“A Dutch euthanasia pioneer surveys the wreckage and despairs”

Here is a link to a good piece by Michael Cook exploring the views of Dr. Chabot about euthanasia in the Netherlands. Chabot was involved in an important case in the early 1990s that helped open the door to the legalization of euthanasia. But Chabot is concerned about the current practices. Cook reports: “Now Dr Chabot looks back and is horrified. Writing in one of the leading Dutch newspapers, … he says that legal safeguards for euthanasia are slowly eroding away and that the law no longer protects people with psychiatric condition and dementia.”

abortion and women’s health

Here is a link to a story in the National Right to Life News about a new book detailing the ill effects of abortion on women’s health.

New Gallup poll on abortion

Here and here are links to stories about the newest Gallup poll on abortion. The numbers indicate that 54% of Americans support prohibiting all or most abortions. Here is Dave Andrusko’s assessment: “All in all, pro-lifers should be very encouraged by the latest numbers from Gallup.”

New Gallup poll on euthanasia

Here is a link to a report on the latest Gallup poll on euthanasia. The headline is–“Majority of Americans Remain Supportive of Euthanasia.” Currently. 73% support euthanasia, which is the highest level of support since 2005. Here is quick summary–“Support for euthanasia is nearly double what it was when Gallup first polled on the question in 1947, when 37% said it should be allowed by law. By 1973, a slim majority of 53% supported it. Since 1990, solid majorities of Americans have expressed support for euthanasia, ranging from 64% to 75%.”

Interestingly, the report shows less support for doctor-assisted suicide than for euthanasia, perhaps because of the negative connotation of “suicide.” Here, as in other contexts, the precise wording of the question the pollsters ask is critically important. The “euthanasia” question (“When a person has a disease that cannot be cured, do you think doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life by some painless means if the patient and his or her family request it?”) seems designed to elicit a favorable response. The report also notes the importance of highly publicized cases–such as the Britttany Maynard case–to public perceptions.

 

Nevada rejects assisted suicide law

Here is a link to a LifeNews.com story about good news from Nevada.

Texas passes pro-life law

Here  is a link to a story in the National Right to Life News about a new pro-life law in Texas. The story begins: “Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 8 into law. Senate Bill 8 prohibits partial-birth abortion, regulates the disposition of abortion victims, and, as amended, bans dismemberment abortions.”