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AUSTRALIA  CANADA

RODRIGUEZ

FRANCE GERMANY HOLLAND

JAPAN

NEW ZEALAND 

SWITZERLAND UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES  MATRICIDE (USA)  LAW LINKS EXTENSIVE STUDY ON EUTHANASIA ASSISTED SUICIDE (USA) LINK TO LEO ALEXANDER

CHN  MEXICO

CHN STATS AND FACTS ON SUICIDE

CHN EXCEPTIONS: NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM ; Canadians TRACY LATIMER & ROBERT LATIMER  on separate pages .  

 CHN DEFINITION Epivalothanasia * coined by Dr Paul Bryne

Once you accept killing as a solution for a single problem, you will find tomorrow hundreds of problems for which killing can be seen as a solution.” Dr. Karl Gunning, Dutch physician


AUSTRALIA 

State Liberal MP to push death law June 21, 2007

Group calls for safeguards to allow voluntary euthanasia  "...our society desperately needs voluntary euthanasia, there is so much preventable suffering going on," he said."  (How tragic that some will believe euthanasia is the only way to prevent preventable suffering.  C. Eckstein, CHN)

Death talk": debating euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in Australia (eMJA - Includes discussions "Language matters"; "Double-effect" doctrine";  "Pain-relief treatment versus euthanasia"; "Withdrawal of life support versus euthanasia"; "Impact of legalising euthanasia"

Australia 'mercy killing'

Coalition poll win hits right to die  

UPDATE FROM AUSTRALIA 2001 EUTHANASIA: Vulnerable patients . . . pressured into early death

EUTHANASIA NEWS FROM AUSTRALIA; A SPECIAL REPORT FROM CHN:

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA For info on euthanasia

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Telecommunications Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2004  

News: February 20, 1996 - Australia Update

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA For info on euthanasia assisted suicide (do search for PAS)

Victorian Supreme Court makes landmark Australian ruling on tube feeding Case of 69 year old man having feeding tube removed


BELGIUM

 

BELGIUM GO TO BELGIUM EUTHANASIA, PAS INFANTICIDE

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CANADA

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History of euthanasia in Canada, Part I by Cheryl Eckstein, Compassionate Healthcare Network CHN:  For The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's Euthanasia Symposium November 31 ~ December 1, 2007 Toronto Ontario, Canada: This is the long version of a talk I gave but with more information and links

Please note: This is a link to the very abbreviated version of my talk without links, but exactly as delivered in Toronto: History of euthanasia in Canada, Part I by Cheryl Eckstein, Compassionate Healthcare Network CHN:  For The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's Euthanasia Symposium November 31 ~ December 1, 2007 Toronto Ontario, Canada

History of euthanasia in Canada, Part II by Cheryl Eckstein, Compassionate Healthcare Network CHN:  For The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's Euthanasia Symposium November 31 ~ December 1, 2007 Toronto Ontario, Canada: This page includes a CHRONOLOGY OF MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT BILLS and ad rem information with links. This is an important part of the history of euthanasia in Canada, but includes useful links to other countries and cases, as well as palliative care links.

Nov.2007 Open policy debate on euthanasia: Ottawa doctor  Dr Will Johnson, president of Canadian Physicians for Life says: "Dr. Cushman seems to be hinting at a personal bias towards legalized suicide and he is trying to open the debate. He is softening public opinion by raising a false issue of costs. Our health care costs are not high because of a lack of assisted suicide. He is doing the work of the extremists."

CAN THERE EVER BE A RIGHT TO BE KILLED? by Cheryl Eckstein

ASSISTED SUICIDE CANADA -- Marielle Houle 

Statement from Canadian physicians who oppose euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide

EUTHANASIA & ASSISTED SUICIDE:  The Person in Community: Dr. H. Robert C. Pankratz, Mr. Iain T. Benson, Dr. Jim Lane, Dr. Williard P.,  Johnston, outline the problems of this social issue, and how it affects us as individuals, and as a community.

BCACL Euthanasia Policy  1. BCACL does not support the legalization of euthanasia. 2. BCACL does not support the creation of a lesser category of murder for "mercy killing" under the Criminal Code.  Read more ... In The Matter of Stephen Dawson ... Robert Latimer.

