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  • Canada’s palliative care so bad that patients may opt for euthanasia, experts warn

    02/10/2016 9:43:37 AM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/9/16 | Lianne Laurence
    OTTAWA, February 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada has a “moral imperative” to fund palliative care because people have a dignity that “comes from God,” Canada’s top ranking Catholic cardinal told the special joint parliamentary committee on “physician-assisted dying” last week. The dignity of the human person is “inherent” and remains regardless of their circumstances, Cardinal Thomas Collins of the Toronto archdiocese told the committee. “That’s why we don’t believe it’s right to kill them.” This belief in the intrinsic dignity of the human person motivates the Catholic Church’s mission of providing health care, including care for the dying, he said....
  • A peek behind Belgium’s euthanasia curtain

    02/08/2016 7:14:08 AM PST · by wagglebee · 9 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 2/8/16 | Michael Cook
    Another euthanasia scandal in Belgium. Two sisters have complained on a television program, Terzake, about the euthanasia of their sister. Tine Nys was 38 at the time and had broken up with her live-in boyfriend. On Christmas Eve 2009 she announced that she was going to be euthanased.After interviews with doctors, she was given a lethal injection on April 24, 2010, with her mother and father and her two sisters, Lotte and Sophie, at her bedside.Belgium allows people to request euthanasia if they have unbearable psychological suffering, not just a terminal illness. Tine was obviously a troubled woman and 15...
  • Should people be denied choices at the end of life?

    01/29/2016 6:18:15 AM PST · by wagglebee · 36 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 1/29/16 | Paul Russell
    Should people be denied choices at the end of life? It’s a loaded question: the suggestion that someone is being “denied choices” naturally gives rise to a sense of outrage and indignation. “How dare they!”But choices are not always possible, no matter how beneficent they may be; no matter how legitimate they may seem.To suggest, therefore, that people are “denied choices” is to infer that such choices are, indeed, legitimate.Some, of course, are a simple matter of choosing between one legitimate option and another. Some, but not all.Recently, I attended the funeral service for my brother’s father-in-law. An impressive, staunchly...
  • Keeping the piranhas busy: the terrifying implications of legalizing assisted suicide

    01/27/2016 10:33:18 AM PST · by wagglebee · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/27/16 | Jonathon Van Maren
    Jan. 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Reading the news these days, I’m reminded of a practice used for generations by the inhabitants of the Amazonian jungles. When crossing rivers with their cattle, they would need to ensure that the razor-toothed piranhas wouldn’t detect them splashing through the water. So a weak, old, or sickly cow would be led upstream and forced into the water. As the piranhas shot in for the kill and reduced the hapless animal to glistening bones in a matter of minutes, the rest of the herd would cross the river before the piranhas were done devouring the...
  • New Year's Resolve: Stand Against Physician-Assisted Suicide

    01/07/2016 8:02:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    New Year's Resolve: Stand Against Physician-Assisted Suicide Msgr. Charles Pope January 6, 2016 1 Comment In the coming year it looks as if there will be very aggressive attempts in both courts and legislatures to advance physician-assisted suicide (or as its proponents prefer to call it, the "right to die"). The recent legalization of physician-assisted suicide in California was a sad harbinger of what is being attempted in other states as well. Here in the Archdiocese of Washington, both the D.C. City Council and the Maryland state legislature are debating bills to make it legal.Thankfully, a rather significant coalition...
  • A higher standard than for cats and dogs

    01/02/2016 8:44:27 PM PST · by Coleus · 25 replies
    Catholic Citizens ^ | 12.23.15 | Father Tad Pacholczyk
    A higher standard than for cats and dogs Sometimes people will point out: "We euthanize our pets when they suffer, and they are clearly creatures of God, so why can't we euthanize a sick and suffering person who wants it? It seems like we treat our dogs and cats better than we treat our suffering family members." The way we treat animals, however, should not be the measure of how we treat fellow human beings. We keep animals as pets, but we don't do the same with humans. We use animals to make clothing and food, but we don't do...
  • Jahi McMath’s father sues hospital for trying to kill his daughter

