World Medical Association Wants to Force Doctors to Make Referrals for Abortions or Euthanasia

World Medical Association Wants to Force Doctors to Make Referrals for Abortions or Euthanasia

The World Medical Association is revising the International Code of Medical Ethics (ICoME) to limit the scope of conscientious objection.

According to a WMA press release, “Workgroup members and observers representing more than 15 countries have reviewed the document carefully to determine what might be missing from the ICoME, what might be superfluous, what could potentially be organised differently.”

The principal change would be to make referral a duty for a doctor who has a conscientious objection. The current code says:

Physicians have an ethical obligation to minimise disruption to patient care. Conscientious objection must only be considered if the individual patient is not discriminated against or disadvantaged, the patient’s health is not endangered, and undelayed continuity of care is ensured.

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The White Rose – The symbol of our opposition to euthanasia.

The White Rose – The symbol of our opposition to euthanasia.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Many people have asked why the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition uses the white rose as its symbol. You may have heard about the White Rose campaign composed mainly of students in Munich who resisted the Nazi regime and whose leaders were killed on February 22, 1943.

Most of you will not be aware that opposition to the Nazi T-4 euthanasia program influenced the formation of the White Rose campaign

Hans & Sophie Scholl

Some research suggests that Hans and Sophie Scholl heard the sermon by Bishop von Galen, the Bishop of Muenster, who on August 3, 1941, challenged the killing of people with disabilities by euthanasia.

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Terminally Ill Dying Out of Hopelessness and Abandonment.

Terminally Ill Dying Out of Hopelessness and Abandonment.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Dr Chris Perry

Daniel Tang, reported for the Epoch Times that Dr Chris Perry, the President of the Queensland Australia Medical Association warned Queensland legislators who are debating euthanasia that terminally ill patients choose to “take poison” and die out of hopelessness or abandonment.

Tang reporting on a press conference stated:

Dr. Chris Perry said the euthanasia experience in Victoria, Canada, and Oregon in the United States—one of the earliest jurisdictions to legalise the practice—saw many candidates choose euthanasia because they felt trapped or incapacitated.

Perry stated that killing people who feel hopeless and neglected is not right:

“So, it’s not the right way to treat human beings; we should be treating human beings as we’d like to be treated with dignity and respect,”

“You don’t want people being feeling hopeless, and being neglected, not being well cared for, and ending up taking a drink which will result in them dying in 20 to 30 minutes,”

The Queensland government will likely vote on a bill to legalize euthanasia this week.

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Texas Senate Committee Passes Bill to Protect Patients From Euthanasia

Texas Senate Committee Passes Bill to Protect Patients From Euthanasia

The Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services passed the Respecting Texas Patients’ Right to Life Act (SB 917 by Senator Bryan Hughes) by a vote of 5-4. Chairwoman Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), and Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) have worked alongside Senator Hughes (R-Mineola) on the needed reforms throughout this 87th Session of the Texas Legislature and in sessions past. Senator Dawn Buckingham, M.D., (R-Lakeway) and Senator César Blanco (D-El Paso) joined Hall, Perry, and Kolkhorst in voting SB 917 out of committee.

Under current law, the Texas Advance Directives Act, hospital committees can impose a 10-day countdown on the lives of vulnerable Texas patients.

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Normalising euthanasia can be dangerous: A Belgian nurse explains some of his experiences.

Normalising euthanasia can be dangerous: A Belgian nurse explains some of his experiences.

This article was published by Mercatornet on May 17, 2021

By François Trufin

Euthanasia: Searching for the Full Story: Experiences and Insights of Belgian Doctors and Nurses would be a bargain at any price, but it is free to download from the website of Springer, the publisher of many medical journals.

Euthanasia, though legal in Belgium, is opposed by some healthcare professionals. This collection of essays contains insights and thought-provoking stories from the authors’ professional experience.

The authors are ten Belgian health care professionals, nurses, university professors and doctors specializing in palliative care and ethicists who fear that euthanasia has become normalised and trivial.

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Doctors Have Euthanized 24,000 Patients Since Canada Legalized Assisted Suicide

Doctors Have Euthanized 24,000 Patients Since Canada Legalized Assisted Suicide

The April 2021euthanasia and assisted suicide (MAiD) data for Ontario indicates that even though the Province has been under a strict COVID-19 “lock-down,” in the month of April, Ontario experienced the highest number of euthanasia deaths –241– since legalization in June 2016.

The Ontario data indicates that in just the first four months of 2021, there were 853 reported assisted deaths.

