Euthanasia ‘appropriate’ for suicidal woman

Jun 30, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: A 24-year-old Belgian woman has been told that she qualifies for euthanasia because she suffers from ‘suicidal thoughts’. The anonymous woman, says that she has wanted to die since her childhood. She spoke about her decision in an interview with Belgian newspaper De Morgen earlier this month. ’Burden’ The woman has been a patient in a psychiatric institution since she was 21 but feels that the treatment did not help. She told De Morgen: “Death does not feel to me...

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Assisted dying law would put the most vulnerable in mortal peril

Jun 29, 2015 by

By Amelia Abplanalp, CEN: Rejected in 2006, and again in 2009, attempts to introduce assisted suicide are now back on the table. This also follows rejection in Wales, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Rob Marris MP has introduced an assisted dying bill that is expected to be largely the same as Lord Falconer’s previous effort, which ran out of time before May’s general election. It is anticipated the bill will make it legal to assist in the death of people who are terminally ill with six months or...

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Princeton bioethics professor faces calls for resignation over infanticide support

Jun 16, 2015 by

By Jessica Chasmar , The Washington Times: Disability activists have launched a petition demanding Princeton University professor Peter Singer resign over his outspoken support for euthanasia and infanticide. Mr. Singer, who teaches bioethics at the private Ivy League university, has for years promoted public policy that would legalize the killing of severely disabled infants, the petition states. On his faculty page, Mr. Singer argues: “Newborn human babies have no sense of their own...

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Belgian GPs ‘killing patients who have not asked to die’

Jun 12, 2015 by

By Steve Doughty, Mailonline: Report says thousands have been killed despite not asking their doctor. Thousands of elderly people have been killed by their own GPs without ever asking to die under Belgium’s euthanasia laws, an academic report said yesterday. It said that around one in every 60 deaths of a patient under GP care involves someone who has not requested euthanasia. Half of the patients killed without giving their consent were over the age of 80, the study found, and two thirds of...

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Scottish Assisted Suicide Bill gets short shrift from MSPs

Jun 1, 2015 by

By Peter Saunders, Christian Medical Comment: Patrick Harvie’s Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill has been defeated today in a free vote by 82 votes to 36 in the Scottish Parliament. The MSP (pictured left) took over the bill following the death of Margo Macdonald MSP in April 2014. It was proposing an ‘Oregon type system’ with trained ‘licensed facilitators’ but with a wide scope for mentally competent adults (>16) with a ‘terminal or life-shortening illness’ or a ‘progressive and terminal...

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MSPs reject Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill

May 28, 2015 by

from BBC Scotland: MSPs have rejected the Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill by 82 votes to 36 following a debate at Holyrood. The bill would have allowed those with terminal illnesses to seek the help of a doctor to end their own life. Supporters said the plan had widespread public backing but critics argued a change in the law would be unethical. MSPs were given a free vote. The Scottish government did not support changing the law. Read here...

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