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  • All Life Matters: Jahi McMath's Journey

    12/24/2014 3:41:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    "Jahi McMath is ALIVE." The very first column I filed in 2014 exposed the plight of a beautiful young girl, the same age as my daughter, whom medical experts declared "brain dead" after a routine tonsillectomy gone wrong. Are you ready for the rest of the story? Doctors told Jahi's mom, Nailah Winkfield, that her child's organs would "shut down" and her brain would "liquefy" if kept on life support. Hostile hospital administrators in Oakland moved to pull the plug on Jahi. Medical officials callously referred to Jahi as "dead, dead, dead" and dismissed the child as a "body." Smug...
  • The ‘Science’ of Eugenics: America’s Moral Detour

    12/23/2014 9:39:35 AM PST · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Journal of the American Physicians and Surgeons ^ | Winter, 2014 | Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D.
    When most people think of eugenics, they think of the unspeakable acts of Adolf Hitler and Dr. Josef Mengele. But history tells us that some of America’s best and brightest promoted eugenics as settled science and necessary for the preservation of society. Within 100 years, our deep thinkers went from declaring that in our new country “all men are created equal” to espousing the idea that “some animals men are more equal than others.”1 Eugenics was popularized in the in the United States in the 1890s. High school and college textbooks from the 1920s through the 1940s often had chapters...
  • Activist Says Switzerland Should Harvest Organs of People Killed in Euthanasia

    12/19/2014 6:06:30 AM PST · by xzins · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/18/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    I warned this would happen back in my first anti-assisted suicide article–Newsweek, June 28, 1993–in which I wrote: "Of greater concern to me is the moral trickledown effect that could result should society ever come to agree with Frances [to legalize assisted suicide]. "Life is action and reaction, the proverbial pebble thrown into the pond. We don’t get to the Brave New World in one giant leap. Rather, the descent to depravity is reached by small steps. First, suicide is promoted as a virtue. Vulnerable people like Frances become early casualties. Then follows mercy killing of the terminally ill. From...
  • Killing Has Taken Its Toll: Abortion’s Slippery Slope Has Turned Into Euthanasia

    12/17/2014 11:53:14 AM PST · by wagglebee · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/17/14 | Bobby Schindler
    Anybody paying attention to what has happened in our nation, and worldwide for that matter, regarding the lack of reverence for the dignity of life, is probably aware of the advances the culture of death has made over the past several decades. Here is some of what has happened:In 1968, a committee of 13 men at Harvard Medical School endorsed brain death as legal death; in 1981 it was approved by the American Medical Association. This has a profound effect on decisions regarding life and death and has placed physicians as the sole decision makers of who is alive and...
  • Infanticide now ‘debatable’ in bioethics - on its way to ‘justifiable

    12/17/2014 5:57:24 AM PST · by wagglebee · 51 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/16/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    The late Richard John Neuhaus famously wrote of bioethicists: Thousands of medical ethicists and bioethicists, as they are called, professionally guide the unthinkable on its passage through the debatable on the way to becoming the justifiable until it is finally established as unexceptionable. In my over 20 years engaged in trying to push back against the bioethics movement, I have found that to be an absolutely accurate formula.Take, as one example, dehydrating the cognitively devastated to death–a slow and potentially agonizing death. That was once unthinkable, it became debatable in the 1980s, and is now unexceptional.Allowing infanticide has now reached the “debatable on the way...
  • Terminally ill allowed to be put into ‘deep sleep’ until death if French law passes

    12/14/2014 8:38:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    New plans unveiled Friday could allow French doctors to put terminally ill patients into a deep sleep until they die. The French parliament will debate the issue in a new draft law, according to The Telegraph. So far only Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland explicitly permit euthanasia or assisted suicide. A 2005 French law already allows “passive euthanasia,” where a person causes death by withholding or withdrawing treatment that is necessary to maintain life, but the new proposal takes the idea further. The proposals by two MPs — one from the ruling Socialists, the other from the opposition UMP —...
  • Scottish Monk Arrested for Distributing Leaflets Promoting Sexual Morality

