Victoria Australia euthanasia deaths increase 31%

Victoria Australia euthanasia deaths increase 31%

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This article was published by Mercatornet on September 30, 2022

By Michael Cook, the editor of Mercatornet
Michael Cook

When it passed in the Victorian parliament in 2017, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act must have been one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in Australian history. Lobbying on both sides was intense; the debate in the lower house lasted an extraordinary 24 hours over three days; the upper house passed it after a marathon 28-hour sitting.

The new law came into effect in June 2019. After some interim reports, the first annual report, covering the year to June 30, has just been published.

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Can I trust the medical community to protect my life?

Can I trust the medical community to protect my life?

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

On September 14 Jennifer Henderson wrote an investigative report for Medpage Today focusing on Canadian born New Hampshire Cardiac surgeon Yvon Baribeau, who after his forced retirement, at 63, the Boston Globe learned that:

Ultimately, there has been no U.S. physician with more settlements involving surgical deaths over the last two decades, the Globe reported, citing an analysis of a national physicians’ database. And there has been no physician in New Hampshire with more settlements of any kind, the Globe added. 

The investigative report doesn’t only determine that Baribeau caused a significant number of surgical deaths, but the report also determines that the hospital was made aware of the issue and didn’t stop him from doing surgery.
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Another case of euthanasia for disability and poverty.

Another case of euthanasia for disability and poverty.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

In the past few days I have read several articles denying euthanasia for disability and poverty and another article which justified it based on autonomy.

Today, Zahraa Hmood published an article in the Toronto Star, a newspaper that is not known for questioning euthanasia, concerning a woman with disabilities including MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities) who is considering euthanasia based on her inability to find proper housing.

The article interviews David Fancy, a professor at Brock University, who is trying to help this woman find a place to live.

Fancy, who supports euthanasia, says that he is coming up against too many barriers in helping this woman choose an alternative to death.

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Assisted Suicide Is Not About Autonomy; It Is A Symptom of Systems Which Deny Autonomy To Sick And Disabled People

Assisted Suicide Is Not About Autonomy; It Is A Symptom of Systems Which Deny Autonomy To Sick And Disabled People

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This article was published as a guest blog by the disability rights group Not Dead Yet on August 8, 2022
Kathleen Nicole O’Neal

By Kathleen Nicole O’Neal

On June 16, 2022, a forty-four-year-old Italian citizen named Federico Carboni became the first patient in the history of his country to die by medically assisted suicide. Twelve years ago, Carboni was working as a trucker when he found himself seriously injured in a traffic accident that put him into a coma. When he awakened from the coma, he was a quadriplegic.

What I find most haunting about Carboni’s death are some of his last words, statements that he made explaining his decision to seek medically assisted suicide.

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What does the future hold for the disabled when euthanasia is legal?

What does the future hold for the disabled when euthanasia is legal?

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This article was published by Bioedge on September 6, 2022.

By Michael Cook, the editor of Mercatornet

As the cartoon above suggests, disability activists fear that euthanasia could become a cheaper option for medical care. In a position paper published by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, in the UK, a Canadian expert in disability studies contends that “While the expansion of [euthanasia and assisted suicide] has been motivated by a desire to end suffering and respect autonomy, in doing so we have created significant risk to disabled persons in a world which largely sees their lives as less valuable, as ones of inevitable suffering and as not worth living.”

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Euthanasia is not a hypothetical “Slippery Slope”, but a Clear and Present Danger

Euthanasia is not a hypothetical “Slippery Slope”, but a Clear and Present Danger

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Gordon Friesen reponds to an article by Dr Douglas Heinrichs titled: The Case for Medical Aid in Dying (Part 3). Friesen is a disabled man who has closely followed the euthanasia debate and is now President of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

By Gordon Friesen

From the very beginning of the assisted suicide debate, the elephant in the room has always been the so-called “disability community”, because this very diverse group contains large numbers of people who would logically be eligible for MAID; many of whom have followed the question closely; who understand first-hand the reality of medical suffering; and who are, in an overwhelming majority, opposed to the legalization of assisted death.

