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Alliance Defending Freedom: Godelieva De Troyer is dead now. The man who killed her says she wanted it that way.
Life News: “No one should support any doctor who thinks the right prescription for depression is death,” said ADF International Legal Counsel Robert Clarke. “We are pleased that Tom will be able to pursue justice in the Belgian court. We trust the court will take his case seriously and that the case will be properly managed and progressed quickly so that justice will be done.”
National Right to Life: Last week, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced S. 1549, the Care Planning Act of 2015, to use federal tax dollars to pay health care professionals to counsel older people in deciding whether to accept or reject life-preserving medical treatment, food and fluids.
The New Yorker: In Belgium and in the Netherlands, where patients can be euthanized even if they do not have a terminal illness, the laws seem to have permeated the medical establishment more deeply than elsewhere, perhaps because of the central role granted to doctors: in the majority of cases, it is the doctor, not the patient, who commits the final act.
DeMorgen (Translated via Google): In an extensive article examines the American magazine The New Yorker euthanasia in non-terminally ill people. Three Belgian families are central. They complain about too little involvement and quick decisions.
Life News: I have written several times about how De Troyer’s son,Tom Mortier, who has been indefatigable trying to bring attention to the profound injustice of Belgium euthanasia. (Imagine receiving a telephone call from a hospital telling him to pick up your just-euthanized mother’s remains. He has even brought a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights.
ADF Media: The case against a doctor who killed a woman for being depressed and then didn’t have anyone inform her son until the next day is headed back to a Belgian criminal court.
Aleteia: After the confirmation of the death sentence pronounced against Vincent Lambert by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Vincent Lambert’s mother (pictured above, with his lawyer) expressed her grief, her anger and her unwavering desire to save her son: “Far from despairing because of the decision, this 70-year-old woman who sparked the legal battle against the medical team and Rachel Lambert, is more than ever ready to fight,” said theJournal du Dimanche. For her, a possible withdrawal of the tubes that hydrate and feed the former nurse is euthanasia. This would not be helping him to die, it would be killing him. (…) ‘Vincent is not at the end of his life. If they start again, we will go to court again,’ she promises.”
National Right to Life: A leading academic has published a stinging critique of how Belgium administers its euthanasia law. Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Rafael Cohen-Almagor, an Israeli professor of politics at the University of Hull, says that Belgians should be alarmed by the deliberate shortening of lives of some patients without their explicit voluntary request.
Christian News Network: The Christian Civic League of Maine and the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) are supportive of the legislation.
Salon (AP): The Christian Civic League of Maine, Roman Catholic Diocese of Maine and the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based conservative legal group — groups that supported Trask’s request to lift the order last year— are urging lawmakers to pass the bill. It’s also being backed by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, which reversed its position and yielded to Trask’s wishes after she sued the state.
World Magazine: A Dutch appeals court has cleared a man charged with assisting his 99-year-old mother to commit suicide in a case that could expand the country’s euthanasia laws.
National Review: A stunning 60 percent of responding physicians said they have killed patients under the Netherlands’ euthanasia law. And think about this: Eighteen percent of responding doctors could conceive of euthanizing an elderly person “tired of living with no medical ground for suffering.”
First Things: During World War II, German doctors euthanized disabled babies and adults. As Robert Jay Lifton reported in The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, no one forced these doctors to kill.
The Christian Institute: A judge in the Netherlands has allowed an 80-year-old woman to be euthanised, despite objections from the medical staff looking after her.
Rome Reports (Translated via Google): “He asked permission to his family doctor, whom he knew for 20 years. The doctor told him that his request came too soon. It also asked a psychiatrist who dismissed his petition.” -Roger Kiska, ADF International
Life News: Recently, the Canadian British Columbia Court of Appeal saved a disabled woman from being literally starved to death.
Fox News Latino: The Chilean girl hospitalized with cystic fibrosis who requested euthanasia a month ago has now “changed her thinking,” her father told the Associated Press on Sunday.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Recently, the Canadian British Columbia Court of Appeal saved a disabled woman from being literally starved to death.
