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Number of Canadians choosing medically assisted death jumps 30%

by Kathleen Harris, CBC News, 21 June 2018 There were 1,523 medically assisted deaths in Canada in the last six-month reporting period — a nearly 30 per cent increase over the previous six months. Since Quebec’s assisted death law and the federal legislation came into force two years ago, 3,714 Canadians have received medical aid in dying. Shanaaz Gokool,… Read more »

I’m an oncologist who got breast cancer. This is what I learned

by Victoria Lavin, The Guardian, 7 June 2018 My experience of being on the other side of the consultation desk will shape my future career and it has helped me to understand what goes on for patients. The biggest ego-bruising revelation was learning who makes the difference. As the doctor prescribing the treatment I always felt… Read more »

California can right the wrong of assisted suicide

by Marilyn Golden, Orange County Register, 12 June 2018 Also alarming is that people experiencing depression may not be protected from obtaining lethal drugs. This occurred, for example, to Oregonian Michael Freeland. He had a 43-year history of depression and suicide attempts. Yet when Freeland saw a doctor about arranging an assisted suicide, the physician said… Read more »

Euthanasia is Almost a Declaration of No Confidence in Medicine

by Wesley J. Smith, Sputnik, 6 January 2018 What is actually being preached here is that the state should give its stamp of approval to some suicide. Now nobody in the euthanasia movement thinks that a teenager who is going through a broken romance, just as an example, and becomes suicidal should be given help or suicide, and they would say… Read more »

How Euthanasia Hurts Palliative Care

by Wesley J. Smith, Evolution News, 13 July 2018 The delivery of proper palliative care requires specialized training and can be very labor intensive. The most difficult cases may demand a great deal of inadequately compensated time from the doctor. Euthanasia doesn’t require anything like that kind of expertise. Defenders of assisted suicide will respond to… Read more »

Assisted dying—how safe is safe enough?

by Katherine Sleeman, The BMJ, 8 March 2018 Oregon, where the Death with Dignity Act has allowed assisted dying since 1997, is frequently held up to us as an example to follow, where there is no evidence of abuse of the law. But Oregon does not collect data adequate to determine this. Data on assisted deaths… Read more »

Euthanasia and the common good

by Charlotte Paul, Corpus, 2 July 2018 These days, the encouragement for doctors to be omnipotent and instrumental is coming from the public, as shown by the majority of those who support legalising euthanasia. But the supporters have moral reasons: they want the right to choose the manner of their death, and express compassion for those… Read more »

New Zealand must place care over fear

“Truly patient-centred care always asks the question ‘why’ in response to suffering. This essential process of exploration and understanding breaks down fear and builds up hope.” Contrary to advancing better healthcare, Seymour’s Bill short cuts the process of care. It disregards any genuine focus on patient needs, and simply amplifies a person’s fear of dying… Read more »