    12/17/2015 12:13:30 PM PST · by wagglebee · 158 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/17/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    OAKLAND, California, December 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – 13-year-old Jahi McMath went into cardiac arrest after a routine tonsillectomy in 2013. Jahi was in oxygen-deprived cardiac arrest for two hours, causing brain damage. Though Jahi lived, her doctors said she was "brain-dead," and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and Alameda County officials issued a death certificate.  Since Jahi has been declared "dead," insurance no longer covers her health care. Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, sued Jahi's doctor, Dr. Frederick Rosen, for failing to tell her that Jahi's surgery would be "complex and risky" due to Jahi's susceptibility to heavy bleeding and for failing...
  • Founder of todays China killed 45 million of his own people(in 4 yrs)

    09/17/2010 5:04:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 48 replies
    Tibetan Review ^ | 09/05/10
    Founder of todays China killed 45 million of his own people (TibetanReview.net, Sep05, 2010) Recently declassified Chinese Communist Party archives show that the Great Helmsman, Chairman Mao Tsetung's regime cased the greatest "man-made famine" the world has ever seen, reported the ANI news service Sep 3, citing a new publication from Hong Kong. Mao's Great Famine, by Frank Dikotter, Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong, is reported to show that 45 million Chinese people were killed between 1958 and 1961. Chinese propaganda posters of the late 1950s show smiling young workers marching jubilantly towards unity under the...
  • Creeping euthanasia

    12/12/2015 8:59:06 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12 Dec, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    For over a century, progressive social engineers dreamed of ridding society of those deemed useless or inferior. The eugenics movement, whose most effective proponent was Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, wanted to prevent births of undesirables, by which Sanger (and others, like Woodrow Wilson) meant blacks, among others.
  • The case of the vanished euthanasia files

    12/07/2015 6:03:13 AM PST · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 12/7/15 | Ian Dowbiggin
    Imagine for a moment that reporters broke the news that the Vatican had destroyed the bulk of its archival records. Researchers around the world justifiably might accuse the Roman Catholic Church of a deliberate cover-up.Well, the Vatican has done no such thing. But it appears as if the right-to-die movement has. If so, one might well ask; why did people in the movement do it? Are they trying to hide something about their past?One thing is clear: if the euthanasia movement’s records have indeed been destroyed, a lot of history has vanished, Orwell-like, down a cavernous memory hole. And with it,...
  • Family Suing PETA After Employee Stole, Euthanized Dog

    11/25/2015 9:09:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Nov 2015 | Trent Baker
    A Virginia family whose dog was euthanized by PETA last year is suing the animal rights group for up to $9 million, according to a report by KXAN. The Zarate family's home surveillance video captured their pet chihuahua, Maya, being taken in October 2014. PETA later admitted that their former employee did make a "tragic mistake" by euthanizing Maya without the family's permission. ...
  • Ben Carson Says Trying to Save Terri Schiavo’s Life Was “Much Ado About Nothing”

    11/16/2015 6:36:08 PM PST · by WTFOVR · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/13/2015 | Ed O'Keefe
    The Washington Post reports that a local reporter caught up with Carson about the infamous case when he was in town in Florida for a speaking engagement. From the report: "We face those kinds of issues all the time and while I don't believe in euthanasia, you have to recognize that people that are in that condition do have a series of medical problems that occur that will take them out," he said. "Your job [as a doctor] is to keep them comfortable throughout that process and not to treat everything that comes up." When the reporter asked whether Carson...
  • How is ‘assisted suicide’ anything other than the glorification of suicide?

