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  • What Would Hippocrates Do?

    10/18/2012 12:26:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | 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...
  • Assisted dying: who's to decide when a life is not worth living?

    09/16/2012 9:52:35 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 9/11/12 | Andrew Brown
    An extraordinary poll published by the British Humanist Association (BHA) highlights the public ambivalence about assisted suicide and euthanasia. In conjunction with other recent surveys, it shows that more people are in favour of the law allowing the killing of relatively healthy patients like Tony Nicklinson than of those who are terminally ill. The "respectable" wing of the assisted dying movement, Dignity in Dying, wants a very limited right to medically assisted suicide: only people who are terminally ill and in full possession of their faculties would qualify. Even this limited position is hugely controversial. But the BHA believes that...
  • Bad death akin to botched abortion...calls doctors to end opposition to assisted dying

    06/14/2012 1:34:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/14/12 | Rebecca Smith
    A change in the law to allow doctors to help mentally competent adults to end their lives is 'almost inevitable', Dr Fiona Godlee said, and the medical profession should not oppose it. A survey of GPs found almost two thirds were in favour of the British Medical Association and the Royal Colleges adopting a neutral stance to the issue. Assisted dying is due to be debated at the BMA conference at the end of the month. Dr Godlee said the debate on assisted dying is similar to that of abortion reform in the 1960s when the main medical professional bodies...
  • Doctors call for end to 45 common medical tests

    04/04/2012 11:22:18 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 68 replies ^ | 4/4/12 | news services
    WASHINGTON Old checklist for doctors: order that test, write that prescription. New checklist for doctors: first ask yourself if the patient really needs it. Nine medical societies, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Cardiology, representing nearly 375,000 physicians are challenging the widely held perception that more health care is better, releasing lists Wednesday of tests and treatments their members should no longer automatically order. The 45 items listed include: * Don't repeat colonoscopies within 10 years of a first such test * Don't perform early imaging for most back pain * Don't do...
  • My meeting with the Death Panel.

    04/01/2012 2:01:06 AM PDT · by chuckles · 48 replies
    vanity | 04/01/2012 | chuckles
    Well, I've seen Sarah Palin's "Death Panel" up close. I started not to write anything about it, but when Cheney got his new heart and the hullabaloo followed, I felt I needed to point out a few things. My mom had a bad stroke January 29 and was left paralyzed on her left side. She also had trouble swallowing and was given a nasal feeding tube until she could be tested and worked with by a rehab team. Her medical history was she was a 3 time cancer survivor and was on coumadin for a clot in her left leg....
  • Simply abandon the norm against killing to solve organ transplant problem: leading US bioethicists

    02/08/2012 1:15:20 PM PST · by NYer · 42 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 8, 2012 | Hilary White
    February 8, 2012 ( The conundrum faced by the organ transplant industry, that the removal of vital organs kills the donor, can be easily obviated by abandoning the norm against killing, two leading U.S. bioethicists have said. In an article titled, What Makes Killing Wrong? appearing in last months Journal of Medical Ethics, the authors have moved the argument forward by admitting that the practice of vital organ donation ignores traditional medical ethics. Traditional medical ethics embraces the norm that doctors must not kill their patients. This norm is often seen as absolute and universal. In contrast, we...
  • Are we better off dead than disabled?

    12/15/2011 3:58:50 PM PST · by wagglebee · 87 replies
    The B.C. Catholic ^ | 12/12/11 | Rhonda Wiebe
    The perils of the social devaluation of people include legal assisted suicide and euthanasia It is not uncommon to hear people without disabilities and people who have recently acquired a disability say they would rather be dead than disabled. Although politically incorrect, embedded perceptions that life with disability is full of suffering and indignity promote the idea that it's a death sentence. Able-ist social conditioning equates disability with pain, frailty, incapacity, and poor quality of life. It views persons with disabilities as problems that need to be fixed. The 'problem' of disability I would argue the "problem" of disability...
  • Is the slippery slope at work in Belgium? (Euthanasia)

