DPP faces new legal challenge for ‘clarifying’ guidelines on prosecutions for assisted suicide

May 1, 2015 by

by Peter Saunders, CMF: Perhaps surprisingly, the Sunday Times has been the only broadsheet newspaper to cover a landmark case (£) which challenges the powers of the crown prosecution service. The CPS head Alison Saunders (pictured), Director of public prosecutions (DPP), is already in considerable hot water over her failure to prosecute Lord Janner for alleged sex abuse, an action she justified on grounds of him not being capable of standing trial because of dementia. This new development may...

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Dutch court allows family to euthanize incapacitated 80-year-old woman against doctor’s protest

May 1, 2015 by

By Jeanne Smits, LifeSite: An 80 year-old woman in the Netherlands waseuthanized last week after her family obtained a court order obliging the care facility for the elderly where she was living to let her leave in order to fulfill her “death wish.” The woman was incapable of expressing her will. She was legally killed one day after having left the Clinic “Ter Reede” in Flushing. The management, medical staff, and the woman’s general practitioner were all opposed to the euthanasia. The case...

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Euthanasia: from war crime to act of compassion

Feb 10, 2015 by

By Michael O’Brien, LifeSite: The Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous ruling to legalize assisted suicide in the Carter v. Canada case, is lauded in the media as a victory for compassion and human rights, and as another triumph over the “old order”, which organs of public opinion and government have long declared to be repressive and overdue for reform. For several decades now, step by step they have been busy rewriting the narrative of the West, proposing that the march of history...

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Canada’s supreme court strikes down ban on assisted suicide

Feb 7, 2015 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: In a landmark decision the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Friday that prohibiting assisted suicide is unconstitutional and a violation of the country’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It unanimously affirmed the decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal which had struck down the ban and ruled that a woman suffering from ALS, Gloria Taylor, had the right to ask for assistance in dying. Its judgement in what became known as Carter v. Canada stated that it...

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Euthanasia at the heart of Europe

Feb 4, 2015 by

By Peter Franklin, Conservative Home: Frank Van Den Bleeken is a Belgian prisoner serving a life term for murder and rape. In 2011, under Belgium’s euthanasia law, he invoked his ‘right to die’ – not because he is terminally ill, but due to his “unbearable psychological anguish”. Last year, the Belgian Federal Euthanasia Commission agreed to his request. Early this year, it was decided that Van Den Bleeken should be transferred to a psychiatric ward instead, but as Tom Wilson notes in a piece...

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The case of Tom Mortier shows how euthanasia advocates will never stop at the terminally ill

Feb 2, 2015 by

by Dr Kevin Yuill, Telegraph: Tom Mortier never paid much attention to the discussion about voluntary death in his country. “I was like just about anyone else here in Belgium: I didn’t care at all,” he said. “If people want to die, it’s probably their choice. It didn’t concern me.” But in April, 2012, ten years after the law changed to allow euthanasia, Mortier, a university lecturer, received a message at work. His 64-year-old mother, Godelieve De Troyer, who suffered from severe...

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