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  • Should We Offer Alzheimer’s Patients Love and Care or Push Them Into Assisted Suicide?

    09/19/2014 7:21:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/19/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Sometimes I get emotional whiplash. On one hand, we see very prominent bioethicists say that we should starve Alzheimer’s patients to death if they asked to be killed in an advance directive.Compassion and Choices teaches oldsters how to commit suicide by self-starvation.People like Peter Singer claim we should be allowed to lethally inject Alzheimer’s patients non-persons even if they never asked–despite having cared very well for his so afflicted mother.Then, there is the story of the man who gave his beloved wife, dying of Alzheimer’s, his last breath. Literally. From the KFOR story: An elderly couple, who had been together...
  • Patient in “Vegetative State” for 16 Years May Have Been Aware The Whole Time

    09/16/2014 10:57:30 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/16/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    As regular readers of this blog know, I loathe the V-word used for human beings instead of peas.So, why did I deploy it in my headline? Because another case of a supposedly unconscious man, found to be actually aware, has apparently been discovered–and many would have denigrated him as nothing but a V before he went into the scanning machine.From the Nature News story: A dozen volunteers watched Alfred Hitchcock for science while lying motionless in a magnetic-resonance scanner. Another participant, a man who has lived in a vegetative state for 16 years, showed brain activity remarkably similar to that...
  • Rapist Who Can't Bear Prison to Be Euthanized

    09/16/2014 4:51:00 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 53 replies
    Newser ^ | Sept 16, 2014 | Robb Quinn
    Frank Van Den Bleeken, a Belgian man in prison for multiple rapes and a rape-murder, has decided he wants to die and authorities have decided they can grant that request. Van Den Bleeken, 50, has been in prison for nearly 30 years and has declined to seek parole because he believes his uncontrollable urges make him a danger to society, but he says he can no longer bear prison conditions and his own "unbearable psychic suffering," AFP reports. "I am a human being, and regardless of what I've done, I remain a human being," he told Belgian TV. "So, yes,...
  • Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

    09/16/2014 4:47:38 AM PDT · by EC1 · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 09/16/2014 | JUERGEN BAETZ
    BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian official says a convicted rapist and murderer who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychological condition was incurable.
  • Euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the utopian dream of controlling the uncontrollable

    09/12/2014 6:10:01 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies
    National Right to Life News ^ | 9/9/14 | Paul Russell
    Two recent articles on euthanasia and assisted suicide in the Australian press serve to highlight the dilemma of the form of any legislation that might be proposed as well as the reality of what crossing the Rubicon of the prohibition on killing or assisting in suicide will mean for a society like ours.Senator David Leyonhjelm (Assisted Suicide. OnLine Opinion, Sept 8) poses the classical libertarian view (that ‘permission from government should not be required’) while The Age writer, Julia Medew, records the view of one of the doctors she interviews as seeking legislative control (Don’t-tell doctors supporting secret euthanasia deaths...
  • State Backs Down, Won’t Euthanize Baby Whose Father Shook Her So Hard He Put Her in a Coma

    09/10/2014 6:19:13 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 33 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/9/14 | Steven Ertelt
    After the governor of the state of Maine stepped up to the plate to go to bat for a little girl whose life was in peril, bureaucratic officials have backed off an attempt to end the life of a baby victimized by her own father.Last week, Gov. Paul LePage vowed to protect a little baby whose life is at stake and who state officials wanted to kill by putting a DNR order in place without her parents’ consent.Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in support of a mother pleading with the state...
  • We Are Bigoted Against the Old When We Make Then Feel Like “a Burden”

    09/09/2014 7:39:59 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/9/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    How often have we heard our elderly brothers and sisters say they don’t want to be “a burden.” Who made them think such a thing? We did!A great column in the Daily Mail by Stephen Glover indicts the UK culture for its blatant ageism–a condemnation that applies equally to the USA. From, “Why Today’s Elderly are Old Age Pariahs:” It can scarcely be disputed that people in their 70s, 80s and 90s are increasingly made to feel they are part of a burdensome minority which is more or less surplus to requirement. What is particularly disturbing is that the kind...
  • Doctor Kills Depressed Woman in Euthanasia, Doesn’t Tell Family Until Next Day

