Here is a link to an article in the National Right to Life News about this important decision. This decision follows the trend (which is of course not universal) of state supreme courts (even quite liberal such courts) rejecting the argument that there is a fundamental constitutional right to assisted suicide under the state constitution. […]
Category: Assisted suicide
Here is a link to an excellent paper by John Keown, which was recently published in the Cambridge Law Journal. The paper is entitled “The Logical Link Between Voluntary and Non-Voluntary Euthanasia.” Here is the abstract– “The logical “slippery slope” argument is of key relevance to the ongoing debate about “assisted dying”. The argument runs […]
Here is a link to a Reuters story on the oral argument before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. The Court is considering whether there is a state constitutional right to assisted suicide. In 1997, the US Supreme Court rejected a federal constitutional challenge to laws banning assisted suicide.
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 […]
“Assisted Suicide by Zoom”
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