    12/11/2011 2:38:05 PM PST · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    BioEdge ^ | 12/10/11 | Michael Cook
    The slippery slope is often derided as a logical fallacy. But when one of the leading advocacy groups for euthanasia in Belgium posts an article entitled Euthanasie: tijd voor de volgende stap, Euthanasia, time for the next step, its hard not to think that it may not be so illogical after all. The Humanistisch-Vrijzinnige Vereniging (Humanist-Liberal Association) complains that eligibility for euthanasia is far too restrictive. At the moment, only people with unbearable suffering can be euthanased. This leaves out people in irreversible comas, people with dementia, people with irreversible brain diseases and people who are under 18. This is...
  • Hospital Aborts Wrong Twin in Horrible Mistake

    12/09/2011 10:19:25 AM PST · by Flightdeck · 56 replies
    cafemom ^ | 11/28/2011 | Nicole Fabian-Weber
    A woman in Australia who was pregnant with twins decided to have one of her babies aborted after doctors discovered that he had a life-threatening congenital heart defect. The seriously disturbing part? The doctors aborted the wrong fetus, terminating a perfectly healthy child. After doctors realized the "blunder," the woman, who was 32 weeks pregnant, had to undergo an emergency cesarean to deliver the sick fetus, where it was later terminated. The Royal Women's Hospital confirmed the incident and referred to it as a "terrible tragedy." Um, yeah ... one could say that. I honestly really don't even know what...
  • Dr Death Comes to Britain With a Message of Despair

    11/25/2011 3:12:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/25/11 | Francis Phillips
    No amount of reassuring chat can disguise his advice that we should keep deadly drugs in our sock drawerDr Philip Nitschke, aka Dr Death, has been in town. According to a report in the Independent on Tuesday the Australian euthanasia campaigner has been telling audiences in London, York and Scotland that his aim [is] to save lives. His argument runs that once people have a means of killing themselves, many who might attempt a botched suicide would instead prolong their lives, knowing they had a way out without having to call on a loved one to help, exposing them to...
  • Horror: 32-week unborn twins killed after hospital accidentally aborts healthy twin

    11/23/2011 2:48:54 PM PST · by NYer · 50 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 23, 2011 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    An artist's rendering of the unborn child at 32-weeks gestation. MELBOURNE, Australia, November 23, 2011 ( – A 32-week set of twins were both aborted after staff at an Australian hospital initially killed the healthy twin by accident, and then also aborted the sick sibling after realizing their mistake, reports the Herald Sun. The paper reports that the mother of the children was told that one of her twin children had a congenital heart defect that would require years of surgery, and that the child may not survive. After she decided to have the child aborted, doctors then gave...
  • How I helped my mother starve to death: retired New York Times reporter pens book

    08/23/2011 3:51:54 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/23/11 | Jeremy Kryn and John Jalsevac
    Julia Gross with her mother Estelle. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, August 22, 2011 ( – A recently retired New York Times reporter has penned a book in which she details how she followed through on a shocking pact to help her 88-year-old mother, Estelle, starve to death. In an excerpt from the book, “A Bittersweet Season,” published recently in the Daily Mail, Jane Gross describes her mother’s increasing dissatisfaction with life as her health deteriorated, and her mounting desire to die, despite the fact that she was not terminally ill. “So here we were, my mother and I, wishing that she...
  • How I helped my mother starve to death: NY Times reporter writes book...

    08/23/2011 1:55:48 PM PDT · by topher · 90 replies ^ | August 23, 2011 | by Jeremy Kryn
    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, August 22, 2011 ( A recently retired New York Times reporter has penned a book in which she details how she followed through on a shocking pact to help her 88-year-old mother, Estelle, starve to death. Julia Gross with her mother Estelle. In an excerpt from the book, A Bittersweet Season, published recently in the Daily Mail, Jane Gross describes her mothers increasing dissatisfaction with life as her health deteriorated, and her mounting desire to die, despite the fact that she was not terminally ill. So here we were, my mother and I, wishing that she...
  • The Fading Bright Line of Consciousness In Life & Death Decisions

