Month: September 2018

Denied ‘assisted life,’ chronically-ill Ontario man is offered death instead: lawsuit

An Ontario hospital that wants to discharge a suicidal man with a crippling brain disease threatened to start charging him $1,800 a day, and suggested his other options included medically assisted death, according to a new lawsuit. It also claims Canada’s new assisted dying laws are unconstitutional and should be struck down because they do …

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Euthanasia Advocates Want Death Available for All Adults, Not Just Sick Ones

“The law has come to its natural use-by date. Let us look for something that is better and different, the human rights model. Exit International’s position is that all rational adults have the right to a peaceful, elective death at the time of their choosing, not just sick ones.” Nitschke’s organisation is in the process …

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Time To Terminate “Assisted Dying”

IN 2002 Belgium legalized the murderously chilling act of euthanasia, whereby doctors and nurses kill patients with their supposed consent. Holland had formally done the same the year before. This practice, all too reminiscent of what Nazi Germany did before WWII to the mentally handicapped and to people with very serious disabilities, is justified these …

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind …

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Assisted dying is simply another form of euthanasia

“Assisted dying” is a euphemism. It has no meaning in law but it means supplying lethal drugs to people who are terminally ill with the purpose of helping them to commit suicide. It is also contrary to every historic code of medical ethics including the Hippocratic oath, the Declaration of Geneva, the International Code of …

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The slippery slope of assisted dying is real

There is huge pressure on British politicians to legalise assisted dying. However, doing so would represent a dangerous change in British criminal law. It would fundamentally alter the relationship between doctor and patient, giving doctors the power to kill as well as cure. Such immense responsibility would need the strictest of regimes to ensure it …

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The case for assisted dying is still inherently flawed

The articles on assisted dying in The Economist are extremely helpful; even with those whom I disagree completely, I can have civilised and  enlightening discussions. My opponents are, for the most part, well-motivated and willing to examine the opposition’s arguments. I agree with some of their points. Like Emilie Yerby, I feel I would change …

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Assisted dying would be damaging to those whose choices are not simple

I’m not opposed to assisted dying because I believe that it will be extended to those who should not have it. (I think the idea that some people “deserve” access to assisted dying demands as much scrutiny as the idea of the “deserving” and the “undeserving” anywhere else in policy.) If you accept the primacy …

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