    11/16/2015 8:28:48 AM PST · by wagglebee · 60 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/16/15 | Jonathon Van Maren
    Nov. 16, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - I’d like the defenders of euthanasia and so-called “death with dignity” to explain something to me. How is the legalization and relentless promotion of “assisted suicide” not the “glorification of suicide”? I’m tired of all of transparently mindless babble about how “assisted suicide” is not a slippery slope. The phrase itself screams with denial: “Wanna kill yourself? Here, let us help you with that.” When helping people kill themselves is referred to as “end-of-life care” rather than “accomplice to murder,” who will be picking up the phone at the other end of the suicide prevention...
  • Jeb Bush says "you gotta step up" and kill baby Hitler

    11/09/2015 1:09:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 65 replies
    Vox ^ | 11/9/15 | Dylan Matthews
    So this is the world we live in now. Asked by the Huffington Post whether he would go back in time and kill baby Hitler, Jeb Bush said, "Hell yeah, I would! You gotta step up, man." But do you? Should you? Given certain assumptions, killing baby Hitler isn't a hard question. Assume that going back in time merely eliminates Hitler, and that the sole effect of that is that the Nazi Party lacks a charismatic leader and never takes power in Germany, and World War II and the Holocaust are averted, and nothing worse than World War II transpires...
  • Jeb: 'Hell yeah’ I’d kill baby Hitler

    11/09/2015 12:46:47 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 200 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/09/2015 | Mark Hensch
    Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) said in an interview Monday that he would personally kill an infant Adolf Hitler. “Hell yeah I would,” he told The Huffington Post when asked about killing the Nazi leader as a baby.
  • California becomes fifth state to allow physician-assisted suicide

    10/05/2015 5:52:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, October 5, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Californias wrenching yearlong legislative debate over the right to die culminated Monday with Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law a bill making California the fifth state to permit physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. As a Democrat and former Catholic seminarian, Mr. Brown was caught between two opposing sides of the right-to-die debate, and had given little indication of whether he would sign the bill before it reached his desk in early September. In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death, Mr. Brown said in his signing statement....
  • How to talk about physician-assisted suicide: setting the record straight on compassion

    09/29/2015 5:36:27 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/25/15 | John Stonestreet
    September 25, 2015 (BreakPoint) -- Yesterday, Eric Metaxas told you about the recent approval of physician-assisted suicide by the California legislature. Citing the work of Rosaria Butterfield, he gave us an historical perspective on how we as a culture have arrived at this troubling moment. Now today, I’d like to talk with you about what we can do, what we must do, to defend life to our friends and neighbors. To start, we have to understand this: While Christians believe (or at least should believe) that all human life is sacred from conception to natural death, many of our neighbors don’t...
  • Transgender woman details ordeal TSA put her through...after bodyscanner picked up her 'anomaly'

    09/22/2015 3:20:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 63 replies
    A transgender woman has described how she was kept in airport security because TSA agents questioned why an 'anomaly' was picked up on the bodyscanner . Shadi Petosky was preparing to board a flight from Orlando International Airport on Monday when she was held up after going through the female line. The writer and producer was then questioned by a TSA agent and told she would have be run through as a man, otherwise there would be a 'problem'. The frequent flyer, who claims she has never experienced problems at airport security before, then began tweeting about her ordeal which...
  • Breaking: Ontario quietly adopts new policy forcing doctors to take part in euthanizing patients

    09/17/2015 9:40:24 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/17/15 | Pete Baklinski
    TORONTO, September 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Ontario’s governing body for doctors issued an official policy last week that forces doctors unwilling to kill patients or help them commit suicide to directly refer them to a doctor who would. The policy, titled Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care, was quietly released by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario September 10, seven months after Canada’s highest court ruled that doctors could actively participate in bringing about the deaths of their patients. Patients cannot request death until the ruling comes into effect February 2016. In the “managing conflicts” section dealing...
  • Elderly woman, 85, reveals how she decided on euthanasia five minutes after her daughter died...

