Month: November 2017

Medics have ‘ethical imperative’ to resist assisted suicide

The medical profession has an “ethical imperative” to say assisted suicide is not how you alleviate suffering, an Oireachtas committee has been told. Prof Des O’Neill, of the school of medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, said the State and many charities worked together to prevent suicide and address the issues that give rise to it. …

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Quebec MDs ‘Complete’ Suicides

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 several such suicide attempts. But …

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Australian state reaches brink of legalizing mercy killings

An Australian state parliament on Wednesday stepped closer to passing a voluntary euthanasia bill, 20 years after the country repealed the world’s first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. The Victorian Legislative Council passed the bill on doctor-assisted suicide 22 votes to 18, after hours of passionate debate that ended with several lawmakers in tears. …

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MSD will continue to use the term “physician-assisted suicide”

The Medical Society of Delaware is deciding to continue its policy opposing what they term as physician-assisted suicide, but some, including state legislators, want them to use the name—and support the practice of—medical aid in dying. There is a bill on the ready list for vote in the Delaware House of Representatives which would allow …

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State MPs vote down assisted dying bill in NSW Parliament

A controversial bill that would create a law which allows euthanasia under certain circumstances has been voted down in NSW Parliament. A marathon debate in the upper house saw the bill defeated 20 votes to 19 last Thursday. Guyra-based Liberal MLC Scot MacDonald was on the fence leading up to the debate, before announcing he …

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Euthanasia debate: NSW Parliament rejects bill on voluntary assisted dying

After a marathon debate that ran all of Thursday and ended at nearly midnight, the bill to legalise voluntary assisted dying has failed to pass the New South Wales’ Upper House by a single vote. With 19 voting in support but 20 against, the result came down to the wire. MPs were given a conscience …

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We should be voting to end pain — not life

Advocates of euthanasia and physician-assisted dying repeatedly present us with difficult scenarios where individuals request assisted suicide in order to end their lives. Of course we sympathise as none of us want to see people suffering or in pain. But however well intentioned, compassionate actions should first have us addressing the causes of that suffering, …

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Assisted Suicide Advocates Push Documents for People with Dementia to “Refuse” Spoon-Feeding

Below is an article published on Friday, 11/3/17 by Kaiser Health News. The original article can be found at https://khn.org/news/new-instructions-could-let-dementia-patients-refuse-spoon-feeding/ and is republished here, according to the guidelines of  Kaiser Health News. A “right to die” organization based in Washington state is pushing a new advanced directive that would allow people with dementia to refuse to be …

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