    09/05/2014 6:41:48 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/4/14 | Alex Schadenberg
    Alliance Defending Freedom filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights Wednesday on behalf of Tom Mortier, who is challenging Belgium’s laws that allow euthanasia. Mortier’s mother was put to death by a doctor for “untreatable depression” even though she was not terminally ill. Mortier did not find out what had happened until he received a telephone call the day after her death. “The government has an obligation to protect life, not assist in promoting death,” said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Robert Clarke. “A person can claim that she should be able to do whatever she pleases, but...
  • It Wasn’t Just the Nazis: Now Doctors Can Euthanize Sick Children, Mentally Disabled

    09/05/2014 6:28:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/4/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    It wasn’t “the Nazis” that caused the mass euthanasia deaths of disabled infants and adults. It was the eugenics ideology of the era that denied human exceptionalism.We are heading in the same direction–although certainly not mass murder of the kind that happened in Germany circa 1939-1945.But we too have accepted the idea that there is such a thing as an unlivable life. Indeed, in the Netherlands, babies born with serious or terminal disabilities are killed in their cribs by doctors.In Belgium and the Netherlands, people with serious mental illnesses are euthanized–to widespread applause.All of this reminds me of the words...
  • Canadian cowardly head doc’s hand-wringing OK for assisted suicide

    09/02/2014 11:16:38 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/29/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    p>This is how the culture of death advances. A clueless, or cowardly–or both–authority figure says he or she is against assisted suicide except as a very last resort when everything else has been tried. Never mind that medicalized killing has never been so limited anywhere assisted suicide/euthanasia is legal. Never. Ever. Nowhere. Not Oregon. Not Washington. Not the Netherlands. Not Belgium. Not anywhere on planet earth. But saying that it is OK, if limited to a very last resort when everything that can be conjured by the minds of medical science has failed allows a surrender with seeming principle. That’s the kind of abjection now pushed by the head of...
  • Memorial to the T4 euthanasia program victims opens in Berlin

    09/02/2014 9:04:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    Euthanasia Prevention Coalition ^ | 9/2/14 | Alex Schadenberg
    Nazi euthanasia memorial A memorial to the victims of the Nazi T-4 euthanasia program will open on Tuesday September 2 in Berlin near the central Tiergarten park. The Times of Israel reported that a memorial to the approximate 300,000 physically and mentally disabled people who were murdered by the German regime between 1939 - 45, was approved in November 2011 and will open on September 2. The article stated that: “The murder of tens of thousands of patients and residents of care homes was the first systematic mass crime of the National Socialist regime,” said Uwe Neumaerker, director of the...
  • Dutch Woman Euthanized Who Feared Going to Nursing Home

    08/27/2014 7:55:08 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 33 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/27/14 | Paul Russell
    It’s official. Like Belgium, The Netherlands has completely lost any sense of respect for the law and has leapt, lemming like off the moral cliff.Dutch news is reporting on the euthanasia death of an elderly woman who sought euthanasia because she did not want to live in a nursing home.The report said that she visited a ‘special clinic set up to help people whose doctors do not support euthanasia’. This incident sparked the second reprimand of the ‘Life Clinic’ in the last four months. In the previous case the same clinic euthanasied a woman with identified psychiatric problems without enough...
  • Taken off life support and left to die, Haleigh’s now thriving with her adoptive parents

    08/27/2014 5:54:41 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/26/14 | Steve Weatherbe
    A girl who nine years ago was expected never to regain consciousness and was abandoned by Massachusetts welfare authorities, hospital medical staff, and the courts now watches the Disney Channel, enjoys the music of Justin Bieber and her Westfield Evangelical Free Church congregation, and tells her adoptive parents she loves them. Haleigh, now 20, is by all accounts a happy woman living surrounded by love with her siblings, her adoptive parents Keith and Becky Arnett, and other foster children the couple have taken in over the years. But Haleigh is far from typical. Once the center of a public...
  • Professor Death: Peter Singer Says Criminals Should Have Euthanasia Option to Avoid Prison

