Dutch doctors group approves euthanasia for incompetent people.

Dutch doctors group approves euthanasia for incompetent people.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

As the slippery slope in the Netherlands euthanasia experiment is greased, other nations may follow.

The DutchNews.nl reported that the latest Netherlands euthanasia development is the change by the Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) allowing doctors to euthanize patients with advanced dementia who made an advanced request while competent but who cannot consent to their death.

According to the DutchNews.nl:

The change in position follows a ruling by the Supreme Court in April 2020, in which judges said a doctor who ended the life of a patient with severe dementia had not committed a criminal offence.

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Assisted-Suicide Mendacity: Today’s ‘Strict Protections’ Become Tomorrow’s Unjust ‘Barriers’

Assisted-Suicide Mendacity: Today’s ‘Strict Protections’ Become Tomorrow’s Unjust ‘Barriers’

This article was published by National Review online on November 13, 2021.

By Wesley J Smith

When assisted-suicide mongers promise strict guidelines to protect against abuse, rest assured, it’s nothing but a con. It won’t take long before these same advocates denigrate the very “protections” they promoted as “barriers” or “obstacles” to a good death.

 
Article: Assisted suicide lobby challenges Oregon assisted suicide residency requirement (Link)

Assisted-suicide-movement camp followers in the media eagerly promote the new message without a mention that they also pushed the “strict guidelines against abuse” trope. Latest example, Paula Span’s “New Old Age” column in the assisted-suicide-friendly New York Times.

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Popular euthanasia and assisted suicide articles

Popular euthanasia and assisted suicide articles

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Assisted suicide deaths are not what you think they are.

Assisted suicide deaths are not what you think they are.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

David Rose, writing for the Daily Mail UK published an article on October 21 titled: Why an ‘assisted death is almost certainly not what you think it is. Stories about how assisted suicide deaths actually occur are rarely published. Recently researcher Dr Joel Zivot has challenged how deaths by assisted suicide actually occur in his article – Assisted Suicide is neither painless nor dignified.

Rose states that assisted suicide deaths will often take many hours. Rose writes about the death of Colorado resident Kurt Huschle who died by assisted suicide in July 2017.

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We mourn the death of Nancy Elliott, an amazing woman and great leader.

We mourn the death of Nancy Elliott, an amazing woman and great leader.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Nancy Elliott

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) is mourning the loss of Nancy Elliott, the immediate Past Chair of EPC – USA.

Nancy was a former three term New Hampshire State legislator who learned about the issue of assisted suicide while sitting as a member of the New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee when they debated an assisted suicide bill.


Nancy Elliott’s obituary (Link).

Nancy soon became one of the nations leading experts on euthanasia and assisted suicide as a fierce advocate for the vulnerable, disabled, and elderly regarding euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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No License to Kill: 1,700 UK doctors and nurses voice opposition to legalising assisted suicide and say they will refuse to take part if legalised

No License to Kill: 1,700 UK doctors and nurses voice opposition to legalising assisted suicide and say they will refuse to take part if legalised

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Duty of Care is a group of doctors and nurses in the UK who oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide (Link to the Duty of Care website).

PRESS RELEASE FROM OUR DUTY OF CARE – UK
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A group of 1,700 doctors and nurses have voiced their strong opposition to legalising assisted suicide and say they will refuse to kill their patients even if the law is changed.

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Care Not Killing Alliance campaign to oppose assisted suicide bill.

Care Not Killing Alliance campaign to oppose assisted suicide bill.

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Dr Gordon MacDonald (CEO) of The Care Not Killing Alliance (UK) has asked supporters to contact members of the House of Lords to oppose Baroness Meacher’s Assisted Dying Bill that is scheduled for Second Reading on October 22. Dr MacDonald stated the following:

There are many reasons to oppose the Bill at this stage that Peers might find it encouraging to hear about. It’s best to keep your message short and in your own words.

EPC – USA letter opposing Massachusetts assisted suicide bills.

