‘Assisted suicide denies the value of human life’

Jul 29, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: A journalist and commentator has highlighted the “intrinsic moral worth” of human life in speaking out against assisted suicide. Appearing on the BBC’s Sunday Morning Live programme, Milo Yiannopoulos warned against treating human life as a commodity. Calls to legalise assisted suicide in the UK have been heavily criticised by disability rights campaigners and Christian groups, including the Church of England. ’Intrinsic worth’ After being asked about the...

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C of E voices opposition to latest Assisted Dying Bill

Jul 24, 2015 by

By Hattie Williams, Church Times: THE latest attempt to change the law on assisted dying, which is to be debated by MPs in a Second Reading in September, has faced opposition from critics from the Church of England and elsewhere. The Private Member’s Bill, if passed, would enable terminally ill adults who are “voluntary, clear, settled, and informed” to end their life with medically supervised assistance. In a blog post, “Caring for the vulnerable in a compassionate society”, published on the...

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“It’s the economy, stupid!”

Jul 13, 2015 by

From Voice for Justice UK: Supporters of assisted suicide talk a lot about compassion. ‘How can anyone stand silently by and watch such unspeakable suffering?’ they ask, voices throbbing with emotion. Never mind the fact they argue from exceptional – though admittedly heart breaking – cases. And never mind the fact that most of the situations where people choose to go down this route don’t actually meet the terminal illness guidelines that advocates have laid down. The clear implication is...

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Netherlands: 1 in 5 euthanasia patients act under pressure from family

Jul 9, 2015 by

From Expatica: Around one in five patients who choose euthanasia in the Netherlands acts under pressure from family members, according to a leading expert on the ethics of assisted dying. Professor Theo Boer based the estimate on his experience of nine years as a member of one of five review committees that assess every euthanasia case, helping to judge around 4,000 case files. Boer also voiced concern about the steady rise in the number of people who choose euthanasia and assisted suicide,...

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Belgium: 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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