    08/20/2014 6:55:16 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 79 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/19/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    I think it is time to start calling Peter Singer ”Professor Death.”The Princeton moral philosopher–an oxymoron in his case–is the world’s foremost proponent of infanticide. He usually uses examples of disabled babies, but the reason he believes they can be killed is that they are supposedly not “persons.” Thus, Singer has refused to state that killing a baby because she was ugly would be wrong.Professor Death also supports euthanasia, both voluntary and non voluntary against ill human non-persons, such as Alzheimer’s patients.He has also stated that cognitively devastated people should have been used in developing the hepatitis vaccines instead of...
  • Media: Dying of Thirst is Excruciating Agony, Except if It’s Someone Like Terri Schiavo

    08/11/2014 10:34:25 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/11/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Health writer Larry Bernstein of the Washington Post has written an excruciating column about how awful and painful it is to die by thirst. The article laments–as any civilized person would–the potential mass deaths by dehydration of the Yazidi at the hand of the butchers of ISIS in Iraq.Dying of dehydration is an awful death. From the piece: I’m not about to start ranking the horrors visited on the human body this summer, from Ebola in West Africa to bombs and bullets in Gaza and Israel. But thousands of particularly excruciating deaths may soon be added to the list by...
  • The misguided ‘mercy’ of euthanasia

    08/11/2014 7:38:55 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | 8/10/14 | Father Thomas Rosica
    The mainstream media has caused great confusion about the topic of euthanasia and has been extremely deceptive in its portrayal of human suffering and compassion. Most people who believe euthanasia and assisted suicide should be legal are not thinking the issue through. They are weighing personal autonomy and choice, or imagining what it would be like to be incapacitated and forced into a life they consider undignified or worthless, or perhaps seeing severely disabled people as having no quality of life.Dignity and quality of life don’t come from what we can or cannot do. They are not matters of efficiency,...
  • Doctor: Elderly People Should be Left to Die, Their Quality of Life is Too Low

    08/08/2014 6:35:01 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 82 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/7/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    Dr. James Beattie, a cardiologist who works at the East of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham, believes hospitals should let more elderly patients die and “quality of life” should be given more consideration.According to an article in the Daily Mail, Beattie said that society no longer accepts mortality and is much less familiar with death. ‘If a person is in hospital, particularly an elderly person with multiple co-morbidities, if they have a cardiac arrest it’s a sign they are in decline,’ he told Radio 4.‘It’s their act of dying and they should not be resuscitated, they should be allowed...
  • The State Almost Starved Haleigh Poutre to Death, Look at Her Now

    08/06/2014 11:36:32 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/5/14 | Bobby Schindler
    Aside from the misleading claim in the article referring to my sister, Terri Schiavo, as being in a persistent vegetative state (PVS), the Boston Globe did a wonderful follow-up story on Haleigh Poutre’s tragic situation.Back in 2006, Haleigh made national news when her stepfather beat her into a coma. It was just a short time subsequent to this act of violence that her doctors decided this 13-year old had zero chance to recover and her legal guardian went to the courts for permission to remove Haleigh’s life sustaining care.In fact, if Haleigh would have happened to survive the removal of...
  • A new life for Haleigh

    08/03/2014 6:38:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    boston globe ^ | Patricia Wen
    WESTFIELD — The minister winds up his welcome to some 400 people, and soon lyrics flash karaoke-like on a large screen. A spirited Christian pop song, “Blessed be Your Name,” fills the Westfield Evangelical Free Church. In the back row, a young woman, sitting in a wheelchair next to her adoptive parents, lights up. Though she can’t read all the words, she sways to the music and claps her hands, the nails painted pink with white polka dots. She loves cheerful tunes and a crowd, and on this Sunday, she has both. Keith and Becky Arnett could have predicted that...
  • UK's NHS Defends Investment in Boob Jobs