EPC – USA letter opposing Massachusetts assisted suicide bills.

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Joanne M. Comerford, Chair and Members Joint Committee on Public Health

RE: H2381/S1384, O’Day and Mahoney/Comerford, an Act relative to end of life options; legalizing Assisted Suicide

Dear Chairperson and Members:

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide, instead supporting positive measures to improve peoples’ quality of life which also helps their families. We are aging and disability advocates, lawyers, doctors, nurses and politicians.

We are asking you to let H2381/S1384 die in your committee. You will hear several of the more obvious concerns about Assisted Suicide from other opponents. I will focus on these issues about Assisted Suicide that you may not otherwise hear.

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Assisted dying would undermine the fight for equality

Assisted dying would undermine the fight for equality

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Dr Miro Griffiths

Dr Miro Griffiths is a Leverhulme Research Fellow in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, a policy adviser and spokesperson for the Better Way campaign, was published by the Press and Journal in Scotland on September 27, 2021 explaining why assisted dying undermines the equality of people with disabilities.

Dr Griffiths establishes why the issue of euthanasia concerns him.

I have health conditions which are categorised as “life-limiting” and “progressive”. My strength, respiratory function and swallowing will continue to deteriorate.

Physical movement is primarily limited to my fingers. I require a power wheelchair, 24-hour personal assistance from trained professionals, and various medical interventions every day.

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Doctors (world-wide) are being invited to sign this open letter: Doctors Want No Part in Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.

Doctors (world-wide) are being invited to sign this open letter: Doctors Want No Part in Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.

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An open letter from doctors around the world to medical ethicists and lawmakers

Link for doctors to sign the open letter (Link).

Doctors Want No Part in Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide are not part of Medicine

As medical doctors, we are committed to supporting people to both live and die with dignity and comfort.

We are determined that state-of-the-art care should be available for people who are dying and also for people suffering from chronic disease, disability or mental illness.

We believe that universal and equitable access to effective pain and symptom management, including mental healthcare and palliative care, is a fundamental human right.

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Québec Covid-19 inquest uncovers nursing home deaths from abuse and neglect.

Québec Covid-19 inquest uncovers nursing home deaths from abuse and neglect.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Herron nursing home

A Québec inquest into Covid related nursing home deaths has uncovered some disturbing facts. A report by Tu Thanh Ha that was published in the Globe and Mail on September 14 reports on testimony concerning the Herron nursing home in the suburb of Dorval in Montréal. The report indicates that Covid was cited as the cause of death at the Herron nursing home to hide the fact that residents were dying of dehydration, malnurishment and neglect, also known as elder abuse.

An auxilary nurse (name is protected) reportedly stated in her testimony:

Starting March 13, 2020, a government directive banned visitors, including family caregivers, from entering nursing homes in Quebec.

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Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About Talking to People We Don’t Know

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About Talking to People We Don’t Know

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Review by Bill Murphy

Malcolm Gladwell, Talking to Strangers; What We Should Know About Talking to People We Don’t Know, Little, Brown and Company, 2019 

In 2016, in small town Texas, Officer Brian Encinia pulled over a young black woman, Sandra Bland, for a minor traffic infraction. The interaction becomes heated and Sandra is incarcerated. Three days later, she is dead in her jail-cell.

Malcolm Gladwell examines this case in light of ways we commonly mis-interpret strangers.

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Contemporary euthanasia is an updated version of early 20th century eugenics

Contemporary euthanasia is an updated version of early 20th century eugenics

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This article was published by Mercatornet on September 22, 2021
German monument to the euthanasia victims

By Mark Sutherland

“Your son was released from a severe and incurable disease.”

“He died quickly and without pain. Considering his serious and incurable illness, death meant relief for him.”

“Considering her severe and incurable illness, life was agony for the deceased. You must therefore understand her death as deliverance.” [1]

These short sentences contrast with the enormity of the suffering of the incurably sick. They are typical of a narrative which makes it hard to understand why anyone could oppose the euthanasia bill to be tabled in the New South Wales Parliament later this year, a narrative which damns its opponents as lacking in compassion.