The Washington Post: A Christian author and blogger with terminal cancer who tried to convince Brittany Maynard to reconsider her November decision to die through doctor-assisted suicide is facing her own death.
National Right to Life: In advance of a Friday Institute of Medicine conference in Washington, DC involving policymakers in implementation of its September 2014 report that urged promotion of “advance care planning,” the Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee is issuing a report entitled, “The Bias Against Life-Preserving Treatment in Advance Care Planning.” (Advance care planning refers to counseling potential patients on deciding when to accept or reject life-preserving medical treatment and advising on legal documents embodying that decision.)
Yahoo News (Reuters): France’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on Tuesday allowing patients near the end of their lives to stop medical treatment and request deep sedation until they die, a move that critics say is effectively a form of euthanasia.
Yahoo News (AP): Almost one in 20 people in northern Belgium died using euthanasia in 2013, more than doubling the numbers in six years, a study released Tuesday showed.
La Ley (translated via Google): In the document submitted with the support of the NGO Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), it argues that the controversial regulation of euthanasia has allowed “prime the personal autonomy of those who have a desire to die on the constitutional responsibility of the State to ensure.
Associated Press: France’s Parliament started debate Tuesday on a bill aimed at allowing doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, amid national debate about whether to legalize euthanasia.
The Daily Signal: The right-to-die debate is ramping up across the nation as a number of states consider passing legislation that would allow terminally ill adults to take their own life.
wPolityce (translated via Google): From the last correspondence we know that the Court began deliberations on this matter, which, we hope, is an indication that it has been treated as a priority because of the serious problems which raises. – Said one of the lawyers Mortier, Robert Clarke of the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom organization.
Alliance Defending Freedom: One of the saddest realizations that can come to anyone studying the news – locally, nationally, globally – is how endlessly, indefatigably, so many forces are working to negate and erode the value of human life.
CBC News: The B.C. woman who made a living will to avoid a slow death will continue to be fed at the care facility where she lives after the Court of Appeal dismissed a bid from petitioners to let her die.
Public Discourse: Most Americans are probably not aware that the push to create a right to assisted suicide is an international effort. The Canadian Supreme Court has just ruled that parliament must enact laws allowing assisted suicide.
True Dignity Vermont: One wonders if any of our legislators are ashamed and embarrassed that a tv plot revolved around the assumption that a sick man who is flying to VT would not be doing so to fulfill his bucket list of beautiful places to visit but to commit assisted suicide.
The Guardian: Almost one in five Dutch doctors would consider helping someone die even if they had no physical problems but were “tired of living”, according to one of the most comprehensive academic studies of such attitudes.
Life News: There’s a subtle hypocrisy in our society in regards to suicide that also plays out in cases of wrongful death and euthanasia & assisted suicide arguments.
National Review: According to a media report out of New Jersey, a third doctor–the others are Shewmon and Calixto–has signed a declaration stating Jahi McMath is not brain dead. The family attorney Chris Dolan says he will petition the California Secretary of State to rescind the death certificate.
Life News: According to a new study, one in three Dutch doctors would be willing to help someone with early dementia, mental illness, or who is ‘tired of living’ commit suicide.
The Christian Institute: Legalising assisted suicide would heighten patients’ distress and prejudice their treatment, a group of senior palliative care doctors in Scotland have warned.
National Post: The Supreme Court of Canada has made an activist decision by giving physicians the right in law to cause the death of people by euthanasia and assisted suicide.
The Christian Institute: Politicians in the Isle of Man have voted overwhelmingly to reject a Bill which called for assisted suicide to be legalised.
National Review: If California’s assisted suicide numbers were the same as Oregon’s, more than 1000 people would commit assisted suicide each year. That’s roughly 85 a month, or nearly 3 every day.
