The Liberal Humanist case against assisted suicide.

The Liberal Humanist case against assisted suicide.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Kevin Yuill

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has been fortunate to have had Kevin Yuill present at several of our conferences. He recently spoke at an event in Italy. His most recent article: The Liberal Humanist case against assisted suicide was published by Spiked on March 25. Yuill is a professor of American studies at the University of Sunderland (UK).

Yuill begins his article by quoting Baroness Meacher who recently introduced an assisted suicide measure in the House of Lords (UK) that was thankfully defeated. Yuill begins his article by examining Meacher’s statement with helping a friend arrange an assisted death in Switzerland:

I was motivated purely by compassion.

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Why an atheist opposes the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia?

Why an atheist opposes the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia?

The following speech was delivered by Kevin Yuill at a press conference in Rome opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide that was co-sponsored by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Kevin Yuill is the author of the book – Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalisation.

I must apologise for the academic take on this but I find that the more I research and think about this subject, the more disturbing it gets.

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Five Years Experience with (MAiD) euthanasia in Canada – A skeptics point of view.

Five Years Experience with (MAiD) euthanasia in Canada – A skeptics point of view.

Tom Koch

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

An excellent research article was written by Tom Koch and published on February 12, 2022 titled: A Sceptics Report: Canada’s Five Years Experience with Medical Termination (MAiD)

Koch, who is an ethicist and long-time researcher on issues related to end of life care, examines Canada’s experience with euthanasia in comparison to other jurisdictions that have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Koch thoroughly examines the history that led to the legalization of euthanasia (MAiD) in Canada and compares Canada to other jurisdictions, such as the Netherlands.

With reference to Canada Koch writes:

The Canadian experience since 2016 has evidenced a similar pattern of expansion.

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Great News: Washington State assisted suicide expansion bill died a natural death.

Great News: Washington State assisted suicide expansion bill died a natural death.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

I have great news. Washington State’s assisted suicide expansion bill (HB 1141) has died a natural death. 

I congratulate everyone who spoke out against the bill and lobbied to defeat the bill.

HB 1141 was introduced in January 2021 and passed in the state House on February 25, 2021. It was referred to the Senate where it was stopped. 

HB 1141 was re-introduced in January 2022 and passed in the state House on January 12, 2022 and referred to the Senate. On February 18 it had a Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care.

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Assisted suicide: It’s not that simple

Assisted suicide: It’s not that simple

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Hartford Current published an excellent article written by disability rights lawyer, Lisa Blumberg, titled: Medically assisted suicide: It’s not that simple. In the article Blumberg explains why she opposes Connecticut assisted suicide Senate Bill 88.

Blumberg first explains how the assisted suicide drugs work.

First, there is no magic pill for a gentle death. No assisted suicide law gives doctor guidance on what a drug prescription to end life should contain. In Oregon, it has sometimes taken people up to 72 hours to die. With doctors free to devise a cocktail involving multiple drugs and desiring to keep cost down, side effects like burned mouths or seizures can occur.

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Ontario euthanasia deaths incease by more than 30% in 2021.

Ontario euthanasia deaths incease by more than 30% in 2021.

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“Approximately 10,000 Canadian assisted deaths in 2021 and approximately 31,000 Canadian assisted deaths since legalized”

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario released the 2021 MAiD data which indicates that there were 3102 assisted deaths up from 2378 in 2020 representing more than a 30% increase.

The Ontario December 2021 data showed a significant increase with 298 reported euthanasia deaths as compared to 188 reported euthanasia deaths in December 2020.

A further analysis indicates that the growth in killing by lethal injection is  actually worse. According to the data, in the first half of 2021 there were 1363 assisted deaths, up from 1127 in the first half of 2020 or a 21% increase, but in the second half of 2021 there were 1739 assisted deaths up from 1251 in the second half of 2020 which is a 39% increase.
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New Report On Elder Abuse In Australia: Implications For Euthanasia.

New Report On Elder Abuse In Australia: Implications For Euthanasia.

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This article was published by the Australian Care Alliance on January 12, 2022.

A new report on elder abuse in Australia by L. Qu and colleagues – National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study: Final Report – released in December 2021 points to the prevalence of elder abuse and explains some of the risk factors and the common characteristics of perpetrators.

This information needs to inform any discussion of the risks to elderly people of legalising euthanasia and assistance to suicide, including risks arising from inheritance impatient adult children; psychological and physical abuse from adult children and intimate partners; social isolation and loneliness; failure to report abuse to professionals, including GPs; and the ineffective responses even when abuse is reported to professionals.

