Category: News

New York Courts Rule Against “Aid in Dying” and Warn of Its Dangers

by Richard M. Doerflinger, The Public Discourse, 29 September 2017 The Court of Appeals noted that claims of a state constitutional right to assisted suicide have lost everywhere else they have been tried—in Alaska, California, Florida, Michigan, and New Mexico. But this new defeat in New York is especially devastating to the assisted suicide cause. New… Read more »

The murky issue of whether the public supports assisted dying

by Katherine Sleeman, The Conversation, 6 October 2017. Katherine Sleeman is a NIHR Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine, King’s College London. Campaigners are often quick to highlight the strength of public support in favour of assisted dying, arguing that the current law is undemocratic. But there are reasons to question the results of polls on… Read more »

Marine Corps veteran: I’m thankful I wasn’t offered assisted suicide when I was told I was dying three years ago

by J.J. Hanson, Fox News, 30 September 2017 J.J. Hanson is a terminal brain cancer patient, U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and president of Patients Rights Action Fund. Assisted suicide laws require a prognosis of six months or less to live, but how can we let our life-and-death decisions rest on these prognoses, when even… Read more »

First interdisciplinary study of Belgian euthanasia published

by Michael Cook, Bioedge, 17 September 2017 “Death by euthanasia in Belgium is, generally, no longer regarded as an exception requiring special justification. Instead, it is often regarded as a normal death and a benefit not to be restricted to without special justification.”    Click here to read the full article.

Assisted suicide is dangerously disablist

by Phillippa Willitts, Global Comment, 22 September 2017 Philippa Willitts is a British freelance writer who specialises in writing about disability, women’s issues, social media and tech. Perhaps the most worrying aspect of the current assisted suicide debate in the UK and around the world is the idea that suicide prevention is very, very important and… Read more »