Since the federal government has been slow in releasing euthanasia data, the death data from the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, a province which represents 39% of Canada’s population, provides us with a strong indication of the trend in euthanasia deaths in Canada.

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Euthanasia bill fails again in Colombia

Euthanasia bill fails again in Colombia

This article was published by BioEdge on April 17, 2021
Michael Cook

By Michael Cook is editor of BioEdge

The Colombian legislature has once again failed to pass a law legalising euthanasia. Earlier this week a bill proposed by representative Juan Fernando Reyes Kuri needed to reach 85 votes in favour, but fell two votes short.

Although Colombia is often described as a country where euthanasia is legal, the actual situation is complicated. In 1997 the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that that “the State cannot oppose the decision of an individual who does not wish to continue living and who requests help to die when suffering from a terminal illness that causes unbearable pain, incompatible with his idea of dignity”.

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Luxembourg euthanasia update (56% increase in 2020 euthanasia deaths).

Luxembourg euthanasia update (56% increase in 2020 euthanasia deaths).

The Luxembourg update was published by the Australian Care Alliance.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide has been legal in Luxembourg since 2009. The person requesting euthanasia or assisted suicide must have a serious, incurable and irreversible affliction which leads to unbearable physical or mental suffering.

The sixthbiennial report by the National Commission for Control and Evaluation covering 2019-2020 was published in March 2021.

There were 16 cases of euthanasia in 2019 (doubling the 2018 figure of just 8 cases) and 25 cases in 2020 –a further rise of 56.2%. This brings the total number of cases from 2009-2020 to 112.

Most cases involved euthanasia by lethal injection except for two cases (one in 2016, one in 2018 and two in 2020) of assisted suicide by oral ingestion of a barbiturate.

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France debates legalizing euthanasia.

France debates legalizing euthanasia.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The French media is reporting that a bill to legalize euthanasia will be debated on Thursday April 8.

The Local news reported that Olivier Falorni, deputy for the parliamentary splinter group Libertes et Territoires (“Freedom and Territories”), has introduced a euthanasia bill that will be debated during the time allotted to the party.

MP’s who oppose euthanasia have filed 3000 amendments to the bill. The Local reported:

MPs hostile to euthanasia have filed 3,000 amendments ahead of the debate which will slow down Thursday’s proceedings to the point of making any vote in the allotted timeframe impossible.

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Latvia rejects euthanasia initiative.

Latvia rejects euthanasia initiative.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Latvia Saeima

The Latvian public broadcaster LSM.LV reported that, after a long debate, the Latvian Saeima rejected a citizens initiative to legalize euthanasia by a vote of 49 to 38 with 2 abstentions. A citizens initiative collected 10,000 signatures which required the Saeima to debate the issue.

LSM reported that Saeima representatives saw the euthanasia debate as opening the door for better end-of-life care for Latvians. According to the report:

opposition MP Viktors Valainis (Union of Greens and Farmers) said euthanasia would be the easiest way for severely ill people to escape intolerable pain, yet it is “absolutely unacceptable” because it ignores a number of problems in palliative care.

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France didn’t vote on euthanasia bill. Latvia rejected euthanasia.

France didn’t vote on euthanasia bill. Latvia rejected euthanasia.

This article was published by Bioedge on April 11, 2021.

By Michael Cook, the editor of Bioedge
France National Assembly

France: A bill to legalise euthanasia was smothered by delaying tactics in the French Parliament this week.

The bill was a personal initiative of Olivier Falorni, a deputy for the parliamentary splinter group Libertes et Territoires (“Freedom and Territories”). He says that the law would put a stop to a national “hypocrisy” because French residents often travelled to Belgium or Switzerland for assisted suicide. He claims that French doctors are already performing 2,000 to 4,000 euthanasia every year – but secretly.

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Australian nurse “Angel of Death” will not face criminal charges for killing a patient, but loses nursing license for two years.

Australian nurse “Angel of Death” will not face criminal charges for killing a patient, but loses nursing license for two years.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Maura Kathryn Bannister

An Australian nurse who refered to herself as the “angel of death” lost her nursing license on March 19 but will unlikely face criminal charges.

On March 10, the Queensland (Australia) Civil And Administrative Tribunal of the nursing and midwifery board of australia, in the Bannister case decided to:

disqualify her from applying for registration as a health practitioner for a period of two years from the date of this decision, and

prohibit, under the National Law s 196(4), from providing any health service for a period of two years from the date of this decision.