    08/14/2011 9:59:19 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    Culture of Life Foundation ^ | August, 2011 | E. Christian Brugger, D.Phil.
    Most philosophical arguments against the personhood of embryos, fetuses or comatose patients focus on consciousness as the capacity that corresponds to the possession of moral value.  Conscious human beings, even minimally conscious, are obviously ‘one of us’ — have interests, feel pain, perceive objects, and can offer at least rudimentary gestures of self-report.  Since they are “persons” they should not be subjected to purely instrumental treatment such as lethal experimentation or deadly dosages of drugs.  Those who cannot exercise consciousness are either not yet persons (e.g., embryos) or no longer persons (e.g., irreversibly comatose patients). In end-of-life issues, all the...
  • Dignified? It was like an execution chamber: Daughter who took her mother to die at Dignitas

    06/18/2011 1:31:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 6/18/11 | Helen Weathers
    Karen Royle’s memories of the last precious hours with her cherished mother Rona are far from the serene, comforting images that she had hoped for. Before arriving in Zurich, Karen, 51, had envisaged a pretty Swiss chalet, with perhaps a view of the Alps — ‘just like the pictures in the book Heidi, which I’d loved as a child’. But the Dignitas ‘apartment’ at No  84 Gertrudestrasse, where 74-year-old Rona chose to end her life rather than succumb further to the ravages of Motor Neurone Disease (MND), bore no comparison to the picture-postcard tranquility her family had imagined. The image Karen...
  • Wesley J. Smith: At the Bottom of the Slippery Slope - Where euthanasia meets organ harvesting

    06/26/2011 11:31:17 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/4/11 | Wesley J. Smith
    In 1992, my friend Frances committed suicide on her 76th birthday. Frances was not terminally ill. She had been diagnosed with treatable leukemia and needed a hip replacement. Mostly, though, she was depressed by family issues and profoundly disappointed at where her life had taken her.Something seemed very off to me about Frances’s suicide. So I asked the executor of her estate to send me the “suicide file” kept by the quintessentially organized Frances and was horrified to learn from it that she had been an avid reader of the (now defunct) Hemlock Quarterly, published by the aptly named Hemlock...
  • Maybe now, nation can discuss reasonableness of assisted suicide (Barf alert)

    06/19/2011 2:21:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies ^ | 6/19/11 | John M. Shotwell
    When Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a leading proponent of right-to-die legislation, died June 3, he may have achieved something he was unable to accomplish in his last years: perhaps return the issue of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) to a serious level of legitimate public discourse. Public opinion polls conducted during the middle of the last decade by CBS/New York Times and the Pew Research Foundation show that Americans are pretty much split down the middle on whether PAS should be an option for dying patients and their families. Yet in more recent years, the debate, while unsettled, seems to have subsided even...
  • BBC Receives Heavy Complaints Over Airing of Assisted Suicide

    06/17/2011 2:13:27 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 11 replies · 1+ views
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/15/11 | Steven Ertelt
    The BBC has received hundreds of complaints from views over a program it aired Monday night showing an assisted suicide of a person killing himself at a suicide tourism facility in Switzerland. The program featured footage of a man dying at a Dignitas suicide tourism clinic in Switzerland and it was hosted by Sir Terry Pratchett and it showed millionaire Peter Smedley taking a lethal cocktail of drugs that resulted in his death. Almost 900 people contacted the BBC to complain while just 82 supported the showing of the program. Four senior peers complained abotu the program and accused the...
  • Dr. Death Jack Kevorkian Cant Scare The Terminally Ill Again

    06/03/2011 1:24:04 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/3/11 | Gerard Nadal, Ph.D.
    Today, at age 83, Dr. Jack Kevorkian slipped into eternity and left in his wake a trail of civilizational wreckage from which we may never recover. With his Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) movement, he was one of the Twentieth Centurys architects of the Culture of Death; the Margaret Sanger of the opposite end of the life spectrum. As Msgr. William Smith taught so very well:1. All social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering.2. All evil begins with a lie. Identify the lie, and we succeed in unmasking the evil.Kevorkian began his evil with a lie by omission. He frightened terminally...
  • Assisted Suicide Advocate Jack Kevorkian Dies at 83