    09/16/2015 4:36:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/14/15 | Rachel Eddie and Emily Crane
    An elderly woman's journey to be euthanised after suffering unbearable grief has been chronicled in a raw and emotional television documentary. Simona De Moor's daughter suddenly passed away after routine surgery. Within five minutes, the 85-year-old had decided on assisted suicide as the only way to escape her grief. In an episode of Australian show Dateline, which will air on SBS on Tuesday night, Brett Mason followed the Belgian woman's journey to end her life.
  • California Could Become the Fifth State to Misidentify Suicide as a Medical Treatment

    09/16/2015 9:21:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    In a CNN essay published last October, Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old with terminal brain cancer, explained why she and her husband moved from California to Oregon: so she could legally obtain the barbiturates she would use to kill herself on November 1. "I would not tell anyone else that he or she should choose death with dignity," she wrote. "My question is: Who has the right to tell me that I don't deserve this choice?" There was no good answer to that question, and Maynard's moving story helps explain why California legislators last week approved a bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide,...
  • California Assembly Approves Legislation to Legalize Assisted Suicide [Comment: Feds are next]

    09/12/2015 11:46:35 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 11, 2015 | Kate Scanlon
    The California State Assembly passed a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide on Wednesday. According to a report by Reuters, the bill is likely to be approved by the state Senate, but Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., has not made his position on the bill known. The bill, ABX2-15, requires a patient seeking life-ending drugs to make a series of oral and written requests for an aid-in-dying drug. It stipulates that the patient must be physically capable of administering the drug him- or herself, and that the physician be provided immunity from assisting in the preparation of the drug and civil or...
  • Right to die: MPs reject assisted dying law (UK)

    09/12/2015 3:16:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:59PM BST 11 Sep 2015 | John Bingham
    MPs have overwhelmingly rejected the legalization of assisted dying in England and Wales after an impassioned four-and-a-half hour debate in which party lines were set aside. Members voted by three to one against giving second reading to a bill tabled by the Labour backbencher Rob Marris, to allow terminally ill patients to be supplied with a lethal dose of drugs. It was the first ever serious attempt to change Britains assisted suicide laws through the House of Commons, and saw calls for the issue to be put to a referendum amid polling suggesting public support running at around 80 percent....
  • California Assembly Approves Assisted Suicide Bill

    09/09/2015 4:22:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 9/9/15 | Paul Bois
    The ghost of Brittany Maynard came back for yet another haunting Wednesday when the California Assembly voted to allow physician-assisted suicide by a vote of 43-34. After having lost in the California Senate back in June due to efforts largely from the Roman Catholic Church, the merchants of death simply regrouped and returned to the lower house of the legislature to approve the End of Life Option Act. With Wednesday's vote locked up, the bill will now move on to the state Senate once again, where it must pass two committees before advancing to the Senate floor for a vote....
  • California Assembly approves right-to-die legislation (doctor assisted suicide)

    09/09/2015 1:00:54 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 9, 2015 | Patrick McGreevy
    The state Assembly on Wednesday approved a measure that would allow California physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients, sending the proposal to the Senate, which had previously approved a similar bill. Modeled on a law in Oregon, the measure by Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) sparked an emotional debate, with many Republicans saying that it is immoral to assist in a suicide, but with supporters arguing that terminally ill Californians should have a choice to die peacefully without pain. [Snip] Opponents of the bill, including the Catholic Church and advocates for the disabled, voiced concern that the...
  • Qubec government calls for falsification of death certificates in cases of euthanasia

    A recent decision by the Qubec government to authorize fraudulent death certificates that hide the true cause of death in cases of euthanasia represents a serious threat to transparency and accountability in the application of the Qubec euthanasia regime. Acts of euthanasia carried out pursuant to Qubec law are public acts funded by the state and carried out by state actors. The notion that doctors should be permitted to falsify death certificates so as to hide the true cause of death in cases of euthanasia is a troubling affront to medical ethics, transparency and accountability, says Toronto Health and Constitutional...
  • Quebec issues death kits to doctors as it ramps up euthanasia program

