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A Massachusetts Tale of David and Goliath
Last edited 15th November 2012

Amid the furor of the United States elections last week, one surprising story stood out. Against all odds and prognostications, the citizens of Massachusetts voted to reject physician assisted suicide. It seemed impossible – Massachusetts, the first state in the Union to allow homosexual marriage, with a media machine that was favorable to the referendum – appeared sure to win.


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Six States Challenge Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate in Court
Last edited 15th November 2012

Americans United for Life (AUL) filed a brief in Nebraska v. Health and Human Services, a case initiated by the state of Nebraska and six other states challenging the Obama Administration’s “HHS Mandate,” which requires that employers provide insurance coverage for all forms of FDA-approved “contraception,” including life-ending drugs and devices classified as “emergency contraception.”


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Boston Cardinal Applauds Rejection of Assisted Suicide Bill
Last edited 8th November 2012

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston applauded the defeat of a Massachusetts ballot measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide, calling for more compassionate care of those who are seriously ill. “It is my hope and prayer that the defeat of Question 2 will help all people to understand that for our brothers and sisters confronted with terminal illness we can do better than offering them the means to end their lives,” said the cardinal in a statement responding to the vote.

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State of Massachusetts Says 'No' to Assisted Suicide
Last edited 8th November 2012

A Massachusetts ballot question that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill has been defeated by a narrow margin of 51% against assisted suicide, and 49% in favour.


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American Nursing Association Set to Oppose Assisted Suicide
Last edited 30th October 2012

The American Nursing Association has a draft opinion out reiterating its opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide. It is well worth the read.

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Australian Bishop Warns: Don't Cut Medical Costs by Targeting Elderly
Last edited 24th October 2012

Western nations must resist the pressure to "scapegoat, abandon, even kill, the elderly as a cost-cutting measure," an Australian bishop said at the 2012 Anscombe Memorial Lecture at St John's College, Oxford University.


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Boston Cardinal Urges 'No' Vote on Assisted Suicide
Last edited 15th October 2012

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston called on local voters to oppose a ballot measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide, warning against claims that there is no danger of a “slippery slope.”


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Russia Worried Euthanasia Would be Done Without Consent if Legalized
Last edited 17th September 2012

The following article was written by Sergei Vasilenko and published in the Russian newspaper – Pravda under the title: Euthanasia in Russia unacceptable forever and always? Vasilenko examines the issue of euthanasia in the UK and world-wide and then comments about whether or not euthanasia should be legalized in Russia.

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Do No Harm? Should Patients Still Trust Their Doctors?
Last edited 23rd August 2012

First do no harm. This edict has been part of medical ethics since the time of the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, in the fifth century B.C. It is found in the Hippocratic Corpus, a collection of medical writing attributed to Hippocrates. The original Hippocratic oath includes: I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.


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Should People with Locked-In Syndrome be Euthanased?
Last edited 21st August 2012

There can be no more difficult case for dispassionate discussion than the fate of Tony Nicklinson, the totally paralysed British man who wants to end his life. This week the UK High Court denied his request for euthanasia. He is completely dependent and describes his life in the bleakest words imaginable: “dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable. …it is misery created by the accumulation of lots of things which are minor in themselves but, taken together, ruin what’s left of my life.”


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