    06/03/2011 8:42:20 PM PDT · by Morpheus2009 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3 June 2011 | Fox News
    Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan pathologist who championed physician-assisted suicides, died early Friday after being hospitalized with kidney problems and pneumonia. The 83-year-old Kevorkian, who said he helped some 130 people end their lives from 1990 to 1999, died about 2:30 a.m. at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., close friend and attorney Mayer Morganroth said. An official cause of death had not been determined, but Nurses at the hospital played recordings of classical music by composer Johann Sebastian Bach for Kevorkian before he died, Morganroth said. Kevorkian was freed in June 2007 after serving eight years of a...
  • Assisted Suicide Advocate Kevorkian Dies At Age 83

    06/03/2011 5:53:37 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 77 replies · 1+ views
    Click On Detroit ^ | June 3, 2011 | Unknown
    Dr. Jack Kevorkian passed away early Friday morning at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Kevorkian died of pulmonary thrombosis around 2:30 a.m. He was 84-years-old.
  • Dutch Euthanasia Deaths Up Significantly to 2,500, Number Still Underreported

    03/12/2011 11:46:01 PM PST · by bronxville · 3 replies ^ | January 4, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    The number of euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands rose significantly in 2009 compared with 2008. There were reportedly 200 more deaths under the law, but pro-life advocates say those numbers are likely lowball estimates given the underreporting in the Dutch system. The Dutch News indicates approximately 2,500 people died via euthanasia in 2009, but the actual number is unknown because the government estimates about 20 percent of cases are not reported. The new government figures also include six registered cases of euthanasia on elderly patients with senile dementia, all of whom were supposedly in the early stages and able to...
  • The Cost of Dying: End-of-Life Care (CBS Pro-Death Panel Propaganda)

    08/10/2010 6:33:33 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 47 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/6/10 | CBS News
    (CBS) This story was originally published on Nov. 22, 2009. It was updated on Aug. 6, 2010. Every medical study ever conducted has concluded that 100 percent of all Americans will eventually die. This comes as no great surprise, but the amount of money being spent at the very end of people's lives probably will. Last year, Medicare paid $55 billion just for doctor and hospital bills during the last two months of patients' lives. That's more than the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, or the Department of Education. And it has been estimated that 20 to 30...
  • Portland doctor plans house where terminally ill can kill themselves

    06/24/2010 4:16:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    oregon live ^ | 6/24/10 | Updated: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 12:09 PM Anne Saker, The Oregonian Anne Saker, The Oregonian
    A Northwest Portland psychiatrist who the state has reprimanded for wrongly prescribing drugs says he plans to open a facility in the city and charge fees to help patients end their lives under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. Stuart G. Weisberg has mailed invitations to local doctors and politicians inviting them to a July 21 "presentation" at the deluxe El Gaucho restaurant in downtown to unveil his new business, End of Life Consultants LLC.
  • Right to die billboard causes a big stir

    06/19/2010 12:59:06 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 35 replies · 466+ views
    KGO TV ^ | 6/16/10 | Lisa Amin Gulezian
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- It's a simple billboard, raising complicated questions. People advocating what they call "the right to die" brought their message to the Bay Area on Wednesday. On Wednesday, a sign went up at the intersection of Howard and Van Ness. The six words on the sign costs $2,500 and it's getting a lot of attention. Some people are going out of their way to read the billboard and many are taking a double take. It reads: "My life my death my choice." "I don't like the message, it reminds me of the suicide doctor, why, I don't...
  • Kevorkian: The Single Worst Moment of my Life Was the Moment I Was Born

    06/15/2010 3:50:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 833+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/15/10 | James Tillman and John Jalsevac
    June 15, 2010 ( -- "The single worst moment of my life . . . was the moment I was born." So says Dr. Jack Kevorkian in a recent interview with CNN. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the journalist conducting the interview,confessed that the remark left him speechless especially since Kevorkian offered the strange and macabre confession without any provocation or lead-up question. Gutpa writes that, Throughout the two-and-a-half hour interview, [Kevorkian] fluctuated wildly between being downright combative and hostile to being sweet and fatherly. The journalist also mentioned Kevorkians crazed rants, often about the Ninth Amendment to the Constitution,...
  • Washington state to allow `dignity' deaths