    12/13/2014 1:49:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/12/14 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A Scottish monk has been arrested for distributing a series of leaflets in the Cambridgeshire area critical of homosexuality, fornication, contraception, euthanasia, abortion, and divorce. Brother Damon Jonah Kelly, head of the Glasgow based charity the Black Hermits, was arrested by Cambridgeshire Police on December 8 on suspicion of a Section 5 (religious/racial) public order offence after he wrote a letter to the homosexual news publication, Pink News, claiming responsibility for the distribution of leaflets in the city of Ely, as well as in Cambridge, King’s Lynn and several other Cambridgeshire towns and cities. Initially police declined to take any...
  • French parliament prepares new end-of-life legislation

    12/13/2014 1:13:37 PM PST · by BBell · 7 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk via drudge ^ | 12/12/14 | Henry Samuel
    Doctors in France will have the right to put terminally-ill patients into a deep sleep until they die, under plans unveiled on Friday that reignited a national debate on euthanasia. Apart from Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, few countries in the world explicitly permit euthanasia or assisted suicide. In France, a 2005 law permits "passive euthanasia", where a person causes death by withholding or withdrawing treatment that is necessary to maintain life. The proposals by two MPs – one from the ruling Socialists, the other from the opposition UMP – go a step further, as they allow doctors to couple...
  • Jahi McMath, Once Declared Dead, is Not Brain Dead Neurologists Say

    12/12/2014 11:35:26 AM PST · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/12/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    I accept properly diagnosed brain death as dead. Hence, when three doctors found that Jahi McMath was tragically gone, I accepted the diagnosis.But I also wrote that if her body did not deteriorate–as happens in almost all brain death cases–that would raise my eyebrows. Now, it’s one year later, and she remains here. My eyebrows are now above my receding hairline.Moreover, I am increasingly suspicious of the seeming ideological commitment of some to making sure she stays dead. The intensity of their resistance to even the possibility that a mistake has been made–or that we can learn something new about...
  • France wants to legalize terminal sedation

    12/12/2014 9:25:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2014 8:28 AM EST | Sylvie Corbet
    France’s president wants to allow doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, amid a national debate about whether to legalize euthanasia. François Hollande stopped short of recommending lethal injections and avoided the terms euthanasia and assisted suicide, highly sensitive issues in this majority-Catholic country. […] Doctors are divided about the idea. Hollande did not outline details of his proposal, but so-called terminal or palliative sedation can involve medicating patients until they die naturally of their illnesses, or until they starve. …
  • Respect for human dignity ‘demands’ infanticide for disabled newborns: bioethicist

    12/05/2014 11:53:53 AM PST · by wagglebee · 22 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/5/14 | Alex Schadenberg
    Udo Schuklenk, who was the chair of the one-sided Royal Society of Canada: End of Life Decision Making panel, is now proselytizing his philosophy (or Peter Singer's philosophy) promoting euthanasia for newborns and infanticide. Schuklenk uses quality-of-life arguments to support his eugenic philosophy to encourage the killing of newborns with disabilities.In an article published in The Journal of Thoracie and Cardiovascular Surgery, titled: Physicians can justifiably euthanize certain severely impaired neonates, Schuklenk argues that some lives are not worth living and that parents should have the right to decide to end the lives of newborns with disabilities. Schuklenk states: A quality-of-life ethic requires us to...
  • 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,...
  • Belgian euthanasia doctors tour the “inspiring venue” of Auschwitz

    12/01/2014 12:37:45 PM PST · by wagglebee · 25 replies
    Live Action News ^ | 11/30/14 | Cassy Fiano
    Earlier this year, Dr. Wim Distelmans raised eyebrows when it was revealed that he was organizing a euthanasia tour of Auschwitz, a venue that he called “inspiring” — not entirely surprising when you practice the art of dealing death, as Distelmans is.His trip has now concluded, with about 70 people attending, most of whom practice euthanasia in Belgium. Protests surrounded the trip, and especially Distelmans himself. The German publication Der Spiegel described the trip this way: That evening, the group checks into the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. In the marble lobby there is a sign that reads “Dying with...
  • 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,...
  • Pope Francis urges Europe to reject ‘throwaway culture’ (tells EU Parliament, "No to Abortion")

    11/25/2014 4:31:27 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    St. Louis Tribune ^ | Nov 25 2014 | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA
    Strasbourg, France • Pope Francis on Tuesday urged European leaders to reject a "throwaway culture" that treats people like "cogs in a machine" too easily discarded through abortion and euthanasia. Francis made the comments Tuesday to the European Parliament during a brief visit meant to highlight his vision for Europe a quarter-century after St. John Paul II travelled to Strasbourg to address a continent still divided by the Iron Curtain. In a highly critical address amid tight security, Francis blamed "selfish lifestyles" and "uncontrolled consumerism" for promoting alienation and indifference to the poor during a time of economic crisis....
  • Netherlands aims to increase organ donations by euthanasia victims

