Response to Brittany Maynard’s Campaign for Assisted Suicide

Oct 29, 2014 by

By Nancy Valko, Public Discourse: Do assisted suicide supporters really expect doctors and nurses to be able to assist the suicide of one patient, then go on to care for a similar patient who wants to live, without this having an effect on their ethics or their empathy? Do they realize that this reduces the second patient’s will to live to a mere personal whim—one that society may ultimately see as selfish and too costly? Right now, twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard is standing on a...

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The DPP needs to explain to Parliament why she has effectively decriminalised physician assisted sui...

Oct 19, 2014 by

By Peter Saunders, CMF: In an astounding about face for the Crown Prosecution Service, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders (pictured), has today rewritten her prosecution policy so that doctors can now be involved in assisting suicide without fear of prosecution, provided they don’t have a professional relationship with those they ‘help’ (See Daily Mail here and here,  Daily Telegraph,Yahoo, Premier, CT, ES). The move has not surprisingly been welcomed by...

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Assisted suicide ‘out of control’ in the Netherlands

Oct 4, 2014 by

By Nick Hallett, Breitbart: The number of mentally ill people who have been killed through euthanasia in the Netherlands has trebled in a single year, according to new figures. The Daily Mail reports that in 2012, 14 people with “severe psychiatric problems” were killed by lethal injection, a figure that rose to 42 in 2013. There had also been a 15 percent overall rise in assisted dying over the past year, with the number of cases increasing from 4,188 to 4,829. Deaths from...

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Euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands continue their relentless rise

Sep 30, 2014 by

by Peter Saunders, CMF: According to Dutch media reports today, euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands in 2013 increased by 15% to 4,829. This follows increases of 13% in 2009, 19% in 2010,18% in 2011 and 13% in 2012. In fact from 2006 to 2013 there has been a steady increase in numbers each year with successive annual deaths at 1923, 2120, 2331, 2636, 3136, 3695, 4,188 and 4,829 – an overall increase of 151% in just seven years. Almost 3,600 people were helped to die because they had...

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Belgium’s insane right‑to‑die laws

Sep 26, 2014 by

by Kevin Yuill, Spiked: Nearly 20 years after Belgium abolished the death penalty – and 64 years after it’s last execution – the Belgian courts have agreed to a prisoner’s request for a state execution. The prisoner, Frank Van Den Bleeken, sought the right to be executed because he was ‘suffering unbearably’ from a life-long psychiatric condition, according to his lawyer Jos Vander Velpen. Despite a verdict of diminished responsibility – Van Den Bleeken was declared insane – he was imprisoned...

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Suicide Tourism: Belgian Media Promotes Couple Euthanasia

Sep 26, 2014 by

From Life News: The Belgian online news service Moustique (the Mosquito) is featuring an interview with an elderly Belgian couple and their son in which they discuss the couple’s plans to die together by euthanasia. Couple euthanasia is not a new phenomenon. In June 2013 we reported on an eerily similar case of an elderly couple dying together by euthanasia in what can only be concluded as euthanasia for social reasons. Like the earlier couple, Francis and Anne are both in their 80s and, while...

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