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Kentucky Assisted Suicide bill uses expansive definitions.

Kentucky Assisted Suicide bill uses expansive definitions.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Kentucky legislature.

One of my predictions that I published on January 5 was that most of the new assisted suicide bills would use the expansive definitions found in the New Mexico assisted suicide law. The New Mexico assisted suicide law is the most extreme in America.

Kentucky assisted suicide bill (HB 149) is clearly based on the New Mexico law. Even though Kentuck is unlikely to legalize assisted suicide, the assisted suicide lobby have introduced a more expansive bill than the Oregon law.

Even though we are talking about giving someone a lethal assisted suicide drug cocktail and death is irrevocable:

  1. HB 149 uses the term “Health care provider” rather than the term physician.
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Washington State Assisted Suicide expansion bill (HB 1141) passes first stage.

Washington State Assisted Suicide expansion bill (HB 1141) passes first stage.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Washington State legislature

The assisted suicide lobby have focused on increasing assisted suicide in America by expanding the current assisted suicide laws and by legalizing assisted suicide in more states. In my 2022 predictions I stated that assisted suicide expansion bills in Hawaii, Vermont, Oregon and Washington state will be strongly pushed in 2022.

The assisted suicide lobby always claimed that there is no “slippery slope” but, in reality, after legalizing assisted suicide they simply waited for the “right time” to expand the law.

Washington State legalized assisted suicide in 2009. Last year assisted suicide expansion Bill HB 1141 was introduced but the bill ran out of time in committee.

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Assisted suicide lobby knows that the lethal drug cocktail causes a painful burning sensation.

Assisted suicide lobby knows that the lethal drug cocktail causes a painful burning sensation.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

In October 2021 I published the article – Assisted Suicide deaths are not what you think they are where I explained the recent research by Dr Joel Zivot proving that assisted suicide is neither painless nor dignified and I outlined the research that is being done by the assisted suicide lobby to find a cheap effective way to kill.

Assisted suicide activists have been experimenting with lethal assisted suicide drug cocktails, for years, to find a cheaper way to cause death.

An article published in USA Today in February 2017 reported on the experiments that were done on people to find a cheaper lethal drug cocktail for assisted suicide.

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Assisted suicide for anorexia nervosa.

Assisted suicide for anorexia nervosa.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying (ACAMAID) “Ethics Consultation Service” decided that it is ethical to assist the suicide of a person with anorexia nervosa. The ACAMAID is an organization of medical practitioners who provide assisted suicide. According to the case report:

Female patient with anorexia nervosa requested aid in dying from her palliative care physician. She had participated in multiple inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for eating disorders over the past years without any sustained recovery. Her eating disorder physician, who participated in the consultation call, felt that, although the patient had not accepted or agreed to the “gold standard” treatment of full weight restoration to evaluate brain function, she was terminally ill.

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A duty to warn Americans after years of medicalized assisted death in Canada

A duty to warn Americans after years of medicalized assisted death in Canada

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Gordon Friesen

By Gordon Friesen, EPC board member
http://www.euthanasiediscussion.net/

A proposition for legislative opposition to the medical justification of assisted suicide and euthanasia, based upon years of experience with hyper-medicalized assisted death in Canada

A unique Canadian experience, and a duty to forewarn

It is an unfortunate fact that Canada, since 2015, has had a much greater and more painful experience of assisted death than any other country in the English speaking world. It is therefore to be hoped that our experience may be of some use to those, of similar cultural affinity, who are currently faced with the legalization and expansion of such practices, and particularly, of some help to our immediate American neighbours.

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Andrew Coyne: Canada’s slippery assisted suicide slope.

Andrew Coyne: Canada’s slippery assisted suicide slope.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Andrew Coyne

Andrew Coyne is a well known Canadian columnist with the Globe and Mail and is a past editor of the National Post. Coyne has commented on assisted suicide on several occasions but today, in the Hub, Coyne clearly states his concern with Canada’s MAiD euthanasia law. Coyne states:

I think in particular, though, with assisted suicide, it was how easily the slope became slippery. You know, undergraduates are all taught, “Slippery slopes, it’s just a fallacy.” Well, no, it’s not always a fallacy; some slopes are indeed slippery. And when you see the progression of how that came to pass, where it was initially pitched as people who were in the last agonizing stages of a terminal disease; who were physically unable to end their own lives.

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Hippocratic Medicine is Hallowed Ground.

