How euthanasia came to Europe

Jan 3, 2017 by

by Joe Carter, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: “I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel.” For centuries, the Hippocratic Oath, which included this admonition against assisted suicide and euthanasia formed the core of Western medical ethics. Over the past few decades, though, the Hippocratic ideal has been eroding. Euthanasia—both voluntary and involuntary—and physician-assisted suicide have become increasingly common in Europe. North America...

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Netherlands offers euthanasia for alcoholics

Nov 28, 2016 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: It’s certainly less bother than a 12-step program in Alcoholics Anonymous. The ever-expanding circle of eligibility for euthanasia in the Netherlands now includes alcoholism. Writing in the Dutch magazine Linda, journalist Marcel Langedijk describes the grim life and death of his brother Mark, a hopeless alcoholic. After eight years and 21 stints in hospital or rehab, Mark decided that he had enough. He had two children but his marriage had collapsed; his...

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Religious views and the euthanasia debate

Nov 12, 2016 by

by Xavier Symons, bioedge: Many take it to be the case that religious arguments against euthanasia should not be admitted to the public square. In a new article in the journal Christian Bioethics, Villanova University philosopher Stephen Napier makes an ambitious argument against this view. Napier believes that the sorts of arguments usually made against religious perspectives actually undermine the very premises upon which the legalisation of euthanasia is justified. His argument is based...

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Euthanasia tyranny expands in Canada

Oct 31, 2016 by

by Will Johnston, MercatorNet: People who think differently are not even to be allowed into medical school.  The Canadian euthanasia issue marks a time of upheaval in medical ethics and the healthcare system which could be compared to events a century ago in Russia. The Bolsheviks were not preordained to take over from the previous government, but their ruthlessness and aggression were unmatched. They demonized competing ideas and purged the social structures. They made their own laws. Nothing...

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Words matter in assisted suicide

Oct 24, 2016 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Another euthanasia lobby group has rebranded itself. SOARS, The Society for Old Age Rational Suicide, a lobby group based in the United Kingdom, has renamed itself My Death, My Decision. “Suicide” is a word that nearly all campaigners avoid as it carries negative connotations. In 2009 SOARS split from another UK group, Dignity in Dying, which is currently the largest UK assisted dying lobby group. The issue was at what point it should be legal to request assisted...

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Euthanasia Around the World: How Dutch Example Led Way to More Assisted Suicides

Oct 17, 2016 by

from Sputnik: As the Dutch government proposes extending its assisted suicide law to potentially allow healthy people to die, increasing numbers of people are choosing to end their lives by euthanasia. On Wednesday the government of the Netherlands announced a controversial plan which may allow healthy people to end their lives. The draft legislation would legalize assisted suicide for people who feel they have “completed life,” but are not necessarily terminally ill. The...

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