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  • When ‘alleviating suffering’ turns into killing the most vulnerable

    03/31/2015 9:05:39 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/30/15 | Eric Metaxas
    March 30, 2015 (BreakPoint.org) -- In 1997, the Supreme Court ruled in Vacco v. Quill that there was no constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide. Those of us here at BreakPoint recall how Chuck Colson and others breathed a sigh of relief.But a lot has changed in 18 years. What was legally unthinkable then is oh so thinkable today. And even if the Court doesn’t reverse itself, at least eighteen states and the District of Columbia are contemplating following the lead of Oregon and several European countries, most notably the Netherlands and Belgium.That’s why a vitally important Heritage Foundation paper by Ryan T....
  • Letters needed to stop assisted suicide bill

    03/16/2015 11:39:02 AM PDT · by celmak · 26 replies
    California Family Alliance ^ | 03/13/2015 | Lori Arnold
    As we feared, the most egregious bill introduced this session is Senate Bill (SB) 128, a concerted effort to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Despite failing to pass similar laws five previous times in California, supporters of these so-called “Death with Dignity” laws have been emboldened by both a national effort to expand legalized physician-assisted suicide from coast to coast, and by the high-profile case of a 29-year-old California cancer patient who moved to Oregon to end her life there. While many such cases are tragic, just three states have succumbed to the legalization efforts of pro-death forces. Only Oregon, Washington and...
  • Man Who Euthanized 12-Year-Old Daughter Happy Canada Overturned Assisted Suicide Ban

    02/09/2015 8:28:35 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/9/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    One Sunday, Robert Latimer carried his 12-year-old daughter to the family pickup truck parked in the barn. He placed the girl, disabled by cerebral palsy, in the vehicle and started the engine. He closed the doors and asphyxiated Tracy to death. Latimer become something of a hero among many Canadians, supported as a loving father for murdering his daughter, for which he served time in prison. Now the child killer has come out in support of the recent Canadian Supreme Court decision that will bring doctor-facilitated death to Canada’s disabled, elderly, dying, and mentally ill despairing citizens. From the CKOM...
  • Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of Assisted Suicide

    01/28/2015 7:56:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Arhcdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of the Latest Assisted Suicide Bill By: Msgr. Charles PopeA bill has been introduced in the Washington D.C. City Council to legalize assisted suicide. And thus yet another battle is before us in the cultural meltdown of our land. Unpleasant though it is, dear reader, consider with me the proposed legislation and why we, as both Christians and those dedicated to Natural Law and the common good, must vigorously oppose it.As a tool for reflection, I am using an article published recently on the website DCist.com. I...
  • BREAKING: Canada’s top court rules doctors can help kill patients; overturns assisted suicide law

    02/06/2015 12:15:32 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/6/15 | Pete Baklinski
    In a momentous ruling this morning, Canada’s highest court unanimously ruled to open the door to a doctor helping kill someone nearing the end-of-life stage, a ruling comparable to the sweeping Morgentaler ruling 27 years ago that allowed a doctor to kill someone at the earliest pre-born stage of life. In Carter v. Canada, the Court overturned a previous law prohibiting assisted suicide, in effect reversing the previous 1993 Rodriguez decision in which it said the state’s obligation to “protect the vulnerable” outweighed the rights of the individual to self-determination. The ruling makes Canada join the ranks of Switzerland, the...
  • Canada’s top court rules doctors can help kill patients; overturns assisted suicide law

    02/06/2015 10:05:33 AM PST · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/6/15 | Pete Baklinski
    OTTAWA, February 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — In a momentous ruling this morning, Canada’s highest court unanimously ruled to open the door to a doctor helping kill someone nearing the end-of-life stage, a ruling comparable to the sweeping Morgentaler ruling 27 years ago that allowed a doctor to kill someone at the earliest pre-born stage of life. In Carter v. Canada, the Court overturned a previous law prohibiting assisted suicide, in effect reversing the previous 1993 Rodriguez decision in which it said the state’s obligation to “protect the vulnerable” outweighed the rights of the individual to self-determination. The ruling makes Canada join...
  • Larson: Black Lives Matter Indeed

