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Argentine Bishops Concerned Over Assisted Reproduction Law

Last edited 18th June 2013

Responding to a new law on assisted fertilization, the bishops of Argentina stressed that “not everything that is technically possible is ethically and legally acceptable.” Argentine lawmakers recently voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation requiring all health care plans to offer a range of artificial fertility treatments to anyone at least 18 years of age.


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Dutch Doctors Say Anguish of Parents is Good Reason to Euthanase Disabled Babies

Last edited 17th June 2013

Euthanasia has been legal in The Netherlands for over 10 years. Recently, the Dutch press reported another startling development on the euthanasia front. Distress felt by parents of a dying newborn is a justification for killing their child, declared the Royal Dutch Medical Association, which represents doctors in the Netherlands. In a new policy document, “Medical decisions about the lives of newborns with severe abnormalities”, the KNMG explained why it is acceptable, and sometimes even necessary, to euthanase children.


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Opposing 'Death with Dignity' and 'Same-sex Marriage': Faith or Reason? - Public Lecture with Professor John Finnis

Last edited 23rd July 2013

The Centre for Faith, Ethics and Society hosted a public lecture at Notre Dame's Broadway campus in Sydney by Professor John Finnis in May. The lecture, titled "Opposing 'death with dignity' and 'same-sex marriage': faith or reason?"


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NSW Greens & Independents Refuse to Give Up on Defeated Euthanasia Bill

Last edited 30th May 2013

Just five days after a resounding defeat in the NSW Parliament's Upper House, Independent MP Alex Greenwich has emailed constituents to announce he and two other MPs intend to introduce the same Bill to the Lower House in a yet another bid to legalise voluntary euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide for the terminally ill.


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Resounding Defeat for NSW Right to Die Bill

Last edited 28th May 2013

The NSW Legislative Council has emphatically rejected a Greens Private Member's Bill to legalise euthanasia and physician assisted suicide by 23 votes to 13.


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How Legal Euthanasia Changed Belgium For Ever

Last edited 28th May 2013

In 2002, Belgium became the second country in the world after its neighbour, The Netherlands, to legalise euthanasia. Over the next decade the country has become a living laboratory for radical social change.


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Ask a Priest - What is the Difference Between Stopping Treatment, and Euthanasia?

Last edited 24th May 2013

I know that there is a point where the Church allows a doctor/nurse/family to stop giving someone treatment when there is no hope. Can you explain how this is different to euthansia?


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Euthanasia - God So Loved The World - Life Issues Series

Last edited 24th May 2013

The request which arises from the human heart in the supreme confrontation with suffering and death, especially when faced with the temptation to give up in utter desperation, is above all a request for companionship, sympathy and support in the time of trial. It is a plea for help to keep on hoping when all human hopes fail. (The Gospel of Life, pp67)


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Why the Euthanasia of Christian de Duve is not as "Noble" as Claimed

Last edited 9th May 2013

Euthanasia claimed its most famous victim last Saturday. At the age of 95, Belgian Nobel laureate Christian de Duve was killed with a lethal injection. He died in his home, surrounded by his four children.


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Ethicist Lauds Ireland's Ruling Against Assisted Suicide

Last edited 8th May 2013

The finding of the Irish Supreme Court that citizens have no right to assisted suicide is being welcomed by an ethicist and healthcare professional as an affirmation of the value of human life.


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