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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Suicide is not something to be encouraged or assisted.

Suicide is not something to be encouraged or assisted.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Baroness Ilora Finlay

Baroness Ilora Finlay, who is a doctor, a professor of palliative medicine and a British House of Lords cross bench member, wrote an excellent article that was published by The House on May 20. Finlay, who for many years has promoted palliative care and opposed assisted suicide responded to a new push, in the UK, to legalize assisted suicide.

Finlay wrote:

The House of Lords is once again being asked to look at a Private Member’s Bill proposing so-called ‘assisted dying’. Words matter. They can inform or they can mislead. In this case it’s the latter.

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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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Victoria Australia suicide rate jumps 21.2% since legalizing euthanasia.

Victoria Australia suicide rate jumps 21.2% since legalizing euthanasia.

The following article was published by the Australian Care Alliance on March 6, 2021.

In 2017 there 694 cases of suicide in Victoria. In 2020 there were 842. This is an increase of 21.2%

What has led to this startling increase?

From 19 June 2019 Victorians wishing to commit suicide could arrange to have a lethal dose of pentobarbital delivered to them by the Statewide Pharmacy Service based at the Alfred Hospital. All they needed was a VADSAP – a suicide permit – issued by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

A VADSAP is a ‘voluntary assisted dying self-administration permit”.

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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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Nevada assisted suicide bill denies equal protection under the law.

Nevada assisted suicide bill denies equal protection under the law.

by Administrator

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

When legislators vote on assisted suicide bills they often vote based on the theory of legalizing assisted suicide and not the reality of the bill that they are considering. A prime example is the recent passing of the New Mexico assisted suicide bill that was one of the most extreme and dangerous assisted suicide bills.

The Nevada State Legislature is debating assisted suicide Bill AB 351. AB 351 is similar to the Oregon and Washington State assisted suicide laws.

There are several hidden factors within this and other assisted suicide bills that lead me to wonder what the assisted suicide lobby is trying to cover-up.

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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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New Mexico passes a dangerous, discriminatory assisted suicide law.

New Mexico passes a dangerous, discriminatory assisted suicide law.

by Administrator
Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Matt Valliere

Matt Valliere, the executive director of the patients rights action fund, wrote a scathing review of the New Mexico assisted suicide law that was published in Newsweek today.

Valliere criticises New Mexico for legalizing assisted suicide during the pandemic but he focuses on how these laws are suseptible to abuse, mistakes and coercion. He first focuses on the fact that the New Mexico law permits non-doctors to participate in assisted suicide. He states:

Beyond the fact that every supposed “safeguard” in the New Mexico law and others like it is unenforceable and circumventable, legislators in the state have allowed medical professionals with less training to facilitate patients’ suicide.

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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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Veterinarian suicide rate should concern physicians who do euthanasia.

Veterinarian suicide rate should concern physicians who do euthanasia.

by Administrator
Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Concern related to the high rate of suicide among veterinarians is once again receiving media attention. An article published by KCTV news concerns the veterinary suicide rate in relation to the COVID-19 lockdown. The news article by Blake Keller for KCTV news states:

the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized this issue. A study conducted by them found female veterinarians are up to 3.5 times more likely to take their lives compared to the general public. Males are up to two times more likely.

Keller interviews Dr Erin Howard who teaches at Baker College who states:

“It’s been trending more and more so, especially over the last several years, COVID certainly hasn’t helped things,” 

“I’m afraid the numbers are going to be even worse the next time a study comes around when it includes what’s happened in 2020.”

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Nevada suicide prevention advocate comments on assisted suicide bill.

Nevada suicide prevention advocate comments on assisted suicide bill.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Richard Davis, who is a senior and a suicide prevention advocate commented on the Nevada assisted suicide bill in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on April 13, 2021. Davis comments on the Nevada suicide rate by stating:

Currently, Nevada has the highest national rate of senior suicides in the nation. One of the top reasons many seniors give for desiring assisted suicide is not untreatable pain or lack of dignity in dying, but the feeling that they are a burden.

Assembly Bill 351 which would legalize assisted suicide in Nevada, sends the message to seniors who are living with chronic conditions that they are an unnecessary burden to their families and communities.

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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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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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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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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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New Mexico poised to legalize assisted suicide.

New Mexico poised to legalize assisted suicide.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Associated Press reported that New Mexico’s Senate passed an amended version of assisted suicide Bill HB 47 by a vote of 24 to 17. HB 47 had passed in the House, without amendments, by a vote of 39 to 27. The bill will go back to the House for a vote on the Senate amendments.

Deborah Armstrong (D) who sponsored HB 47 also sponsored the two previous assisted suicide bills.

Senator Joseph Cervantes sponsored amendments to HB 47 that passed. The amendments:

  1. Deleted Section 7 which required falsification of the death certificate.
  2. Deleted Section 8 which allowed life insurance or annuities to be collected.
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Assisted suicide bill has foundation of abusive practices.

Assisted suicide bill has foundation of abusive practices.

by Administrator

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Daniel C. Schreck who is a bioethicist and a member of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency charged with advising the president, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities wrote a commentary that was published in the Greenwich Time on the Connecticut assisted suicide bill.

Schreck writes:

Assisted suicide, we are told, poses no threat to people with disabilities thanks to statutory safeguards: There is no record of abuse in states where assisted suicide is legal because there is none to be found.

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California assisted suicide expansion bill (SB 380) will force physicians to refer patients to death.

California assisted suicide expansion bill (SB 380) will force physicians to refer patients to death.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

I have written about the Washington State assisted suicide expansion bill (HB 1141) and the assisted suicide lobby’s push to legalize assisted suicide in more US States, but the California assisted suicide expansion bill (SB 380), among other concerns, attacks conscience rights for medical professionals and institutions.

The current California assisted suicide law does not require medical professionals who oppose participation with killing their patients to refer their patients to a physician who is willing to prescribe their patients lethal drugs for assisted suicide.

SB 380 requires that anyone who requests lethal drugs from a physician who opposes assisted suicide, that the physician must be immediately refer that patient to a physician or facility willing to kill.

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