    11/25/2014 10:59:59 AM PST · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/25/14 | Jeanne Smits
    Specialists from several Dutch medical schools have prepared a document that is to serve as official guidelines for organ donation after euthanasia, and aims to facilitate the procedure. Doctors expect the legal framework to step up the number of organ donations, which up to now have been few and far between: 6 cases in 16 years, less than in neighboring Belgium. It will help people who choose euthanasia to give a “meaning” to their death, the guidelines’ authors suggest.Up until now, organ donation after euthanasia has been a very marginal practice for several reasons, the first being that killing of...
  • Brittany Maynard’s Mother Calls Vatican Assisted Suicide Opposition “A Slap in the Face”

    11/19/2014 1:36:25 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    Shortly after Brittany Maynard took her own life, a leading Catholic Church official said assisted suicide was “reprehensible” because it violated the dignity of human life. Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said “dignity is something other than putting an end to one’s own life,” when asked about Maynard’s decision to kill herself. Carrasco de Paula said “Brittany Maynard’s act is in itself reprehensible, but what happened in the consciousness we do not know.” brittanymaynardHe cautioned that he was not judging individuals “but the gesture in and of itself should be condemned.”...
  • Child with disabilities dehydrated to death

    11/11/2014 7:41:57 AM PST · by wagglebee · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNew ^ | 11/10/14 | Alex Schadenberg
    The death by intentional dehydration of Nancy Fitzmaurice, a 12 year-old child with significant disabilities in the UK, is clearly a case of euthanasia by dehydration and not a case of withdrawing medical treatment. I have a relative who lives with a very similar condition to Nancy, a condition that developed in a similar manner. The British case, that became known when an article was published in the Daily Mirror on October 25, 2014, is based on a decision by Justice Eleanor King in August, to approve the withdrawal of hydration and nutrition from Nancy. This case set a terrible and dangerous...
  • 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...
  • Deliberately Hastened Death Here Now, Just Not Heavily Advertised

    11/09/2014 10:38:28 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
     After-Birth “Abortion”    We Are In The Middle Of A Tsunami Of Physician-Hastened Termination—Goodness Has Nothing To Do With It, Don’t Call It “Euthanasia”  I watch the people’s faces coming out of Mass, the time when their lives are most affected by our Blessed Lord’s earthly mission. Sometimes my notice is caught by a heavenly glow on the faces of mothers with many children. Little children are innocently preoccupied by more immediate emotions. But most arresting are the looks of young people, often ranging between wistfulness and angst.Youth are faced with some of the most serious business of life,...
  • Far from being an heroic deed, it is a most cowardly act. (Brittany Maynard ends own life)

    11/03/2014 2:19:24 PM PST · by NYer · 120 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | November 3, 2014 | BRIAN WILLIAMS
    With the sad and scandalous news out of Oregon last night of Brittany Maynard’s state sanctioned suicide, thoughts turn toward the eternal consequences of such actions. The Internet and social media com boxes are full of praise and condolences for the terminally ill young woman and her grieving family. Many have offered their personal belief that Brittany is now in heaven with God who understands (and apparently condones) her decision. Even among professing Catholics there has been an incredible disconnect between what we are called to believe and what some “want” to believe. As word of her suicide was released...
  • 'Goodbye World. Spread Good Energy': Terminal Cancer Patient, Brittany Maynard, 29...

    11/02/2014 5:40:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 177 replies
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | November 02, 2014 | WILLS ROBINSON
    'Goodbye World. Spread Good Energy': Terminal Cancer Patient, Brittany Maynard, 29, Exercises Her Right-to-Die And Takes Her Own Life Surrounded By Her Family Brittany Maynard, 29, had previously planned to legally end her life on November 1 - before she loses her battle with terminal brain cancer She died on Sunday in her Portland, Oregon home on Sunday Maynard wrote on Facebook: 'Goodbye to all my dear friends and family' Added that she had 'a ring of support' around her as she typed Was diagnosed in April and doctors gave her just six months to live She then made headlines...
  • Will God Forgive Brittany Maynard If She Kills Herself?