    08/01/2014 2:53:23 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 August 2014 | John Semmens
    While the United Kingdom's National Health Service spends more than ÂŁ50 million per year subsidizing breast augmentation surgeries it refuses to pay for a drug that can help extend the survival time for cancer patients. A stark contrast between the cases of Josie Cunningham and Reece Hawley has raised eyebrows. The buxom Ms. Cunningham's breast enlargement was funded by the NHS back in 2009. She currently is selling pay-per-view tickets at ÂŁ10,000 a pop to see her giving birth later this month. Reece Hawley is a trainee teacher. NHS spokesman Howard Titman attempted to explain the seemingly anomalous treatment of...
  • Euthanasia Movement Defends Pushing People to Starve Themselves to Death

    07/30/2014 7:16:21 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/30/14 | Wesley J.Smith
    I am not sure why so many “science” bloggers and writers want to opine on ethics. Perhaps having to be objective and purely evidence based gets boring.In this context, now comes the Evolution Blog by Jason Rosenhouse, which one would presume, would be about the evidence for, and arguments about, evolution.But Rosenhouse attacks me over my recent First Things article about how the euthanasia movement is pushing suicide by starvation as a means of bludgeoning society into granting permission for lethal injections. (He also went after my Discovery Institute colleague, David Klinghoffer, who can defend himself.)Rosenhouse badly misleads his audience...
  • European Leader Suggests Euthanizing the Poor Instead of Providing Medical Care

    07/28/2014 7:03:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 39 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/28/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    This is the inescapable logic of euthanasia: It is much more expensive to care for ill and disabled patients than “compassionately” kill them. As I like to say, it may take $1000 for assisted suicide but $100,000 to provide the care that helps the patient not want end to their lives.The new Lithuanian Health Minister–apparently not having yet received her talking points from the Hemlock Society Compassion and Dying–clearly followed this logic in describing why she might support legalizing euthanasia.From the Delfi.It story: New Health Minister Ilze ŠalaševičiĆ«te took an awkward and sensitive topic – it proposes to legalize euthanasia...
  • The West is quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture

    07/21/2014 8:40:00 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/18/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    We are quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture–indeed to the point now that organizations like the Hemlock Society Compassion and Choices, bioethicists, and the mainstream media promote suicide by self-starvation as the new big thing in making oneself dead. Philip Nitschke is one of the international rock stars of euthanasia advocacy. He is also its most candid. He believes that everyone owns their own body absolutely and thus have a right to suicide whenever they want and for whatever reason. Indeed, he told NRO’s Kathryn Lopez that suicide pills should even be made available to “troubled teens.” I clashed with Nitschke in Australia when I traveled the country on...
  • Opposing Assisted Suicide: Remembering When My Terminally Ill Mom Told Me “We’ll Get Through It”

    07/18/2014 8:36:48 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/18/14 | John Smeaton
    Matthew Schellhorn, a highly-regarded classical pianist, has kindly given me permission to reproduce below his moving account of his late mother’s terminal illness and his insightful arguments against Lord Falconer’s assisted suicide bill, being debated at Second Reading today: Living life to the fullWhen my mum was diagnosed with late-stage cancer she turned to me and said, ‘We will get through it.’ At the time, I did not know what that could possibly mean.Looking after my mum disrupted my normal life. Being her carer took away my time. It made me lose interest in music and endangered professional opportunities. It...
  • Death Panels? Obama Admin May Pay Doctors to Conduct “End of Life” Discussions With Patients

    07/17/2014 6:40:22 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/16/14 | Jennifer Popik, JD
    In a recent Politico Magazine article titled, “Let’s Talk About Death Panels,” Harold Pollack urges reviving one of the most notorious proposals that did not make it into the Obama Health Car Law – “advance planning consultations.”During the debate over Obamacare’s enactment, there was considerable controversy over a provision in an early version under which health care providers would have been paid by Medicare to discuss with their patients whether they would want life-saving medical treatment.After former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin dubbed the planning sessions “death panels,” the provision was dropped from the law ultimately enacted.As Pollack...
  • Dutch Professor Now Opposes Euthanasia, “I Was Wrong, Terribly Wrong”

