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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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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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.

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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Pope Francis condemns euthanasia and abortion as part of a ‘throwaway culture’

Pope Francis condemns euthanasia and abortion as part of a ‘throwaway culture’

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As many European countries are either legalizing euthanasia or considering legislation to do so, Pope Francis has spoken out against the devaluing of human life, calling it part of a “throwaway culture.”

Catholic News Service reports that the Pope made his remarks during an interview with Carlos Herrera of COPE, which is the radio network owned by the Spanish bishops’ conference. He dismissed the idea that euthanasia and assisted suicide are acts of compassion, saying that “what the church is asking is to help people to die with dignity. This has always been done.” He continued:

What is (deemed) useless is discarded.

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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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Top Psychiatrist Slams Euthanasia: They Call it “Dying With Dignity” But It’s Killing Without Dignity

Top Psychiatrist Slams Euthanasia: They Call it “Dying With Dignity” But It’s Killing Without Dignity

Dr. Sonu Gaind, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and honorary member of the World Psychiatric Association, leads his hospital MAID [Medical Assistance in Dying] team. He sat on the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on MAID and Mental Illness and wrote a scathing article opposing Bill C-7 which the Liberals in Parliament passed in March 2021.

In his article–New assisted dying law threatens vulnerable citizens – that was published in the Hamilton Spectator on August 17— Gaind states that he came from an immigrant family that came to Canada when Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister.

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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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Euthanasia Activists Want Implants Inserted Into People to Kill Them if They Get Dementia

Euthanasia Activists Want Implants Inserted Into People to Kill Them if They Get Dementia

Early advocates of euthanasia promoted advance directives as a benign tool to help patients’ direct healthcare decisions during end of life care. Since no document can cover every possible scenario, these documents have exposed and subjected patients to unintended withdrawal or denial of life-saving treatment. Life-affirming alternatives to advance directives are available.

Now, the slippery slope of euthanasia has reared its ugly head again, this time with a new and disturbing proposal.

It is a “high-tech” advance directive that would take euthanasia to an alarming level.

Euthanasia advocates have proposed a new way to end the lives of patients suffering from dementia. 

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Mom Wants Her 4-Year-Old Son to be Euthanized Because He’s Disabled

Mom Wants Her 4-Year-Old Son to be Euthanized Because He’s Disabled

The disability community has been rightly concerned with the cultural attitudes towards people with disabilities. This story clearly warns us about the pressure to extend euthanasia to children but also the belief that it is OK to kill children with disabilities.

An article by Fabienne Tercaefs for Radio Canada on August 12, 2021 (Google translated) concerns Karie-Lyn Pelletier, from the L’Islet region in Québec, who wants her son, Abel, who has Mednik syndrome to die by euthanasia (MAiD).

According to the article Abel is severely disabled, he is deaf, lives with a severe intellectual disability and has daily intestinal problems and has already come close to death several times.

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Scientists Want People Fitted With Euthanasia Chip That Kills You at First Sign of Dementia

Scientists Want People Fitted With Euthanasia Chip That Kills You at First Sign of Dementia

A recent article published by leading bioethics journal “The Hastings Center Report”, has proposed an implant that would automatically trigger a lethal drug at the onset of dementia.

In the report, co-authors Margaret Battin and Brent M. Kious, proposed the introduction of an “advance directive implant” (ADI) in an article titled “Ending One’s Life in Advance”. There is even a precedent for this proposed implant: Norplant, a controversial contraceptive implant that was withdrawn from the UK in 1999. Like Norplant, the ADI would be reversible and programmable, but the drugs it would release would cause death instantaneously. It would likely be implanted at the onset of dementia and programmed to activate according to the patient’s prognosis.

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‘Instantly fatal’: Medical journal promotes timed euthanasia implant for people with dementia

‘Instantly fatal’: Medical journal promotes timed euthanasia implant for people with dementia

A prestigious medical journal specializing in ethics has published an article promoting the use of euthanasia implants for people with dementia.

Authored by Margaret Battin, an 80-year-old philosopher, medical ethicist, and Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah, and Brent Kious, an assistant professor at the University of Utah, Ending One’s Life in Advance asked readers to consider the idea of an “advance directive implant” (ADI) which would allow a person to use a timer-based implant that would kill them automatically without help from anyone else.

The Hastings Center Report is a peer-reviewed medical journal examining issues of bioethics. It points out that millions of Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia each year.

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Joe Biden is Considering Euthanasia Activist Ezekiel Emanuel to Head FDA

Joe Biden is Considering Euthanasia Activist Ezekiel Emanuel to Head FDA

If you think Dr. Anthony Fauci is a controversial figure in the fight against COVID-19, you may not have seen anything yet. Politico—the Democrats’ favorite publication for leaking their future plans—just reported that President Joe Biden is seriously considering nominating bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This politically maladroit idea must be opposed. To be effective and inspire public trust, the head of the FDA should be an expert administrator with a reputation for non-ideological scientific integrity. Emanuel is not that man. Not only does he lack substantial administrative experience, but even more worrying, he is a hyper-partisan leftwing Democrat.