    01/27/2015 7:49:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Twin Falls Times-News ^ | January 27, 2015 | Neal Larson
    I sometimes gauge the virtue of a particular public policy by posing a hypothetical question: What if we promoted this policy exclusively within a disadvantaged sector? Secular progressives love assisted suicide. They fawned all over Brittany Maynard’s decision to take her own life last year, declaring the beauty of such a thoughtful, pensive, decision. After all, any decision that requires so much deep thought and garners a large online following must be the right one. So here’s the test. What if we marketed assisted suicide as an option, especially to inner-city blacks? Television commercials and billboards could tout a peaceful...
  • Duty to Die: Author Says Too Few People in Oregon are Requesting Assisted Suicide

    01/12/2015 8:10:58 AM PST · by wagglebee · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/12/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    Just as an illustration of where too many among the intelligentsia and technocratic classes are concerning euthanasia: I would like to briefly review a book review by former New England Journal of Medicine executive editor–and assisted suicide booster–Marcia Angell.Angell reviews Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande. I have read the book and written a review, not yet published, so I can’t expound on that here. But I would like to focus on Angell’s increasing zeal for legalizing assisted suicide–and now, in this review, euthanasia.Angell spends about a quarter of her long review discussing just...
  • Europe's Euthanasia Craze

    01/09/2015 12:24:27 PM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | 1/9/15 | Tom Wilson
    The case of Frank Van Den Bleeken—the Belgian murderer and rapist who requested to be euthanized rather than spend life in prison—has provoked its fair share of comment. And rightly so, for the facts of this case are shocking. But far more shocking is the rapidly growing euthanasia culture that made this whole affair possible. The increasing normalization of euthanasia is just one of many social trends that reveals a Europe that is becoming profoundly estranged from its Judeo-Christian heritage. As that happens, European societies are losing the moral and spiritual anchor with which to resist the gradual slide into...
  • Doctors Euthanize 650 Babies Under Assisted Suicide Law in the Netherlands

    01/05/2015 8:57:17 AM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/2/15 | Sarah Zagorski
    In 2013, 650 babies died under Holland’s assisted suicide law because their parents or doctors deemed their suffering too difficult to bear. Although the law was designed to help terminally ill patients have a dignified death, the right to die has also been granted to a growing number of people who are physically healthy but have psychological problems. Official figures show that 13 patients suffering from mental illness were euthanized in 2011; by 2013 this number had risen to 42 patients.And it is not just adults who are being euthanized. According to the Royal Dutch Medical Association, as many as...
  • Activists Propose “Death Doulas” to Push Elderly and Disabled Into Assisted Suicide

    12/31/2014 6:49:04 AM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 12/30/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    The Hippocratic Oath is one of the last remaining impediments to the complete deprofessionalization of medicine.Doctors don’t take it much anymore, but the people still embrace its core purpose as an essential protection of their lives and wellbeing.Now, in the LA Times, a doctor and journalist try to put the Oath out of its misery by taking the primary responsibility for interacting with dying patients away from physicians and handing decision-making over to “death doulas.” From, “The Hippocratic Oath and the Terminally Ill,” by Nora Zamichow and Ken Murray: If we allow medicine to prolong life, should we also allow...
  • Brittany Maynard Sent Email to Euthanasia Activist the Day She Died Supporting Assisted Suicide

    12/05/2014 9:27:27 AM PST · by wagglebee · 37 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/4/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Brittany Maynard was clearly working with the pro-assisted suicide group Compassion and Choices when she took a lethal drug to end her life and released a video in conjunction with the euthanasia group about her decision.Now a new revelation has come out about the extent to which Maynard worked with and had contact with assisted suicide activists in the time leading up to her killing herself. A new report indicates she emailed a woman who illegally provided lethal drugs to her own father that he used to take his life.A People magazine report indicates Maynard, the day she committed suicide,...
  • Time for commercially-assisted suicide?

    12/01/2014 11:09:03 AM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/1/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Human logic goes where our first principles and fundamental premises take it. Assisted suicide’s core premise is that being killed to stop suffering is a fundamental human right. In other words, terminal illness may sometimes be politically expedient entry point to euthanasialand, but it isn’t the point of legalization.And now, in the journal Bioethics, bioethicist Roland Kipke argues that if assisted suicide is a right of autonomy, we should permit entrepreneurs to go into the business of making people painlessly dead, what he calls “commercially-assisted suicide” (CAS). From, “Why Not Commercial Assistance for Suicide?”:  ‘CAS’ means that persons who wish to commit suicide are supported in a businesslike fashion,...
  • This Dying Man Has the Same Cancer as Brittany Maynard, But His Response is Priceless