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California judge rejects preliminary injunction to permit euthanasia within the California assisted suicide act.

California judge rejects preliminary injunction to permit euthanasia within the California assisted suicide act.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

A California federal judge has rejected a preliminary injunction asking the court to permit euthanasia within the state assisted suicide act. Link to the court decision (Link).

On August 30 I wrote an article about the California court case to permit euthanasia within the state assisted suicide act. The case argued that some people with disabilities, who are approved for assisted suicide, are unable to self-administer the lethal drugs. Therefore, based on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the court must permit euthanasia (doctor administered death) in these cases.

On September 13 I wrote that the California court must reject the challenge to the state assisted suicide act based on (among other reasons): 

  1. There is no right to assisted suicide, therefore there is no legal requirement to amend the perceived inequality within the state assisted suicide law.
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Is the assisted suicide debate about healthcare savings in the UK?

Is the assisted suicide debate about healthcare savings in the UK?

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The assisted suicide lobby must have forgot to tell Polly Toynbee that legalizing assisted suicide has nothing to do with money as she argues that assisted suicide needs to be legalized in the UK based on healthcare savings.


Toynbee doesn’t come out with a crass statement demanding that people die to save money, instead she writes about The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) decisions and protocols concerning end-of-life care as Nice attempts to control healthcare spending.

Toynbee writes:

On Thursday, it (Nice) opened a consultation period for new guidelines on how much NHS England should spend on end-of-life drugs, planning to remove some of the extra funding for very expensive drugs that may only delay death a little.

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CCHR condemns Euthanasia of Mental Health Patients

CCHR condemns Euthanasia of Mental Health Patients

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights sent a media release today urging that assisted suicide for psychiatric patients be rejected in the US and other countries. The watchdog group pointed out that assisted suicide has now been legalized in several US states, the CCHR warned that extending assisted suicide to mental patients is dangerous. The CCHR stated that:

While the U.S. limits this to terminally ill individuals, … it’s a quick jump from this to killing patients who do not have terminal illnesses but are suffering emotional, not physical disabilities after failed psychiatric treatments.

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Does a slippery slope exist when legalizing assisted suicide?

Does a slippery slope exist when legalizing assisted suicide?

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Dr Mark Komrad

Two weeks I published an article titled: Is assisted suicide a suicide? based on the ongoing debate in the Psychiatric Times between Psychiatrist, Dr Mark Komrad and long-time euthanasia activist Margaret Battin PhD.

Komrad’s response to Battin’s assertion that there is no proof of a slippery slope in jurisdictions that have legalized euthanasia or assisted suicide was published in the Psychiatric Times, on August 27.

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The Treasure of Palliative Care – a video series

The Treasure of Palliative Care – a video series

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The Treasure of Palliative Care – a video series Link to the PDF English version.

Press Release

The Treasure of Palliative Care – a video series

There is always a better option than euthanasia

A Quebec perspective for a better understanding of palliative care

Montréal, CANADA – September 9, 2021 – The Living with Dignity citizen network (LWD), founded in 2010 in advance of the debate on the issue of “dying with dignity” in Quebec, is officially launching The Treasure of Palliative Care video series today.

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Biden’s Suicide Prevention Day Proclamation Fails to Repudiate Assisted Suicide

Biden’s Suicide Prevention Day Proclamation Fails to Repudiate Assisted Suicide

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This article was published by National Review online on September 10, 2021

Wesley Smith

By Wesley J Smith 

Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day. You didn’t hear about it? If so, that’s pretty typical, which is why I call this annual event, “Invisible Suicide Prevention Day.

Once again, the obligatory official proclamations didn’t mention that suicide is now promoted widely in the media, popular culture, and by political activists seeking to legalize so-called “death with dignity” or “aid in dying.”