    07/15/2014 12:11:19 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 43 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/15/14 | Alex Schadenberg
    The Daily Mail UK is reporting that a former euthanasia supporter, Professor Theo Boer, has told the House of Lords in the UK not to make the same mistake as the Netherlands. Next week, the British House of Lords will debate the Falconer assisted suicide bill. Lord Falconer is a long-time supporter of assisted suicide who is also known for writing a one-sided report calling for the legalization of assisted death in Britain.The Daily Mail reported Dr Boer to have told the House of Lords: ‘Don’t do it Britain,’ ‘Once the genie is out of the bottle, it is not...
  • Desmond Tutu’s Push for Assisted Suicide in England Fuels Prejudice Against Elderly, Disabled

    07/14/2014 10:24:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/14/14 | Dr. Peter Saunders
    It is perhaps in the nature of celebrities to champion causes they perceive to be popular. Celebrity bishops are no exception and Desmond Tutu’s support for Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill is not surprising but deeply disappointing.Dignity in Dying, the former Voluntary Euthanasia Society, has assembled over 50 actors, sportsmen, entertainers, authors and other celebrities to add weight to their campaign – similar people to those advertisers draft in to provide endorsement for consumer products.The implication is that we should follow these celebrities and embrace their preferences.And there is no doubt that so-called ‘assisted dying’ resonates strongly with the spirit...
  • Warren Buffett spent how much promoting abortion?

    07/11/2014 6:16:50 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/10/14 | Peter Saunders
    The world’s fourth richest person, Warren Buffett, ploughed $1.23 billion into abortion groups over eleven years, a media watchdog has found. The Media Research Center (MRC), which analysed tax returns for Buffett’s foundation, labeled him the ‘king of abortion’. The MRC says the money given ‘is enough to pay for the abortions of more than 2.7 million babies in the womb’ – which, it points out, equates to the entire city of Chicago. MRC’s report lays out the money Buffett’s foundation gave between 2001 and 2012, saying it amounted to $1,230,585,161. The money was given to groups which either ‘provided abortions themselves...
  • Euthanasia Activists Want Nursing Homes to Starve Patients to Death

    06/30/2014 12:06:10 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 55 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/30/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    No line in bioethics is ever fixed. Rather, the push to eradicate the boundaries that keep medical professionalism tied to Hippocratic values (sniffed at as “paternalism” by many in the field) continues unabated, with new boundary lines created, consolidated, and then moved again into ever-more extreme territory.Some call this, the “slippery slope.” Case in point: Suicide by starvation, known as VSED (voluntary stop eating and drinking). Not only do bioethicists say doctors should participate in this method of suicide by palliating the pain starvation and dehydration causes, but also DO IT FOR THE PATIENT if they stated they wanted to...
  • Texas judge temporarily blocks man’s estranged wife from euthanizing him

    06/25/2014 8:43:03 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/25/14 | LifeSiteNews
    BEAUMONT, TX -- A Texas judge has bought some time for a man whose estranged wife is attempting to have him removed from life support over the objections of his brother and sister-in-law. Terry Martin Terry Dean Martin, 54, is on a ventilator and receiving nutrition and hydration care at the Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas in Beaumont after being admitted June 13 with complications of diabetes and kidney failure.  He suffered cardiac arrest on June 15, but doctors were able to resuscitate him.  He has not fully regained consciousness since, but his brother Gary Martin says he is able...
  • Nearly 70% of Americans favor euthanasia

    06/22/2014 5:18:19 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 99 replies
    Red State ^ | June 20, 2014 | streiff
    When a person has a disease that cannot be cured, do you think doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life by some painless means if the patient and his or her family request it? At first blush, the idea that a euthanasia should be allowed seems to follow a logic. If a person is suffering and wishes to end that suffering then who has the right to tell them no? It is their life, right? Only some troglodyte Bible thumper could possibly deny a person the simple mercy of ending their suffering. In this way it...
  • A bioethicist’s farcical case for child euthanasia