B.C. woman at suicide of former nun says experience was surreal Evelyn Marie Martens

Man with MS says he has everything to look forward to ~ includes an editorial by C. Eckstein,

Mooted right-to-die debate won't make it to Parliament

Compassionate homicide' is a crime like no other Will society see this as 'mercy-killing' for killing his less than perfect son?

Court delayed for mom charged in son's suicide

Katie Lynn Baker & ChelseaCraig, both had Rett Syndrome.  Her mother attempted suicide after poisoning her daughter to death . . . .  Chelsea Craig "For us, she was just a delightful child who wanted to learn and develop and grow and was open to all kinds of new things . . . Our eyes light up when we think of her"   Darlene Berringer, director of Giant Steps school in Westmount."  Also on this page, Katie Lynn Baker.  Katie Lynn was only 10 years old when her mother claimed she wanted to die.  Katie had Rhett Syndrome. (RS) The coroner ruled her death a homicide. The criminal justice branch of the British Columbia Ministry of the Attorney-General released its report in December 1999, stating that it will not be laying charges because "there is no likelihood of conviction."  The ruling on Katie Lynn’s death may be the most foreboding of all decisions relating to so-called mercy killing in Canada.

 True Story Of The Murder Of A Child  By Dick Sobsey, 14 May 2005 A most appalling and alarming made for television movie was released in 2002, called Society’s Child.  It is based on the story of Katie Lynn Baker.  Dick Sobsey describes the film as providing “the most biased and unapologetic endorsement for killing children with disabilities of any ever produced.”

 

CHN founder and president threatened with a lawsuit by a CBC producer for having used some of her footage in her presentation to Canadian Parliament.

Dutch Physician - Dr. Karel Gunning, Warns Canadians To Oppose Euthanasia

CHN - `Executive Summary' of Brief To The Senate Of Canada: `Physician Assisted Death: Is It Right For Canada?'

Personal testimony to Senate of Canada given by Cheryl Eckstein

Canadian Physicians for Life statement to Senate of Canada regarding Physician Assisted Suicide, Robert Pankratz, MD, et.al.,

Why Disability Rights Movements Do Not Support Euthanasia:  Safeguards Broken Beyond Repair By Dr.Gregor Wolbring

U.K. Organ Scandal Doctor Pleads Guilty in Canada

Montreal woman charged in handicapped daughter's death fit to stand trial

We don't justify killing but we know the desperation

Refuting the rhetoric by Robert Pankratz, MD

Euthanasia and the sanctity of life by Robert Pankratz, MD

Cycle of life, death must be protected

To kill or not to kill by Kevin Steel

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide only for the Terminally Ill? by Alex Shadenberg

ROY SLATER, KNOWS FIRST HAND WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LIVE WITH A.L.S.

PALLIATIVE CARE  ~ PAIN MANAGEMENT Canada must help dying to go with dignity;  ~ Pain: Treating a Disease or Palliating a Symptom?

Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Attorney General), [1993] 3 S.C.R. 519 http://scc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/1993/1993rcs3-519/1993rcs3-519.html

CANADIAN COURT DECISIONS (archives from 1992)

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide A Joint Statement by Doctors and Lawyers

Public Opinion on Legalizing Active Euthanasia EDWARD W. KEYSERLINGK, LLM, PH D

U.K. Organ Scandal Doctor Pleads Guilty in Canada

PRIVILEGE: Government of Canada:  Regarding the matter of alleged threats made against a witness (Cheryl Eckstein) who had appeared before the Sub--committee on Recodification of the General Part of the Criminal Code

EVIDENCE is taken from "Canadian Parliamentary Review Vol 16 # 1 1995 (re Cheryl Eckstein's testimony: "If anyone fears he or she could be subject to prosecution, correctly or incorrectly, they and others could be prevented from appearing, and Parliament then could not have the benefit of their testimony."

