Month: October 2017

World Medical Association Reiterates Strong Opposition to Physician Assisted Suicide

The WMA and its national member medical associations, which include the Australian Medical Association, have strongly reiterated their long-standing opposition to physician assisted suicide and euthanasia on the basis that they constitute the unethical practice of medicine. The WMA calls on Australia’s Victorian Upper House to reject the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill. The Association …

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Wesley Smith: Never Enough Euthanasia in Canada

The ink is barely dry on Canada’s expansive right to euthanasia and there is already much talk of expanding the killing to new categories–such as children. Now, after more than 600 sick people were put down in Quebec 2016-2017–if we are going to reduce medical ethics to veterinary standards, let’s use the proper lexicon–provincial leaders are talking …

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South Dakota association to review physician-assisted suicide

Physician-assisted suicides remains a topic of discussion for the South Dakota State Medical Association. The organization was asked to review its position on the subject, and with a new leader at the helm, he’s unsure how it will “shake out.” Robert Van Demark Jr., president of the association since June, made a stop in Mitchell …

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Backers push doctor-assisted suicide measure in Maine

Groups fighting to give terminally ill people the right to physician-assisted suicide in Maine are launching a petition drive to force a statewide referendum on the issue. The Bangor Daily News reports that Westport Island resident Valerie Lynn Lovelace is spearheading a push to enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act. The act would allow …

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WashPo: Legalizing Assisted Suicide Has Stalled At Every Level

Three years ago, Brittany Maynard’s viral video launched the issue of medically assisted suicide into the national spotlight. But while advocates have notched a few wins since then, they’ve also run up against some strong, bipartisan resistance. Two states — California and Colorado — have made it legal for doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to …

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What’s it like to wake up the day after you planned to die?

Rona’s concerns were well-founded. When they met, with just a few weeks to go before the deadline, she discovered Colin was poorly informed of the assistance available to him, including how something as simple as a mobility scooter might help. “I’m a girl that likes to get about town and a scooter basically gave me …

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‘Right to die’ runs the risk of becoming a duty to society

Last month, the New York state Court of Appeals dismissed a case filed by three terminally ill plaintiffs asking the court to declare a constitutional right to “aid in dying,” better known as assisted suicide. The judges wrote, “this Legislature … has concluded that an absolute ban on assisted suicide is the most reliable, effective, …

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