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Conservative Party of Canada re-affirms opposition to (MAiD) euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Conservative Party of Canada re-affirms opposition to (MAiD) euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) re-affirmed their opposition to (MAiD) euthanasia and assisted suicide at this weekend’s online policy convention.

John Paul Tasker reported for CBC news that the CPC convention voted on two policies concerning MAiD and upheld their opposition to medical killing. Tasker reported:

Delegates also rejected a modification to the policy book that would have changed the party’s stance on medical assistance in dying — swapping the statement that the party would not support any legislation that would “legalize euthanasia or assisted suicide” for one that says it would oppose “the extension of euthanasia and assisted suicide” to minors and people living with “psychological suffering.”

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Spanish Parliament passes euthanasia bill. Law may be challenged to Spain’s Constitutional Court.

Spanish Parliament passes euthanasia bill. Law may be challenged to Spain’s Constitutional Court.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Spanish parliament passed the euthanasia bill with a vote of 202 to 141 (2 abstentions). The Vox party has stated that it will challenge the euthanasia law before Spain’s Constitutional court.

On March 15, Portugal’s Constitutional Court rejected a similar euthanasia bill that was passed by Portugal’s parliament on January 29.


The lower house approved the bill even after the Spanish Bioethics Committee unanimously rejected the proposed bill in their October 6 report which stated:

The bill is invalid not only because it decriminalizes euthanasia as an exception to the general rule requiring life to be protected, but also because it recognizes death as a right that can be incorporated into the list of public health benefits, the committee noted.

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Psychiatrist and disability leaders react to Canada’s expansion of euthanasia

Psychiatrist and disability leaders react to Canada’s expansion of euthanasia

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Omar Sachedina and Brooklyn Neustaeter published an article for CTV news concerning the reaction of proponents and opponents to Bill C-7, after it passed.

The two interviews of concern were with Jewells Smith, the Chairperson of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and Psychiatrist, Dr John Maher.

Smith stated that expanding assisted dying in Canada concerns racialized and disabled communities based on inadequate community supports. Smith said:

“It’s a lot cheaper for the government to offer medical aid and dying than to offer the services people with disabilities need to live full lives,” Jewells Smith, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, said in an interview from B.C.

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Beyond C-7 and death on demand — competent choice is the new frontier, or death with no demand

Beyond C-7 and death on demand — competent choice is the new frontier, or death with no demand

Gordon Friesen

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

Euthanasia has two faces in Canada. The first is Voluntary Euthanasia, which is a practice based upon the assumed right of an individual to control his, or her, own destiny. Medical Assistance in Dying, on the other hand (as defined in Quebec Bill 52, 2014), is a benign medical procedure, objectively indicated in cases involving “intolerable suffering” and “irremediable decline”.

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Nunavut mental health crisis: Assisted death provided, mental health treatment not provided.

Nunavut mental health crisis: Assisted death provided, mental health treatment not provided.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Nunavut

Beth Brown reported for CBC news that the care of people with mental health concerns in Nunavut was not considered during the Bill C-7 debate, the recently passed bill that expands Canada’s euthanasia law to include people with mental illness. 


Brown is reporting on a meeting organized by the Embrace Life Council in Nunavut to discuss Bill C-7.

Brown interviewed Kylie Aglukark the Embrace Life Council President who is concerned that people in Nunavut are currently being sent away to receive treatment. Aglukark states:

“We’re required already to leave the territory to access basic services,” Aglukark said.

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Loneliness and isolation. Have you called an elderly friend or family member today?

Loneliness and isolation. Have you called an elderly friend or family member today?

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

I have written about the cultural epidemic of loneliness and isolation and I have explained how loneliness and isolation leads to a higher level of deaths by euthanasia (MAiD). Now that Ontario, and other jurisdictions, have moved back to being “locked-down,” will we experience more depression and hopelessness based on cultural loneliness?

CTV medical correspondant, Avis Favaro, reported on a group of teenagers from the Upper Canada College, Bishop Strachan School, Havergal and Bayview Glen who are participating in a virtual pen pal program. Favaro reports:

The program, called Pandemic Pals or Pan Pals for short, has students connect with seniors in long-term care homes via phone and Zoom calls in an effort to combat loneliness brought on by lockdowns in the province.

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Canada passes Bill C-7 – permitting euthanasia for mental illness.

Canada passes Bill C-7 – permitting euthanasia for mental illness.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Alex Schadenberg

On March 11, the Liberal government, with the support of the Bloc Quebecois (BQ), forced a closure of debate on Bill C-7, Canada’s euthanasia expansion bill, and then passed Bill C-7, with the Senate amendment approving euthanasia for mental illness alone, once again with the BQ supporting the Liberals.