These euphemisms seek to convince people that committing suicide because of serious illness or disability, is not really suicide.

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Canadian Cancer patients are dying by euthanasia without diagnosis confirmation or attempting effective treatments.

Canadian Cancer patients are dying by euthanasia without diagnosis confirmation or attempting effective treatments.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

An article by Ed Susman published on September 9 in Medpage Today reports on a presentation to the World Conference on Lung Cancer by Dr Sara Moore, a  University of Ottawa medical oncologist. Moore examined 45 euthanasia (MAiD) deaths of people with lung cancer living in the Ottawa region. She concludes that people with lung cancer who died by euthanasia were less likely to consult with a radiation or medical oncologist and less likely to undergo effective treatments.

According to Susman, Moore’s research found that 20% of those who died by euthanasia did not consult a radiation oncologist and 22% did not consult a medical oncologist.

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California euthanasia court case – a further analysis.

California euthanasia court case – a further analysis.

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“There is no right to assisted suicide, the court must reject euthanasia.”

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanaisa Prevention Coalition

On August 30 I published an article about a California court case that would permit euthanasia within the California assisted suicide regime.

The California court needs to reject this challenge to the state assisted suicide law based on:

1. There is no right to assisted suicide, therefore there is no legal requirement to amend the perceived inequality within the state assisted suicide law.

2. The Supreme Court, in Glucksberg, recognized that there is no right to assisted suicide and it recognized that one state interests in prohibiting assisted suicide was the prevention of euthanasia.

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The euthanasia lobby is promoting suicide?

The euthanasia lobby is promoting suicide?

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

While reading an article published by the Cal-Alumni Association that was promoting the expansion of the California assisted suicide law I wondered: Why does the death lobby get away with promoting suicide?


The article focused on stories of people who died by suicide / assisted suicide. I was shocked by the descriptions and lionizing of the deaths.

I regularly read articles about euthanasia and assisted suicide but I clearly felt that this article was not only promoting the expansion of assisted suicide but it was also irresponsible in how it described the deaths and applauded those who died.

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Bioethicists joust over Canada’s ‘Medical Aid in Dying’ euthanasia law

Bioethicists joust over Canada’s ‘Medical Aid in Dying’ euthanasia law

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This article was published by Bioedge on August 29, 2021.

Michael Cook

By Michael Cook, Editor of Bioedge

The debate in Canada over euthanasia and assisted suicide – or, as it is called there, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) – will have a huge impact upon developments elsewhere in the Anglosphere. As two of Canada’s stalwart defenders of MAiD, Jocelyn Downie and Udo Schuklenk, pointed out in a recent article in the Journal of Medical Ethics, “other countries will confront the same questions if they contemplate changing their assisted dying law”.

This makes their pushback against critics of MAiD even more interesting.

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Euthanasia by organ donation for healthy people?

Euthanasia by organ donation for healthy people?

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May I give my heart away?

This article was published by National Review on August 21, 2021.

By Wesley Smith

We have entered the era of what I call “do harm medicine,” in which the concept of what constitutes harming the patient has become entirely malleable and subjective. I even wrote a book covering that subject.

Here’s an example: When organ transplant medicine began, the “dead donor rule” was instituted to assure a wary public that people’s vital organs would only be procured after the person was dead. A corollary to that rule assures the public that people will not be killed for their body parts.

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California court case would extend assisted suicide law to euthanasia.

California court case would extend assisted suicide law to euthanasia.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

In the past few years the American assisted death lobby has pushed the limits of state assisted suicide laws. In 2019, Oregon eliminated the 15 day waiting period for assisted suicide and currently California is debating assisted suicide expansion bill SB 380 which, among other things, eliminates the requirement of a formal examination of the law.

The New Mexico assisted suicide law only requires a 48 hour waiting period, that can be waived, and it redefined who could approve assisted suicide to include nurses.

The California assisted death lobby is supporting a court case to expand assisted suicide to euthanasia in California. 

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