    11/01/2014 11:34:33 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 154 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 1, 2014 | JP
    It’s November 1, the day Brittany Maynard vowed to kill herself. The 29-year-old California woman says she no longer finds life worth living after being diagnosed this past spring with stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Brittany has become the poster girl for “Compassion & Choices, ” a so-called “end-of-life choice” advocacy organization that is fighting to increase the number of stateS with so-called “Death With Dignity” laws on the books. The model is Oregon, the state to which Brittany relocated this past summer because her home state of California doesn’t allow physician-assisted suicide (at least for now). Oregon...
  • Judge Orders Disabled Child Starved to Death in UK

    10/29/2014 6:03:08 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 6 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 10/29/2014 | Steve Berman
    Once the pinnacle of civilization, the UK has succumbed to the culture of death once again.  A mother was granted a petition to kill her own twelve year-old daughter, who was not dying of a terminal disease, not on life support, and not able communicate her wishes. If you’re ill and unhappy, or just unhappy with life, death is the answer, according to supporters of euthanasia.  Dying by your own choice is all the rage in Belgium, with a 27% increase in doctor-assisted suicides in the last year.  Both Belgium and the Netherlands have legalized child euthanasia by the child’s...
  • Mother Wins Case to Kill Her Disabled Daughter

    10/29/2014 12:02:10 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 45 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/29/14 | Cassy Fiano
    (LiveActionNews) — The ethical problems with euthanasia have been detailed at Live Action News extensively. People with disabilities, people suffering from mental illness, people who were just lonely or old but otherwise healthy, even children — all can be euthanized in countries like Belgium and the Netherlands. That’s not good enough for the assisted suicide lobby though, which continues to campaign for the right to kill increasingly more people, from the disabled to the poor.This slippery slope is now headed for the United States, with cancer patient Brittany Maynard saying she will kill herself on November 1, and until then,...
  • Glen Campbell and Brittany Maynard Face Their Mortality Very Differently

    10/28/2014 2:46:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    NC Register ^ | October 28, 2014 | JANET MORANA
    Two stories battled for my attention recently, and both of them broke my heart. The first was about Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with brain cancer who moved from California to Oregon to gain access to legal suicide-inducing drugs. She is planning to die in bed, surrounded by her family, on Nov. 1 (the solemnity of All Saints), two days after her husband’s birthday. The second story was about the singer Glen Campbell, who decided to go public with his struggle against Alzheimer’s disease. With his children on stage with him for a final, 151-stop musical tour, and the cameras...
  • Politics and Religion Pt. 1

    10/25/2014 10:53:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Politics and Religion Pt. 1 Catholic Answers published its now-famous “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” back in 2004 (updated in 2006) that has now sold millions of copies with millions more having been distributed for free. In that document, for which Catholic Answers has taken a lot of flack by the way, we give guidance to Catholics in voting so that, quite frankly, Catholics will “vote like Catholics,” yet, we do much more than just that. We give instruction, in complete harmony with the teaching authority of the Church, as to the most important moral issues of our day that are politically in play....
  • Don’t rob them of hope, Brittany (plans to kill herself on November 1 b/c brain tumor. But...)

    10/25/2014 9:34:00 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 61 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 24 October 2014 | Denis Strangman
    But...She should think of her fellow sufferers. Brittany Maynard is a 29-year-old woman who learned not long after her wedding that she had an aggressive brain tumour. She has therefore announced that she has chosen to die on November 1, taking advantage of Oregon’s assisted suicide law. A video that she made with the help of the leading assisted suicide organisation in the US, Compassion and Choices, has been a huge hit on YouTube. An Australian whose wife died of a similar disease, Denis Strangman, has written her an open letter below. * * * * * I am...
  • Mother in Coma Heard Everything, Was Scared They’d Turn Off Her Life Support

    10/21/2014 6:31:21 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/20/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Kate Allat suffered a stroke at the age of 39 and the mother spent 10 days in a coma afterwards. Now that she is past that frightful ordeal, Allat reveals in a new interview that she heard everything going on around her in her hospital room and she was fearful her life support would be turned off.Allat indicates that her mind was functioning normally during her coma but everyone around her thought she was brain-dead as she laid in her hospital bed paralyzed and unable to speak or breathe on her own. She listened in fright as medical staff discussed...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Medical Journal Pushes Killing Patients for Their Organs