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France will debate the legalization of euthanasia.

France will debate the legalization of euthanasia.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

An article by Amanda Morrow published today by RFI news states that France’s President Emmanuel Macron stated earlier this year that he wants France to legalize Belgian style euthanasia.

Macron responded to a report released by the National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE) saying that it was in favour of assisted suicide under strict, supervised conditions.

An Associated Press article reported that Macron said in a written statement that a body composed of citizens will work on the issue in the coming months in coordination with health care workers, while local debates are to be organized in French regions.

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Canada is getting comfortable with killing people with disabilities.

Canada is getting comfortable with killing people with disabilities.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Tristin Hopper wrote an insightful article that was published in the National Post on August 15 titled: Canada is getting comfortable with killing its disabled.

Roger Foley

Hopper focuses on several stories concerning people with disabilities who have been pressured to die or have died by euthanasia. Many of these people have disabilities and were also living in poverty.

Hopper writes about Roger Foley of London, Ontario, who did not ask for euthanasia but was urged to ask for it. Hopper writes:

This week, a feature by the Associated Press quoted secretly recorded audio from a London, Ont.

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Netherlands Health Minister Proposes Protocol for euthanasia of children under 12.

Netherlands Health Minister Proposes Protocol for euthanasia of children under 12.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The DutchNews.nl reported today that Dutch Health Minister Ernst Kuipers announced the intention to extend euthanasia to children, but without changing the law. Kuipers intends to extend the Groningen Protocol, which currently applies to babies, to include children under the age of 12.

An article by Peter McLaren Kennedy for EuroWeekly stated:

The proposed protocol contains seven criteria for euthanasia for those between one and 12. Doctors will have to be convinced the child’s suffering is unbearable and there is no possibility of a cure or a treatment to alleviate the pain.

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Baby declared “brain dead” begins to breath on his own.

Baby declared “brain dead” begins to breath on his own.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Harrison was declared brain dead as a baby

You should be concerned that several countries are considering changes to brain death protocols to make it easier to declare someone brain dead.

An article about Harrison Ellmer was published in the Daily Mail in October 2015. Harrison was declared brain dead when he was three weeks old. He is three years old in this picture.

An article by Sadiya Chowdhury published last week by Sky News stated that a senior doctor was “shocked” when a baby started breathing on his own two weeks after being declared brain stem dead after two tests.

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There is nothing civilized about assisted dying.

There is nothing civilized about assisted dying.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Kevin Yuill

Historian and author, Kevin Yuill, wrote another great article that was published by Spiked on July 25 titled: There is nothing civilized about assisted dying.

Not Dead Yet UK comment: The Mansfield case should never be a reason for changing the law on assisted suicide (Link).

Yuill is responding to the Mansfield case (UK) which concerns Graham Mansfield who killed his wife Dyanne in a suicide pact, but failed to kill himself. The UK assisted suicide lobby claim that this is a good case for legalizing assisted suicide.

Yuill writes:

In March 2021, Graham Mansfield, a retired baggage handler, had agreed a mutual suicide pact with his 71-year-old wife, Dyanne, who had terminal cancer.

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Swiss assisted suicide groups concerned that “stricter” rules will discourage suicide tourism.

Swiss assisted suicide groups concerned that “stricter” rules will discourage suicide tourism.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

An article by Kuoru Udo published by Swissinfo.ch on July 26 explains that Switzerland’s new assisted suicide guidelines may lead to fewer suicide tourists. 

Udo introduces the issue with the story of Alex Pandolfo who lives in the UK with early onset dementia.

Sixty-eight-year-old Pandolfo lives in the UK. When he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer disease in 2015, Lifecircle, an assisted suicide organisation in Basel, gave him the green light and accepted his request for assisted suicide. He plans to go to Switzerland when “the time has come”.

Under the old rules, he would have had to stay in Basel for just a few days to complete his plan, but the new ‘two-week-rule’ makes it a lot more expensive.

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Euthanasia’s Cruel Compassion

Euthanasia’s Cruel Compassion

The following article was published by the Epoch Times on June 22, 2022.