    11/24/2014 10:58:34 AM PST · by wagglebee · 46 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/24/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    Aaron and Nora met in 2010 and like most people who fall in love, they were head over heels for each other. The next year, Aaron suffered a seizure at work which led to a very grim diagnosis: stage four brain cancer. Although a large portion of the tumor was a Grade 2, which is usually classified as benign, a portion of it was Grade 4 glioblastoma—the same kind of cancer as Brittany Maynard.However, despite his illness, their lives went on. Aaron and Nora wed, they had a baby and spent endless time together. For a while his health was...
  • Right-to-die advocate’s mom blasts Vatican remarks

    11/18/2014 10:51:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2014 1:36 PM EST
    Brittany Maynard’s mother is responding angrily to the Vatican's criticism of Maynard’s decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms. […] Maynard’s mother, Debbie Ziegler, issued a sharp written response Tuesday. She says the Vatican official’s comments came as the family was grieving and were “more than a slap in the face.” …
  • How euphemisms killed Brittany Maynard…and are killing our kids

    11/12/2014 6:48:14 AM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/11/14 | Melanie Pritchard
    Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary describes “euphemism” as a “mild or pleasant word or phrase that is used instead of one that is unpleasant or offensive.” This always has been - and I am certain always will be - one of the strongest weapons the culture of death will use to contain and keep hidden their lies. For example, the name Planned Parenthood sounds pleasant, but if you really describe what happens there, you discover they don’t help people plan parenthood at all. They end parenthood for all who walk through their doors. They hide behind their pretty name to mask that...
  • Suicide is not ‘dignity,’ it is ‘suicide’

    11/10/2014 12:19:09 PM PST · by wagglebee · 33 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/10/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Beware movements that word engineer and deploy gooey euphemisms to further their agenda. It generally means there is something very wrong with the agenda. In the wake of Brittany Maynard’s death, suicide promoters are now using the word “dignity” as a synonym for suicide, more than implying that dying naturally is not dignity. That is not only cruel, it is wrong. Dignity is intrinsic. Sick and dying people seeking to be assured they still have it look at us–our faces–like mirrors. If they see us thinking they are less than they once were, it can be devastating. In the Guardian, Brian Smith–obviously no relation–says his father...
  • Assisted Suicide - Why Oppose It? [Assisted ZOT**Why Oppose it?]

    11/03/2014 6:36:33 PM PST · by Sumner Worden · 160 replies
    Hello, everyone. I'm new to Free Republic and I'm looking forward to the discussions. There has been a good amount of coverage regarding Brittany Maynard's assisted suicide, and even more opinions thrown all over news websites and social media. After reading through a number of responses, I still didn't find the argument for the opposition of assisted suicide very clear. I understand that most Christians would be opposed to the act purely for religious reasons, but do those who oppose assisted suicide have any valid reasons without appealing to religious doctrine?
  • Euthanasia Activists Will Use Brittany Maynard’s Death to Promote Assisted Suicide

    11/03/2014 7:38:04 AM PST · by wagglebee · 136 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/3/14 | Steven Ertelt
    In a tragic ending to her life, terminally ill cancer patient Brittany Maynard took her life this past weekend by legally taking a lethal dose of drugs to commit suicide. Her decision to kill herself sparked a national debate on assisted suicide and, now, pro-life advocates are concerned euthanasia activists will use her death to promote legalizing assisted suicide in more states.“I know that I am supposed to keep quiet and simply offer condolences,” pro-life attorney and euthanasia expert Wesley Smith wrote shortly after Maynard’s death “Frankly, I doubt her family would want them from me–given how her illness and...
  • Brittany Maynard Won’t Kill Herself November 1: “Doesn’t Seem Like the Right Time Now”

    10/30/2014 9:16:04 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/30/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Brittany Maynard has officially decided to delay her decision to kill herself under Oregon’s assisted suicide law on November 1. She says it “doesn’t seem like the right time now” to end her life.Although cancer patients and pro-life groups have tried to talk her out of the decision, it now appears Maynard may have either been used by assisted suicide advocates to promote their agenda or may have been a part of a plan working in concert with them to attempt to legalize assisted suicide in additional states.The 29-year-old terminally ill patient made nationally-discussed plans to take the lethal pill...
  • Euthanasia Activist Starves Herself to Death to Promote Assisted Suicide