On March 17, Canada’s Senate passed Bill C-7.

Bill C-7 was introduced in February 2020 as the government’s response to the Quebec Superior Court’s Truchon decision which struck down the part of the law requiring that a person’s natural death be reasonably foreseeable before they could be killed by euthanasia.

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Beware — the Chickens of ‘Choice’ Are Coming Home to Roost

Beware — the Chickens of ‘Choice’ Are Coming Home to Roost

People pay their respect at the T4 – Memorial and Information Point for the Victims of the Nazi Euthanasia Programme in Berlin on Sept. 4, 2020. Administrators and doctors of the Nazi regime organized the mass murder of people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. The annihilation of more than 70,000 patients in institutions was later named “Aktion T4” after the address of the program headquarters.

We have taught young people to destroy humans who become burdens to them — and soon enough, we’re going to become burdens to them

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Euthanasia law is a matter of life and death for people with disabilities.

Euthanasia law is a matter of life and death for people with disabilities.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Bill C-7 passed into law on March 17, thereby expanding Canada’s euthanasia (MAiD) law to include people with disabilities or chronic conditions who are not dying, and people with mental illness alone. It’s important to remind people of how Bill C-7 undermines Canada’s global human rights commitments.

Dulcie McCallum and Steve Estey who were members of Canada’s delegation to the United Nations when negotiating the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, explain in an article published by iPolitics how Bill C-7 is counter to Canada’s Human Rights Commitments. McCallum and Estey wrote:

The value of Canada’s stock on the global human rights market is about to plummet.

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Assisted Suicide Continues the Genocide That Has Targeted Disabled People for a Century

Assisted Suicide Continues the Genocide That Has Targeted Disabled People for a Century

JAMA Internal Medicine hosted a fiery debate about Dutch euthanasia this week. Geriatrician Diane E. Meier, of the Icahn School of Medicine, New York, responded feistily to critics of an editorial which she had written in December, headlined “The Treatment of Patients With Unbearable Suffering—The Slippery Slope Is Real.”

Two teams of Dutch physicians responded with reassurances that “all of these Dutch cases of physician-assisted suicide are characterized by a vital patient-physician relationship and that all these requests are voluntary and well considered” and that “instances of physician-assisted suicide always follow the letter of the law and never involve family, financial, or other pressures.”

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Pushback in Ireland over euthanasia bill: ‘This isn’t a gentle, peaceful death’

Pushback in Ireland over euthanasia bill: ‘This isn’t a gentle, peaceful death’

by Administrator

Opponents of euthanasia are pushing back against a bill in Ireland meant to legalize it. They argue that while it is widely believed that euthanasia is reserved only for those in unbearable pain and facing certain death, this is untrue. They are concerned that legalizing assisted dying will take the focus away from helping people to live well and refocus it on helping them to commit suicide.

A leading palliative care doctor and member of the House of Lords, Ilora Finlay, spoke of the dangers of the legislation at a recent End of Life Matters conference. She noted that based on a 2019 Health Authority report from Oregon, people seek death by assisted suicide because they feel “less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable” or the fear they will be a “burden on family, friends, and caregivers.”

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“Disastrous” Day for Vulnerable People in Spain as Euthanasia is Legalized

“Disastrous” Day for Vulnerable People in Spain as Euthanasia is Legalized

Spain has passed a law which will allow vulnerable people to be killed by euthanasia. The day has been described as “disastrous” and “devastating.”

The Spanish lower parliament voted to approve the euthanasia law which will allow vulnerable people suffering from “serious and uncurable” disease to be killed.

It is expected that the euthanasia law will come into effect in June 2021.

Pro-life groups have said that they will challenge the euthanasia law in Spain’s constitutional court.

Up until now, attempts to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia in Spain have faced resistance and widespread opposition from Spanish politicians and the public.

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Netherlands group opposes termination of life for children (euthanasia).

Netherlands group opposes termination of life for children (euthanasia).

Press release – March 12, 2021

The network ‘Bescherm het Kinderleven’ (Protect Children’s Lives) is making a plea against the Proposal by the Dutch government for active termination of life for children age 1 to 12

On the 13th October 2020 the then minister of Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Hugo de Jonge (CDA) announced coming with regulations for active termination of life for seriously ill children ages 1-12. As a reaction on this announcement, a collective of citizens with diverse backgrounds an affiliations have join forces to initiate the network ‘Bescherm het Kinderleven’ (BHK). BHK denounces the plan to allow for regulated termination of life for children.

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