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I Oppose Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Because It Is Ableist

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by Carol Cleigh Sutton, Not Dead Yet, 15 August 2017 Ms Sutton is a disability activist, and was a founding board member of the United States group Not Dead Yet when it formed in 1996. The very heart of the argument for assisted suicide/euthanasia (AS/E) is that an individual may be better off dead than… Read more »

Australia: Voters ‘wary of rushing euthanasia laws, don’t trust MPs to get it right’

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by Rebecca Urban, The Australian, 27 July 2017 Ms Urban reports on a recent poll in Victoria, Australia which shows that most people “have serious reservations about the impending ­introduction of voluntary euthanasia laws, and most do not trust the state’s politicians to oversee a decision on the contentious issue”. The statewide poll, conducted by anti-euthanasia lobby HOPE… Read more »

Care Alliance Welcomes Health Select Committee Report

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by Care Alliance, 2 August 2017 The Care Alliance has welcomed the report of the Health Select Committee’s investigation into the desire to end one’s life, which was tabled in the House today. “The Committee received nearly 22,000 unique written submissions and heard nearly 1,000 oral submissions,” said Matthew Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance…. Read more »

10 Questions for David Seymour: #10

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by Care Alliance, 25 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July. #10. Would a person with chronic arthritis be eligible? Those eligible for euthanasia under the David Seymour Bill include people who are not terminally ill. A person… Read more »

10 Questions for David Seymour: #9

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by Care Alliance, 24 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July. #9. Why is assisted suicide seen as a compassionate act for young disabled people when suicide is seen as a tragedy for other young people? Not… Read more »

John Fox: Assisted dying devalues the disabled

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by John Fox, The Spinoff, 18 July 2017 Dr Fox is a trustee of the Elevate Christian Disability Trust. One of my first memories is pain. It was my first hospital operation, a corrective surgery to make it easier to walk. People advanced on four year old me to remove my cast and mobilise my… Read more »

Baroness Warnock: Dementia sufferers may have a ‘duty to die’

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by Martin Beckford, The Telegraph, 18 September 2008 Nine years ago Mr Beckford reported on the musings of Baroness Warnock, Britain’s ‘leading moral philosopher’ and ‘veteran Government adviser’. Lady Warnock said: “If you’re demented, you’re wasting people’s lives – your family’s lives – and you’re wasting the resources of the National Health Service. “I’m absolutely,… Read more »

10 Questions for David Seymour: #8

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by Care Alliance, 21 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July. #8 How does this not undermine suicide prevention efforts? Click here if you or someone you know needs help. Since euthanasia was legalised in the Netherlands… Read more »

10 Questions for David Seymour: #7

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by Care Alliance, 20 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July. #7 How much money will this save in healthcare spending? The ‘unthinkable’ idea that older people cost too much to be cared for, and that this is… Read more »

‘Leftie, feminist, academic’ Shakira Hussein: “Why I don’t support euthanasia (and you shouldn’t either)”

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by Shakira Hussein, Crikey, 17 May 2016 Dr Hussein is a writer and academic at the National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne, researching issues of gender, multiculturalism, gendered violence and radicalisation. She wrote last year: “I considered that opposition to euthanasia was a cause for right-wing social conservatives, not for leftie feminists… Read more »