Acquiescence corrupts Dutch doctors "Will I be the only doctor who considers resigning from the BMA in protest against the blatant pro-euthanasia stance ..."    11 responses below on one page

Death by "choking" is a myth for Lou Gehrig's disease  In a phone conversation and letter, Dr Cicely Saunders tells Cheryl Eckstein, president of CHN that patients with ALS can die comfortably without a doctor hastening their death.  Sue Rodriguez claimed she would suffer strangulation and suffocation before death

 

SUE RODRIGUEZ (Canada)

Note from CHN's Editor: Some has asked why The Compassionate Healthcare Network's  name is not on the intervener's list in Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Attorney General) as CHN claimed. After careful examination, the Compassionate Healthcare Network CHN, decided not to try to intervene in the Rodriguez case under our own name, because we had just formed CHN and it was felt our organization might not be taken seriously and perhaps not considered as interveners.  Instead, CHN went under the umbrella of the well established Pro‑Life Society of British Columbia, with president, Hilda Krieg at the helm.  Hilda was also a board member of CHN.  The Compassionate Healthcare Network, worked in aggregation with the Pro‑Life Society of British Columbia (PLSBC) and Pacific Physicians for Life Society (PPFLS).  Though the official record reads  "A. G. Henderson, Q.C., and Neil Milton, for the interveners Pro-Life Society of British Columbia and Pacific Physicians for Life Society" CHN did intervene, and from beginning to the successful end, diligently labored in tandem with PLSBC & PPFLS.

SUPREME COURT OF CANADA: (The appellant, a 42‑year‑old mother, suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  Her condition is rapidly deteriorating and she will soon lose the ability to swallow, speak, walk and move her body without assistance.  Thereafter she will lose the capacity to breathe without a respirator, to eat without a gastrotomy and will eventually become confined to a bed.  Her life expectancy is between 2 and 14 months.  The appellant does not wish to die so long as she still has the capacity to enjoy life, but wishes that a qualified physician be allowed to set up technological means by which she might, when she is no longer able to enjoy life, by her own hand, at the time of her choosing, end her life.  The appellant applied to the Supreme Court of British Columbia for an order that s. 241(b) of the Criminal Code, which prohibits the giving of assistance to commit suicide, be declared invalid on the ground that it violates her rights under ss. 7, 12 and 15(1) of the Charter, and is therefore, to the extent it precludes a terminally ill person from committing "physician‑assisted" suicide, of no force and effect by virtue of s. 52(1) of the Constitution Act, 1982.  The court dismissed the appellant's application and the majority of the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment.

Held (Lamer C.J. and L'Heureux‑Dubé, Cory and McLachlin JJ. dissenting):  The appeal should be dismissed. Section 241(b) of the Code is constitutional. http://scc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/1993/1993rcs3-519/1993rcs3-519.html

CANADIAN SUICIDE FACILITATOR — FOUNDER OF THE RIGHT TO DIE SOCIETY JOHN HOFSESS USES CANADA COUNCIL GRANT AND OTHER FUNDS IN EXCESS OF $23,000. TO FUND HIS RIGHT TO DIE ORGANIZATION. 

~ BOOK REVIEW: Uncommon Will the death and life of Sue Rodriguez, by Lisa Hobbs Birnie & Sue Rodriguez, Macmillon Canada 1994

Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Attorney General), [1993] 3 S.C.R. 519 http://scc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/1993/1993rcs3-519/1993rcs3-519.html
 

CRITICAL ISSUES The Sue Rodriguez Decision: Concerns of a Primary Care Physician by Robert Pankratz, MD

ROBERT LATIMER & TRACY LATIMER (CANADIAN) HAVE SEPARATE PAGES

LINKS

The Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Of Life and Death - Final Report June 1995  Witnesses at Public Hearings (included CHN)

Palliative Care in Canada The Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Of Life and Death - Final Report June 1995  Appendix M   This is a worthy read, includes many questions and answers from Dutch physicians and lawyers regarding the practice of euthanasia, PAS, and palliative care in the Netherlands.

Euthanasia, ethics, and public policy: An Argument Against Legalisation By John Keown = This is a read only page, and while many pages are missing, it is a worth while perusal of the contents of this book.  However you will need to have a Google news user ID and password

"Doctors have stepped into a right-to-life row following the suggestion some hospital patients should be allowed to die because it costs so much to keep them alive.  The Daily Mail reported that leaked Government papers suggest that they should be denied food and liquid if they fall into a coma or are too ill to speak for themselves." Note: The term "allowed" -is far from the truth.  They are forced to die -a extremely slow, painfully cruel death by dehydration and starvation.   Where is the humanity? Ed., CHN       

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FRANCE

 

Acquittal sought in French euthanasia case
 

FRANCE: considers euthanasia law

FRANCE: France seeking definition of end of life care

France:  Withholding and withdrawal of life support in intensive-care units

 


GERMANY

 

Choosing Death Over Dependence 

GERMAN NURSE ON TRIAL 'Angel of Death' Says She Killed Patients to Help Them (April 21,2001)


HOLLAND

 

JAPAN

Woman used Net to find others for suicide pact 

 


THE NETHERLANDS: EUTHANASIA, INFANTICIDE, ASSISTED SUICIDE

 



NEW ZEALAND

Death for sale is a step into the dark  "The 18th-century satirist Jonathan Swift proposed to solve food shortages in Ireland by roasting and boiling surplus Irish babies. But he was joking. Nitschke is not joking."