Wesley Smith

By Wesley J Smith

Frederico Carboni made international news recently when he died in Italy’s first legal assisted suicide. Carboni was not terminally ill. He was paralyzed from an auto accident. He wanted suicide because he had no autonomy, saying in an interview, “I am like a boat adrift in the ocean.”

How tragic. Quadriplegia need not be the end of all good things. People who have experienced such catastrophic accidents often pick up the pieces and get on with life—when they receive life-affirming care and are not merely “warehoused” in a nursing home.

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20 year-old BC Man with undiagnosed condition is approved for euthanasia.

20 year-old BC Man with undiagnosed condition is approved for euthanasia.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Sign the petition: Eric Coulam: We urge you to Never Give Up the fight to live! (Link).

Eric Coulam with his grandmother

The story of Eric Coulam, a 20 year-old living in Fort St John BC, who has been approved for MAiD (euthanasia) even though he has an undiagnosed condition is very upsetting.

As reported by Jessica Mundie for the National Post:

In 2013, shortly after Coulam lost his mother to suicide, his health began to decline. It started with a stomach ache, said Suski, but it progressed to something much worse.

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A message to the world. Don’t legalize euthanasia.

A message to the world. Don’t legalize euthanasia.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Recently articles about concerning approvals and deaths by euthanasia (known as MAiD) in Canada have opened the question of have we gone too far in Canada?

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition opposes all MAiD deaths, but sadly, we accurately predicted that once the line in the sand that gives doctors and nurses the right in law to kill their patients was crossed, the rules and reasons for approving medical killing (MAiD) would expand. This is what Canada has experienced.

Dr Ramona Coelho, a family physician who specializes in caring for marginalized people, recently wrote about two cases of premature deaths by MAiD in Ontario.

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Pain and Choice: Canada’s the “most permissive euthanasia law in the world”

Pain and Choice: Canada’s the “most permissive euthanasia law in the world”

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This article was published by Nancy Valko on her blog today.

Nancy Valko

In his excellent July 10, 2022 blog, Alex Schadenberg, chair of the International Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, republishes an article by Dr Ramona Coelho that now “Canada’s medical assistance in dying (Maid) law is the most permissive euthanasia legislation in the world”.

Coehlo says “Canada’s MAiD law currently allows suicide facilitation for persons with disabilities and is on track to expand in March 2023 to those living with mental illness. “ (Emphasis added)

How did assisted suicide/euthanasia laws get so far and so fast down the proverbial “slippery slope”?

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US Suicide rates are now highest among the elderly.

US Suicide rates are now highest among the elderly.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Suicide is always a tragedy but a little known fact is that the highest US suicide rate is among the elderly. But this was not always the case.


When examining the suicide data published by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) the highest suicide rate in America was historically among the 45 to 54 age group, but since 2019 the 85 years and older age group has the highest suicide rate and in 2020 the 75 – 84 age group had the second highest suicide rate.

The US suicide rate was increasing on a yearly basis but it has gone down since 2018.
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Euthanasia by Advanced Directive – A recipe for abuse.

Euthanasia by Advanced Directive – A recipe for abuse.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Dr Catherine Ferrier who is a Montreal physician who specializes in gerontology wrote an excellent article that was published in the Montreal Gazette titled: Advance Directives for assisted death a recipe for abuse.

Ferrier begins her article by outlining the challenges faced for people with dementia:

In my work in geriatric medicine, I have cared for thousands of people with dementia and their families. The challenge they face is not only the disease, but the stigma and neglect. The constantly fuelled perception that their life is undignified.

Ferrier then refers to advanced directives for Medical Aid in Dying (euthanasia), that is permitted by Québec’s Bill 38 which is being debated.

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Euthanasia is a runaway train in Canada. It’s time to hit the brakes.