    09/02/2015 12:01:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 36 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/2/15 | Steve Weatherbe
    QUEBEC, September 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Quebec’s professional body regulating doctors, the College des Medecins, has published a how-to manual for doctors wanting to euthanize their patients, along with contents of a death kit to be issued them by pharmacists. These follow closely on the provincial government’s release of draft regulations for doctors, which defenders of the disabled have quickly condemned as inadequate. “This is sensational,” Amy Hasbrouck of Not Dead Yet, a disabled persons’ rights group opposed to euthanasia, told LifeSiteNews, adding that the Quebec College des Medecins (QCM) has finally got down to grim details. “You can call...
  • Reviving the slippery slope (Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide)

    08/17/2015 5:36:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 8/17/15 | Michael Cook
    “Of all the arguments against voluntary euthanasia, the most influential is the ‘slippery slope’: once we allow doctors to kill patients, we will not be able to limit the killing to those who want to die. There is no evidence for this claim.”  [Italics added.] So wrote one of the world's leading defenders of euthanasia, Australian philosopher Peter Singer, in 2009.Some more recent reports agree. A group in the UK which called itself the Commission on Assisted Dying declared in 2010 that there was no evidence of a slippery slope. Earlier this year the Supreme Court of Canada explicitly rejected the...
  • Healthy British nurse ends her life in a Swiss clinic because of fear of getting old

    08/03/2015 2:39:06 PM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    wapo ^ | Aug. 3, 2015 | Daniela Deane
    A healthy retired British nurse who had worked with the elderly has ended her life in a Swiss clinic because she was afraid of getting old and being unable to to kill herself, a British newspaper reported Monday. Gill Pharoah, 75, who suffered no serious debilitating illness and was still active, was given a lethal injection and was in good enough spirits to joke with a doctor before she died, the London Times newspaper reported. Pharoah was afraid of suffering a stroke as happened to one of her friends, who then lived on for many years with a poor quality...
  • Frances Terri Schiavo saved from death by starvation in dramatic 11th hour development

    07/28/2015 8:57:41 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 36 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/27/15 | Jeanne Smits
    July 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - A fresh “coup de théâtre” has taken place in the dramatic story of Vincent Lambert – France’s Terri Schiavo – whose wife and doctors want to see dead by dehydration and starvation. Meanwhile his parents and several of his siblings have been fighting for his life for more than two years.Last Thursday, Daniela Simon, the young man’s attending physician, was expected to formally signify her decision to place him in an “end-of-life procedure” which would have involved removal of his feeding tube (his only form of life support), together with deep sedation until he...
  • Assisted suicide and euthanasia: The Nazis tried that. It didnt go well.

    07/22/2015 6:15:31 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/21/15 | Eric Metaxas
    July 21, 2015 (BreakPoint) -- A few weeks ago, I told you that the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage, had placed our culture on a well-greased slope. All that was lacking, I said, was for someone to give it a push.Well, the pushing has begun in earnest.Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C., City Council held hearings on the “Death With Dignity Act,” which was introduced by Council member Mary Cheh. Despite the positive-sounding title, the bill would make assisted suicide legal in the nation’s capital.Under the bill, a person with a terminal diagnosis of six...
  • Join the Movement Help us Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide

    07/08/2015 12:33:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Join the Movement – Help us Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide Msgr. Charles Pope • July 8, 2015 • 1 Comment Here in Washington D.C., the City Council has before it a bill modeled after Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law. Listed as the “Death with Dignity Act of 2015,” a public hearing will take place this Friday, July 10th at 11:00 AM in the District building.Experience thus far with legalized assisted suicide should alarm anyone who looks seriously into how it has played out. The “safeguards” of the Oregon law, so highly praised by its supporters, seem to be mere window dressings than actual safeguards. In Oregon,...
  • California right-to-die bill stalls in blow to movement

