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‘POISON PILL’ FOR SENIORS

Dutch to offer ‘poison pill’ to healthy seniors who want to die   The Dutch government has published a study that shows how many people want to end their own lives, prompting a political party to provide suicide pills for the elderly.   THE HAGUE The Dutch government has published a study that shows how […]

5,000 Canadians Died by Euthanasia in 2019

Canada’s assisted death law is quickly going out of control. Approximately 5000 Canadians died by euthanasia in 2019 and 13,000 since legalization The media is reporting that there have been more than 6700 MAID deaths in Canada since it was legalized. I estimate that there have been at least 13,000 euthanasia deaths and here is […]

Extreme Ableism of Assisted Suicide

The “unspoken argument,”   “Assisted suicide will gain traction because of the realities of the increasing cost of health care in an aging society, because in the final analysis, economics, not the quest for broadened individual liberties or increased autonomy, will drive assisted suicide to the plateau of acceptable practice.” Derek Humphry, Founder of the […]

Promoting Euthanasia In Australia

Once society accepts medical killing, the only questions that remains is who should be killed and for what reason? Australia is experiencing the promotion of euthanasia in a similar manner that Canada experienced death promotion before and after death by lethal injection (euthanasia) was legalized. The first “assisted death” in Victoria Australia is being promoted. […]

Assisted Suicide Califonia Style

John L’Heureux was a prolific writer and former Stanford professor who died April 22nd in California. His wife, Joan L’Heureux, initially told the New York Times that the cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease (1). Within a few days, though, the New Yorker published an essay by L’Heureux on why he would die by assisted […]

Delta Hospice Fights Death Order

Vancouver area hospice is asking the government to reconsider their proposal to give up $750,000 a year in funding so that it not be required to violate its mandate of care and compassion for patients by providing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) at its facility. The Health Authority’s demand is unnecessary, the hospice contends, noting […]

BC Health Minister to force Delta Hospice accept Euthanasia

  The BC Health Minister, Adrian Dix, that the BC government will take action if the Delta hospice refuses to kill its patients. Adrian Dix has suggested that they will stop funding the 10 bed Delta Hospice if it refuses to kill. On December 2, the Board of the Delta BC Hospice Society that operates […]

Conscience rights of physicians

Conscience rights of physicians and the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal by Dr.Catherine Ferrier On May 15, 2019, the Court of Appeal for Ontario confirmed a lower court ruling defending the requirement of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) that dissenting physicians make “effective referrals” for euthanasia (“MAiD”). We consider […]

Assisted suicide: There are no best practices

DOES MAKING SOMETHING LEGAL MAKE IT ETHICAL       COMMENTARY   I am an adult psychiatrist who has worked in public sector psychiatry in the US and the UK. In both countries, physicians struggle with the ethics and professional meaning of legalized or proposed physician-assisted suicide (PAS). I was recently asked by an organization […]

TSUNAMI OF ELDERLY

Tsunami’ of elderly and euthanasia are not a good mix, say Queensland doctors With a “tsunami” of elderly patients with severe health problems approaching, Australians should not be legalising euthanasia, a senior doctor has told the Queensland Parliament. It could increase the pressure on vulnerable older people who feel they are a “burden” on others […]

Why We Should Not Allow Physician-Assisted Suicide

The 2300-year-old history of medical ethics is grounded in the core ethical foundations established at the dawn of medicine — the Hippocratic values “professed” by physicians as a covenant-based community of values. This is the meaning of the word “profession.” The most distinguishing principle of the Hippocratic Oath has been the tenant rejecting the practice […]

Court Strikes Down Requirement For Terminal Illness To Qualify for Euthanasia

The Quebec Superior Court struck down the requirement that a person be terminally ill before they qualify for euthanasia in Canada. The Canadian Press (CP) reported: Quebec Superior Court has invalidated parts of the federal and Quebec laws on medically assisted dying laws, declaring them too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional. A judge today found the […]

Assistance in Living: not Assisted Suicide

    Letter to Future Prime Minister of Canada from Canadians with disabilities. Two Canadians demand the future Prime Minister of Canada to appeal the recent Quebec ruling that allows people with years to live to prematurely end their lives. MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, September 30, 2019 — Two Canadians living with disabilities are appealing to […]

UK Child Being Denied Treatment

Tafida Raqeeb has been diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation, a rare condition which causes the blood vessels to have abnormal connections between the arteries and veins. Tafida Raqeeb Tafida had a brain bleed on February 9 that has left her in coma in the Royal London Hospital where the doctors claim that there is no hope. […]

“Life Protecting Power of Attorney”

Today I spoke with a woman who is the Power of Attorney for her 89 year-old aunt, who is currently in a Toronto hospital. The niece called EPC because she is upset about the lack of care that her Aunt is receiving. Her Aunt went to the hospital a few weeks ago with pneumonia. Her […]