    10/20/2014 10:50:40 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 76 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/20/14 | Dr. Peter Saunders
    A long-term pro-euthanasia campaigner has starved herself to death over five weeks because she could not have her life ended legally.Jean Davies, 86, did not suffer from a terminal illness but said her life had become ‘intolerable’ after a series of fainting spells. She died at home in Oxford on 1 October after giving an extensive interview to the Sunday Times.Mrs Davies became involved in the right-to-die campaign as far back as the 1970s and was president of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies from 1990 to 1992 and was chair of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society UK (now...
  • Euthanasia and the slippery slope: You can’t kill just one

    10/20/2014 10:41:21 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/20/14 | Eric Metaxas
    When abortion was made the law of the land, critics predicted that the number of “procedures” would multiply across America, that many would treat it as a form of birth control, and that millions of unborn babies would die. “Nonsense,” said abortion supporters. Abortion would be just for the “hard cases” so that a women would be safe from so-called “back-alley abortions.” Abortion supporters accused pro-lifers of using a “slippery slope” argument. Okay—40 years later which was right? Well, it’s pretty obvious: fifty-six million unborn children have been legally aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973, precisely what pro-lifers predicted. Sometimes the...
  • Death On Demand Is Not Death With Dignity

    10/14/2014 10:40:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    I'd like to think that if I got the bad news that Brittany Maynard received -- terminal cancer with a prognosis of less than six months left to live -- I'd be like her. I'd like to be stoic and brave. I'd like to take charge of the rest of my cruelly abbreviated life. If I were facing death at age 29, I would want to find meaning in an end come too soon. Maynard has done just that. She moved from California to Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal. She has become the face of Compassion & Choices, which...
  • Assisted suicide cannot promise you a peaceful or painless death

    10/13/2014 9:17:27 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 64 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/10/14 | Lani Candelora
    Assisted suicide is wrongly marketed to the public as a flawless, peaceful escape from suffering. But did you know that many assisted suicides experience complications? It can be a painful and scary death. It can include gasping, muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, panic, confusion, failure to produce unconsciousness, waking from unconsciousness, and a failure to cause death.Just this week we saw a heartbreaking article about a woman named Brittany Maynard who has planned her assisted suicide death for November 1st. She is clearly terrified of a hard and painful death, and has been led to believe that assisted suicide is the...
  • Euthanasia Advocates Exploit 29-Year-Old Who Wants to Kill Herself to Push Assisted Suicide

    10/10/2014 9:11:25 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/10/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    I wasn’t going to write about the Brittany Maynard assisted suicide frenzy. Maynard is apparently dying of brain cancer at age 29, and has decided to mount a pro-assisted suicide campaign, announcing she will kill herself on November 1.I wasn’t going to write about Maynard because I am not critical of her. No one knows what our limits might be. But more importantly, she is a living, very ill woman. No way I am going to do anything to add to her burden.But then, I started getting many media calls to comment: Three minutes on TV talking her planned suicide,...
  • Terminally ill woman, 29, chooses to die two days after husband’s birthday

    A terminally ill 29-year-old woman has chosen November 1 as the day she will die. Shortly after her wedding in 2013, Brittany Maynard of Portland, Ore., began experiencing debilitating headaches. While on vacation with her husband in January, Brittany was diagnosed with grade II Astrocytoma, a severe brain tumor. Doctors told her she had 10 years left to live. “I have to tell you,” she says in the video, “when you’re 29 years old, being told you have that kind of timeline still feels like being told you’re going to die tomorrow.” Following the original diagnosis, doctors said her cancer...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Desmond Tutu: I support assisted dying

    07/13/2014 3:06:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:06AM BST 13 Jul 2014 | Miranda Prynne
    Desmond Tutu has supported calls for a rethink on the Church of England’s stance on assisted dying claiming life should not be preserved “at any cost”. The retired Anglican archbishop said laws to stop people being allowed help to end their lives removed their “human right to dignity”. Tutu branded the treatment of Nelson Mandela, who was kept alive through a long and painful illness which saw him wheeled in and out of hospital and forced to take part in PR-driven photo shoots, an “affront to Madiba’s dignity”. He claimed he did not want his own life to be “prolonged...
  • Assisted Dying: Church of England Seeks Inquiry

