Category: News

What everyone should know about lab tests

by Shannon Haymond, Scientific American, 9 May 2016 Dr Haymond is the director of a medical laboratory at a children’s hospital in Chicago, and an Associate Professor of Pathology at Northwestern University. She notes a new study suggests that medical error causes 251,000 deaths in the United States each year, making it the third largest cause… Read more »

Moving to palliative care

by Elizabeth Caplice, Palliverse, 13 May 2016 Elizabeth Caplice turned 32 in April. i have been terminally ill for some time, under one definition or another, but the sort of treatment i am seeking now, and the way my body feels now, is changing. i know that i am getting ready to move from my oncology… Read more »

Dutch sexual abuse victim euthanised

by Steve Doughty, Daily Mail, 11 May 2016 Steve Doughty reports on the case of a woman in her twenties who was euthanised in the Netherlands last year because of the effects of childhood sexual abuse. It went ahead despite improvements in the woman’s psychological condition after ‘intensive therapy’ two years ago. … two years before… Read more »

New Zealanders at Euthanasia 2016 conference

by Matthew Jansen, Care Alliance, 12 May 2016 The Euthanasia 2016 conference starts in Amsterdam this morning (New Zealand time). It is the World Federation of Right to Die Societies biennial conference, organised on its behalf by NVVE, the Dutch Right to Die Society which is currently campaigning for all people over 70 years old to have access to… Read more »

From the “You couldn’t make this stuff up” files

by Aron Hyman, Times Live (South Africa), 6 May 2016 In 2011 Sean Davison pleaded guilty in Dunedin to assisting the suicide of his mother in 2006, and was sentenced to five months home detention. Despite the guilty plea, he said outside the Court “I am not a criminal. I feel I did not commit a crime and… Read more »

289% increase in Dutch euthanasia deaths since 2006

by Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 6 May 2016 As the international pro-euthanasia lobby gathers in Amsterdam for the Euthanasia 2016 conference this week, a Netherlands’ government report shows that the number of reported euthanasia deaths in that country increased by 4.8 percent in the past year (5,306 in 2014: 5561 in 2015), or nearly 3 times the 1,923… Read more »

Baroness Campbell: Believe me, I absolutely love my life

by Olga Craig, The Telegraph, 12 July 2009 A 2009 article when Baroness Jane Campbell was a leading figure in the defeat of an assisted suicide bill in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords. (She was also a leading figure in the 2015 campaign that defeated another assisted suicide bill in the House of Commons.) Baroness… Read more »

The euthanasia Leviathan will brook no opposition

by Udo Schuklenk, Journal of Medical Ethics blog, 22 April 2016 Dr Schuklenk is a professor of philosophy at Queen’s University in Canada. He was a member of the “expert panel” commissioned by the Royal Society of Canada to report on assisted dying, and is scheduled to provide a keynote address at the Euthanasia 2016 conference… Read more »