Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Australia Defeats Euthanasia

"[T]he title of their legislation
gave the game away."
By Denis Strangman

In a narrow vote the Australian Senate today (Thursday) defeated by 36-34 a move to permit the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory to enact laws on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Most of the Australian media was campaigning for the pro-euthanasia move. A lot of work went on in the background with the group established by Paul Russell (Hope) encouraging a joint-Party meeting for Senators and staff to hear from two experienced Doctors from Victoria.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hey Kansas City Star: Oregon’s Suicide Rate Went Up 28.2%, Not Down! Correct This Error.

On August 4, 2018, the Kansas City Star published this false statement:

"National and state level data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System suggest that suicide rates have varied slightly, but overall have gone down in Oregon since its Death with Dignity Act went into effect in 1997."

Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Oregon’s suicide rate WENT UP, NOT DOWN, 28.2 %

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Prosecutors argue why Michelle Carter's texting suicide conviction should not be overturned

Michelle Carter
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Bristol County Prosecutors have filed their response to the appeal of Michelle Carter, arguing that the Plainville woman was rightfully convicted of involuntary manslaughter for pressuring her boyfriend Conrad Roy III into killing himself.

Roy died in 2014 after he turned on a gas-powered water pump in his truck and allowed the cabin to fill with carbon monoxide, following a lengthy battle with depression.

But police found text messages on Carter's phone that led them to believe it was no simple suicide.

Friday, August 3, 2018

The Doctor Ordered Her Own Family to Physically Hold her Down

By Paul Bois, August 3, 2018

One inherent consequence that so-called "Death with Dignity" advocates seem to ignore is the possibility that doctors and family members will pressure people into euthanasia or assisted suicide for convenience.

A case in the Netherlands takes that one step further, as an elderly woman was euthanized against her will by family members eager to move on with their lives.

According to LiveAction, the 74-year-old unidentified woman had been suffering dementia for some time and previously told people she would undergo assisted suicide if "the time was right."

As her dementia progressed, she never put in a request to die and had surpassed the point of giving her full consent.

It was then that her doctor declared her to be "suffering intolerably" and proceeded to euthanize her. Here's how the ordeal went down: 
When the doctor came in to euthanize her, the patient was not informed of what was going to happen to her, to 'avoid unnecessary distress.'
She was given coffee with a sedative in it, but she refused to drink it -- and then struggled as the doctor tried to kill her. She fought so fiercely that the doctor ordered her own family to physically hold her down, and she was forcibly euthanized.
A panel had previously cleared the doctor of ethical violations by saying she "acted in good faith."

That decision was recently overturned, however, by the Regional Euthanasia Review Committees, which said the doctor's actions were unethical and will be investigated along with five other similarly disturbing stories.

Currently, no evidence exists of the woman ever saying she wished to die by assisted suicide while in a clear state of mind. "Her living will was said to be contradictory, and while on some days she did say she wanted to die, on others she said she wanted to live," reports LiveAction.

"Death with Dignity" advocates have decried the ruling, saying it puts patients who wish to die while suffering dementia at risk.

"At last there is clarity," said Bert Keizer, a doctor who works for a euthanasia facility in the Netherlands.

"But for people with a living will who want to die if they have advanced dementia, this is a negative ruling. If they can no longer indicate that they still want to die, they will have to drink the cup [of sedative] otherwise they will not receive euthanasia."

Last year, 83 people with mental illness were killed in the Netherlands.