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 LifeNews story reporting on Quebec’s recent approval of voluntary euthanasia. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/06/05/quebec-approves-bill-legalizing-euthanasia-on-demand/ Here is a link to commentary by Wesley Smith, http://www.lifesitenews.com/author/wesley_smith/ . Richard M.
Belgium’s new law is most distressing not only because of the lost lives of the innocent children, but also, as Richard Stith points out, marks a new low in our devaluing the intrinsic life of each individual person. As Archbishop Leonard, the primate of the Catholic Church in Belgium is quoted as warning in this […]
Here is a link to a LifeNews story on the very strong opposition to Connecticut’s assisted suicide bill. The article notes the effective testimony of my colleague Professor Stephen Mikochik (who is a visiting professor at Ave Maria School of Law). http://www.lifenews.com/2013/03/21/connecticut-residents-stand-strong-against-bill-for-assisted-suicide/ Richard M.
Georgia has now banned assisted suicide. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/05/01/georgia-bans-assisted-suicide-after-final-exit-network-flouted-law/ Georgia’s law banning advertising for assisted suicide had been held unconstitutional by the Georgia Supreme Court on First Amendment grounds. This new law bans the practice of assisted suicide, and according to the Lifenews article, makes Georgia the 39th state with such a criminal prohibition. Richard M.
Here is a link to a post by Wesley Smith discussing the efforts of disability rights organizations to oppose the assisted suicide initiative in Massachusetts. Smith notes: “Media like to portray assisted suicide opponents as primarily religious or pro life. But the facts don’t fit that supposed story. Disability rights advocates–who are mostly politically liberal […]
Public Discourse blog has a new posting by Adam MacLeod, Assisted Suicide: the Forgotten Front in the Fight for Life. He mentions the Massachusetts ballot initiative that was certified for the ballot by the state attorney general last week. Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine is among the initiative supporters. […]
Premier of Australia’s second largest state, Victoria, has declined a cancer patient’s request that the premier initiate legislation authorizing euthanasia, saying that the issue should be decided at the national level. A bill legalizing euthanasia was defeated in the Victorian Parliment in 2008. The news story can be found here.
Here is Wesley Smith’s commentary on some of the problems with a Vermont bill that would legalize assisted suicide. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2011/01/24/vermont-assisted-suicide-bill-the-usual-loophole-scam/ Richard M.