Month: January 2018

29 and Euthanized: Dark News from the Netherlands

Recent news from the Netherlands illustrates how its euthanasia regime is among the world’s most permissive. It shows no signs of slowing down. Aurelia Browers, a 29-year-old mentally ill woman, was granted her wish and euthanized last weekend, demonstrating the slippery slope confronting those countries in which euthanasia and assisted-suicide laws are becoming ever laxer. …

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The Alarming Trend Of Bullying Hospitals And Hospices Into Assisted Suicide

Canadians who are sick and suicidal can now be put to death under various medicalized and government-approved protocols, following court and legislative victories by euthanasia activists. These activists are now turning their considerable talents to a coercive makeover of the palliative hospice movement by demanding that hospices founded on a promise to never deliberately hasten …

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Utah Bill: Assisted Suicide = Manslaughter

A bill to explicitly criminalize assisted suicide has passed its first committee hurdle.  The bill would add to the definition of “manslaughter” the act of providing the means for someone to commit suicide with knowledge of the suicidal person’s intent to act lethally. From HB 86: (a) “Aids” means the act of providing the physical means. (b) …

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Assisted suicide undermines human dignity

My extensive experience in dealing with dying patients leads me to oppose the legalization of assisted suicide. Legislation permitting assisted suicide is unnecessary to alleviate the distress of patients with terminal illness, and likely will precipitate harm to the sick and vulnerable. It is important to make a distinction between physician-assisted suicide, where a doctor …

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As I See It: The argument against assisted suicide bill

With its decision to withdraw opposition toward physician assisted suicide, the Massachusetts Medical Society has turned back the clock to a time when physicians were not trusted. Hippocrates practiced medicine when physicians could choose to heal their patients or to kill them. He realized that caused physicians to be mistrusted and so he penned the …

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Delaware Push for Intellectually Disabled Assisted Suicide

Assisted suicide/euthanasia advocates want a very broad and easy latitude to have death by overdose or lethal jab.  They hide this truth behind blithe assurances of strict protections and feigned desires to limit assisted suicide to the very few as a “safety valve.” They say it will always be limited to the competent. But sometimes, …

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Utah County girl’s death prompts bill targeting assisted suicide

The recent death of a Utah County girl sparked debate after her suicide led to murder charges, prompting legislation that re-defines assisting in suicide as manslaughter. Tyerell Przybycien faces murder charges in the death of 16-year-old Jchandra Brown. Court records say Przybycien purchased physical materials and persuaded Brown to commit suicide in Payson Canyon in …

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Debating the doctor’s role at the end of life

John B. Kelly makes a strong case for opposing physician-assisted suicide, pointing out the potential for “misdiagnosis, coercion, and abuse” of vulnerable individuals (“Say ‘no’ to assisted suicide,” Opinion, Jan. 16). But there is a larger ethical point to be made: Helping patients kill themselves is a direct violation of the Hippocratic Oath and the …

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Opening Salvo on New York’s 2018 Assisted Suicide Bill

Disability activists from the Albany area donned bright pink Not Dead Yet t-shirts, carrying leaflets and signs to voice strong opposition to legalization of assisted suicide at a press conference held by proponents of this year’s bill. Local television news covered the press conference and protest, and included brief interviews with Kathryn Carroll (pictured above) and …

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