By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller News Foundation Netflix announced in a statement Tuesday they will remove a graphic suicide scene in which actress Katherine Langford’s character, a teenager named Hannah, kills herself by slitting her wrist in a bathtub. “We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations …Continue reading "Netflix Removes Suicide Scene From ’13 Reasons Why’ Following Spike In Teen Suicides"
By Wesley J. Smith The media abandoned unequivocal opposition to suicide long ago. Most publications editorially support legalizing assisted suicide, and the news sides — such as the New York Times and the Associated Press — have even gone so far as to run stories lauding suicide/euthanasia “parties,” at which people celebrate the life of …Continue reading "The Washington Post Boosts Elderly ‘Rational Suicide’"
By Wesley J. Smith Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) just signed a bill legalizing assisted suicide. That means she is pro, at least some, suicides. But her statement justifying her signing goes even further, and in my view, crosses the line to full-bore pro-suicide advocacy. From the Courthouse News Service story: “It is not up …Continue reading "Maine Governor Comes out Pro-Suicide"
By John Stonestreet with G. Shane Morris Last week, international news outlets reported that a 17-year-old Dutch girl named Noa Pothoven legally secured a physician’s help in killing herself after years of battling trauma from childhood sexual assault and rape. This young woman, who had previously been hospitalized for extreme anorexia, underwent evaluations after requesting …Continue reading "A Climate of Death: The Collateral Damage of Legal Suicide"
By Wesley J. Smith The focus on suicide prevention continues to erode. In Ozy — which bills itself as being about “fresh stories and bold ideas”— self-described “reporter” Molly Fosco applauds that suicidal depression is increasingly being looked upon as a “terminal illness,” and hence, opines that we should view the suicides of the deeply …Continue reading "Pushing Suicide as Merely a ‘Choice’"
By Michael Cook The Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in April 2017, following the show’s premiere, after accounting for ongoing trends in suicide rates, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The …Continue reading "Release of “13 Reasons Why” associated with increase in youth suicide"
By Wesley J. Smith It is an unfortunate feature of the contemporary age that many look at suicide as a human right to be enabled (in some cases, for now) rather than a tragedy to be prevented whenever possible. Now, in Germany, that question is about to be decided by the country’s highest court. From …Continue reading "German High Court to Rule on Right to Suicide"
By Wesley J. Smith The American Nursing Association has stalwartly supported suicide prevention throughout its history. In 2015, an article in the Association’s Online Journal of Issues in Nursing recognized nurses’ vital role in suicide prevention. From “Suicide Assessment and Nursing” (my emphasis): RNs are in a prime position to detect and prevent suicidal behaviors …Continue reading "Will Nurses Only Prevent Some Suicides?"
By Wesley J. Smith Assisted suicide sure brings out the medical bottom feeders. Jack Kevorkian was the most notorious of these — let’s call them “death doctors” — assisting the suicides of some 130 people during the 1990s. Not only did he help sick, disabled, and (at least 5) healthy despairing people kill themselves, but …Continue reading "A Scourge of Death Doctors"
By Wesley J. Smith I was not at all pleased by the way that that New York Times’s annual “The Lives they Lived”–obituaries for notables who passed away in 2018 — depicted the death of David Buckel, a radical environmentalist who killed himself by self-immolation to benefit the earth. From the story: Near the body, …Continue reading "Romanticizing a Suicide ‘for the Earth’"
By Paul Stark, Communications Associate, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Several states have made it legal, in specified circumstances, for a doctor to prescribe a lethal drug overdose so that a patient can intentionally cause his or her own death. The term for this kind of act is assisted suicide. But Compassion and Choices (C&C), …Continue reading "Why assisted suicide advocates say suicide isn’t suicide and intentional killing is ‘aid in dying’"
By Wesley J. Smith I’ve seen it again and again in my more than twenty years of opposing assisted suicide: the media promote suicide in the guise of reporting the news. Indeed, these days, it is almost a universal rule. Here’s the biased–both by what is reported and what isn’t–usual pattern: 1. Make sure the …Continue reading "How media helps push us off suicide cliff"