Pages tagged "Incremental Extension"
Euthanasia for osteoarthritis - what's next?
Jul 01, 2017
On Tuesday I wrote about Canada's euthanasia law - one year later, showing how the euthanasia law is being extended in Canada at a record pace. In June 2016, Canada's federal government legalized euthanasia (Bill C-14) with imprecise terminology. From my first reading of C-14, I was convinced that the government intentionally used imprecise language to enable the expansion of euthanasia, without facing political pressure from passing a wide-open euthanasia law. Continue reading
What happens when making people dead gets messy?
Nov 04, 2016
by Paul Russell: The recently released first report on the operation of Quebec's euthanasia & assisted suicide law should make everyone stop and think.Three times the expected number of deaths with 8% (n.21) non-compliance with the law. Continue reading
New Dutch push for suicide pill
May 24, 2016
by Paul Russell: There's a question that I have put to those who are pushing for euthanasia and assisted suicide laws on occasion. Put simply I ask: If you are successful in your push for law reform on this subject, will you celebrate your victory and then close down your organisation? After all, if the objective is reached, what else is there to do?I expect that there would be 'rank-and-file' members of the various societies and organisations on this bandwagon who may well think: job done, back to the gardening (or other pursuits). But not so the leadership. Continue reading
Euthanasia's open season on the mentally ill
Jun 27, 2015
Euthanasia's open season on the mentally ill By Wesley SmithArticle first appeared in First ThingsA few years ago, I spoke about end-of-life care at a town-hall event; it quickly devolved into an intense debate on assisted suicide. When the time came for audience questions, a self-described "mentally ill" woman took the microphone and declared that she had a right to doctor-prescribed death. More than half the audience burst into applause. Continue reading
Slippery Slopes, Political Realities and Comparing British Apples with American Oranges in Assisted Suicide Debate
Jul 28, 2014
Stephen Drake, from Not Dead Yet USA shares an excellent analysis of the UK debate and the modus operandi and larger goals fo the pro-euthanasia and assisted suicide lobby:Right now, I want to focus on a strategy being used by pro-assisted suicide advocates in the UK. Very aware that one major criticism of legalization of assisted suicide is expansion or "slippery slope" into making nonterminally ill, old and disabled people targets of the legislation. Naturally, this has meant that advocates try to steer clear of discussing the Benelux countries, which have embraced the euthanasia of nonterminally ill people, people with depression, old people who say they're tired of living and the euthanasia of "severely disabled" infants - in the Netherlands, children with Spina Bifida have been the main target of medical killing according to reports. And of course most people are aware of the group Dignitas in Switzerland, whose eligibility criteria involves mostly the ability to pay hefty fees rather than any concern about the medical diagnosis of an individual. Continue reading
Euthanasia: Incremental extensions are inevitable
Mar 05, 2014
This summary by Alex Schadenberg of an article in the Calgary Herald by Australian ethicist, Margaret Somerville: The following is based on an article written by Margaret Somerville and published in the Continue reading