Assisted Suicide laws usually have a provision specifying that a person must be “mentally competent” in order to make the decision to die. But California’s new euthanasia law allows for the assisted suicide of patients who are so mentally ill that they have been institutionalized. [Read more…]
The Netherlands has extended its legalized euthanasia program to include people with mental and emotional problems. Victims of sexual abuse are now being euthanized, as is at least one woman with a obsessive compulsion to clean. [Read more…]
A man doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire on the National Mall in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Though bystanders, quite nobly, tried to put out the fire, the man died of his injuries. As of this writing, no one knows who he was or why he did what he did.
The day before a mentally ill woman drove through a barricade at the White House, hit a Secret Service agent with her car (though he was not seriously injured) and started a car chase with Capital police that scattered tourists and put Congress in a lockdown. The chase ended near the Capitol Building when the woman’s car went through another barricade and got stuck on a median whereupon she was shot dead. It turned out she was unarmed, with a one-year-0ld child in the car. [Read more…]
Before Charles Krauthammer became an influential conservative pundit, he was a medical doctor; specifically, a psychiatrist who worked the emergency room at Massachusetts General Hospital. So what he says about Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people at Washington’s Navy Yard, carries some weight. [Read more…]