    07/12/2014 11:11:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/12/14
    The Church of England (CofE) has called for an inquiry into assisted dying. It follows a U-turn by former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, who said he would back legislation to allow the terminally ill in England and Wales get help to end their lives. The current Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says the Assisted Dying Bill is "mistaken and dangerous". But the Church said an inquiry would include expert opinion and carefully assess the arguments. Speaking on behalf of the CofE, the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome, said a Royal Commission would allow the "important issue"...
  • 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...
  • 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 adopts right-to-die legislation

    06/05/2014 6:15:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2014 7:47 PM EDT
    Quebec has adopted a right to-die bill in what is the first legislation of its kind in Canada. The federal Canadian government, however, has said it could challenge its legality. Bill 52 carried the day by a 94-22 majority. The legislation is officially dubbed “an act respecting end-of-life care.” …
  • Should Connecticut allow assisted suicide? (FREEP THIS POLL)

    02/06/2014 7:57:09 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 33 replies
    HARTFORD COURANT ^ | Feb 3, 2014
    Should Connecticut make it legal for terminally ill patients to end their lives? Advocates say that a peaceful death with the help of a doctor is preferable to a painful one from a terminal illness or an illegal one. Last year’s bill on this issue resulted in the first legislative public hearing on the topic, according to CT News Junkie, but never passed out of the Public Health Committee. Oregon and Washington have laws allowing assisted suicide. But proposals for a similar law here have faced opposition from doctors in the state, from Catholic archdioceses and from disability advocates. What’s...
  • Belgium Considering New Euthanasia Law for Kids

    10/31/2013 8:39:53 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 47 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 31, 2013 | Maria Cheng
    <p>Should children have the right to ask for their own deaths?</p> <p>In Belgium, where euthanasia is now legal for people over the age of 18, the government is considering extending it to children — something that no other country has done. The same bill would offer the right to die to adults with early dementia.</p>
  • We don’t let animals suffer, says Prof. Stephen Hawking as he backs assisted suicide

    09/17/2013 10:06:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:05PM BST 17 Sep 2013 | Claire Duffin
    Professor Stephen Hawking, the scientist, has given his backing to the legalization of assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Prof. Hawking, 71, who has motor neuron disease, said, “We don't let animals suffer, so why humans?” In an interview, he said he believed those who helped loved ones die should escape prosecution if they were suffering from a terminal illness and in pain. … “But there must be safeguards that the person concerned genuinely wants to end their life, and they are not being pressurized into it or have it done without their knowledge and consent, as would have been...
  • Connecticut to Hold Hearing on Bill Legalizing Assisted Suicide

    03/19/2013 11:59:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    LN ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Lawmakers in the Connecticut legislature have introduced a bill to legalize assisted suicide, in what would make it the third to do so. Defeating this anti-life bill will be the highest legislative priority of the Family Institute of Connecticut Action in 2013. The pro-life group is already hard at work on defeating the measure but needs help from Connecticut residents as lawmakers gather for a hearing on the legislation tomorrow. The Family Institute of Connecticut Action will join with other pro-life advocates for a press conference tomorrow to oppose the assisted suicide bill, H.B. 6645. The press conference is sponsored...
  • Not So Golden State Decriminalizes Euthanasia

    01/27/2013 3:13:36 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 27, 2013 | JP
    Jack Koency, an 86-year-old California man, was one of nearly 1.5 million surviving World War II veterans. He was neither terminally ill, nor bedridden, nor immobile. His neighbors remember him as quiet and good natured. Koency died at the hands of Elizabeth Barrett, an acquaintance of his. She served the decorated war vet a cup of yogurt in which she ground up a lethal dose of Oxcontin with two other medications. Barrett, a social worker, pled guilty a fortnight ago to so-called “assisted suicide.” She could have received up to three years in state prison for her role in Koency’s...
  • France Opens the Door to Medically-Assisted Suicide

    12/19/2012 11:59:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12/19/12
    A report commissioned by French President François Hollande has started the ball rolling towards possible legislation that would allow for medically-assisted suicide in France.A government-commissioned report released on Tuesday has recommended that France allow doctors to “accelerate death” for terminally-ill patients who want to end their lives. French people overwhelmingly support medically-assisted suicide, with an October poll showing 89% in favour. Examining the case for medically-assisted suicide was a campaign pledge made by French President François Hollande ahead of his election in May 2012. Hollande pledged to act on the recommendations of the government-commissioned report, which will be referred to...
  • What Would Hippocrates Do?