    03/01/2009 12:21:37 PM PST · by greatdefender · 323 replies · 8,074+ views
    Yahoo-AP ^ | 03/01/2009 | RACHEL LA CORTE
    OLYMPIA, Wash. Terminally ill patients with less than six months to live will soon be able to ask their doctors to prescribe them lethal medication in Washington state. But even though the "Death with Dignity" law takes effect Thursday, people who might seek the life-ending prescriptions could find their doctors conflicted or not willing to write them. Many doctors are hesitant to talk publicly about where they stand on the issue, said Dr. Tom Preston, a retired cardiologist and board member of Compassion & Choices, the group that campaigned for and supports the law.
  • British Prime Minister: 'Helping someone to commit suicide is a matter of conscience', says Brown

    12/10/2008 4:53:02 PM PST · by GOPGuide · 34 replies · 759+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10th December 2008 | Steve Doughty
    Helping someone to commit suicide is a matter of conscience, the Prime Minister said today. Gordon Brown condemned the idea of new laws to allow assisted suicide - but he did nothing to stop it in the wake of a landmark test case decision that paved the way for more deaths in the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. His response in the Commons to the outcry over the televised suicide of motor neurone disease sufferer Craig Ewert appealed instead for compassion for families agonising over the suffering of a loved one. The end: The moment motor neurone sufferer Craig Ewert, 59,...
  • Assisted Suicide Won't Up Deaths for Vulnerable Groups: Study

    10/04/2007 6:41:54 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 24 replies · 241+ views
    Health Day ^ | October 4, 2007
    Legalizing doctor-assisted suicide does not lead to a "slippery slope" of excess deaths among the vulnerable poor, uninsured, elderly or other patients, according to a U.S. study in the October issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics. "Fears about the impact on vulnerable people have dominated debate about physician-assisted suicide. We find no evidence to support those fears where this practice already is legal," study lead author and bioethicist Margaret Battin, a distinguished professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah, said in a prepared statement. She and her colleagues analyzed data from The...
  • She chose it all on the day she died (Euthanasia)

    09/30/2007 10:01:27 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 263 replies · 771+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | 9/30/07 | Dan Colburn
    Lovelle Svart woke up Friday knowing it was the day she would die. There was much to do. Her family and closest friends would be gathering at 11 a.m. in her mother's apartment in the Southwest Portland assisted-living center where they both lived. She directed trips to the grocery store and even called AAA to jump-start the dead battery of her 2006 Scion. She double-checked delivery of food platters from Fred Meyer: turkey sandwiches, strawberries and grapes, pretzels, almonds and sparkling water. There would be pink roses on the dining table and a boombox in the corner to play music,...
  • Kevorkian Plan to Speak in Florida May be Too Soon for Parole Board

    08/04/2007 9:11:18 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 290+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/3/07 | Peter J. Smith
    LANSING, Michigan, August 3, 2007 ( - Dr. Jack Kevorkian may have plans to speak at the University of Florida about his life's work of "mercy killing", but the Michigan Parole Board has not yet agreed to the euthanasia movement's poster-boy's request to leave the state. Russ Marlan, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections told that the Parole Board has not yet approved Kevorkian's request to leave Michigan and first "wanted to give time and see how he does." "He can't leave the state without written permission and the request is still pending," Marlan said. "[The Parole Board]...
  • Grim truth about euthanasia

    06/10/2007 1:07:35 PM PDT · by Clive · 36 replies · 1,356+ views
    Calgary Sun ^ | 2007-06-10 | Licia Corbell
    Grim truth about euthanasia Dr. Death is much sicker and 'terminal' than vast majority of the people he killed By LICIA CORBELLA, EDITOREuthanasia, according to many, should be an issue of "choice". Indeed, after a recent column I wrote about the June 1 release from jail of convicted murderer Jack Kevorkian (aka Dr. Death) I received many letters including one by a woman named Carol Anne from near London, Ont. who chastised me for opposing the legalization of euthanasia. "It is truly a sick society when people treat their beloved pets more compassionately than the human race," wrote Carol Anne....
  • Compassionate Murder -- Not Measuring Up to Jack Kevorkian's Standards

