Tag: suicide

Fear of dying should not lead to dangerous legal changes

by Ilora Finlay, The Economist, 21 August 2018 We should not forget that laws are more than just regulatory instruments. They also send powerful social messages. An assisted dying law sends the subliminal message, however unintended by legislators, that if we are terminally ill taking our own lives is something we should consider. Changing the social… Read more »

I feel great sympathy for Brouwers and the situation she was in. With a condition so severe, I dread to imagine how difficult every hour of every day must have become. But with that said, I’m utterly appalled that authorities ever believed it was appropriate to grant someone with serious psychiatric problems the assistance to end her own life. This is incredibly dangerous.

by Angela Haggerty, The Herald, 12 August 2018 I feel great sympathy for Brouwers and the situation she was in. With a condition so severe, I dread to imagine how difficult every hour of every day must have become. But with that said, I’m utterly appalled that authorities ever believed it was appropriate to grant someone with… Read more »

We need to address questions of gender in assisted dying

by Rachael Wong, The Conversation, 25 October 2017 Taking into account gender differences in health care is important. And if there is potential for gendered risks in legalising assisted suicide, this requires further consideration and research in advance of any legislative change. These insights challenge the presumption that women who decide for assisted suicide are always… 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 »

The dangerous ideology of ‘rational suicide’

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet, 11 May 2018 Although Dr Goodall was healthy enough, considering his age, he did not seem well supported in day-to-day life. The turning point for him seemed to be a fall in his one-bedroom flat. Although he did not break any bones, he was unable to get up from the floor… 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 »