Monday, April 30, 2012

Legalizing The Duty To Die?

Here’s a good piece explaining how allowing assisted suicide and euthanasia to be legalized will eventually become a duty to die.
Finding a tidy end to our lives
The year is 2029. After discussing schedules, I've picked early afternoon April 28 as my day. That works for most of us. My wife will have returned from her conference. My sisters can fly in after their dance recital. My brother rescheduled his interviews.
Cousins can drive in from the coast. Some nieces and nephews can't make it, but that's all right. They're busy. Dr. Landis assured us it would be brief. I'll just take the pill the good doc gives me and fall quickly asleep, peacefully, forever. No pain. I'm doing what's right. It is better for all of us.
As we face dying's three dreads — pain, abandonment, helplessness — what is the practical allure of physician-assisted suicide?
How about efficiency and convenience? It is quick and painless. more

NZ Assisted Suicide Debate Rages On

Here’s a report about the debate between the NZ MP sponsoring the death bill and an opponent.
Right or duty to die?
Nathaniel Centre director and euthanasia opponent John Kleinsman has hit back at Maryan Street’s euthanasia bill during a debate tonight.
Both were among speakers at an open forum at the Dunedin Public Hospital tonight titled euthanasia and assisted suicide: A discussion we need to have. more

NZ Medical Association Opposes Assisted Suicide

While the media in NZ are spinning for legalizing assisted suicide, the NZ Medical Association has come out firmly against it. Good for them!!
A fresh attempt to get a form of euthanasia onto the statute books is having no impact on the The Medical Association.
It's firmly against doctors helping patients end their lives. more

NZ Media In The Tank For Assisted Suicide

If you ever need an example of how the media are often in the tank for the prodeathers, read this NZ report.
Strong public support for euthanasia
The MP campaigning for the right to die has been buoyed by a poll that shows more than 85 per cent of respondents to a survey supported voluntary euthanasia. more

Why Not Assisted Suicide For Everyone?

Well, why not? Some in Belgium are calling for extending assisted suicide to other groups aside from those already allowed. The death beat marches on.
Let’s give intellectually disabled the right to euthanasia, say Belgian humanists
People with intellectual disabilities, all children and people with dementia should be able to request euthanasia, the Belgian Liberal Humanist Association (HVV) has declared. Its president, Jacinta De Roeck, a former senator who helped to draft the current law, says: “We can not accept that a certain group of people should be completely excluded from self-determination over life and death.” more

Pro-Deather Medicos Turned Back In Wisconsin

There’s been a largely behind-the-scenes effort to convince the Wisconsin Medical Society to change their position to accept assisted suicide as a medical treatment. This latest effort has been turned back, but I’m surer this isn’t the last we’ll hear of these pro-death efforts.
Doctor-Prescribed Suicide and the Wisconsin Medical Society
Proponents of doctor-prescribed suicide (also known as assisted suicide) have traveled a long road in attempts to legalize the practice in Wisconsin.   In seven consecutive legislative sessions, from 1997 to 2205, legislation was introduced in Wisconsin to legalize assisted suicide, but the bills gained no traction beyond a few public hearings.
Attention appears now to have turned to persuading the Wisconsin Medical Society (WMS) to change its position from one in opposition to legalization to one in support, or to at least be neutral. This is understandable because the opposition of state medical associations has been critical in turning back doctor-prescribed suicide initiatives across the land. The latest attempt to co-opt the WMS failed a week ago. more
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