DOCTOR SETS UP "how to die" workshops in New Zealand 

Dr Philip Nitschke Australia 'mercy killing'

to be updated


MEXICO

 

Mexico introduces euthanasia legislation

MEXICO and the push for euthanasia (nicely)


SWITZERLAND
 

Mentally ill now included in Swiss assisted suicide laws

Assisted suicide Zurich

ASSISTED SUICIDE IN SWITZERLAND: SWITZERLAND

    ABSTRACT; "Euthanasia": a survey by the Swiss Association for Palliative Care

Hospitals discuss changing euthanasia rules

 

Swiss Nurse Confesses to 27 Mercy Killings

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UNITED KINGDOM (see also below, links to reports from House of Lords, UK)

 

Physician-assisted suicide v Palliative care: a tale of two cities

Hospices – A Trojan Horse For Covert Euthanasia? by Dr Gerard Daly 

PREVIEW FOR JANUARY 16, 1996

    1. BRITISH PARLIAMENT REJECTS "LIVING WILLS" AND UPHOLDS THE BRITISH HOUSE OF LORDS BAN AGAINST EUTHANASIA

    2. REGARDING THE RIGHT TO REFUSE MEDICAL TREATMENT & THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION

Revealed: full scale of euthanasia in Britain

Mental Incapacity Bill Dr P J Howard  why this Bill is so dangerous

STEPHEN HAWKINGS SPEAKS ABOUT HIS LIFE WITH A.L.S.

Hospital deaths inquest begins

Coroner is asked to review deaths of nursing home residents

Researching whether Guernsey should legalise euthanasia was time and money well spent.

Right-To-Die Couple Get OK for Legal Challenge

Death with dignity -Time for a debate on euthanasia

Doctors step into right-to-life row

RELATIVES are more likely to ask for help to end a life than are terminally-ill patientsRelatives, not patients, ask for mercy killings  "Les Bourgs Hospice director of nursing Ann Martin believes that in eight years of working there, fewer than a handful of people have asked to end their own lives. ‘More often than not it’s the relatives who ask"

Kill the pain, not the patient BMJ Comment by Cheryl Eckstein

When Morphine Fails to Kill By GINA KOLATA

Challenging Medical Ethics Volume 2 ~ Patients in Danger; The Dark Side of Medical Ethics

I'd never have stopped my ill wife's suicide'

Plan to legalise assisted suicide of terminally ill 

BRITISH PARLIAMENT REJECTS "LIVING WILLS" AND UPHOLDS THE BRITISH HOUSE OF LORDS BAN AGAINST EUTHANASIA

REGARDING THE RIGHT TO REFUSE MEDICAL TREATMENT & THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION

Revealed: full scale of euthanasia in Britain

 
Coroner is asked to review deaths of nursing home residents

 Researching whether Guernsey should legalise euthanasia was time and money well spent.

 Death on doctor's orders  - Euthanasia campaigners are hailing Oregon's right-to-die law as a blueprint for Britain

47% 'would help sick relative die'  

Euthanasia report reflects BMA stance

Debate changed minds

Give people a right to call time on their pain

No - to mercy killing

Hospitals in euthanasia row

 An attempt at euthanasia? ... Court documents say caregiver tried to kill her patient

 Father held on charge of killing terminally ill son, age ten

 Doctor pleads not guilty to murder, drug charges

 Euthanasia report reflects BMA stance

 SPUC welcomes Royal College of Nursing rejection of assisted suicide bill, UK

 EUTHANASIA should remain illegal in Guernsey.

A License to kill?  ~  Dutch doctor needs bed, kills patient

Hospitals in euthanasia row

 RESEARCHING whether Guernsey should legalise euthanasia was time and money well spent.  