    06/09/2007 8:44:50 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 5 replies · 664+ views ^ | June 8, 2007 | Laura Echevarria
    It is estimated that Jack Kevorkian has played a role in 130 assisted suicides, yet, not once, has he shown remorse for his actions. He showed no remorse Sunday night during his interview with Mike Wallace of CBSs 60 Minutes. Wallace, as bioethicist Wesley Smith notes, is a supporter of assisted suicide and actually hugged Kevorkian when the CBS crew met Dr. Death upon his release from prison (although this moment wasnt shown by 60 Minutes). During the interview, Wallace threw softballs at Kevorkian until about two-thirds of the way through when Kevorkian asked Wallace to strafe him or get...
  • California Assembly Votes This Week on Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide

    06/03/2007 11:42:27 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 22 replies · 471+ views ^ | June 3, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Sacramento, CA ( -- Just one week after assisted suicide crusader Jack Kevorkian was released from prison, legislators in California will vote on whether or not to make the state the second to legalize the grisly practice of assisted suicide. A legislative panel approve the bill on Thursday and sent it to the full assembly. The measure would allow adults who are diagnosed with less than six months to live to ask a physician for the drugs to kill themselves.Last week the Assembly Appropriations Committee approved AB 374 with a pro forma vote. it was the second panel to back...
  • Swiss suicide clinics 'helping depressives die'

    06/03/2007 2:08:12 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 891+ views
    Sunday Telegraph ^ | 6/3/2007 | Bojan Pancevski
    Prosecutors are calling for tougher regulations on Switzerland's assisted suicide clinics after uncovering evidence that some of the foreign clients they help to die are simply depressed rather than suffering incurable pain. The clinics, which attract hundreds of foreigners, including Britons, every year, have been accused of failing to carry out proper investigations into whether patients meet the requirements of Switzerland's right-to-die laws. In some cases, foreign clients are being given drugs to commit suicide within hours of their arrival, which critics say leaves doctors and psychologists unable to conduct a detailed assessment or to provide appropriate counselling. Andreas Brunner,...
  • Jack Kevorkian Will Have Limited Freedoms After His Prison Release

    05/31/2007 12:13:50 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 2 replies · 519+ views ^ | May 30, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Lansing, MI ( -- There are just two days left until one of the most notorious killers in the medical profession gets out of prison. Jack Kevorkian may have been responsible for the deaths of 130 people but he will have very limited freedoms and abilities during his parole after he is released from prison on Friday. Kevorkian found himself behind bars after he taunted the judicial system in Michigan to put him away by showing a video of him euthanizing a patient on national television. Pro-life advocates have already said they're concerned that Kevorkian will go back to his...
  • When Your Doctor is a Muslim: Medical Terrorism Comes to America (Muslim doctor lets Jewish man die)

    05/17/2007 4:42:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 132 replies · 6,032+ views ^ | May 17, 2007 | Debbie Schlussel
    When Your Doctor is a Muslim: Medical Terrorism Comes to America By Debbie Schlussel May 17, 2007 Sometimes--so many times--diversity is not what it's cracked up to be. Just ask Joseph Applebaum. Well, you could ask him. But you won't get an answer. He's dead. And he's dead because he was a Jew, and his doctor is a Muslim and grad of "Ayman Al-Zawahiri" Medical School. But Applebaum wasn't denied treatment for being a Jew in Egypt. Or elsewhere in the Muslim world. It happened right here on U.S. soil. In Chicago. As Muslim doctors continue to flood into...
  • Rules urged on when to halt care in cardiac arrest

