Assisted suicide doctor now working on assisted suicide ‘implant’

Assisted suicide doctor now working on assisted suicide ‘implant’

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The Australian assisted suicide enthusiast who recently made headlines for his suicide machine that will kill people with the click of a button seems to have another disturbing method of death up his sleeve: an implanted device that will be used to end people’s lives. According to The Independent, Dr. Philip Nitschke is advocating for the use of the yet-to-be-created implants for people who may suffer from degenerative brain diseases.

Known as “Dr. Death,” Nitschke has long been known for championing assisted suicide and euthanasia. He is the founder and director of Exit International, a pro-euthanasia group, and he also launched Pegasos, a Switzerland-based organization that promotes “euthanasia tourism,” which helps healthy Dutch people travel to Switzerland so that they can legally kill themselves.

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Defeating Assisted Suicide (January 17) Webinar

Defeating Assisted Suicide (January 17) Webinar

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EPC – USA and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition are co-sponsoring a webinar on how to defeat assisted suicide in your state.

When January 17, 2022 (7 pm EST)

Register in advance for this meeting: (Registration Link)

We expect that many states will be debating bills to legalize assisted suicide in 2022. 

It is likely that Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York, among many other states, will debate assisted suicide bills. We are predicting a strong push by the assisted suicide lobby in the Northeastern US in 2022.

This webinar will provide information and strategy for groups and individuals defeat assisted suicide bills in their state.

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After nearly two decades of attempts, Massachusetts will again consider assisted suicide bill

After nearly two decades of attempts, Massachusetts will again consider assisted suicide bill

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For 20 years, the state of Massachusetts has been considering the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, but bills to do so have consistently failed. The most recent attempt was in 2020, but after advancing out of the Legislature’s Committee on Public Health that May, the proposed laws failed to pass during the legislative session. Now, another attempt is being made at decriminalizing so-called aid-in-dying.

In March 2021, two new bills were introduced: H.2381 and S.1384. A hearing was held on October 1 by the Legislature’s Committee on Public Health and the bills have the support of 84 members of the Legislature, 67 in the house and 17 in the Senate.

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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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Assisted suicide deaths are not what you think they are.

Assisted suicide deaths are not what you think they are.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

David Rose, writing for the Daily Mail UK published an article on October 21 titled: Why an ‘assisted death is almost certainly not what you think it is. Stories about how assisted suicide deaths actually occur are rarely published. Recently researcher Dr Joel Zivot has challenged how deaths by assisted suicide actually occur in his article – Assisted Suicide is neither painless nor dignified.

Rose states that assisted suicide deaths will often take many hours. Rose writes about the death of Colorado resident Kurt Huschle who died by assisted suicide in July 2017.

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No License to Kill: 1,700 UK doctors and nurses voice opposition to legalising assisted suicide and say they will refuse to take part if legalised

No License to Kill: 1,700 UK doctors and nurses voice opposition to legalising assisted suicide and say they will refuse to take part if legalised

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Duty of Care is a group of doctors and nurses in the UK who oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide (Link to the Duty of Care website).

PRESS RELEASE FROM OUR DUTY OF CARE – UK
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A group of 1,700 doctors and nurses have voiced their strong opposition to legalising assisted suicide and say they will refuse to kill their patients even if the law is changed.

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Care Not Killing Alliance campaign to oppose assisted suicide bill.

Care Not Killing Alliance campaign to oppose assisted suicide bill.

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Dr Gordon MacDonald (CEO) of The Care Not Killing Alliance (UK) has asked supporters to contact members of the House of Lords to oppose Baroness Meacher’s Assisted Dying Bill that is scheduled for Second Reading on October 22. Dr MacDonald stated the following:

There are many reasons to oppose the Bill at this stage that Peers might find it encouraging to hear about. It’s best to keep your message short and in your own words.

Assisted dying would undermine the fight for equality

Assisted dying would undermine the fight for equality

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Dr Miro Griffiths

Dr Miro Griffiths is a Leverhulme Research Fellow in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, a policy adviser and spokesperson for the Better Way campaign, was published by the Press and Journal in Scotland on September 27, 2021 explaining why assisted dying undermines the equality of people with disabilities.

Dr Griffiths establishes why the issue of euthanasia concerns him.

I have health conditions which are categorised as “life-limiting” and “progressive”. My strength, respiratory function and swallowing will continue to deteriorate.

Physical movement is primarily limited to my fingers. I require a power wheelchair, 24-hour personal assistance from trained professionals, and various medical interventions every day.

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EPC – USA letter opposing Massachusetts assisted suicide bills.

EPC – USA letter opposing Massachusetts assisted suicide bills.

