By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. My family and I will be on our vacation through August 27. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked. Assisted suicide sure brings out the medical …Continue reading "A Scourge of Death Doctors"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition As reported by Gary Adshead with News9.com.au, a woman, whose father died by suicide after being assisted Dr. Philip Nitschke, challenged Nitschke at a pro-euthanasia Exit meeting. Adshead reported that a woman named Candice confronted Nitschke, during the pro-euthanasia meeting stating: “There are young people who …Continue reading "Australian euthanasia promoter, Philip Nitschke, challenged by woman whose father died after receiving suicide advice."
By Wesley J. Smith Assisted suicide and euthanasia corrupt everything, including the suicide-prevention sector. Here’s an example out of Massachusetts. A bill has been filed to make suicide persuasion and facilitation a crime. From SD 2505 (my emphases): A person shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years …Continue reading "Massachusetts Bill to Criminalize Suicide Encouragement"
The pod which can see patients gassed and then serve as their coffin is on show today By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. A 3D printed ‘suicide pod’ designed to kill patients with nitrogen is being unveiled today by Australian euthanasia activist, Doctor Philip Nitschke, also known as ‘Dr Death.’ The death …Continue reading "‘Suicide Pod’ Which Gasses Patients To Death, Unveiled"
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?"