By a vote of 52-48, the US Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Barrett replaces Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died on September 18, 2020. Barrett adheres to the same judicial philosophy as Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom Barrett clerked in the late 1990s. As a […]
Here is a link to a very good article by Wesley Smith discussing the risks of assisted suicide by Zoom. Here are his concluding thoughts: ” ‘Protective guidelines’ serve mainly to give a wary society a false sense of security about assisted suicide. But once we accept suicide as an acceptable answer to suffering caused by […]
Here is a link to a good essay by Margaret Somerville on the complex ethical issues involved in withdrawing artificial nutrition and hydration.
Here is a link to a good article by Michael Cook on a decision by the Federal Constitutional Court in Germany. The decision endorses the legality of assisted suicide. As Cook states, the court “ruled that a law banning suicide with professional assistance was unconstitutional, as it deprived terminally ill patients of ‘the right to […]
Here is a link to a good essay by Professor Thomas Cavanaugh. The essay was published in Public Discourse. Cavanaugh’s essay explores the great danger of the use of euphemisms in the assisted suicide debate. He concludes with these thoughts: “we should “not be afraid of words that speak the truth.” Rather, we should find […]
A June 7, 2019 email from Not Dead Yet, titled “An Open Letter to Maine Governor Mills: Veto Assisted Suicide Law LD 1313”, contained a pdf commentary on assisted suicide abuses which will interest all pro-lifers. Please see “Some Oregon and Washington State Assisted Suicide Abuses and Complications”, which can be found here: https://dredf.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Revised-OR-WA-Abuses.pdf.
Courtesy of LifeNews, here is a good piece from Cardinal Dolan, the Chair of the US Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, on the importance of renewing the battle against assisted suicide. Cardinal Dolan Calls for Renewed Fight Against Doctor-Assisted Suicide
Here is a link to a story in the National Right to Life News about the latest developments. The DC Council has approved an assisted suicide bill. http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2016/11/d-c-council-approves-assisted-suicide-bill/#.WC3GtvzrvIU
Here’s a link to a very good commentary by Elyse Smith on a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in DC. Assisted Suicide in D.C. Here’s Smith’s conclusion: “Once a society buys into the lie that our dignity and value are expendable at will, determined by a utilitarian ethic, measured in terms of our economic productivity […]
Here is a link to the June 30, 2016 decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court upholding the state’s ban on assisted suicide. A trial court judge in New Mexico had found the law unconstitutional. By a divided vote, the court of appeals reversed and the New Mexico Supreme Court has now also rejected the trial judge’s decision. […]