    10/18/2012 12:26:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    IF HIPPOCRATES, the "Father of Western Medicine" were alive today, would he favor Question 2, the Massachusetts ballot initiative to authorize doctor-prescribed suicide?Presumably not: The celebrated code of medical ethics that bears his name, which physicians for centuries took an oath to uphold, flatly forbids assisted suicide. "I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked," the Hippocratic Oath avows, "nor will I advise such a plan."Some things never change, and one of them is the beguiling idea that doctors should be able to help patients kill themselves when incurable disease makes their lives unbearable. The...
  • Wesley J. Smith: The International Suicide Industry

    10/12/2012 5:32:15 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/12/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    An international industry of sorts has been established to help people commit suicide. The relatives of a recent victim has pushed back in the Telegraph.  From the story: A woman suffering from multiple sclerosis took a fatal overdose after a suicide website sent an advocate to her care home to discuss euthanasia.Wheelchair-bound Anne Veasey, 71, died at the nursing home where she lived on August 1 last year after she overdosed on pentobarbital she had bought on the internet. An inquest heard that Mrs Veasey’s health had been deteriorating, she had money worries and had been diagnosed with depression.The court was...
  • Quebec government reveals plan to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide

    10/12/2012 1:18:11 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/9/12 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    QUEBEC, October 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Quebec’s newly elected government announced that it plans to table legislation legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide as early as next spring, even though Canadian federal law prohibits the practice. A spokeswoman for the minority Parti Quebecois government of Premier Pauline Marois said the proposed legislation was part of the party’s election platform and was based on recommendations from the report of the province’s Special Commission on Dying with Dignity. While some media outlets reported that the commission recommended the legalization of assisted suicide in exceptional cases, Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition pointed...
  • MassResistance forms ballot committee to stop Physician-Assisted Suicide referendum in Ma.

    10/09/2012 11:40:35 AM PDT · by massmike · 5 replies
    http://massresistance.com ^ | 10/09/2012 | n/a
    The culture of death is moving forward. In the November election, Massachusetts is poised to be the third state in America -- and the first state in the East -- to legalize so-called Assisted Suicide. For over a century, the euthanasia movement has been one of the more disturbing parts of progressivism, which has become modern liberalism. After the progressives popularized it, the Nazis adopted it and became the first government to use it as part of its policy. After the war, groups like the Hemlock Society kept it going in the U.S. In recent years, as abortion and similar...
  • Anger at 'Nazi slur' on right to die lobby

    09/02/2012 12:40:57 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies
    Scotland Herald ^ | 9/2/12 | Judith Duffy
    The claims will be discussed in Edinburgh this week at what is billed as the first gathering in Europe of campaigners against assisted suicide.Care Not Killing – an alliance largely of religious groups – has been accused of "cheapening" the issue by opening its conference, the European Symposium on euthanasia and assisted suicide, with a talk entitled Lessons from Nazism. Dr Andrew Fergusson, a former GP who is chairman of the advisory group for Care Not Killing, admitted the opening theme of the event would be "controversial". He said the comparison stemmed from a judgment in the Nuremberg Trials which...
  • Physician-assisted suicide poisons the mission of medicine

    09/02/2012 10:33:42 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 8/28/12 | J. Donald Boudreau
    Recent events suggest that the assisted-suicide movement has gained momentum; reports from the Royal Society of Canada, the Quebec National Assembly and the British Columbia Supreme Court all support legalization of physician- assisted suicide. But the case is not closed.Confusion reigns. Doctors opposed to physician-assisted suicide are sometimes labelled as paternalistic, disrespectful of patients’ autonomy and blind to certain aspects of human dignity. These are inaccurate and offensive descriptions of who we are and what we do in the sick room.The public must be reassured that the needs of dying patients can be met within current legislation and practices. It...
  • Assisted Suicide Backers Confident They’ll Win in Massachusetts

    07/28/2012 1:24:12 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/27/12 | Andrew Bair
    Massachusetts is the latest battleground over euthanasia with an initiative on the ballot in November to adopt a statute similar to those in Oregon and Washington, which allow physicians to prescribe suicide for their patients.As in Oregon and Washington, the Massachusetts proposal states assisted suicide would be legal for residents of the state in cases where a doctor has determined the patient has less than six months to live. However, the examples of the two Western states have shown that those safeguards do not work. Robin Loughman, R.N., Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide (MAADPS), said in a...