Scotland’s assisted suicide bill whacked by committee

By Michael Cook A bill which would legalize assisted suicide in Scotland contains “significant flaws,” according to a parliamentary committee. Although most of the committee opposes the principle of the bill, they have decided to allow it to pass to the whole Scottish Parliament for a final decision. The bill was introduced by former MSP …

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Deeply flawed assisted suicide bill must be rejected by Scottish Parliament at the earliest opportunity

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. A report by Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) criticizing the proposed assisted suicide Bill before Holyrood has been welcomed by campaigners opposing …

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Scotland: Assisted suicide plan ‘unethical and uncontrollable’

  By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The BBC reported that the Care Not Killing (CNK) in Scotland has launched an online petition calling on MSPs [Members of the Scottish Parliament] to reject a bill that would allow people to end their life by assisted suicide. This bill represents the second attempt …

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Assisted suicide bill, Scotland, access for children again in the spotlight

  If assisted suicide proposals lead so quickly to calls for children to be considered for assisted suicide, then who could possibly be fully safe under such a regime? By Paul Russell, Founder, Hope Australia Editor’s note. MSPs refers to Members of the Scottish Parliament. Peter Kearney is director of the Catholic Media Office. The …

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“Children’s Advocates” in Scotland ask that any assisted suicide legislation include children

  By Dave Andrusko In June NRL News Today ran a story about what can only be described as a bizarre recommendation. A coalition of what are called children’s charities in Scotland actually recommended that the age of consent to ask for assisted suicide—16—was too high. Submitted under the collective name “Together,” groups that are …

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June 2014 Update on euthanasia and assisted suicide from Care Not Killing

  Editor’s note. Care Not Killing is a UK-based alliance of individuals and organizations which brings together disability and human rights groups, healthcare providers, and faith-based bodies to ensure that existing laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide are not weakened or repealed. The Nicklinson case reference below is about euthanasia. Tony Nicklinson wants his doctors …

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Scot Volunteers Ready to Help Commit Suicides

  By Wesley J. Smith I have discussed the assisted suicide legislation pending in Scotland that would authorize trained ”facilitators” to help people kill themselves. Well, we have volunteers! From the STV story: “At least 25 people have volunteered to help people end their lives if assisted suicide is legalised in Scotland… “Facilitators, who must …

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A catalogue of reasons why Margo Macdonald’s Assisted Suicide Bill should be rejected

  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. An opinion piece in The Guardian on Saturday by the Editor of the Daily Mail in Scotland, Kevin McKenna, provides a …

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Scot Bill Creates “Suicide Facilitator” Profession

By Wesley J. Smith This is completely nuts! The new assisted suicide legalization bill in Scotland is so wild that it would create the new profession of ”licensed suicide facilitator!” From the SP Bill 40: Licensing of facilitators (1) The Scottish Ministers may, by order, appoint— (a) a person or a body, association or group …

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Care Not Killing responds to the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

Margo Macdonald MSP [Member of the Scottish Parliament] has launched her new assisted suicide bill in Scotland. The Scottish government has said it does not support a change in the law and the British Medical Association (BMA) has in response reiterated its opposition to assisted suicide. The bill comes the day after the launch of …

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Care Not Killing responds to the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

On Thursday Margo Macdonald MSP launched her new assisted suicide bill in Scotland. The Scottish government has said it does not support a change in the law and the British Medical Association (BMA) has in response reiterated its opposition to assisted suicide. The bill comes the day after the launch of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition …

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Glasgow health board again tries to force midwives to supervise abortions

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. While my family and I are on vacation, we are running some of our favorite NRL News Today stories from the last four months, entries from our “Roe at 40″ series, and an occasional update.  Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and is CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a …

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