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 City Council of the District of Columbia has passed a measure to allow physician-assisted suicide. It needs another vote and the mayor’s signature to become law. But Ryan T. Anderson has written an eloquent critique of the bill, emphasizing what euthanasia does to the medical profession and to the society that approves of it. [Read more…]
Vermont has a law allowing for physician-assisted suicide. State agencies are interpreting the law so as to require doctors to tell their patients about this option. Also, doctors who don’t want to kill their patients must refer them to another doctor who will.
A number of Vermont doctors have decided to fight these requirements and are suing the regulators that are forcing them to violate the Hippocratic oath. [Read more…]
Canada is implementing its new euthanasia policy with new guidelines that will require doctors and nurses to kill their patients if requested, and there will be no opt-out on the basis of religion or conscience. Wesley Smith gives the details, commenting, “I have never seen a society jump so enthusiastically into the abyss that is the culture of death as Canada has in the last year.”
The Netherlands and Belgium legalized euthanasia a number of years ago. Originally, the idea was to let terminally ill patients put themselves out of their misery. But once the basic taboo against physicians killing their patients was surmounted, euthanasia in those countries has expanded to the mentally ill, to the depressed, to children, and to those who are just “tired of living.” Belgium would not dream of carrying out capital punishment, but it approved of euthanasia for a convicted murderer who asked for it, though he later backed out.
Charles Lane gives the details about how euthanasia keeps expanding to include more and more people, including those who cannot give meaningful consent, such as children and the mentally handicapped. Read his whole article for the details. I excerpt his conclusion after the jump. [Read more…]
Here are two heart-breaking stories of women with terminal brain cancer. The first is moving to Oregon so she can avail herself of physician-assisted suicide, searching for control of her life and “death with dignity.” The second says why she is rejecting that option and how she is putting her faith in Jesus Christ. Read them both. Discuss.
HT: Rev. James Douthwaite