Japanese Finance Minister says: 'Sayonara' to the elderly

A report today in  The Australian has it that the new Japanese Finance Minister,  Continue reading

Euthanasia: let's look at the bigger picture - a disability perspective

This article by Craig Wallace first appeared on the   and is an excellent summary of the views of many in the disability community about euthanasia & assisted suicide.Ramp Up website (part of the ABC in Australia) Continue reading

Suicide - contagion amongst the elderly?

Suicide contagion, also known as the Werther effect, is a well-documented phenomenon of serious concern for young people.  Also called "copycat syndrome", the understanding that knowledge of a youth suicide creates risk factors amongst peer groups, school classmates and even 'friends-of-friends' networks has been taken  seriously now by educators, police and the media for decades. Continue reading

Euthanasia's dark fronts for Australia in 2013

The closing months of 2012 saw a media barrage from various pro-euthanasia sources, particularly in the Eastern States. From personal testimonies to new polling results, the intensity and frequency across all traditional forms of media cannot have been accidental.  These change agents are nothing if not well organised. But, in terms of their goals, one wonders at why such a major push leading up to the year's end when the holiday season creates a natural lull in the discussion of most things political. Continue reading

Wrong diagnosis: 2 years of chemotherapy

This report from the   tells a tale of misdiagnosis. As the article concludes, misdiagnosis and prognosis is not uncommon. Yet if this woman had taken the assisted suicide option in Switzerland the story would have had a tragic ending.Huffington Post Continue reading

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