This leaves us nearly speechless. Here in the US, where many states execute murderers by lethal injection, there have been incidences in which the drugs have failed, causing great suffering and a prolonged death. Many in the US are calling for an end to executions using drugs that do not always work in the ways they were intended to. Belgium has no capital punishment, … [Read more...] about No Capital Punishment Belgium to Euthanize, Not Treat, Prisoner
Expansion of Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia
Again today, my Facebook feed is filled with statements of mourning about yet another reported suicide of a well known person. People who knew Robin Williams only by his public persona are grieved by his untimely death, allegedly at his own hands. We can only imagine the heartbreak being experienced by his friends and family. And again today, I ask: what is the distinction … [Read more...] about Suicide by any other name…
A family in Canada has received an anonymous letter urging it to euthanize its 13 year old autistic child. Thanks to Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition for posting this one on his blog page (http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.ca/2013/08/canadian-family-sent-letter-telling.html). You can click on the letter to enlarge and read it. Proponents of … [Read more...] about Still Think Assisted Suicide Is No Threat to People with Disabilities? Read This.
In response to a question regarding True Dignity’s proposal to develop a registry of “safe” health care providers and institutions, Vermont Commissioner of Health Harry Chen said one of the potential “silver linings” of S.77 is that it will spur conversations between patients and doctors about end-of-life decisions, and a “safe doctors” registry could discourage that. “I’m … [Read more...] about Why is Harry Chen Opposed to Patients Knowing which Health Care Providers Oppose Assisted Suicide?
Below, in italics, is the excellent testimony Vermonter Kathleen Grange gave at the public hearing before the House Human Services and Judiciary Committees last week. Based on what she heard with her own ears, she told the committees, "The slippery slope is here!" There was another witness, a medical doctor, who planned to tell the committees that he had heard the same thing … [Read more...] about Assisted Suicide for the Terminally Ill is Just “the First Step”