Round up on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide – Review of 2014 from Care Not Killing Alliance

Jan 19, 2015 by

By Peter Saunders, CMF: As 2015 dawns, pause with us to reflect on an extraordinary year. Despite the many challenges presented, 2014 was a year when, despite many pressures, those at the heart of this debate stood up and dared to say ‘no’. It was the year when what proponents of assisted suicide have tried to sell as agreed wisdom was questioned, doubted and often dropped. We look forward to pressing on with you now (Care Not Killing Alliance) Saying ‘no’ 2014, then,...

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Why the Church of England, As a Matter of Principle, Is Opposed to Assisted Suicide

Jan 16, 2015 by

By James Newcome, Huffington Post: Following interventions by a few high profile Christians, some people are suggesting that the Church of England’s position on the ‘Assisted Dying Bill’ lacks clarity. For once, nothing could be further from the truth. In February 2012 the current law was debated by General Synod, a representative body made up of bishops, clergy and lay people. No member of Synod voted against a resolution to support the law as it stands. It is relatively...

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The Mission Creep of “Dignity”

Jan 12, 2015 by

by Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse: Dignity, rightly understood, has less to do with autonomy or independence than with intrinsic worth and the ability to flourish. When it comes to the “culture wars,” the sparring sides often evaluate their words or phrases less for accuracy than for emotional punch. For that reason some words, like life or choice, stick. They resonate. Others feel clunky—true but unhelpful. Take conjugal, for example; it may be an accurate description of real marriage, but...

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Flirting with Death

Jan 5, 2015 by

By Richard M. Doerflinger, Public Discourse: Did New Jersey’s Assembly approve an assisted suicide bill without understanding it? The bill is bad public policy, shot through with dangerous loopholes and contradictions that threaten to push many vulnerable citizens of New Jersey toward death. The former Hemlock Society, now called “Compassion & Choices” (C&C), thinks it scored a major coup with the publicized death of young brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard. The organization has...

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Lord Carey is wrong to support state-sanctioned Assisted Suicide

Jan 3, 2015 by

From Cranmer: Apparently the UK is “closer than ever” to introducing legislation which will permit the terminally ill to end their lives at a time and place of their choosing. Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill simply will not die: it is deemed to be the virtuous and noble solution to the problem of unbearable suffering; the only ethical and justly moral response to a heartless society which insists on sustaining lives which simply no longer wish to be lived. We treat dogs better. Former...

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650 babies euthanized in The Netherlands each year under Right to Die Law

Jan 3, 2015 by

By Donna Rachel Edmunds, LifeSite: Just over a decade on from assisted dying being legalised in the Netherlands, as many as 1 in 33 Dutch people are thought to have died this way, including 650 babies a year, euthanized so that their parents don’t have to witness them struggle with disability or disease. The escalation in death by euthanasia over the last six years has led one Dutch ethicist, who had been in favour of the law when it was first passed, to warn “some slopes truly are slippery.”...

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