Hippocratic Medicine is Hallowed Ground.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Dr Ronald Pies

For those who read the articles that I publish, you will notice that Dr Ronald Pies has written a series of articles in response to Joshua Pagano, DO’s. 


This latest article is in response to Dr Pagano’s article – “Finding Common Ground in This Life.” where Pagano asks the hypethetical question if assisted suicide is acceptable when a: “terminally ill patient who has had access to marvelously comprehensive care, including “pain management,” assessment of underlying mental illnesses, personal and family counseling, and information regarding “all possible options.” Dr Pagano then opines that—notwithstanding such stellar care—there will still be “the patient who will legitimately choose medical aid in dying.”
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The public are being “scared” into supporting assisted suicide and euthanasia

The public are being “scared” into supporting assisted suicide and euthanasia

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Press release from: The Association of Palliative Medicine (UK)

Date: Wednesday 26th January 2022

The public are at risk of being “scared” into supporting assisted suicide and euthanasia, because of a handful of hard cases, exaggerated reporting, and a lack of accurate information about palliative care, warn end of life doctors.

The claims are contained in a new study from the Association of Palliative Medicine (APM), which surveyed its members at end of last year.

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A wish to die is most often linked to loneliness and depression.

A wish to die is most often linked to loneliness and depression.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

An Irish longitudinal study examined the wish to die (WTD) among 8174 patients who were over the age of 50. The study that was published in February 2021 followed the participants for 6 years and it determined that people who had a (WTD), almost three-quarters reported being lonely and 60% had clinically significant depressive symptoms. Other factors that led to a WTD was functional disability and chronic pain.

When the WTD was reassesed two year later, 72% of the people indicated that loneliness and depression had receeded, which re-affirmed previous studies that prove that a WTD fluctuates.

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Being disabled does not mean death is better than life: Oppose assisted suicide.

Being disabled does not mean death is better than life: Oppose assisted suicide.

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This article was written by Terri Hancharick as a Special to the USA TODAY Network and published on January 28, 2022.

Brigitte & Terri Hancharick

By Terri Hancharick, the chairperson for the Delaware State Council for Persons with Disabilities

The disability community has thoroughly studied and vetted the effects of assisted suicide. It is a dangerous practice that is impossible to regulate and unfairly targets people with disabilities.

My 34-year-old daughter, Brigitte and I, have testified at the Delaware legislative hearings each year on this subject. Brigitte has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, profound cognitive disabilities, epilepsy, chronic pain, and multiple other medical disabilities.

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Euphemisms mask the true nature of assisted suicide and euthanasia

Euphemisms mask the true nature of assisted suicide and euthanasia

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This article was written by Noreen O’Carroll and published by Mercatornet on January 19, 2022. This article was originally published in the Summer issue of the Irish journal Studies.

By Noreen O’Carroll

Disguising the true meaning of words is a powerful weapon in the “right to die” armoury

The lower house of the Irish Parliament, the Dáil Éireann is currently considering the “Dying with Dignity Bill 2020”. The most striking feature of this bill is that it does not mention the words “assisted suicide” or “euthanasia” in any of its qualifying criteria or provisions but instead uses expressions and phrases such “assistance in dying”; “the prescription of substances which can be orally ingested”; “prescribing and providing the means of self-administration”; and “the substance or substances may be administered”.

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2022 Assisted Suicide US Predictions.

2022 Assisted Suicide US Predictions.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

I predict that 2022 will be a very active year for US assisted suicide bills, especially in the eastern US. The US assisted suicide lobby are sponsoring bills in many states, but they are focusing on New York and Massachusetts. I predict that they will also focus on bills in Connecticut and Maryland.

The assisted suicide lobby have invested significant money into 2022 campaigns as they fear that they may lose supportive seats in the November 2022 mid-term elections.

I also predict that in many states, the bill that will be debated will be similar to the New Mexico bill (HB 47) that passed in 2021.

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People with disabilities speak out against Delaware assisted suicide bill

People with disabilities speak out against Delaware assisted suicide bill

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

An article by DJ McAneny that was published by WDEL.com on Tuesday January 18 reports on a press conference organized by disability leaders concerning Delaware’s assisted suicide bill HB 140

Terri Hancharick

McAneny quotes Terri Hancharick, the chairperson for the State Council for Persons with Disabilities who says that people with disabilities need options for living not dying:

“…Give them the option of support. Help them to live their best lives,” … “I’m just very surprised at the timing of this. Instead of institutionalizing death for the disability community, Delaware legislators should focus on ensuring that everyone has the care and resources that they need.