Former pro-euthanasia group leader to be expelled

Mr Marty’s muddle: a superficial and selective case for euthanasia in Europe

Book Review by Dr Gerard Daly Challenging Medical Ethics 1 No Water- No Life: Hydration in the Dying   Compiled and edited by Dr Gillian Craig  - informative important review ... 

Dr Craig has also published Challenging Medical Ethics Volume 2 ~ Patients in Danger; The Dark Side of Medical Ethics

What is a Person?

Acquiescence corrupts Dutch doctors "Will I be the only doctor who considers resigning from the BMA in protest against the blatant pro-euthanasia stance ..."    11 responses below on one page:

       Acquiescence corrupts Dutch doctors  

        Role of depression ignored  

        Predictions of outcomes can be wrong

        More palliative care is needed.

        Stay away from the slippery slope

        Natural and unnatural death

        Undermines patient autonomy

        Do not change existing law

        Responses to poll are telling

         Author's reply

Euthanasia: Present law protects doctors and patients

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SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND: Debate call after euthanasia poll 

WALES

WALES: Anguish over right-to-live baby case  (see also MY "LITTLE FIGHTER"  ST. BRUCE )

LINKS

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill - First Report Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 3 March 2005

Palliative Care in Canada The Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Of Life and Death - Final Report June 1995  Appendix M   This is a worthy read, includes many questions and answers from Dutch physicians and lawyers regarding the practice of euthanasia, PAS, and palliative care in the Netherlands.

Euthanasia, ethics, and public policy: An Argument Against Legalisation By John Keown = This is a read only page, and while many pages are missing, it is a worth while perusal of the contents of this book.  However you will need to have a Google news user ID and password

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The British House of Lords, (1994), out of hand rejected euthanasia, and furthermore, rejected establishing a new offence of mercy killing, concluding that  "To distinguish between murder and "mercy killing" would be to cross the line which prohibits any intentional killing, a line which we think it essential to preserve. Nor do we believe that "mercy killing" could be adequately defined, since it would involve determining precisely what constituted a compassionate motive. For these reasons we do not recommend the creation of a new offence." [House of Lords, Report of the Select Committee on Medical Ethics, (1994) HL Paper 21-1, Vol.I p.53]

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UNITED STATES

BRIEF OF FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL ". . .This century has witnessed both the propagation and abhorrent consequences of an opposing ideal: the notion that, due to infirmity, suffering, or lack of consciousness, there is such a thing as a life not worthy to be lived, and hence a responsibility on the part of the law to permit physicians to end such lives in a humanitarian manner. "

Suicide lessons from Oregon ". . . the boundaries around assisted suicide in Oregon have stretched. . . .In 2006, only two of the 46 patients dying from assisted suicide were referred for psychiatric evaluation, yet depression is the most common cause of suicidal thoughts. . . . there is no real monitoring of Oregon's assisted suicides. "  Kenneth R Stevens, MD

Physician-assisted suicide v Palliative care: a tale of two cities "Proponents for the legalization of physician assisted suicide (PAS ) argue that it has been legal in Oregon state since 1997 and that it works well. They maintain that palliative and hospice care can co-exist comfortably with the option for PAS. My aim was to examine these claims, in two cities in the Northwest of America . . ."

California Assisted Suicide Bill Dead For This Year (2007) Backers of an Oregon-style physician assisted suicide bill in California have failed to find enough votes to win approval in the state Assembly

Difficult to define whose suffering is worthy of death by Wesley J Smith a close examination reveals that nobody really knows much about what is actually going on with assisted suicide in Oregon. . . .the state's entire regulatory system -- which will also be true in California if AB374 becomes law -- depends on self-reporting by lethally prescribing doctors.

CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY BILL NO. AB 374 Introduced February 15, 2007 PDF file: Physician Assisted Suicide Bill: "This bill would enact the California Compassionate Choices Act, which would authorize an adult who meets certain qualifications, and who has been determined by his or her attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, as defined, to make a request for medication prescribed pursuant to this bill to provide comfort with an assurance of peaceful dying if suffering becomes unbearable. The bill would establish procedures for making these requests." Anyone needing a e-copy of this PDF file contact CHN.

Summary of a report to NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE (NEJM), Feb 22, 2001 Legalized Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon -- The Second Year "there was a considerable increase in the number of patients who were concerned about being a burden to family, friends, and other caregivers in 2000 as compared with other years."

