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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 »

Understanding freedom of conscience

by Brian Bird, Policy Options, 2 August 2017 Conscience is about living in alignment with our moral judgments, regardless of where they come from. If moral freedom is what freedom of conscience protects, why we protect this freedom boils down to the fact that conscience touches on core moral commitments that sustain our identity and integrity — who I… Read more »

Politicians wrestle with doctors’ consciences in Victoria

by Paul Russell, MercatorNet, 20 April 2017 Would it be an “obstruction” if a doctor actively attempted to dissuade a person away from assisted suicide or euthanasia – even if only for a short time – for the sake of trying a different approach to their illness or their pain management? The article is silent… Read more »