Legalizing assisted suicide is wrong and dangerous

This is a disturbing yet compelling read. Will our state health systems go the same way as Canada (if were not there already) or do we have the leadership in Australia to ensure that the system remains focused on health and well being?  The following article was written by Dr. Sherif Emil who is a paediatric surgeon at the Montreal Children's Hospital. This article was published in the Montreal Gazette on January 17, 2013 under the title:  Continue reading

The Dutch are killing people with Alzheimers

The following article was written by American bioethicist, Wesley Smith and published on his blog on January 19, 2013 under the title:  .Let's Find a Way to Kill Alzheimer's Patients Continue reading

Not Dead Yet USA comments on Belgian twins death

A little while ago I write a piece about our inconsistent approach to suicides called . Stephen Drake makes similar observations:Suicide - longing for a consistent approach Continue reading

More on death of Belgian twins

"Today it seems that euthanasia is the only right way to end life." The death of twin brothers by euthanasia has caused an international stir that is damaging to the pro-euthanasia movement because it brings into focus the reality that euthanasia laws in both Belgium and  The Netherlands are not safe. It's not a rosy garden as we are lead to believe.A follow up report in the Continue reading

Twins die together by euthanasia - Belgium extends their law

from a number of European sources say that Belgian twins, Marc and Eddy Verbessem died together utilizing Belgium's euthanasia laws. News reports  Continue reading

Bob Such flags yet another euthanasia bill for South Australia

Not a year goes by without The Hon Bob Such MP introducing another euthanasia bill into the South Australian Parliament.  After the defeat of his bill last year, Such said that he would 're-jig' his work and try again. Continue reading

US Activist Wesley Smith comments on Steph Key's new bill

US Lawyer and activist, Wesley Smith comments on Steph Key's new 'Living Will for dying' bill. See original post . Continue reading

"Living" wills to be used to die?

South Australian MP and euthanasia advocate Steph Key MP announced today that she wants to be able to create 'options' in Living Wills for people to be able to choose death. 'Living Wills'- once used to describe what are now known more accurately as 'Advance Care Directives', are instruments where a person can make a determination, in advance, of what type of care they want and/ or reject at the end-of-life. The use of the word 'Living' in this context simply modifies the normal understanding of a Last Will and Testament. Key's use, however, seems to be a deliberate and macabre play between living and dying.Advance Care Directives can be useful instruments. They can also be problematic in situations where the request is poorly worded or does not account for unforeseen circumstances. Regardless, they were never intended to be used for the person to direct that they be killed. Continue reading

Proposed changes to Belgian euthanasia law may affect freedom of conscience

This update on developments in Belgium has a familiar ring to it. The latest 'Trojan Horse' euthanasia bill in South Australia ( ) has a provision that, should a doctor have a conscientious objection to killing his or her patient, they must refer the patient on to someone who will do the deed. (see also: ) Continue reading

Do Americans want to legalize assisted suicide?

comments on US Polls and why polls really don't help us understand what people really think and want.  Alex SchadenbergA recent poll indicates that 55% of Americans support assisted suicide. The poll that was conducted by Continue reading