    06/17/2014 9:34:43 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/17/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    None are so blind as those who refuse to see. A bioethicist named Tony Hope supports Belgium’s new child euthanasia law as if we have no history of how loosely doctor-administered death has actually been applied in that morally collapsing country. While claiming the mantle of empirical analysis, Hope actually engages in a game of “let’s play pretend.” First, he sets forth his moral principles to justify euthanasia. I disagree, but let’s skip that for now.  I want to focus here on how the list of Hope’s supposedly “empirical assumptions”​ about the desirability of child euthanasia aren’t really empirical. From, “Morality, Science, and...
  • Casey Kasem Dead at 82

    06/15/2014 8:22:11 AM PDT · by Yossarian · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/15/2014 | Lesley Messer
    Casey Kasem has died. ABC News confirmed that the radio personality died today in a California hospital. He was 82. Born Kemal Amin Kasem in Detroit, the disc jockey began his career in nearby Flint before becoming an announcer on Armed Forces Radio Korea Network in 1952. Upon his return, he went on to work at radio stations in California, Ohio and New York before launching "American Top 40" in 1970. He hosted that show until 1988, and then a revived version from 1998 until 2004, when Ryan Seacrest took over. From 1988 until 1998, Kasem hosted a show called...
  • The Sad Fate of Casey Kasem: Death by Dehydration

    06/13/2014 6:08:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 79 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/12/14 | Bobby Schindler
    A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge reversed his own ruling, permitting Casey Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, to remove her father’s food and hydration (via feeding tube), which will result in his death by starvation and dehydration. Kasem’s wife of 33 years, Jean Kasem, is fighting for the life of her husband, with her attorney, Steve Haney, calling the judge’s decision, “the functional equivalent of a death sentence.”Growing up in the 70’s, I was introduced to Casey Kasem’s easy to recognize voice as each week he counted down “American Top 40″ hits for almost four decades on a radio show heard...
  • Quebec Approves Bill Legalizing Euthanasia

    06/08/2014 9:57:16 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 June 2014 | John Semmens
    The Québec National Assembly voted 94-22 to approve the so-called “dying with dignity” act. Under the provisions of this legislation any patient may request and will be granted euthanasia regardless of medical condition. Véronique Hivon, Minister for Social Services and Youth Protection, enthusiastically boasted that “we have done away with the notion that a person must be terminally ill before a merciful death can be prescribed. Now anyone who wants to end his life can simply order up the procedure.” Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition characterized the legislation as “a dangerous step down the path to...
  • UK’s ‘assisted dying’ bill tells disabled ‘it’s not worth being alive’: wheelchair-bound Baroness

    06/06/2014 10:35:10 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/5/14 | Kirsten Andersen
    LONDON, U.K., June 5, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A British aristocrat and legislator has gone to bat for the nation’s disabled, arguing that a proposed law allowing doctor-assisted suicide would target the ill and infirm for euthanasia. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, a paraplegic athlete who has won 11 gold medals at the Paralympics and is now a member of the House of Lords, co-signed a scathing letter to the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper in which she and other disability-rights advocates accused lawmakers of having double standards when it comes to whether a person should be allowed to commit suicide. “Why is it...
  • Quebec Approves Bill Legalizing Euthanasia on Demand

    06/06/2014 6:18:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/5/`4 | Steven Ertelt
    The Québec National Assembly voted today on Bill 52 that legalizes euthanasia on demand in the Canadian province. Bill 52 legalizes euthanasia by re-defining it as a form of healthcare under the term “end-of-life care.” The measure passed this afternoon by a 94-22 margin, with no abstentions. Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition stated: “Let’s be clear, Bill 52 gives Québec physicians the right to intentionally and directly cause the death of persons by lethal injection. This represents an act of homicide and not an act of “end of life care.” Bill 52 claims to limit euthanasia...
  • New poll on US morality shows need for clearer preaching: Head of Human Life International