Wisconsin Right to Life: “Recently introduced legislation to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide presents a devastating threat to those who are older or living with disabilities,” stated Chelsea Shields, Legislative Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “This legislation is dangerous for the most vulnerable in our society, and must not be allowed to overturn Wisconsin’s longstanding and protective law prohibiting assisting a suicide.”
The Washington Post: The doctor said no, that assisting suicide is illegal in Maryland. Diane remembers him specifically warning her, because she is so well known as an NPR talk show host, not to help. No medication. No pillow over his head. John had only one option, the doctor said: Stop eating, stop drinking.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In a recent unanimous decision, the Canadian Supreme Court overturned a longstanding ban on doctor-aided death. The Court found that the ban violates a person’s right to life, liberty, and security of person under the Canadian Charter of Rights, if that person has an incurable condition that causes “enduring and intolerable suffering.”
National Review: The second case is Tom Mortier v. Belgium. The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed an application with the ECHR on Tom Mortier’s behalf challenging the Belgian law that permits doctors to euthanize patients who are “in a medically futile condition of constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering that cannot be alleviated resulting from a serious and incurable disorder caused by illness or accident.”
Life News: Sophistry, redefintion of terms, blurring vital distinctions, postmodern deconstruction of words–such are the weapons wielded by assisted suicide ideologues as they work unceasingly to undermine Hippocratic medical values and promote suicide as a “medical treatment.”
Calgary Herald: We might have an entirely lawless Canada as far as assisted suicide is concerned, what Calgary lawyer Gerry Chipeur refers to as “no country for old men.” Or middle-aged women. Or possibly even young children.
Law and Religion UK: The Supreme Court agreed with Smith J that the prohibition on physician-assisted dying had the effect of forcing some individuals to take their own lives prematurely, for fear that they would be incapable of doing so when they reached the point where suffering had become intolerable.
The Christian Post: Debate has been swirling around assisted suicide and euthanasia for decades, really. Brittany Maynard was the latest lovely face to draw our attention to the issue, but it’s nothing new.
The Globe and Mail: Canadian adults in grievous, unending pain have a right to end their life with a doctor’s help, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday.
CBN: The Alliance Defending Freedom had been helping in the fight to uphold the ban on euthanasia. ADF Senior Counsel Brett Harvey expressed disappointment that the court has essentially legalized it.
The Daily Signal: In a decision with serious international ramifications, Canada’s highest court has overturned an absolute ban on assisted suicide/euthanasia and has given Parliament one year to create a “stringently limited, carefully monitored system of exceptions.”
Belgium should change the law on euthanasia to protect innocent people – says lawyer Tom Mortier, Belgian, who challenged his country to the European Court of Human Rights.
Polskie Radio (Translated via Google): Its aim is to force the Belgian authorities to change the rules on euthanasia adopted in 2002. – Belgium needs to tighten up procedures to protect innocent people – Kiska says.
Scottish Express: Dr Peter Saunders, of the Care Not Killing campaign, warned MSPs that the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill was open to abuse by rogue doctors.
First Things: Hospice is about living, not dying. More precisely, hospice supports life with dignity for its patients and offers invaluable social and emotional support for patients’ families.
ADF Media: The Canadian Supreme Court struck down total prohibitions on doctor-prescribed death Friday but said that Parliament may only allow a “stringently limited, carefully monitored system of exceptions” and affirmed that physicians cannot be forced to participate in killing someone because patients do not have a “right to death.” Canada’s existing laws will remain in place for another year.
The New York Times: A group of doctors and terminally ill patients are asking New York courts to declare that doctor-assisted suicide is legal and not covered by the state’s prohibition on helping people take their own lives.
World Magazine (Subscription Required): A 12-year-old Texas boy is breathing on his own just days after doctors tried to declare him “brain dead” and turn off his life support, according to LifeSiteNews.
One News Now: The Texas Center for Defense of Life worked with Alliance Defending Freedom with the sole goal of keeping the 12-year-old alive until that transfer takes place.