Euthanasia is a runaway train in Canada. It’s time to hit the brakes.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Brian Bird

Brian Bird, who is an assistant professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of B.C. wrote a Special article that was published by the National Post on May 4, 2022. Bird explains why the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (AMAD), that is currently holding hearings on further expanding Canada’s euthanasia (MAiD), should instead stop any further expansions of the law. Bird writes:

By next year, Canada may have journeyed — in only seven years — from a total prohibition on euthanasia to euthanasia at an adult’s deathbed to euthanasia for mental and physical illness at any moment of an adult’s life.

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Japanese dystopian euthanasia film “Plan 75”

Japanese dystopian euthanasia film “Plan 75”

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Jurgen Hecker wrote a film review of the Japanese dystopian euthanasia film “Plan 75” that was published by Japan Today on May 22. “Plan 75” reportedly shook audiences to the core at the Cannes film festival.

“Plan 75” responds to the aging demographic of Japan with a dystopian vision of a government program that would encourage people to die by euthanasia at the age of 75. Hecker wrote:

In the movie, anybody over 75 is encouraged to sign up for a deal with the government by which they receive a sum of money in return for agreeing to be euthanised.

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Assisted suicide must not be confused with palliative care.

Assisted suicide must not be confused with palliative care.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Dr. Ebru Kaya is an associate professor of medicine and the president of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) and Dr. Leonie Herx is division chair and associate professor of palliative medicine at Queen’s University and a past president of the CSPCP wrote an opinion article that was published by the Globe and Mail on May 9, titled: Assisted dying must not be confused with palliative care.

The context for the article is the government committee that is examining the expansion of MAID to children (mature minors) and incompetent people who requested death in their advanced directive.

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Care for People with Cognitive Impairment: Don’t Euthanize Them

Care for People with Cognitive Impairment: Don’t Euthanize Them

By Dr Paul Saba is co-founder of Physicians for Social Justice and is the author of a book entitled “Made to Live.” 

The proposed Bill 38 being debated in the Québec National Assembly is dangerous. Cognitively impaired people will be allowed to decide by advanced directives the ending of their lives via lethal injection by euthanasia. This should not happen. Quebec parliamentarians must vote no to Bill 38. (Link to Bill 38).

Henriette is a woman in her 70s who has been experiencing slow cognitive decline and has been my patient.

Her daughter is a busy real estate agent who until recently was able to help care for her mother who lived downstairs in a duplex they shared.

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Dr Ramona Coelho: Offering euthanasia to a suicidal person leads to premature deaths.

Dr Ramona Coelho: Offering euthanasia to a suicidal person leads to premature deaths.

By Michalina Ratajczak
Assistant to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Executive Director

Dr Coelho’s presentation to the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (Link). (Facebook Link).

On May 13th, 2022, the Canadian government’s expert panel on MAiD and Mental Illness released its final report, which recommended no added legislative safeguards to Bill C-7 for those living with mental illness. Dr. Ramona Coelho (blog link), who recently presented at a meeting of the federal Special Joint Committee examining the provisions of the Criminal Code relating to medical assistance in dying, noted that the expert panel’s report:

“…is more dangerous than I could have anticipated.

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Euthanasia, where and when does it stop?

Euthanasia, where and when does it stop?

By Nic Steenhout, Disability rights advocate and the former Director of Vivre dans la Dignité

Nic Steenhout

It is with great sadness and a fair bit of distress that I learned about two recent cases of so-called “Medical Aid In Dying” (euthanasia by any other name). The stories of two disabled women who were pushed to apply for MAID because their circumstances didn’t allow them the choice of living would be distressing for most of us.

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Suicide contagion

Suicide contagion

This article was published by First Things on May 19, 2022.

Wesley Smith examines three studies examining the possible co-relation between legalizing assisted suicide and rising suicide rates.
Wesley J Smith

By Wesley Smith

I have often argued that, as a matter of logic and intuition, the widespread legalization of assisted suicide will increase both the rate of assisted suicides and the rate of unassisted suicides. After all, many people conflate what is “legal” with what is “right.” Once a state gives its imprimatur to assisted suicide as a way of alleviating suffering and providing “medical aid in dying,” as it is euphemistically called, an ever-increasing number of people will resort to that means of ending their lives.

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