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  • 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...
  • Despite objections, Calif. governor signs assisted-suicide bill

    10/06/2015 3:39:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    CNA ^ | 10/5/15
    After months of debate and strong opposition, California governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill enabling doctors to prescribe drugs that will end the lives of terminally ill patients. This is a dark day for California and for the Brown legacy, said Californians against Assisted Suicide. The group warned in an Oct. 5 statement that people and families in the state could be harmed by giving doctors the power to prescribe lethal overdoses to patients. With the passage of the law, California will become the fifth state allowing ill patients to end their lives. Montana, Oregon,...
  • Gov. Brown signs controversial assisted-suicide bill

    10/05/2015 2:45:03 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 5, 2015 | Patrick McGreevy
    Caught between conflicting moral arguments, Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, on Monday signed a measure allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths. Approving the bill, whose opponents included the Catholic Church, appeared to be a gut-wrenching decision for the 77-year-old governor, who as a young man studied to enter the priesthood. In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death, Brown added. I do not know what I would do if I were dying in...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Assisted Suicide -- It's Civil Rights for the Affluent

    04/12/2015 6:24:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | April 12, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    The assisted-suicide movement is the rare self-proclaimed civil rights movement that exists to cater to the wishes of affluent Americans. On Tuesday, the California Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on SB 128, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in the state. (Proponents don't like the word suicide, so they call the measure the "End of Life Option Act.") Supporters talk of their fear of medical personnel's prolonging their lives, of pain and lack of autonomy; opponents fear that the bill's passage would represent a callous act of cultural abandonment of the sick and disabled. I don't mean to suggest...
  • Swiss Euthanasia Group Under Fire After Painful Assisted Suicide Death

    01/09/2007 4:39:00 PM PST · by wagglebee · 46 replies · 974+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/9/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Zurich, Switzerland ( -- A Swiss euthanasia group that says it has coordinated the deaths of more than 600 people at its clinics there is coming under fire after a German woman apparently suffered tremendous pain when she died at one of its facilities. The SonntagsZeitung newspaper in Zurich reported Sunday that a 43 year-old German woman with the initial A.H. screamed in pain for over four minutes before her death. The Dignitas group gave her a lethal cocktail last November that eventually took her life. Friends who accompanied her to her death told the newspaper the woman cried out,...
  • Pro-life community now supports assisted suicide-MUST READ RE Terri

    04/01/2005 4:15:09 AM PST · by · 81 replies · 1,524+ views ^ | 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ( -- 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...
  • 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 ( -- 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 Canadas disabled, elderly, dying, and mentally ill despairing citizens. From the CKOM...
  • Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When Im 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 I...
  • BREAKING: Canadas 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, Canadas 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 states obligation to protect the vulnerable outweighed the rights of the individual to self-determination. The ruling makes Canada join the ranks of Switzerland, the...
  • Canadas 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 ( — 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 Maynards 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 heres 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 editorand assisted suicide boosterMarcia 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 cant expound on that here. But I would like to focus on Angells increasing zeal for legalizing assisted suicideand 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 Bleekenthe Belgian murderer and rapist who requested to be euthanized rather than spend life in prisonhas 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 Hollands 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 dont 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 glioblastomathe 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 advocates 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 Maynards mother is responding angrily to the Vatican's criticism of Maynards decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms. [] Maynards mother, Debbie Ziegler, issued a sharp written response Tuesday. She says the Vatican officials comments came as the family was grieving and were more than a slap in the face.
  • How euphemisms killed Brittany Maynardand 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 Maynards 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 Wont Kill Herself November 1: Doesnt 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 cant 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 ^ | 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 wasnt 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 wasnt 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 husbands 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 youre 29 years old, being told you have that kind of timeline still feels like being told youre 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 docs 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 dont 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 Well 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 Tutus 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 Englands 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 Madibas 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...
  • UKs assisted dying bill tells disabled its 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 ( – 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...