Romanticizing a Suicide ‘for the Earth’

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, …

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Why assisted suicide advocates say suicide isn’t suicide and intentional killing is ‘aid in dying’

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), …

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How media helps push us off suicide cliff

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 …

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How Contemporary Society Promotes Elder Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith I have worried and written about the growing normalization of elder-suicide, brought on in part — obviously, that is not the whole problem — by assisted-suicide advocacy and frequent media applause of such deaths among the elderly. That opinion receives a peer-reviewed boost in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. …

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Netflix Draws Condemnation for Announcing Third Season of ‘13 Reasons Why’

By Matt Philbin Editor’s note. The story below appeared at Newsbusters. So why is the show so controversial? “In ‘13 Reasons Why,’ high school student Hannah Baker kills herself and leaves behind cassette tapes describing the events that led to her death, which is shown in graphic detail in the series finale,” Reuters Health reporter …

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Male suicides and abortion-related mental illness are interrelated, research shows

“Most women have no concept that abortion can hurt men” By Dave Andrusko The entire topic of men and abortion is—to state the obvious—underanalysed and underappreciated. But there is hope that we can remedy this collective blindspot. I don’t believe I’ve even seen a more powerful representation of the price men pay when their unborn …

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“Mary Kills People” is a dangerous and irresponsible show

By Nancy Elliott, Chair – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition – USA A recent article written by Lindsay Kornick, entitled “Euthanasia Drama Claims Death Can ‘Be a party’” gets it right. It seems that the series “Mary Kills People” is at it again. As she and her accomplice go around killing people, they try to candy coat …

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How media helps push us off suicide cliff

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 …

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Woman who attempted suicide based on a terminal illness had a wrong diagnosis

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The story of Mya DeRyan is not just about gaining a second chance at life; it is also a warning to Canadians, now that euthanasia is legal, that some people with a misdiagnosis will die by lethal injection (euthanasia). Jessica Lepp reporting for CTV News Vancouver …

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Some Canadian doctors are refusing to treat attempted suicides

By Michael Cook Canada’s new euthanasia laws are perplexing doctors who have to deal with suicide attempts. According to the National Post , there have been a number of reports of doctors who refused to treat people who had tried to kill themselves. In the case of poisons, remedies were readily available. Quebec’s College of …

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Quebec MDs ‘Complete’ Suicides

By Wesley J. SMITH Euthanasia costs lives. Not only do doctors kill people who ask to die–generally without even attempting suicide prevention services–but the ethics-altering values of euthanasia/assisted suicide devalue despairing lives generally. For example, several years ago, a woman named Kerrie Woolterton in the UK swallowed anti-freeze and called an ambulance, the latest of …

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American Association of Suicidology Betrays Some Suicidal Patients

By Wesley J. Smith Assisted suicide advocacy corrupts everything it touches; medical ethics, our views about the worth of the dying–even suicide prevention. The latter corruption usually comes in suicide prevention campaigns that ignore assisted suicide advocacy as a cause of some suicides–I believe of some who are not ill as well as those who …

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