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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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 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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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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Let me live a happy life with motor neurone disease, no to assisted suicide.

Let me live a happy life with motor neurone disease, no to assisted suicide.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
Dr Peter Scott Morgan

Dr Peter Scott-Morgan, who is a tech pioneer, wrote an excellent opinion article that was published by inews in the UK titled: Pioneering tech lets me live a happy life with motor neurone disease (MND) – I’m wary of assisted dying law changes. Scott Morgan examines the issue of assisted suicide from a personal point of view and as a person who has researched the issue.

Scott-Morgan begins his article by acknowledging that when he heard about the assisted suicide debate, he intuitively supported it, thinking it was reasonable, compassionate and humane.

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Bioethicists Propose Time-Delayed Suicide Implant for Dementia Patients

Bioethicists Propose Time-Delayed Suicide Implant for Dementia Patients

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The following article was published by National Review online on July 16, 2021.

Article: Assisted suicide lobby researchers promote suicide devices for people with dementia (Link).

By Wesley Smith

Bioethicists are looking for ways to eliminate people diagnosed with dementia when they become incapacitated. Belgium and the Netherlands permit advance orders to be euthanized. Another proposal gaining traction in bioethics would force caregivers to starve patients to death.

And here’s a new idea: Writing in the Hastings Center Report — the world’s most prominent bioethics journal — two prominent bioethicists propose the implantation of a time-release suicide device that will cause future death at the time of the patient’s choosing.

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Assisted Suicide Activist Wants to Euthanize Patients to Harvest Their Organs

Assisted Suicide Activist Wants to Euthanize Patients to Harvest Their Organs

In promoting her recently published book titled: The Inevitable – Dispatches on the Right to Die (St. Martin’s Press, 2021), Katie Englehart questions the “limits” set by assisted suicide laws in the United States.

We have known for many years that the assisted suicide lobby limited expansion of assisted suicide in the states where it is legal in order to claim that their is no slippery slope.

Englehart directly challenges the limits of US assisted suicide laws while promoting her book. She writes the following in her Good Death Society Blog:

Away from the public eye, new questions about the practice of physician-assisted death continue to emerge.

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We should treat all lives as equal. With assisted suicide we don’t.

We should treat all lives as equal. With assisted suicide we don’t.

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This article was published by Mercatornet on June 11, 2021.
Dr Calum MacKellar

By Dr Calum MacKellar, Director of Research of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics

At the beginning of this year, I was invited to take part in an online debate on the topic of assisted suicide organised by a Scottish university in front of a large number of students.

During the discussion, I argued that it would be irrational for the Scottish Parliament to support the legalisation of state assisted suicide while at the same time supporting the Scottish Government’s Suicide Prevention National Action Plan. This seeks to reduce the very high number of suicides in Scotland including amongst relatively young persons.

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Major corporations creating Telehealth empires. Say NO to Assisted Suicide by Telehealth

Major corporations creating Telehealth empires. Say NO to Assisted Suicide by Telehealth

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Sign the petition: No Assisted Suicide by Telehealth  (Link)

US Senate Bill S. 1512 and Congress Bill H.R. 2903 are designed to normalize the COVID-19 pandemic telehealth rules permanently.

 
Some major corporations are preparing to enter the telehealth industry. In the last few days Amazon and Walmart announced major expansions of their Telehealth services.

According to an article by Annie Palmer for CNBC 
Amazon care is working with corporations to offer employees medical services and has set its sights on disrupting the health-care industry.

An article by Kat Jercich for Healthcareitnews stated that:

The medical group for Walmart Health has filed paperwork to do business in more than a dozen more states – and a spokesperson told Insider that the moves are not related to physical clinics.

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Suicide Attempts Among Teenagers Skyrocketed During Democrat Lockdowns

Suicide Attempts Among Teenagers Skyrocketed During Democrat Lockdowns

Suicide-related emergency room visits among both adolescent girls and boys spiked amid the pandemic and continued to surge as lockdowns persisted, according to a government health report.

Emergency room (ER) mental health visits increased 31% among children aged 12-17 years old in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released Friday. The CDC noted that, while it couldn’t definitively establish a cause, it’s likely that pandemic-related restrictions on everyday life could be to blame for the increase.

“Young persons might represent a group at high risk because they might have been particularly affected by mitigation measures, such as physical distancing (including a lack of connectedness to schools, teachers, and peers); barriers to mental health treatment; increases in substance use; and anxiety about family health and economic problems,” the report stated.

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Helping A Teenager Recover From A Suicide Attempt

Helping A Teenager Recover From A Suicide Attempt


Nurse Steph from CAMHS is determined to keep 15-year-old Josh alive, following his recent attempted suicide.
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Parents of teens who died by suicide share grief and advice

Parents of teens who died by suicide share grief and advice


CBS News is committed to stopping the stigma surrounding mental health, taking the shame and blame out of discussing mental illness. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers in the U.S. A recent study found that teen suicide jumped 56 percent from 2007 to 2017. Mental health experts say bullying and social media have both contributed to the rise. Jericka Duncan spoke to four parents who are speaking out.

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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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Nurse Given 7 Life Sentences for Killing Several Veterans, Euthanizing Them With Drug Overdoses

Nurse Given 7 Life Sentences for Killing Several Veterans, Euthanizing Them With Drug Overdoses

A former Veterans Affairs nursing assistant confessed to administering deadly amounts of insulin killing at least seven veterans in Clarksburg, West Virginia, USA Today reported Tuesday.

Reta Mays, 46, was issued seven life sentences for murdering seven veterans and an additional 20 years for attempting to kill an eighth person at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center from July 2017 to June 2018, according to USA Today. The veterans served in the Air Force, Army and Navy during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

“You’re the worst kind. You’re the monster no one sees coming,” U.S. District Judge Thomas Kleeh said Tuesday.

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