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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Over 50 People Have Been Euthanized Since Spain Legalized Euthanasia

Over 50 People Have Been Euthanized Since Spain Legalized Euthanasia

An article published by Spark Chronicles indicates that since legalizing euthanasia on June 25, 2021, Spain has had at least 50 euthanasia deaths and 130 requests.

The article states that data from 10 out of the 17 autonomous regions in Spain indicated that the majority of the euthanasia deaths have been for neurodegenerative or oncological diseases and out of 130 known applications, (74%) were approved and approximately half of the applicants died before the euthanasia could be done.

Spain’s euthanasia law is oriented toward approving euthanasia for people with disabilities. Spain approves euthanasia for:

“serious, chronic and debilitating conditions or serious, incurable diseases causing intolerable suffering”

The data confirms my concerns related to euthanasia for people with disabilities.

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Euthanasia group: People must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before we’ll help them die

Euthanasia group: People must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before we’ll help them die

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A euthanasia group with locations in both Germany and Switzerland has issued a statement saying that it will only euthanize people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from a recent case of the virus.

“Euthanasia and the preparatory examination of the voluntary responsibility of our members willing to die require human closeness,” reads the statement from Verein Sterbehilfe (Association for Assisted Dying). “Human closeness, however, is a prerequisite and breeding ground for corona virus transmission. As of today, the 2G rule applies in our association, supplemented by situation-related measures, such as quick tests before encounters in closed rooms.”

The 2G rule is the current German policy regarding COVID-19 which states that only vaccinated or recovered individuals be allowed to enter buildings or partake in public events.

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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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Human Beings With Down Syndrome and Disabilities Have Value

Human Beings With Down Syndrome and Disabilities Have Value

Today, Dec .3, is International Day of Persons with Disabilities as designated by the United Nations—a time to remember the importance of those who live with disabilities.

“Human rights belong to all human beings regardless of ability or disability,” says Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach (MCCL GO). “Yet too often the lives of people with disabilities are devalued. Too often young human beings are subjected to the destruction of abortion or infanticide after an adverse diagnosis. Too often older persons are subjected to euthanasia when dealing with the challenges of illness and disability.”

U.N.

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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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Doctors Said Emma’s Depression Was So Bad They Have Up Treating Her, 3 Years Later She’s Doing Great

Doctors Said Emma’s Depression Was So Bad They Have Up Treating Her, 3 Years Later She’s Doing Great

An inspiring story was published on October 3 by Tubantia news  (Netherlands) concerning Emma (20). Three years ago her mental illness was considered too complex and she was told that she was “out of treatment.” Her practitioners said they could do nothing more for her depression, eating disorder and addictions.

Emma decided that there is hope and she gave treatment one more try. Three years later Emma is training to become an expert in psychiatry and inspiring others.

Emma’s story was shared by Tubantia after her LinkedIn message received ten thousand likes and hundreds of reactions from complete strangers. Emma said:

“And to think that I was afraid of getting negative reactions.

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Popular euthanasia and assisted suicide articles

Popular euthanasia and assisted suicide articles

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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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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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10% of Newborn Babies Who Die in Belgium are Killed in Euthanasia

10% of Newborn Babies Who Die in Belgium are Killed in Euthanasia

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10% of newborn deaths in Belgium are euthanasia deaths.

A recent study has brought to light the practice of deliberate euthanasia to newborns for whom the medical team considered that there was “no hope of a bearable future”. These practices concerned 10% of the neonates (0-1 year) who died in Flanders, between September 2016 and December 2017 (i. e., 24 babies).

This practice is illegal in Belgium, yet no authority seems to take offense. The law only allows the euthanasia of a minor if he or she is capable of discernment and conscious at the time of the request for euthanasia.

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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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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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