    10/08/2014 12:49:48 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 42 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/8/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    To donate vital organs, a donor must be dead. Tough this is known as the “dead donor rule,” I have been warning that utilitarian bioethicists and transplant medical professionals want to shatter the DDR to permit killing living living profoundly cognitively disabled patients for their organs.Now, we see what appears to me to be a push poll type question in a study measuring popular support for such a change in the law.A push poll seeks to obtain a desired answer by the way the question is framed. Here is the question from “Abandoning the Dead Donor Rule?” in the Journal...
  • Netherlands: Euthanasias Increase 15% as Doctors Target Mental Health Patients

    09/30/2014 9:10:01 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/30/14 | Alex Schadenberg
    The 2013 Netherlands euthanasia report was released yesterday indicating a 15% increase of reported euthanasia deaths. There were also 42 euthanasia deaths for people with psychiatric problems and 97 euthanasia deaths for people with dementia.The 2013 report indicated that there were 4829 reported euthanasia deaths which was up from 4188 in 2012. As bad as it is, the reported euthanasia deaths do not include the unreported euthanasia deaths.The five year Netherlands euthanasia Lancet study indicated that in 2010, 23% of all euthanasia deaths went unreported in the Netherlands, which was up from 20% in 2005. The under-reporting of euthanasia in...
  • Suspended between life and death

    09/29/2014 2:29:15 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/13/2014 | Claudia Hammond
    When Ariel Sharon died in January this year, eight years after a stroke, he'd survived for longer than would probably be expected had he lived elsewhere in the world. Since 2005 it's been illegal in Israel to turn off ventilators when a person is dying or has no hope of recovery. The result is that large numbers of patients spend years on life support, many of them unconscious... In most countries a ward like this would not exist, and doctors and families in discussion together, might have made the decision to turn off Schmail's ventilator to allow him to die....
  • People Shouldn’t Want to Live Past Age 75 [satire]

    09/29/2014 9:26:08 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the chief architects of the Affordable Care Act, says people should want to die at age 75. “Let’s face it, the vast majority of those over age 75 have nothing positive to contribute to society,” Emanuel wrote in an essay for Atlantic. “In both physical and mental terms they’re pretty accurately described as ‘decepit.’ Their bodies and minds are just rotting in their shells.” “It would be best if they could be persuaded to exit peacefully at their own hand—perhaps with the aid of a physician-prescribed suicide drug,” Emanuel suggested. “Heaven knows this would be...
  • Elderly husband and wife plan first “couple” euthanasia, despite not being terminally ill

    09/27/2014 1:46:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 96 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | September 27, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    >Details: An elderly husband and wife have announced their plans to die in the world’s first ‘couple’ euthanasia – despite neither of them being terminally ill.Instead the pair fear loneliness if the other one dies first from natural causes.Identified only by their first names, Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, they have the support of their three adult children who say they would be unable to care for either parent if they became widowed.The children have even gone so far as to find a practitioner willing to carry out the double killings on the grounds that the couple’s mental anguish constituted...
  • Elderly couple to die together by assisted suicide even though they are not ill

    09/27/2014 10:57:44 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sep 27th 2014 | SIMON CALDWELL
    An elderly husband and wife have announced their plans to die in the world's first 'couple' euthanasia - despite neither of them being terminally ill. Instead the pair fear loneliness if the other one dies first from natural causes.
  • Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel: 75 is the ideal age to die

    09/26/2014 7:27:39 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 47 replies
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel: 75 is the ideal age to die Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 10:02 AM in Politics By The Right Scoop VIDEO Steve Doocy talks to physician Mark Segal about old age and why Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s ‘I want to die at 75′ rhetoric is so dangerous:
  • Yes, We Have a Culture of Death

    09/23/2014 12:12:15 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/23/14 | Bobby Schindler
    According to research reviewed by board-certified medical geneticist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Skotko, it is estimated that 92 percent of all women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome abort their baby.World famous atheist proselytizer, Oxford Professor, Richard Dawkins, made headlines when he called it “immoral” not to “abort” down babies “and try again”.Belgium has legalized euthanasia (with no age limits) for children who have been diagnosed as terminal and with death expected to occur “within a brief period.” If this criteria is met, then the parents—and child!—are to ask in...
  • 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...