 The American Pain Society position statement regarding Treatment of Pain at the End of Life  In 1996, The American Pain Society made a strong position statement regarding Treatment of Pain at the End of Life, arguing that suffering patients would turn less often to assisted suicide if appropriate pain treatment were available to them. The position of APS has not changed.  May 1, 2007. A Position Statement from the American Pain Society

Yale Kamisar THE REASONS SO MANY PEOPLE SUPPORT PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE-AND WHY THESE REASONS ARE NOT CONVINCING   In the mid 90's Kamisar says:  "If a Right to Physician-Assisted Suicide Were Established, We Are Assured, It Would Apply Only to the "Terminally ill"  Kamisar goes on to ask "If personal autonomy and the termination of suffering are supposed to be the touchstones for physician-assisted suicide, why exclude those with nonterminal illnesses or disabilities who might have to endure greater pain and suffering for much longer periods of time than those who are expected to die in the next few weeks or months?"  It is 2011, and we know you in fact don't have to be so-called terminally ill, nor physically ill at all - you can be simply "tired of life" or suffer dementia, and someone can speak for you and say you told them you do not want to live, and with that - your life will be hastened.

Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Oregon Tries the Dutch Way  "Although the Oregon law requires counseling if the patient's doctor determines that he or she has a mental disorder or has his or her judgment impaired by depression, studies indicate that most doctors are not qualified to make such a determination"

OREGON'S DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT March 10, 2005

 OREGON'S DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT  March 9, 2006

Summary of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act - 2006 Released March 2007.

Oregon ranks near top in suicides among elderly

The Case Against Physician-Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care by Herbert Hendin, MD

OREGON: Killing People is not compassionate care . . .

Dylan Walborn IN MEMORIAL "Little Dylan Walborn, Broomfield, Colorado, was a victim of America’s “mercy-killing,” euthanasia movement.  Judged better off dead by Denver’s Children’s Hospital, Porter Hospice, a Denver social worker, Dylan's public school teachers, and the Denver Post, four-year-old Dylan was starved to death over a period of twenty-four days." This child like Terri Schiavo, was legally murdered - yet few people have ever heard of him. He suffered 10 more days than Terri - a cruel slow death, and no one will be punished for making him die.  We know if there was a puppy or dog named Dylan, thousands of people would be begging to adopt it, and charged the owners with cruelity.  Here, no one was vilified.  Please God, may not another child be starved and dehydrated to death like Dylan.  Cheryl Eckstein (A series of other articles are included on this page)

 

newheel.gif - 6196 BytesJUST IN: Dr. William Hurwitz guilty on 16 counts of drug trafficking

Pain Doctor, Dr W. Hurwitz's Begins His Re-Trial for Prescribing Pain Medication  April 2007: "This case is being watched closely by doctors and patients who must deal with issues surrounding pain medication. The government's prosecution of Dr. Hurwitz occurs in the context of a nationwide law enforcement campaign against the use of powerful analgesics to treat patients suffering from severe chronic pain..."   Note - The treatment, or undertreatment of pain is much talked about by proponents of euthanasia and Physician assisted suicide.   We who oppose euthanasia and PAS are deeply concerned for patients who are not treated, or undertreated for chronic non cancer pain, and pain that comes with terminal illness, as we agree far too many are suffering needlessly, and know such suffering can push patients over the edge of reason.  For more visit our section on pain.  Editor, CHN

Cycle of life, death must be protected

The Health Files / Tim Christie: Oregon ranks near top in suicides among elderly

Hospital tries to end (elderly) patient's life support

Nearly One in Five ICU Deaths Misdiagnosed NEW YORK

Emotional and Psychological Effects of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia on Participating Physicians "This is a review and evaluation of medical and public literature regarding the reported emotional and psychological effects of participation in physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia on the involved physicians."

Doctor pleads not guilty to murder, drug charges:

Life gets a little cheaper  by Joseph Farah  "

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide only for the Terminally Ill? by Alex Shadenberg

Death with vanity

WHY is Jack Kevorkian still alive?