    07/07/2015 3:41:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2015 6:37 PM EDT | Fenit Nirappil
    In a blow to the right-to-die movement, California lawmakers on Tuesday dropped one of the strongest legislative efforts in the U.S. to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. The move came despite pleas involving the case of Brittany Maynard, who moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Oregon, which has a right-to-die law, when she was 29 so she could die on her own terms after a brain cancer diagnosis. Aid-in-dying advocates had hoped the nationally publicized case would prompt a wave of new right-to-die laws. But no state has passed such legislation this year, with...
  • Mercury News editorial: United Methodist Church joins death with dignity movement

    07/06/2015 12:29:34 PM PDT · by DFG · 17 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 07/03/2015 | Mercury News Editorial
    The California Medical Association has withdrawn its opposition to the End of Life Option Act, SB 128. Disability rights advocates such as state Sen. Jim Beall voted for the bill in June after protections for the disabled were strengthened. And now the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church has come out in support of the law, similar to Oregon's, which would give Californians facing an imminent, excruciating death the right to end their lives peacefully if they choose. The Methodist conference joins other Protestant communities of faith representing 1.5 million members from 21 denominations in support of the law.
  • Life: It's not for me,' says healthy 24-year-old Belgium scheduled to die by euthanasia this summer

    06/25/2015 11:22:38 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    Christianexaminer ^ | 24 June, 2015 | Kimberly Pennington
    BELGIUM (Christian Examiner) -- A 24-year-old woman in Belgium is set to die by euthanasia later this summer simply because she has felt since childhood that she wanted to die. According to LifeSite News, euthanasia for psychological reasons is allowed in Belgium when a psychiatrist says a person's psychological pain cannot be relieved in a manner acceptable to the individual. "That means Laura (last name unknown) may be treatable, but Laura has decided that the only acceptable 'treatment' is death," the pro-life news service reports.
  • Doctor Will Kill Healthy 24-Year-Old in Euthanasia Whos Thought of Suicide Since She Was a Kid

    06/23/2015 2:42:56 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 37 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/22/15 | Alex Schadenberg
    The Belgian euthanasia insanity continues with the case of a 24-year-old healthy woman (Laura) who will die by euthanasia this summer for psychological reasons. The June 19 DeMorgen article by Simone Maas explains (google translated): She has good friends, loves good coffee and theater. And she has felt that she wanted to die ever since childhood. Laura (24): Life, thats not for me. This summer, euthanasia will end her life full of inner conflict, depression and self-destruction. I met the West Flemish Laura at the presentation of the book Libera me euthanasia for psychological reasons. Writer Lieve Thienpont is one...
  • Dutch pediatricians: Allow euthanasia for children under 12

    06/23/2015 6:08:16 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/22/15 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    June 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The Dutch Pediatric Association says that allowing teenagers to ask for euthanasia discriminates against younger children and is asking that the age limit for doctor-assisted death be removed.Current Dutch law permits children 12 and older to ask for euthanasia with parental approval while 18-year-olds fall under the regulations governing adults."We feel that an arbitrary age limit such as 12 should be changed and that each child's ability to ask to die should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If a child under 12 satisfies the same conditions, pediatricians are currently powerless. It's time to address...
  • Study Shows Belgian Patients Euthanized without their Consent [semi-satire]

    06/21/2015 1:04:58 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Belgium passed its Euthanasia Act in 2002. A study published in this months Journal of Medical Ethics by Raphael Cohen-Almagor revealed that despite the laws requirement that patients voluntarily give their consent to the procedure, many are euthanized without giving consent. The decision to euthanize was not discussed with the patient in nearly 80% of the cases of patients over 80 years old. Dr. Pierre Tueur estimated that I have probably performed more than 300 of these procedures on patients incapable of giving informed consent. In cases where the patient is unconscious, demented, or unreasonably frightened of death, I feel...
  • Belgian Doctors Are Euthanizing Patients Without Their Consent