    06/04/2014 9:34:33 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/3/14 | Kirsten Andersen
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Gallup poll released May 30 showing large majorities of Americans now agree that homosexual relations, contraception, divorce, and fornication are "morally acceptable” highlights the need for strong preaching on moral issues, says the president of Human Life International. “The acceptability of these evils is a direct result of people not being engaged in public debate against those trying to force us to accept these issues,” Father Shenan Boquet told LifeSiteNews. “That’s why it’s so important for faith leaders to speak out and find new ways to help the public understand moral teachings...
  • Euthanasia Activists Pushing Starvation as “Death with Dignity”

    05/30/2014 12:59:22 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 33 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/30/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    The “death with dignity” and bioethics crowds grow increasingly extreme. Now, they are pushing starvation.First, it was removing feeding tubes from the cognitively disabled, slow killing excused as removing medical treatment. Do it to a dog and go to jail. Do it to Terri Schiavo and it’s merely “medical ethics.”Now, euthanasia types push VSED, e.g. voluntary stop eating and drinking. Not only that, they want nursing homes and hospitals to be forced to starve dementia patients to death who willingly eat.I’m on the case in my biweekly column over at First Things. From, “Starvation as the New Death with Dignity:”...
  • Doctor plans ‘inspiring’ Auschwitz tour to talk about euthanasia

    05/28/2014 11:03:28 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    The Jewish Chronicle ^ | 5/23/14 | Shirli Sitbon
    Belgian doctor Wim Distelmans, an advocate of euthanasia, has triggered controversy by planning a study trip to Auschwitz, which he describes as an “inspiring venue” in which to “clarify confusion” about mercy killing. Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre called Prof Distelmans’s Auschwitz initiative “a travesty”. “The connection he’s making is perverse. He has to stand down, cancel the trip and make a declaration condemning the so-called ‘mercy euthanasia’ practised by the Nazis,” he said. Mr Samuels added that if the trip was simply a badly thought-out idea, the professor should at least admit he made a mistake. Prof...
  • Belgium: Euthanasia Deaths Skyrocket as Doctors Now Kill Five People Every Day

    05/28/2014 10:39:26 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/28/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Belgium has jumped head first into the darkness that is the culture of death. Euthanasia deaths–the ones recorded, more are done sub rosa–have gone up 27% in one year.From the story: The numbers of euthanasia in Belgium have beaten another record in 2013 with 1,816 cases against 1,432 in 2012, an increase of 26.8%, according to the latest figures released by the newspapers Sudpresse group.“You could say that currently there euthanasia 150 per month in Belgium or, even more telling, euthanasia 5 per day,” the newspaper said. It is here that declared to the Commission control and evaluation of euthanasia....
  • Veterinarian Shares Personal Story of Having His Own Dog Put to Sleep

    05/13/2014 12:29:42 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo ^ | 5/13/14 | Douglas Palma
    In the years it has taken to write this piece I think about Rufus every day. His memory still burns strong, with his dog tag firmly attached to my key chain as a daily reminder to be half the moral character that Rufus was. Those two days are with me every time I have to break bad news or perform euthanasia. Now when I say, "I understand," I do.
  • [Today's] Moral Issues

    04/12/2014 4:12:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CatholicsComeHome.org ^ | not given | CatholicsComeHome.org
    Moral Issues Making moral choices in our modern world can be confusing and difficult. With so many temptations and influences pulling us in all directions, and the pressures of life driving us toward the seemingly “easy” path, it is comforting to know that Jesus Christ, through His Church, has blessed us with clear moral framework to guide us toward a happy, fulfilling life.It makes perfect sense that our Creator, who made us and designed us to work in a certain way, would know what’s best for us. Fortunately, He gifted the Church with His advice on how to live...
  • Retired art teacher committed suicide because of frustration with modern life