U.S. advocates of assisted suicide will find no help from the Netherlands

BRUCE HILTON A man's last wishes

Infanticide In The Netherlands: The Killing Of Baby Maartje and Other Newborn Disabled
Baby Jane Doe (USA): A Striking Parallel

U.S. advocates of assisted suicide will find no help from the Netherlands

Mr Marty’s muddle: a superficial and selective case for euthanasia in Europe

On Kamisar, Killing, and the Future of Physician-Assisted Death Norman L. Cantor

Study Shows Doctors Handle Suicide Requests Alone

Disabling Assisted Suicide Why a deadly movement hasn't been contagious by Wesley J. Smith

Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Legal Slippery Slope

ASSISTED SUICIDE USA GOP TARGETS ASSISTED SUICIDE March 19 2001

Lawmakers Vote Down Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

 Kevorkian's 27th victim "was in no danger of an early death from multiple sclerosis" rules medical examiner

Cast Me Not Off in Old Age"

Dr. Death Kevorkian shops book on his life

Former pro-euthanasia group leader to be expelled

Death Due to Withdrawal from Narcotics

When Morphine Fails to Kill ~  By GINA KOLATA

Doctors Poor at Predicting Time to Death

U.S. advocates of assisted suicide will find no help from the Netherlands

Catholic bishop in Wisconsin has ordered his priests to stop serving Holy Communion to lawmakers who support abortion or euthanasia.

Mr Marty’s muddle: a superficial and selective case for euthanasia in Europe

A Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World 

Suing for the Right to Live   

Kass, in the Firing Line

The new grim reapers Practitioners of bioethics say who should live -- and who should die

Angels of Death Flourish In Hospice - Four Families Report.

Hospice Advocacy & Group Initiates Letter Writing Campaign 1/25/01 (same page as above)

GOP TARGETS ASSISTED SUICIDE - Latest move to ban practice would focus on physician intent

Killing Isn't Medicine - Wesley J. Smith on Assisted Suicide on National Review Online (NRO) - May 1, 2002

Spinning Stem Cells

Defining Life Down

A License to kill?  ~  Dutch doctor needs bed, kills patient

LICENSED TO KILL   (different article from one above)

Tube Feeding:  

Consciousness in Congenitally Decorticate Children: "Developmental Vegetative State" as Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. 

Being a burden to others, main concern for patients who seek physician-assisted suicide.

Letter: Culture of Death -- Letter to the Editor

Excerpts from The betrayal of Hippocrates WorldNetDaily

Acquiescence corrupts Dutch doctors "Will I be the only doctor who considers resigning from the BMA in protest against the blatant pro-euthanasia stance ..."    11 responses on one page

ASSISTED SUICIDE NO ACT OF COMPASSION "Mercy killings have gone unpunished for decades in [Holland], but their numbers have dramatically accelerated. Elderly or chronically ill patients and deformed or critically ill newborns have long been considered eligible subjects. . . . As of last fall, doctors have been able to euthanize sick children as young as 12, as long as Mom and Dad agree." 

REDUCING THE RISK OF SUICIDE IDEATION BY MANAGING PAIN AND TREATING UNDERLYING DEPRESSION Barbara Rubel, MA, CBS, CPBC

Kevorkian's 27th victim "was in no danger of an early death from multiple sclerosis" rules medical examiner

Again with feeling, the pills didn't kill

Euthanasia consultants or facilitators? By Herbert Hendin ~ Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College, and Medical Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, New York, USA

The New York State Task Force Abstracts only, from this study see below in links, for complete text

Euthanasia, ethics, and public policy: An Argument Against Legalisation By John Keown = This is a read only page, and while many pages are missing, it is a worth while perusal of the contents of this book.  However you will need to have a Google news user ID and password

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide A Joint Statement by Doctors and Lawyers

Public Opinion on Legalizing Active Euthanasia EDWARD W. KEYSERLINGK, LLM, PH D

LINKS NOT ON OUR WEB SITE

    Consciousness in Congenitally Decorticate Children: "Developmental Vegetative State" as Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.   

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EXTENSIVE STUDY ON EUTHANASIA ASSISTED SUICIDE

 

WHEN DEATH IS SOUGHT NEW YORK TASK FORCE  ASSISTED SUICIDE AND EUTHANASIA  IN THE MEDICAL CONTEXT May 1994  http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/provider/death.htm

Palliative Care in Canada The Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Of Life and Death - Final Report June 1995  Appendix M   This is a worthy read, includes many questions and answers from Dutch physicians and lawyers regarding the practice of euthanasia, PAS, and palliative care in the Netherlands.

