Archive for the ‘Euthanasia’ Category

Hard cases make bad euthanasia laws

April 8th, 2014 Comments off

The pro-euthanasia lobby often promotes media reports of people facing difficult prognoses who wish to end their lives rather than face inevitable deterioration. Such persons often become, for a short while, celebrities for a macabre cause. The media attention can even become addictive and provide, a distraction from their suffering or a raison d’etre. Read more…

Quebec gears up for a momentous election

March 28th, 2014 Comments off
By supporting both euthanasia and secularism, the Parti Québécois threatens to tear Canada apart.

Margaret Somerville

We form a society by buying in to shared values; they are the glue that binds us together and informs our identity as individuals and a community. The Parti Québécois (PQ) wants to establish a separate society from Canada and its opportunity to try to do so depends on how Quebecers vote in the April 7 election. I suggest Quebecers’ choice will be heavily influenced by the values they most want upheld, when no politician stands for all their values and they must choose which should take priority. Read more…

A recession is no time for assisted suicide, says disabled British peer

March 17th, 2014 Comments off

Moves to legalise assisted suicide in Britain are a threat to the disabled during a time of economic hardship, says Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, a disabled peer. She told the London Telegraph that it was “a dangerous time” to consider to consider changes to legislation when people on welfare were being described as scroungers who are a burden on society. Read more…

Why euthanasia slippery slopes can’t be prevented

March 13th, 2014 Comments off

I have been receiving emails from people, including some with disabilities, who are angry about my opposition to legalizing euthanasia. The people with disabilities are not dying; they just do not want to continue living in the state in which they find themselves. It’s clear they believe they would be able to have access to euthanasia were it to be legalized. Read more…

Euthanasia of newborns under the microscope

March 10th, 2014 Comments off

Euthanasia is defined as the act of intentionally ending the life of a terminally ill and suffering person in a quick and painless manner for reasons of compassion and mercy. Read more…

Fact-checking claims of “well regulated euthanasia”

March 6th, 2014 Comments off

Recently, the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, published an editorial, “Quebec gets it right on the right to die”, which articulated the strongest case that can be made for supporting legalizing euthanasia and Quebec’s Bill 52 which seeks to do just that. Read more…

Does silence before Belgium’s new euthanasia law mean consent?

March 5th, 2014 Comments off
by Paul Russell

The Belgian Parliament amended its euthanasia law on February 14, making it available to children. One commentator incorrectly, but poignantly, called it a ‘Valentine’s Day Massacre’. Most, however, questioned whether children were capable of making such serious decisions. Read more…

Swedish nurse takes a stand on conscience rights

March 5th, 2014 Comments off
If soldiers can object to using weapons, why can’t health professionals refuse to assist at abortions?

In 2011, the European Council adopted a resolution that protects healthcare workers’ right to freedom of conscience regarding abortion and euthanasia. Sweden has signed this agreement. But reality paints a different picture. Out of the 47 member states in the European Council, Finland and Sweden are the only two which do not uphold freedom of conscience in practice. Read more…

Belgium extends euthanasia to children

February 24th, 2014 Comments off

by Paul Russell

After little more than a day of debate, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives passed a child euthanasia law on Thursday. The bill now awaits Royal assent from King Philippe. Read more…

Quebec should beware of euthanasia

February 24th, 2014 Comments off
Respect for life is more than a Christian bias. It is a foundational value of all human societies.

Bill 52, which defines euthanasia as palliative care and proposes adding it to end-of-life decision-making options, could be voted on later this month by the Quebec Legislative Assembly. And the Supreme Court of Canada has just given leave to appeal the Carter case, which involves a challenge to the constitutionality of the Criminal Code’s prohibition of assisted suicide. Read more…