    06/19/2015 7:55:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 18, 2015 | 3:05 PM EDT | Abigail Wilkinson
    A study published this month in the Journal of Medical Ethics examined the deliberate euthanasia of patients in Belgium without their explicit, voluntary consent as required by law. The studys author, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, a professor of philosophy and ethics at the United Kingdoms Hull University, found that life-ending drugs were used with the intention to shorten life and without explicit request in 1.7 percent of all deaths in Belgium in 2013. In 52.7 percent of these cases, the patients were 80 years of age or older. The decision to euthanize was not discussed with the patient in 77.9 percent of...
  • Santa Rosa cyclist Paul Stimson dies at 62 (Suicide)

    06/12/2015 9:44:27 PM PDT · by rey · 17 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 12 June 2015 | CLARK MASON
    Less than two months before he died from a neurological disease, Paul Stimson threw a big party for himself a bit like having your own funeral while youre still alive and invited all his friends to come and celebrate his life with him. The April event at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building drew close to 200 people, a kind of whos who of the Sonoma County bicycling community, including former pro cyclist Levi Leip-heimer. They came to honor Stimson, an accomplished amateur rider and racer, who was dying from ALS, or Lou Gehrigs disease. Cycling was only...
  • (European) Court Rules Disabled Patient Can be Starved to Death Against His Will

    06/05/2015 1:27:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 46 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/5/15 | Steven Ertelt
    A European court has issued a ruling that a disabled patient can be starved to death against his will.Vincent Lambert, a tetraplegic patient who has been in a state of minimal consciousness in hospital for six years following a car accident, is current receiving food and water via a feeding tube. The decision to cut his intravenous food and water supply has divided his family. Lambert’s doctors and wife wanted to starve him to death while his parents, who are vehemently opposed to ending his life, took his case to court.In January 2014 a court in France ruled against starving...
  • One-in-five vegetative patients is misdiagnosed: Study

    06/01/2015 7:40:53 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/29/15 | Drew Belsky
    May 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Around 20 percent of hospital patients condemned as "brain-dead" are misdiagnosed – that is, those patients could be conscious and likely to recover. In fact, they may be as likely to respond to questions as healthy patients – they just lack the ability to communicate with the outside world.Neurosurgeon Adrian Owen of the University of Western Ontario and his colleagues performed brain scans on hospital patients diagnosed as being in what some call a "persistent vegetative state" – i.e., completely unresponsive and lacking brain activity. They asked the patients questions, and a brain scan showed...
  • Pro-life community now supports assisted suicide-MUST READ RE Terri

    04/01/2005 4:15:09 AM PST · by cpforlife.org · 81 replies · 1,524+ views
    kgov.com ^ | April 1, 2005 | Bob Enyart
    You blinked, you missed it. The pro-life community just switched positions; it now supports assisted suicide! In their vital fight to save Floridas Terri Schiavo from being starved to death by judicial decree, they foolishly hinged their position on the absence of a written directive. If the Hemlock Society had tried to pass a federal law legitimizing assisted suicide, pro-lifers would have stopped them. But pro-life leaders have so often compromised on Thou shall not murder, they no longer realize when theyre making concessions. They tried desperately to pass the Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act which, for the first time...
  • ASSISTED SUICIDE IN OREGON: LESSONS LEARNED AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

    04/29/2004 1:16:08 AM PDT · by Deacon_m · 228+ views
    [LifeNews.com ^ | April 29, 2004 | By Alex Schadenberg
    On April 17, 2004 Dr. Kenneth Stevens, the President of Physicians for Compassionate Care (PCC) and a cancer specialist spoke to the provincial pro-life conference in Hamilton. Physicians for Compassionate Care is an organization which was founded in 1995 in response to the legalization of assisted suicide in the State of Oregon. Dr. Kenneth Stevens understands the issue of physician-assisted suicide both personally and professionally. In 1982 his terminally ill wife was told by her doctor that "Nothing more can be done." The doctor then said: "I can write an "extra-large" prescription." Dr. Stevens wife told him that: "he wants...
  • Saying No to Assisted Suicide