    04/07/2014 12:35:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:32AM BST 06 Apr 2014 | Claire Carter
    A retired art teacher committed suicide at the Dignitas clinic because she was frustrated at the lack of interaction in modern life, because of our reliance on computers and the Internet. The 89-year-old, who asked only to be identified as Anne before her death, was frustrated with the trappings of modern life, including fast food, consumerism and the amount of time people spend watching television. Anne, a former electrician with the Royal Navy, was not terminally ill or seriously handicapped and traveled to Dignitas in Switzerland last month. Before her death she told the Sunday Times: “People are becoming more...
  • Russia Bans Belgium From Adopting Kids Because They May be Euthanized

    03/20/2014 1:15:28 AM PDT · by kathsua · 26 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 3/19/14 | Alex Schadenberg
    Cheryl Eckstein, the leader of the Compassionate Healthcare Network sent out an important news story from Russia concerning Belgium extending euthanasia to children. The Voice of Russia reported on March 9, 2014 stated that: Russian officials have come up with a proposal to ban child adoption by citizens of countries where child euthanasia is permissible. The report states: Russian MPs have proposed to put a ban on child adoption by citizens of countries where the euthanasia of underage children is allowed. A lawyer, Larisa Pavlova, the Chairwoman of the board of Directors of the Parents Committee (a public organization) shares...
  • After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? [2012 peer reviewed article]

    02/23/2014 5:56:28 PM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Journal of Medical Ethics / British Medical Journal ^ | March, 2012 | Alberto Giubilini, Francesca Minerva
    Abstract Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus' health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled. Previous SectionNext Section Introduction Severe abnormalities of the fetus...
  • Catholic Caucus: Euthanasia in Belgium - Its True Name

    02/21/2014 7:31:07 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    theBeacon ^ | 02.20.14 | Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D
    In the English language, the word “Spartan” has come to mean austere. The culture of ancient Sparta was so harsh that mothers would send their sons off to war with the warning, “Return with your shield or on it.” Spartan austerity began at birth. New-born infants were examined and if they were not fit, they were left to die. Infanticide was not unusual in the ancient world. But, in Sparta, it was managed by the state with chilling efficiency. What mattered most was not the individual, but the nation. Weak individuals were not allowed to drain the strength of one...
  • Belgium's humane stance on dying kids (True Colors of Liberalism Alert)

    02/20/2014 10:21:21 AM PST · by mojito · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/20/2014 | Meghan Daum
    It's an idea that, in the death-squeamish U.S., is probably too disturbing for the edgiest TV hospital drama, let alone real life and real legislation. Last week, the Belgian Parliament passed a law allowing terminally ill children to request aid in dying. Adults there have been able to do that since 2002, and a few other European countries have similar measures. But last Thursday's action, which is expected to be signed into law by King Philippe, will make Belgium the first to extend the right to minors faced with "constant and unbearable suffering." International headlines ensued, including some rather aggrieved...
  • Recalling Euthanasia’s Legacy of Death

    02/19/2014 1:03:22 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 19, 2014 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    During a debate on the Senate floor in 1996, at the time of President Clinton’s veto of a bill to ban partial-birth abortion, there was an incident reported in an article in the Washington Post: Not five feet away, Republican Senator, Rick Santorum turned to face the opposition and in a high, pleading voice cried out, “where do we draw the line? Some people have likened this procedure to an appendectomy. That’s not an appendix,” he shouted, pointing to a drawing of a fetus. “That is not a blob of tissue. It is a baby. It’s a baby.” And...
  • Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors....

    02/15/2014 8:59:41 AM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    mail online ^ | Damien Gayle
    FULL TITLE: Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors in illegal mercy killings, claims retired GP British doctors have secretly killed terminally sick children by giving them 'huge' overdoses of painkillers, it was claimed yesterday. Hours after Belgium became the first country in the world to allow the euthanasia of children, a retired GP suggested it was already happening, informally, in Britain. Dr Michael Irwin told an LBC Radio debate: 'It has happened in this country, very quietly. I know of one or two children over the last few years.'