Why we mustn’t legalise assisted dying

May 7, 2021 by

by Kevin Yuill, spiked: The rise of euthanasia in Western nations should concern us all. Health secretary Matt Hancock has signalled his support for opening up discussions on the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted dying. Though he has opposed legalisation in the past, Hancock is reconsidering the issue in light of arguments made by Sir Paul Cosford, the medical director of Public Health England who died of cancer last month and who had called for a rethink of assisted-dying laws in the...

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UK health secretary and chief lockdown promoter begins push to legalize assisted suicide

May 5, 2021 by

by Raymond Wolfe, LifeSite: Seventy Members of Parliament are challenging proposed new laws on euthanasia. British health secretary Matt Hancock, who has presided over the country’s harsh lockdown regime, has taken initial steps to legalize assisted suicide in the UK. Hancock wrote to Office of National Statistics (ONS) head Sir Ian Diamond, asking for data “to inform the debate” about doctor-assisted suicide two weeks ago, The Telegraph reported. The secretary also met with MPs to discuss the...

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70 parliamentarians sign letter urging Govt not to change law on assisted suicide

May 2, 2021 by

from Care: This week 70 MPs and Peers wrote to the Lord Chancellor, stating their concerns about recent calls to change the law on assisted suicide in the UK. In their letter to Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, they respond to a recent letter from the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group, who have asked the Lord Chancellor to consider whether the law should be reviewed and doctors allowed to give patients lethal drugs to end their lives if they meet certain criteria. The letter argues that the...

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Parliamentary group formed to protect us against euthanasia

Apr 26, 2021 by

from SPUC: A group of MPs in Westminster have set up an All Party Parliamentary Group to oppose a change to the current ban on euthanasia. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dying Well stands against the legalisation of assisted suicide in the UK, instead promoting quality end-of-life care. Danny Kruger MP, the group’s chair, highlights the dangers of legalized euthanasia: “Once you have conceded, legally, the right of some people to request official help to kill themselves, that right...

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One out of 25 in the Netherlands died of euthanasia in 2020

Apr 25, 2021 by

by Richard Egan, Bio Edge: Here are the latest figures for euthanasia in the Netherlands, drawn from the 2020 annual report. With 6938 deaths by euthanasia, this accounted for 4.12% of all deaths. (If the estimated 15,000 extra deaths from Covid-19 were put aside, the rate would be 4.52%) There were two cases of euthanasia for Covid-19 in 2020. With one more case of child euthanasia (a boy aged 12-16), a total of 16 children aged 12-17 have been euthanised since 2002. The Supreme Court’s...

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Why Canada’s culture of death concerns us all

Apr 3, 2021 by

by Kate Dunlop, The Conservative Woman: CANADA is poised to legalise euthanasia for disabled and mentally ill people. Euthanasia is a horrible subject for open discussion as it scores high on the Richter scale of both fear and emotion. The Slippery Slope Argument and the shadow of eugenics can cloud out any hope of rational discourse. The debate naturally swings from individuals’ right to live, and hence to die, in a manner of their own choosing, to whether a just society ought to seek all...

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