    11/10/2001 4:48:10 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 139 replies · 637+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/19/2001 | Wesley J. Smith
    The attorney general takes on Oregon. WHEN OREGON VOTERS legalized assisted suicide in 1994, state regulators had a problem. They wanted to authorize doctors to prescribe barbiturates as killing agents. But the federal government regulates the use of these drugs under the Controlled Substances Act, and federal law did not permit their use to intentionally kill. Ordinarily, that would have been that. The feds, not the states, have the final say about what would and would not be a proper use of drugs governed by the Controlled Substances Act. Unfortunately, Oregon's assisted suicide law went into effect during the Clinton ...
  • Baltimore's 'Peaceful Protestors' Destroyed This Disabled Little Boy's Everything

    05/24/2015 10:04:19 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    chicksontheright.com ^ | may 23, 2015 | red dawn
    Although the chaos in Baltimore has seemingly come to an end, the damage is done. Buildings are in shambles, and owners have to rebuild their businesses with nothing left of their livelihood except some garbage and burnt pieces of plastic. There are so many heartbreaking stories of individuals affected by the riots, but this one takes the cake. This mom is trying to figure out what steps to take after the peaceful protestors destroyed her severely disabled sons medical equipment, leaving him with nothing. According to the Washington Post, Laporsha Lawson grabbed her disabled son KhaiLee Sampson and fled to...
  • Delighting in Death

    05/08/2015 9:34:58 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | April, 2015 | Carl Trueman
    Last week I delivered a guest lecture at a Christian liberal arts college entitled Each Day Dies With Sleep: Literary and Theological Reflections upon Mortality. As I thought through the topic over the previous weeks, two superficially disparate questions puzzled me. Why is it that the people most vocally committed to causes connected to death (abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia) are often the same who are committed to progressive sexual causes? And why do abortion advocates frequently see it not as a necessary evil but as a positive good? As to the first question, that the same people often, though not...
  • 52% of Dutch euthanasia doctors say they would kill patient with dementia

    04/29/2015 8:44:17 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 38 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/28/15 | Jeanne Smits
    April 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- More than half of all Dutch physicians specialized in euthanasia would consider approving euthanasia for a demented patient, according to a survey carried out last year and made public last week at an academic symposium held at the VUmc Free University in Amsterdam.“SCEN” doctors – as they are known – form the Support Consultation Euthanasia Network Netherlands whose members can be called upon by family doctors who face a euthanasia request and who need help with the procedure, specialized and independent advice as to whether their patient should “benefit” according to the requirements for “careful”...
  • Kill or get out of medicine!

    04/21/2015 9:02:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/20/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    April 20, 2015 (NationalReview.com) -- Medical martyrdom is coming, a term I coined to describe doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other such professionals being forced (soon) to choose between their callings and participating in the intentional taking of human life.That is already the law of Victoria, Australia, where doctors must perform abortions when asked or refer to a colleague they know will do the deed. Some doctors I met there moved across the country to escape the Draconian diktat.Canada’s Supreme Court recently imposed euthanasia across the country, including for “psychological pain” caused by a diagnosable medical condition. The question now posed is whether doctors...
  • Jeb Bush: Wouldn't have changed anything in Schiavo case

    04/17/2015 10:04:29 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 76 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/17/2015 | JAMES HOHMANN
    Looking back 10 years later, Jeb Bush said Friday he would not have handled the Terri Schiavo saga any differently. I dont think I would have changed anything, the former Florida governor told a woman who asked him about the case at a Politics and Eggs event put on by Saint Anselm Colleges Institute of Politics. Bush, gearing up for his presidential campaign, has faced renewed scrutiny over his role in the prolonged controversy from 2003 to 2005, during which a brain-dead woman from the Tampa Bay area became the subject of a contentious legal fight between her parents and...