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A personal story: No to euthanasia for mental health reasons

A personal story: No to euthanasia for mental health reasons

We received this email from Margaret titled: No Euthanasia for Mental Health Reasons. She gave us permission to publish it.

As I am now approaching 70 years of age, I would like to share my experience

Ever since I was twelve years old, I have been treated by psychiatrists, and many other people in the mental health system.

For over thirty-eight years, I considered myself to have active suicidal intentions.

Legalizing Euthanasia: What we can learn from the Netherlands

Legalizing Euthanasia: What we can learn from the Netherlands

Alex Schadenberg
Exeuctive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Leo van Doesburg with The European Christian Political Movement (EPCM) and Diederik van Dijk with the NPV-Zorg voor het leven (NPV-Care for life) published a thorough article titled: Legalizing Euthanasia: What we can learn from the Netherlands, in response to the growing number of countries debating euthanasia and the growing practise of euthanasia in the Netherlands. (Link to the article).


Since the article is 20 pages, I have published the conclusion and I encourage people to read the full text (Link to the article).

Conclusion:

When the euthanasia law was adopted in 2001, it focused on persons who were terminally ill.
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Eugenics: The root of the assisted dying movement.

Eugenics: The root of the assisted dying movement.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

In response to attacks against the Care Not Killing Alliance in the UK, Jamie Gillies, in spiked-online focuses on the eugenics roots of the assisted dying movement. Gillies writes about Killick Millard who founded the leading assisted dying group in the UK. Gillies states:

Scotland’s media class seems quite happy to spare prominent groups on the other side of the assisted-suicide debate from scrutiny. The Record, for instance, has failed to mention that Dignity in Dying, the group leading the charge for assisted suicide in the UK, was founded and funded by eugenicist politician Killick Millard.

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Great news: Dying with Dignity Bill is dead in Ireland

Great news: Dying with Dignity Bill is dead in Ireland

A message from Hope Ireland

We are very pleased to inform you, our supporters, that the Oireachtas Committee on Justice has refused to progress the Dying with Dignity Bill any further, and recommended a special parliamentary committee examine the whole area of “Assisted Dying”. This is now the second time that the DWD Bill has failed to progress to completion through the Dáil – first in 2015, and now again in 2021.


This is a significant victory. It means euthanasia/assisted suicide proponents will be back to square one – and their path is less clear now: they could either reintroduce a “narrower” version of the Bill, or else wait for the Government to set up a special committee to examine the issue.
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Dutch Doctors Euthanize Mentally Disabled Patients Without Their Consent

Dutch Doctors Euthanize Mentally Disabled Patients Without Their Consent

Dutch euthanasia enthusiasts always pretend that doctors there commit homicide by lethal injection “only as a last resort” when nothing else can be done to eliminate “unbearable suffering.” What a pile of manure!

As I have been documenting over the past 28 years (!), euthanasia in the Netherlands has metastasized from killing the terminally ill, to the chronically ill, to people with disabilities, to the elderly, to people with dementia, to the mentally ill, to children of any age, and babies born with serious disabilities. Yes, under the bureaucratic “Groningen Protocol,” Dutch doctors commit infanticide.

The latest apologia is published in JAMA Internal Medicine in response to an article demonstrating that the “slippery slope” in the Netherlands is very real.

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Case study: Organ donor homicide.

Case study: Organ donor homicide.

Most people become organ donors because the organs will be removed after they have died and shared with someone who needs the healthy organs.

A case study published in the American Journal of Case Reports titled: Pronounced dead twice: What should an attending physician do in between? concerns a homicide death of a 39-year-old woman that was caused by Acute Fentanyl toxicity due to a Fentanyl injection in the hospital.

The woman was being prepared as an organ donor. She was pronounced dead based on cardiac death. A minute after being pronounced dead the doctors noticed that her aortic and renal arteries were pumping and pulsing.

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Can we find a vaccine for the euthanasia pandemic?

Can we find a vaccine for the euthanasia pandemic?

This article was originally published by Mercatornet on June 7, 2021.

Margaret Somerville

By Margaret Somerville

The Covid-19 virus pandemic is a threat to our physical and mental health and wellbeing, as both individuals and societies.

The euthanasia “virus” pandemic is, likewise, a threat to our physical and mental health and wellbeing, as both individuals and societies. Most seriously, it is a threat to our “human spirit”, the intangible, invisible, immeasurable reality that all of us need to find meaning in life and to make life worth living, that deeply intuitive sense of relatedness or connectedness to all life, especially other people.

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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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