Tag: euthanasia

Legalising assisted dying would be a failure of collective human memory and imagination

by Margaret Somerville, The Guardian, 20 September Margaret Somerville is professor of bioethics in the school of medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia. If euthanasia were a stone thrown into a pond, pro-euthanasia advocates see only the stone and the immediate splash, not the stone’s antecedents or the widespread ripples it sets off. These… Read more »

Māori Party: Do not vote for Labour over euthanasia 20/09/2017

by Newshub, 20 September 2017 In a statement released by the party, Tuilagi Saipele Esera, Māori Party Candidate for Manukau East, said Labour’s intention to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide was against Christian and Pacific cultural values.  “Euthanasia and assisted suicide is a rejection of the importance and value of human life. Do not vote… Read more »

Why Are Assisted Suicide Bills Continuously Failing In The US?

A blog post in HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, 6 September 2017 HOPE is a coalition of groups and individuals who oppose the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide and support measures that will make euthanasia and assisted suicide unthinkable.  23 consecutive failures at legislating in 2017 with no bill anywhere being successful.  We are led… Read more »

Assisted dying laws pose a grave risk to the vulnerable

by Joel Hodge, The Age, 7 September 2017 Joel Hodge is a senior lecturer in the School of Theology at Australian Catholic University. In a study of states with euthanasia law, published in Current Oncology, Dr J. Pereira writes that “laws and safeguards are regularly ignored and transgressed in all the jurisdictions and that transgressions are… Read more »

The Contagion of Euthanasia and the Corruption of Compassion

by Arthur Goldberg and Shimon Cowen, The Public Discourse, 11 September 2017 Mr Goldberg is Co-Director of the American-based Jewish Institute for Global Awareness. Mr Cowen is Director of the Institute for Judaism and Civilization in Melbourne, Australia. Humans do not live in isolation. The more our culture sends messages that some lives are less valuable than others, the… Read more »

Narelle Henson: Complex matters of life and death

by Narelle Henson, Waikato Times, 15 September 2017 In fact, ACT’s David Seymour dismissed O’Connor’s claim using the example of suicidal young people, a group we are rightly fighting desperately to save in New Zealand. But in Belgium where euthanasia is legal, a suicidal young woman won the right to euthanasia. Why? Because the courts agree… Read more »

Words Matter

A blog post from HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, 4 September 2017 HOPE is a coalition of groups and individuals who oppose the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide and support measures that will make euthanasia and assisted suicide unthinkable.  Unmistakeably, [sic] in acts of euthanasia, the subject person’s life is ended by the… Read more »

Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide: The 2017 General Election

David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill – which seeks to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide – still awaits debate in Parliament, which will take place sometime after our general election on 23 September 2017. Ultimately, the outcome of Seymour’s Bill will be determined by the 121 Members of Parliament (MPs) that will be elected… Read more »

Why I’ll be voting no to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017

by Walt Secord, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 September 2017 Walt Secord is NSW Shadow Health Minister for Health and Deputy Opposition leader in the NSW Legislative Council. I saw first-hand the experiences of those in our nation’s nursing homes and how it was almost impossible – despite the best intentions – to protect the most vulnerable… Read more »

Simon O’Connor: Why we didn’t back euthanasia bill

by Simon O’Connor, The New Zealand Herald, 10 August 2017 Simon O’Connor is National MP for Tamaki and chaired Parliament’s Health Select Committee, which has recommended no action be taken on the petition of Maryan Street and 8,974 others to allow medically-assisted dying in the event of terminal illness or unbearable suffering. I recognise that some… Read more »