Canadian disability rights activist implores Supreme Court not to strike down Canada’s laws prohibiting assisted suicide
National Right to Life: Canada’s Supreme Court is considering the case of Kay Carter and physician assisted suicide. As a Canadian who has been incurably ill and disabled for more than 30 years with degenerative multiple sclerosis (MS), I implore the Supreme Court not to strike down Canada’s laws prohibiting assisted suicide. The laws are there to protect vulnerable people when they are at their lowest point of life and overwhelmed by their circumstances.
Catholic News Agency: While the notion of ‘death with dignity’ may seem appealing on the surface, the push to legalize assisted suicide in Colorado is based on a lie that yields devastating consequences, said Bishop James Conley.
ERLC: As the Death-With-Dignity movement picks up political steam, the church cannot afford to sit idly by with so much at stake.
Life News: This is because every day in the US (and worldwide), it is perfectly legal to deliberately starve and dehydrate to death our medically weakest American citizens. Sadly, this daily cruelty goes on with hardly a notice.
MercatorNet: The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons is consulting on whether patients’ right of access to certain procedures, such as abortion, should trump the rights of those physicians who refuse, for reasons of conscience, to provide them. Dr. Marc Gabel, a College official, chairs the working group looking at this issue, which is drafting a new policy on “Professional Obligations and Human Rights.”
7sur7: La requête auprès de la CEDH a été introduite par Roger Kiska, de l’Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), un mouvement conservateur de défense “des valeurs familiales traditionnelles”, basé à Vienne, a précisé Me Samuel Vinck, l’avocat de Tom Mortier.
Life Site News: For a contrast to Eva’s story, Thompson reported on cases challenging euthanasia law, such as that of Tom Mortier’s mother, Liefe. Mortier, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, argued doctors should have consulted him before ending the life of his mother – who was depressed.
Denver Post: “Indeed, in recent years, physician-assisted suicide has been repackaged and promoted to the American public as ‘Death with Dignity,’” wrote the three lawyers affiliated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Arizona-based conservative nonprofit that ThinkProgress called “The 800-Pound Gorilla of the Christian Right.”
CCU: Centennial Institute asked three respected attorneys from our sister organization, Alliance Defending Freedom, for a legal and ethical analysis of what is at stake as the Colorado General Assembly confronts this issue. Here is their report.
The Telegraph: Tom Mortier never paid much attention to the discussion about voluntary death in his country. “I was like just about anyone else here in Belgium: I didn’t care at all,” he said. “If people want to die, it’s probably their choice. It didn’t concern me.”
The Telegraph: A Belgian man is going to the European Court of Human Rights after his depressed mother was killed by lethal injection under the country’s liberal euthanasia laws.
Public Discourse: The fertility industry has absolutely no interest in doing the studies and the research that are needed to protect women.
National Right to Life: The onset of multiple sclerosis is sudden. I went dead from the waist down. I could not distinguish something hot from something cold. I could not distinguish blunt from sharp. Overnight, I lost the use of my right hand, and I am right handed. My wife had to help me dress. For a time, I could not hold a pencil, and when I came to the point where I could, I scribbled like a little kid. Within a week, I had gone from the world of the able-bodied to the world of the disabled. They are distinctly different worlds, rather like two solitudes.
Life News: “Having a disability shouldn’t be a death sentence,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Catherine Glenn Foster. “Neither patient was in an end-of-life situation. Allowing the hospital to get away with withholding treatment in this way endangers vulnerable patients and puts all patients’ lives – particularly those of patients with disabilities – at grave risk.”
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court that supports a lawsuit against University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics after it denied treatment to two developmentally disabled patients even though they were not in a persistent vegetative state and were not terminally ill. One of the patients, a 13-year-old boy, died; the other, a 79-year-old woman, survived.
BioEdge: A Dutch end-of-life clinic has been reprimanded for the third time in a year for moving the goal posts for euthanasia. The Levenseindekliniek in The Hague helped a woman to die because she complained of severe tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.