Euthanasia, ethics, and public policy: An Argument Against Legalisation By John Keown = This is a read only page, and while many pages are missing, it is a worth while perusal of the contents of this book.  However you will need to have a Google news user ID and password


MATRICIDE USA

 

DAUGHTER CALLS HER MOTHER'S MURDER "A LOVING EXPERIENCE";   

INSTRUCTIONS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK "FINAL EXIT"-- USED IN DEATH OF MOTHER WITH "LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE"

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    Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Attorney General), [1993] 3 S.C.R. 519 http://scc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/1993/1993rcs3-519/1993rcs3-519.html (Canada)

    Decision of the second and ninth circuit united states

    Summary of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act - 2006 Released March 2007.

    OREGON'S DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT March 10, 2005

    OREGON'S DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT  March 9, 2006

   Recent Developments in Physician assisted suicide Gonzales v. Oregon, 126 S. Ct. 904, 163 L Ed. 2d 748, 74 U.S.L.W. 4068 (2006)

 

Dr Daly warns  "If hospices are above all criticism, and a blind eye is turned to covert euthanasia, there is a risk that, like Terri, other groups of vulnerable people who are not dying will be increasingly accepted by hospices. There is a risk that vulnerable patients who are disabled or elderly, might be misdiagnosed as terminally ill and sent to hospices where they will not receive life sustaining treatment."


SUICIDE

Medical community begins to address physician suicide 'They're less into attempted suicide," Hendin said. ''They're more into successful suicide."

The Health Files / Tim Christie: Oregon ranks near top in suicides among elderly

Suicide contagion

Suicide in older people

When Morphine Fails to Kill By GINA KOLATA

REDUCING THE RISK OF SUICIDE IDEATION BY MANAGING PAIN AND TREATING UNDERLYING DEPRESSION Barbara Rubel, MA, CBS, CPBC

Pain Doctor, Dr W. Hurwitz's Begins His Re-Trial for Prescribing Pain Medication  April 2007: "This case is being watched closely by doctors and patients who must deal with issues surrounding pain medication. The government's prosecution of Dr. Hurwitz occurs in the context of a nationwide law enforcement campaign against the use of powerful analgesics to treat patients suffering from severe chronic pain..."   Note - The treatment, or undertreatment of pain is much talked about by proponents of euthanasia and Physician assisted suicide.   We who oppose euthanasia and PAS are deeply concerned for patients who are not treated, or undertreated for chronic non cancer pain, and pain that comes with terminal illness, as we agree far too many are suffering needlessly, and know such suffering can push patients over the edge of reason.  For more visit our section on pain.  Editor, CHN

Recent developments: Suicide in older people

Oregon ranks near top in suicides among elderly

Woman used Net to find others for suicide pact 

Suicide contagion

British Ignite Debate in U.S. on Drugs and Suicide WARNING FROM UK, CHILDREN UNDER 18, AT RISK FOR TAKING ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Suicide statistics (USA)

Better screening needed to head off suicides, experts say

Doctor sets up "how to die" workshops in New Zealand

OREGON'S DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT March 10, 2005

OREGON'S DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT  March 9, 2006

 In 1996, The American Pain Society made a strong position statement regarding Treatment of Pain at the End of Life, arguing that suffering patients would turn less often to assisted suicide if appropriate pain treatment were available to them. The position of APS has not changed.  May 1, 2007. A Position Statement from the American Pain Society

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C H N Epivalothanasia * euthanasia, is a term coined by  Dr. Paul Byrne. In a personal letter to Cheryl Eckstein, Dr. Byrne said,

. . . I do know that euthanasia is the wrong word for us to be using. The translation of euthanasia from Greek is "good death." We find ourselves being opposed to "good." The correct Greek word for us to be using is Epivalothanasia. c is the Greek word for "imposed death". . .

Epi- from outside; valo - to thrust upon; thanasia - death; thus, death thrust upon from outside. EPIVALOTHANASIA -- IMPOSED DEATH. . . . Paul Byrne, M.D.

This makes perfect sense to me, and I hope helps us for once and for all - to discard the term "passive euthanasia." Dr. Bryne hopes that epivalothanasia will used "so often and commonly that euthanasia will not be used, unless it is by those in support of the pro-death culture."


LINK TO CLASSIC ARTICLE

MEDICAL SCIENCE UNDER DICTATORSHIP by DR. LEO ALEXANDER includes "The Example of Successful Resistance by the Physicians of the Netherlands.

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