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Joanne M. Comerford, Chair and Members Joint Committee on Public Health

RE: H2381/S1384, O’Day and Mahoney/Comerford, an Act relative to end of life options; legalizing Assisted Suicide

Dear Chairperson and Members:

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide, instead supporting positive measures to improve peoples’ quality of life which also helps their families. We are aging and disability advocates, lawyers, doctors, nurses and politicians.

We are asking you to let H2381/S1384 die in your committee. You will hear several of the more obvious concerns about Assisted Suicide from other opponents. I will focus on these issues about Assisted Suicide that you may not otherwise hear.

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Massachusetts Advocates: Assisted Suicide Disproportionately Threatens the Poor, Disabled, and Minorities

Massachusetts Advocates: Assisted Suicide Disproportionately Threatens the Poor, Disabled, and Minorities

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The Massachusetts legislature will be having a public hearing on the End of Life Options Act Oct. 1.

According to palliative care physician Dr. Laura Petrillo, the legislation is “not appropriate for Massachusetts.”

This article was originally published in The Daily Register. Click here to read the Original Article

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British Medical Association drops opposition to assisted suicide

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The British Medical Association, the United Kingdom’s largest doctors union, has voted to adopt a “neutral” stance on assisted suicide and euthanasia. The move reflects a change in the association’s official position, which, since 2006, had previously opposed the practice of assisted dying. According to The Guardian, it was a close vote, with 49% in favor, 48% opposed, and 3% abstaining. The news outlet reports that the BMA has about 150,000 members.

With the change in position, the British Medical Association will now neither support nor oppose any changes in the law regarding assisted suicide and euthanasia. The organization did stress that physicians should have legally protected rights to conscientiously object from participating in any form of assisted dying.

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Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About Talking to People We Don’t Know

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About Talking to People We Don’t Know

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Review by Bill Murphy

Malcolm Gladwell, Talking to Strangers; What We Should Know About Talking to People We Don’t Know, Little, Brown and Company, 2019 

In 2016, in small town Texas, Officer Brian Encinia pulled over a young black woman, Sandra Bland, for a minor traffic infraction. The interaction becomes heated and Sandra is incarcerated. Three days later, she is dead in her jail-cell.

Malcolm Gladwell examines this case in light of ways we commonly mis-interpret strangers.

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Is the assisted suicide debate about healthcare savings in the UK?

Is the assisted suicide debate about healthcare savings in the UK?

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The assisted suicide lobby must have forgot to tell Polly Toynbee that legalizing assisted suicide has nothing to do with money as she argues that assisted suicide needs to be legalized in the UK based on healthcare savings.


Toynbee doesn’t come out with a crass statement demanding that people die to save money, instead she writes about The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) decisions and protocols concerning end-of-life care as Nice attempts to control healthcare spending.

Toynbee writes:

On Thursday, it (Nice) opened a consultation period for new guidelines on how much NHS England should spend on end-of-life drugs, planning to remove some of the extra funding for very expensive drugs that may only delay death a little.

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Does a slippery slope exist when legalizing assisted suicide?

Does a slippery slope exist when legalizing assisted suicide?

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Dr Mark Komrad

Two weeks I published an article titled: Is assisted suicide a suicide? based on the ongoing debate in the Psychiatric Times between Psychiatrist, Dr Mark Komrad and long-time euthanasia activist Margaret Battin PhD.

Komrad’s response to Battin’s assertion that there is no proof of a slippery slope in jurisdictions that have legalized euthanasia or assisted suicide was published in the Psychiatric Times, on August 27.

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Biden’s Suicide Prevention Day Proclamation Fails to Repudiate Assisted Suicide

Biden’s Suicide Prevention Day Proclamation Fails to Repudiate Assisted Suicide

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This article was published by National Review online on September 10, 2021

Wesley Smith

By Wesley J Smith 

Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day. You didn’t hear about it? If so, that’s pretty typical, which is why I call this annual event, “Invisible Suicide Prevention Day.

Once again, the obligatory official proclamations didn’t mention that suicide is now promoted widely in the media, popular culture, and by political activists seeking to legalize so-called “death with dignity” or “aid in dying.”

These euphemisms seek to convince people that committing suicide because of serious illness or disability, is not really suicide.

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California euthanasia court case – a further analysis.

California euthanasia court case – a further analysis.

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“There is no right to assisted suicide, the court must reject euthanasia.”

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanaisa Prevention Coalition

On August 30 I published an article about a California court case that would permit euthanasia within the California assisted suicide regime.

The California court needs to reject this challenge to the state assisted suicide law based on:

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.

2. The Supreme Court, in Glucksberg, recognized that there is no right to assisted suicide and it recognized that one state interests in prohibiting assisted suicide was the prevention of euthanasia.

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The euthanasia lobby is promoting suicide?

The euthanasia lobby is promoting suicide?

