Month: October 2017

Esther’s story: How One Woman Put Assisted Suicide to Shame

Esther Ybarra’s “Celebration of Life” memorial service in September began in the same manner in which she lived, according to friends: in worship. Along with sounds of guitars and song, the Salem, Ore., chapel where 600 mourners gathered to commemorate the young woman rang with occasional laughter as friends and family shared memories of one …

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Language as a battlefield: How we got from euthanasia to voluntary assisted dying

“As a society, we are hesitant to talk about death, which is considered a taboo subject.” So claimed the authors of the Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into end of life choices last year, one of a number of reports that helped shape the impending bill on assisted dying. But whether in spite of or because of that …

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How Legalization of Doctor-Assisted Death ‘Invites Coercion’

Nearly 2,000 Canadians have taken their own lives with the help of doctors after the legalization of assisted suicide in the country. Apart from Canada, euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia and Luxembourg. Sputnik discussed the controversial law with Margaret Dore, an attorney fighting euthanasia internationally. Canada adopted a law permitting medically assisted …

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Cuomo Floats Special Session for NY, Assisted Suicide Retry

When lawmakers do return to Albany, proponents of a bill authorizing medically assisted suicide for terminally ill patients plan to be ready. A petition signed by 7,500 New Yorkers supporting the measure was submitted to Cuomo on Thursday. The signatures were collected during the New York State Fair this summer. The proposal now before lawmakers …

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Assisted Suicide Advocates Deliver Petitions To NY Governor

Opponents of the practice, which they call assisted suicide, include the Catholic Church and some groups that support those with disabilities. Kathleen Gallagher, with the Catholic conference says she believes it’s “dangerous to many vulnerable populations here in New York.” “Including the elderly, people with disabilities, the poor,” Gallagher said. She says last year, parishioners …

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Opening Door to Assisted Suicide Organ Donors

My very first anti-assisted suicide column in 1993 warned that it would lead to conjoining organ donation with euthanasia “as a plumb to society.” That is happening now in Netherlands and Belgium–including of people with mental illnesses, no less. Now–very alarmingly–the United Network for Organ Sharing seems to be opening the door to letting those planning to …

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Deciding Death: New York state is the latest train wreck for doctor-aided death

The latest locomotive of so-called constitutional inevitability, physician-assisted suicide, has been derailed at least temporarily in the last two state supreme court decisions addressing that asserted “fundamental right.” This month, the New York Court of Appeals – New York’s high court – unanimously rejected an effort by activists to impose the practice there by judicial …

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SCOTUS Declines To Hear Minnesota Assisted Suicide Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of a national group convicted of assisting in the 2007 suicide of a Minnesota woman. The high court’s decision means the 2015 conviction will stand against Final Exit Network Inc., which was found guilty of assisting in the suicide of 57-year-old Doreen Dunn, of Apple …

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Marine Corps veteran: I’m thankful I wasn’t offered assisted suicide when I was told I was dying three years ago

I’m thankful I don’t live in a state like Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal. When I was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and told I would probably be dead in four months, I went in an instant from living the American Dream with my wife and son to living a nightmare. In that moment …

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