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EPC report: States that are debating assisted suicide in America.

EPC report: States that are debating assisted suicide in America.

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Sara Buscher – Chair, EPC – USA
Alex Schadenberg – Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The state assisted suicide activity report does not include bills that we are expecting to be introduced in the next few weeks. We will update the report when other assisted suicide bills are introduced or bills are defeated.

States with Bills to Legalize Assisted Suicide that were introduced in 2021.

  1. Massachusetts: S. 1384, H. 2381 (introduced in 2021).
  2. Delaware: HB 140, introduced June 30, 2021. (carried over to 2022).
  3. Minnesota: SF 1352, HF 1358 (carried over to 2022)
  4. New York: A 4321, S 6471 (carried over to 2022)
  5. Pennsylvania: S.B.
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George Will pushes assisted suicide.

George Will pushes assisted suicide.

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This article was published by National Review online on January 26, 2022.

Wesley Smith

By Wesley J Smith

In recent years, George Will has been writing columns on contentious cultural issues that have, to put it mildly, unpleasantly surprised many of his social-conservative admirers. Perhaps first and foremost among these was his coming out in 2015 as a believer in assisted suicide.

He’s now taken his relatively quiet support a step further, writing two recent columns for the Washington Post that not only boosted nationwide legalization but also sought to normalize suicide as a means of dying for the terminally ill.

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Congressional Resolution 68: Addressing the Risk of Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide

Congressional Resolution 68: Addressing the Risk of Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide

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The Congressional Resolution 68: Addressing the Risk of Legalizing Assisted Suicide was introduced on February 4, 2022. (Link to the Resolution)

H. CON. RES. 68 – 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

Expressing the sense of the Congress that assisted suicide (sometimes referred to using other terms) puts everyone, including those most vulnerable, at risk of deadly harm.

Whereas “suicide” means the act of intentionally ending one’s own life, preempting death from disease, accident, injury, age, or other condition;

Whereas “assisting in a suicide”, sometimes referred to as death with dignity, end-of-life options, aid-in-dying, or similar phrases, means knowingly and willingly prescribing, providing, dispensing, or distributing to an individual a substance, device, or other means that, if taken, used, ingested, or administered as directed, expected, or instructed, will, with reasonable medical certainty, result in the death of the individual, preempting death from disease, accident, injury, age, or other condition;

Whereas society has a longstanding policy of supporting suicide prevention such as through the efforts of many public and private suicide prevention programs, the benefits of which could be denied under a public policy of assisted suicide;

Whereas assisted suicide most directly threatens the lives of people who are elderly, experience depression, have a disability, or are subject to emotional or financial pressure to end their lives;

Whereas the Oregon Health Authority’s annual reports reveal that pain or the fear of pain is listed second to last (25 percent) among the reasons cited by all patients seeking lethal drugs since 1998, while the top 5 reasons cited are psychological and social concerns: “losing autonomy” (92 percent), “less able to engage in activities that make life enjoyable” (90 percent), “loss of dignity” (79 percent), “losing control of bodily functions” (48 percent), and “burden on family friends/caregivers” (41 percent);

Whereas the Supreme Court has ruled twice (in Washington v.

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Canada: Euthanasia is promoted while caring options are not readily available.

Canada: Euthanasia is promoted while caring options are not readily available.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Dr John Maher

Dr John Maher, who is a leading psychiatrist and editor-in-chief, of the prestigous Journal of Ethics in Mental Health wrote an excellent analysis of the current euthanasia (MAiD) practise in Canada that was published in the Hamilton Spectator on January 4. Maher examines the current situation through the lens of how Canada got into this situation. Maher writes:

Step 1: Supreme Court Carter decision (2015): Some Canadians with progressively debilitating terminal diseases (like ALS) said they were forced to end their own lives sooner than they would wish because as their disease progressed they wouldn’t be able to physically end their own lives.

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Defeating Assisted Suicide (January 17) Webinar

Defeating Assisted Suicide (January 17) Webinar

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EPC – USA and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition are co-sponsoring a webinar on how to defeat assisted suicide in your state.

When January 17, 2022 (7 pm EST)

Register in advance for this meeting: (Registration Link)

We expect that many states will be debating bills to legalize assisted suicide in 2022. 

It is likely that Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York, among many other states, will debate assisted suicide bills. We are predicting a strong push by the assisted suicide lobby in the Northeastern US in 2022.

This webinar will provide information and strategy for groups and individuals defeat assisted suicide bills in their state.

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