‘Euthanasia has become fashionable’: Ethics expert on the right to die

Sep 18, 2014 by

by Carey Lodge, Christian Today: A landmark ruling in Belgium has seen prisoner Frank Van Den Bleeken, who is serving a life sentence for rape and murder, win the ‘right-to-die’. The 50-year-old filed a request for euthanasia in 2001, citing “unbearable psychological anguish” as a result of his uncontrollable violent sexual urges, but it was not approved until Monday. The board of assessors previously insisted that he must seek psychological help, but after failing to...

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Depressed mum euthanised – son takes legal action

Sep 16, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: The son of a lady who was euthanised in Belgium because she had depression is challenging the country’s euthanasia laws in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In 2012, Tom Mortier’s mother was killed by a lethal injection after three doctors who had no previous contact with her approved her euthanasia request. Mortier was only informed of the decision via a telephone call a day after his mother’s death. Vulnerable Now he is challenging Belgium’s euthanasia...

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A compassionate society prevents suicide; it doesn’t promote it

Sep 11, 2014 by

By Paul Russell, Careful!: Here in Australia another World Suicide Prevention Day has passed uneventfully. Suicide Prevention Australia made some touching TV advertisements which made me cringe at the pain felt by those left behind. Their anguish is something we too often forget. As Lifeline, the suicide prevention organisation, puts it, “Suicide loss can impact on physical and mental health. It’s important people bereaved by suicide are treated with compassion and support. They may...

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Letter from Teresa Lynch of SPUC’s Nurses Opposed to Euthanasia

Aug 18, 2014 by

By John Smeaton, SPUC: This weekend’s Catholic Herald features a letter from Teresa Lynch, who heads Nurses Opposed to Euthanasia, a group withinSPUC. The full text of her letter is below. Well done Teresa on your clear and bold witness to the sanctity of human life!  [...] Many nurses would refuse to abide by the assisted suicide law SIR – Max Wind-Cowie (July 25) rightly provides an unequivocal challenge to the reasonable approach to understand and even accommodate the views of those...

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Church of Ireland primate speaks out on euthanasia

Aug 8, 2014 by

By Sam McBride, Belfast Telegraph: The most senior figure in the Church of Ireland has strongly rejected a former Archbishop of Canterbury’s arguments in favour of ‘assisted dying’.  Archbishop of Armagh Richard Clarke said that he found Lord Carey’s comments in support of allowing the terminally ill to have help to end their own lives “perplexing”. Writing in Friday’s News Letter, the Primate of All Ireland, whose wife died from cancer five years ago, said that support for helping the...

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Poll: Assisted suicide opposition grows as evidence revealed

Jul 31, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: Public opposition to assisted suicide grows dramatically when people are more informed of the arguments, a new poll has revealed. Figures show that many of those who initially express support for assisted suicide switch to opposing it when presented with evidence from places where the practice has been legalised. The ComRes poll found that 28 per cent of British adults who had supported the proposals switched to opposition when informed that vulnerable people may...

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