    08/02/2006 10:57:07 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 39 replies · 1,022+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug. 2, 2006 | Gene Emery
    BOSTON (Reuters) - About two-thirds of cardiac arrest patients taken to hospitals by emergency medical technicians die anyway, and probably most could be declared dead at the scene, according to research published on Wednesday. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that certain emergency medical services -- not those staffed by paramedics -- could ease the distress of loved ones and dramatically reduce the number of hopeless but expensive hospital trips. The assessment of 1,240 cardiac arrest rescue runs over two years in Ontario, Canada, found that only 1 in 500 people survived to be discharged from...
  • Plea for a forgotten fighter - Let Kevorkian die at home with dignity

    06/14/2006 3:24:56 PM PDT · by SJackson · 81 replies · 1,999+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 6-14-06 | Judi K-Turkel
    A very sick 78-year-old doctor is dying in a Michigan prison, an anachronism left over from the 20th century. Should we let him die in prison, or do we have the decency to say, "Enough is enough. Release him and let him die at home"? The doctor is Jack Kevorkian, who was sentenced in 1999 to 10 to 25 years in Michigan's Lakeland Correctional Facility for Men. He traded his freedom for openly, shamelessly touting what he called our "right to die with dignity." He'd spent the 10 prior years brashly, illegally helping 130 terminally ill people end excruciatingly painful...
  • Dying 'Dr. Death' Has Second Thoughts About Assisting Suicides

    05/26/2006 10:37:54 AM PDT · by Abathar · 120 replies · 3,352+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 26, 2006 | LARA SETRAKIAN
    Today, on his 78th birthday, Jack Kevorkian, the man known as "Dr. Death," is slowly dying in prison. And, according to his lawyer, Kevorkian seems to have second thoughts about helping people die. For years, Kevorkian was the center of a national debate around the highly controversial questions surrounding physician-assisted suicide or "mercy killing:" Do the terminally ill have the right to choose when and how they die? Do doctors have the ability, even an obligation, to help them die as they choose? Now, as he sits in jail, Kevorkian may have had a change of heart not about...
  • Lawyer: Kevorkian's Health Deteriorating (GEE-HE'S NOT DOING WELL-HE WANTS TO LIVE-ISN'T IT IRONIC?)

    05/20/2006 3:03:21 PM PDT · by paulat · 60 replies · 1,030+ views
    Yahoo! / The Associated Press ^ | 05/20/06 | Not Listed
    Lawyer: Kevorkian's Health Deteriorating 22 minutes ago An attorney for Jack Kevorkian said the assisted-suicide advocate will probably not survive another year if kept in prison, as he again asked the state to grant his client a pardon or commute his sentence. Lawyer Mayer Morganroth said he applied to the state Parole Board and Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Friday seeking a pardon, parole or commutation, citing the 77-year-old's deteriorating health. "Kevorkian has become increasingly frail and has fallen twice, injuring his wrist and fracturing two ribs," Morganroth said in a statement. His blood pressure has gone "through the roof," the...
  • Nurse Who Killed 29 Patients Gagged In Court

    03/10/2006 12:54:47 PM PST · by Abathar · 46 replies · 1,618+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | 03/10/06 | AP
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Charles Cullen is not going quietly to prison. The man who killed 29 patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania disrupted his sentencing in the Keystone State Friday afternoon. The judge ordered court officers to gag Cullen. Cullen kept repeating, "Your honor, you need to step down." Court workers tried gagging him with cloth. When that didn't work, they tried duct tape. That didn't work either, so the judge went ahead with the proceeding as Cullen repeated the statement hundreds of times over the course of half an hour. Cullen was apparently angry about a newspaper article in...
  • Swiss Hospitals Agree to Help Kill Patients

    01/02/2006 6:31:03 AM PST · by bulldozer · 58 replies · 1,457+ views
    Lausanne University hospital, Switzerland has decided to permit assisted suicides starting from January 1, 2006. Assisted suicide has always been considered a form of active euthanasia . In addition to Lausanne, other leading Swiss hospitals are now actively discussing permitting the procedure. Though Swiss law initially did not allow doctors to kill their patients the practice of euthanasia has been gradually extended from private groups into the public health systems. Extensive experience with euthanasia laws in other countries has revealed a consistent pattern. Assisted suicide is presented to the public as a last resort necessary to alleviate human suffering. Once...