-to-die concerns

  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 …

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Fact-checking claims of “well regulated euthanasia”

  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, …

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My Radio Four Today programme debate on the ‘right to die’ cases before the Supreme Court

  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 …

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The Futile-Care Revolution: Killing Them Softly

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 …

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Landmark Irish ‘right to die’ case is based on flawed assumption

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 …

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There is no “Right to Die”

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. …

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The “Right to Die”—a misanthropic green light to defeatism

By Dave Andrusko We’ve carried a number of stories about ongoing efforts in the House of Commons to change the law on assisted suicide—dubbed by proponents changing the law that “governs compassionate acts to assist another to die at their request”—or, more recently, how to respond to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ policy on prosecuting …

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