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Canadian Judges Impose Euthanasia on Parliament
Last edited 25th June 2012

Last Friday the Supreme Court of the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) ruled that the current law prohibiting physician-assisted suicide is invalid. Parliament was given a year to draft legislation allowing euthanasia, although the government has the option of appealing to Canada’s Supreme Court.

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Nitschke Joins Leading Catholic Ethicist for Public Euthanasia Debate - 20 June 2012
Last edited 22nd June 2012

Outspoken right-to-die advocate and founder of Exit International, Philip Nitschke will join an expert panel discussion in Sydney tonight for a public forum on ethics and euthanasia led by Dr Bernadette Tobin, Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics at St Vincent's & Mater Health and the Australian Catholic University. The panel will also include Professor Margaret O'Connor, the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Nursing at Monash University, Melbourne and Father Frank Brennan, human rights champion and Professor of Law at ACU's Public Policy Institute.

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Vancouver Archbishop Decries 'Dangerous' Assisted Suicide Ruling
Last edited 20th June 2012

Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver has “strongly” urged the government of British Columbia to appeal a provincial Supreme Court decision to strike down a law banning physician-assisted suicide. He said the ruling is “extremely flawed and dangerous,” and “sadly reflects a distorted view of equality rights that emphasizes autonomy over human dignity and the value of life.”

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Fighting Euthanasia in Tasmania
Last edited 28th May 2012

The legalisation of euthanasia is a real possibility in the Australian state of Tasmania. But today’s media launch of a stunning new website could tip the balance in favour of opponents.

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"Dying is Not the Point" - National Palliative Care Week
Last edited 25th May 2012

National Palliative Care Week this week is once again turning the spotlight on euthanasia with doctors saying assisted suicide is not an issue of individual rights and has serious and wide-ranging consequences for society. Palliative care to control pain, discomfort, depression and anxiety in the terminally ill and to give them comfort and peace in their final days, has made enormous strides over the past decade. It is also far better understood by the public at large.

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Phyllis Bowman, Campaigner Who Led Struggle Against Abortion and Euthanasia, Dies Aged 85
Last edited 7th May 2012

The veteran British pro-life campaigner Phyllis Bowman has died aged 85. For over 40 years Bowman played a leading role in efforts to overturn the Abortion Act, which has claimed millions of lives since it was passed in 1967. She also fought tirelessly against efforts to legalise euthanasia in Britain. Visit this article to read more.


Dealing With Death: Australian Bioethicist Reflects on Issues Involved
Last edited 6th May 2012

We will all die, and how we respond to illness and suffering says much about who we are, reflects Nicholas Tonti-Filippini in his recent book, “Caring for People Who are Sick or Dying". Tonti-Filippini is the Associate Dean and Head of Bioethics at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, in Melbourne, Australia. He was Australia’s first hospital ethicist, 28 years ago, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.

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Massachusetts Groups Rally Against Assisted Suicide Proposal
Last edited 16th April 2012

Efforts are underway to fight a Massachusetts ballot initiative that would allow doctors to assist patients in ending their lives. “There’s nothing dignified about suicide,” said the Massachusetts Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide, “and there’s nothing compassionate about encouraging it or presenting it as a rational alternative.”

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Vermont Again Defeats Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide
Last edited 12th April 2012

The Vermont legislature has defeated, for a second time this legislative session, an attempt to legalize assisted suicide — in what could have made the state the third in the nation other than Oregon and Washington to allow the practice.

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The Secret Nazi Program that Killed Thousands of Disabled People
Last edited 2nd April 2012

This letter was signed by Hitler himself, with it, the madness of the Nazi ideology soon materialized. The letter approves a program called Aktion T4. Its goal was to cut spending by reducing the number of hospitalized patients, by any means necessary, which of course meant death. Under the program, hospital directors listed patients who, according to this program, didn't have a "right to live". It included mental patients, the disabled and those who couldn't defend themselves.


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