Euthanasia rising in Belgium, including more who are not terminally ill

Sep 19, 2016 by

By Madeline Kennedy, Reuters: In the decade after Belgium legalized doctor-assisted death, the number of patients using it to end their lives rose nearly eight-fold, according to records of the national euthanasia control committee. Most patients choosing this way to die between 2003 and 2013 were younger than 80 and had cancer. But the largest increases in euthanasia cases over that period was among people older than 80, those without cancer and those not expected to die in the near future,...

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The incalculable cost of assisted suicide laws

Aug 24, 2016 by

by Cristina Alarcon, MercatorNet: In June 2016, Bill C-14 (the legislation on medical assistance in dying) received royal and assent and a new medical service became available to Canadians. This legislation provides some Canadians (patients) with the legal option to request medical assistance in dying and other Canadians (physicians and nurse practitioners) with the legal authority to provide that assistance. But at what cost? The financial costs related to medical assistance in dying are...

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Gold medallist paralympian from Belgium seeks euthanasia

Aug 14, 2016 by

by Michael Cook, BioEdge: The end-of-life wishes of a gold medallist at the Paralympics have again raised the question of what makes a Belgian eligible for euthanasia. Marieke Vervoort won a silver in the 200 metre wheelchair sprint and a gold in the 100 metre event. But she has told the media that she may request euthanasia after competing at Rio. “Rio is my last wish, hopefully I can finish my career on the podium,” Vervoort said in an interview with Le Parisien. “I have a bucket list,...

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Whose life is worth living? Assisted suicide draws a line

Aug 3, 2016 by

by Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSite: So it seems that suicide is now a medical service, and the debate in Canada has come and gone with barely a whisper. With the exception of a few newspaper columnists fretting here or there, the debate seems to have subsided before it really began. Those who oppose euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide now face the dual task of preventing suicide activists from successfully loosening euthanasia restrictions even further, and educating their peers on why...

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When Assisted Suicide Becomes Coercive

Aug 1, 2016 by

by Hans von Spakovsky, The Daily Signal: Even the best intentions cannot reverse the insidious effects of a wrong policy. When those who advocate for assisted suicide cite a benevolent desire to relieve suffering, the horrifying results of such a practice still lie just beneath the surface. Recently, an elderly Vermont woman found herself repeatedly pressured to commit assisted suicide. Her grave ailment? Only a broken wrist. Nevertheless, staff at her rehab center “repeatedly asked the...

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Concern over Mordaunt’s ‘troubling’ appointment as disability minister

Jul 22, 2016 by

by John Pring, Disability News Service: Disabled activists say they are “deeply concerned” by the “troubling” decision to appoint an outspoken supporter of legalising assisted suicide as the new minister for disabled people. Penny Mordaunt was appointed minister for disabled people, health and work, in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) this week after the sacking of Justin Tomlinson. In an expanded brief – and at the level of minister of state, rather than junior minister – she will...

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