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

While reading an article published by the Cal-Alumni Association that was promoting the expansion of the California assisted suicide law I wondered: Why does the death lobby get away with promoting suicide?


The article focused on stories of people who died by suicide / assisted suicide. I was shocked by the descriptions and lionizing of the deaths.

I regularly read articles about euthanasia and assisted suicide but I clearly felt that this article was not only promoting the expansion of assisted suicide but it was also irresponsible in how it described the deaths and applauded those who died.

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Hawaii 2020 assisted suicide report – more death – and the report demands even more death.

Hawaii 2020 assisted suicide report – more death – and the report demands even more death.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Hawaii assisted suicide law came into effect on January 1, 2019. The 2019 Hawaii assisted suicide (“Our care, our choice act”) report indicated that in the first year of the assisted suicide law: 30 people were prescribed a lethal drug cocktail, 15 people died by assisted suicide, 8 people who received a lethal prescription died a natural death and 7 people who received a lethal prescription remained alive at the end of 2019.

The Hawaii 2020 assisted suicide report that was recently released indicated that:

  • 37 people where prescribed a lethal drug cocktail, 
  • 25 people died by assisted suicide, 
  • 7 people who received a lethal prescription died a natural death, 
  • and the status of four people who received a lethal presciption is unknown.
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California court case would extend assisted suicide law to euthanasia.

California court case would extend assisted suicide law to euthanasia.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

In the past few years the American assisted death lobby has pushed the limits of state assisted suicide laws. In 2019, Oregon eliminated the 15 day waiting period for assisted suicide and currently California is debating assisted suicide expansion bill SB 380 which, among other things, eliminates the requirement of a formal examination of the law.

The New Mexico assisted suicide law only requires a 48 hour waiting period, that can be waived, and it redefined who could approve assisted suicide to include nurses.

The California assisted death lobby is supporting a court case to expand assisted suicide to euthanasia in California. 

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Hawaii’s Department of Health wants to loosen assisted suicide restrictions

Hawaii’s Department of Health wants to loosen assisted suicide restrictions

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(National Review) Please understand, dear readers, that when assisted-suicide advocates promise strict guidelines to protect against abuse, they don’t really mean it. The promise’s purpose is to get the law passed, not to be kept.

Once facilitated, suicide — or in the case of euthanasia, homicide — is firmly ensconced in public policy, the guidelines go by the wayside and are loosened repeatedly, over time. For recent examples, see Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Washington, and Oregon.

We see boosting stories for this process of liberalizing frequently in the popular media, only the vaunted guidelines are now called “obstacles” or “barriers.”

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Suicide is not a death wish. Stopping suicide encouragement.

Suicide is not a death wish. Stopping suicide encouragement.

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Article by: Randy Knol, the father of Ximena who died at the age of 19 from ingesting a suicide powder. Randy is the founder and chairman of Ximena’s Butterfly Foundation in the Netherlands.

The misunderstanding of suicide

Randy Knol with his wife

In my previous article I wrote about suicide as being the wish to escape the situation somebody is in, I stated that suicide is not the desire to die.

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Is assisted suicide a suicide?

Is assisted suicide a suicide?

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Psychiatric Times has published several back and forth articles from Psychiatrist and ethicist Dr Mark Komrad (Article 1) (Article 2) and long-time euthanasia and assisted suicide activists, Margaret Battin PhD and associates (Article 1) (Article 2).

One of the key issues that separate psychiatrists and ethicists concerning assisted death is should psychiatrists prevent suicide or provide it? Komrad argues that assisted suicide constitutes a form of suicide and psychiatrists are trained to prevent suicide not provide it while Battin argues that assisted suicide does hasten death but it is not a suicide.

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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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Ximena’s Butterfly Foundation: Working to ban “Substance X”

Ximena’s Butterfly Foundation: Working to ban “Substance X”

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“I can’t live like this but I don’t want to die either”

Randy Knol with his wife.

Article by: Randy Knol, the father of Ximena, is the founder and chaiman of Ximena’s Butterfly Foundation

The title is in one sentence of what suicide is about, it’s not a wish to die it’s an escape from the life you have at that moment.

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Father of 19-year-old who died by suicide powder, wants it banned.

Father of 19-year-old who died by suicide powder, wants it banned.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Randy and Caroline Knol

Randy Knol, the father of Ximena, a 19-year-old who died in February 2018 by taking the suicide powder known as “Substance X” has been working for three years to get the lethal powder banned.

The death of Ximena is once again in the media after a 28-year-old man from Eindhoven was arrested for selling the suicide powder for profit to at least 6 people who died.

An NL Times story reported:

“The suspect sold the drug from November 2018 to June 2021,” the OM alleged in a statement. “The criminal investigation started after the death of a woman from Best in May 2021.”

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