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“‘More and more popular’: Fire crews learn about chemical-assisted suicide”

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Garry Ruble, training officer for Bascom Joint Fire District, said chemical suicides originated in Japan, and in 2010, the most recent data he had, there were 30 chemical suicides in the United States. Advertiser-Tribune (Tiffin, OH) “‘More and more popular:’ … Continue reading

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“Why two best friends, 40, with non-life threatening diseases want to take their own lives after being inspired by euthanasia talk”

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Nancy Vermeluen, 43, suffered serious complications from anti-obesity surgery,  Pegie Liekens was diagnosed  with MS in 2011.  This pair were inspired by Belgian doctor and right-to-die activist Wim Distelmans….They see an early death as the “light at the end of … Continue reading

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“How to win the assisted-suicide debate”

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Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams wants to kill Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Ted’s widow. He also wants to kill my husband, author and anti-assisted suicide activists Wesley J. Smith, and me because I, too, oppose assisted suicide. San Francisco Chronicle “How to … Continue reading

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“‘Dead’ baby wakes up and starts screaming at a Chinese funeral parlour just moments before cremation”

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Shocked funeral home workers heard baby crying.Authorities have ruled that the doctor was negligent and that the hospital’s newborn division was chaotic. Mail Online “‘Dead” baby wakes up and starts screaming at a Chinese funeral parlour just moments before cremation” … Continue reading

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“American Attitudes Towards Death: 12 Facts From New Pew Research Center Survey”

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Sixty-two percent of adults say that a person suffering a great deal of pain with no hope of improvement has a moral right to commit suicide.  However, only 47% approve of laws to allow doctor-assisted suicide while 49% oppose such … Continue reading

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“Should we legalize assisted suicide for prisoners?”

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According to British doctor and ethicist, Christian Browne, legalizing assisted suicide for prisoners would benefit society, stating “the financial cost of maintaining an individual who’ll never leave the justice system would be saved.” Bioedge  “Should we legalize assisted suicide for … Continue reading

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“The Ultimate End-of-Life Plan”

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Valerie Butler died shortly before her 85th birthday, in a quiet hospital in Connecticut. She did not die a perfect death. But she died a “good-enough” death, thanks to choices she made earlier that seemed brutal at the time. Wall … Continue reading

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“A Good Death: How Boomers Will Change the World a Final Time”

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A “good” death was about having lived long enough to see grandchildren, put one’s affairs in order, and pass away surrounded by a loving family. Boomers don’t see it that way. [W]e are now seeing the beginnings of a broad … Continue reading

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“RIP Barnaby Jack: The hacker who wanted to save your life”

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The number of devices being connected to wireless networks is growing. Security researcher Dan Kaminsky says that pacemakers are a prime example…[A]s our cars, our houses and, yes, our medical devices are getting shifted into Internet mode, the security stakes … Continue reading

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“But He’s Not Dead Yet”

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Wilbert Randall was shot at least five times by an unknown assailant on Aug. 9, 2011.  When emergency responders took him to St. Louis University Hospital, he was pronounced dead.  His lawsuit states, “Thereafter plaintiff Wilbert Randall awoke, after his … Continue reading

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“Lively discussion dominates Death Cafe”

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Late that afternoon, Joe Shatus, a retired fundraiser, 67, sat at a patio table outside the market at Belvedere Square.  There, 30 people, young and old from around the region, had gathered for the Baltimore area’s first “Death Cafe,” a … Continue reading

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World Medical Association Resolution on Euthanasia

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The World Medical Association has reaffirmed its opposition to euthanasia and to assisted suicide, stating that both are unethical. WMA Position Paper “World Medical Association Resolution on Euthanasia” 2013 View

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“No Legal Immunity For Death-Deciding Docs!”

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Doctors who cooperate in suicide or who refuse wanted care have almost absolute protection from lawsuits and criminal culpability, while doctors who provide end-of-life treatment can be held liable if they are negligent or otherwise violate the usual legal “standard … Continue reading

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“Lively discussion dominates Death Cafe”

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The Death Cafe concept is growing nationwide and in Europe and Australia, and a June 16 New York Times article about the movement in 40 cities may have swelled attendance at the Death Cafe here…. Baltimore Sun “Lively discussion dominates … Continue reading

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“Wladyslaw Haniszewski falls into coma in US hospital and wakes in Poland”

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The New Brunswick hospital — Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital deported 69-year-old Haniszewski to his homeland because he had no medical insurance and was an undocumented immigrant. Haniszewski, who had a blood disease, lived for many years in Perth Amboy, … Continue reading

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“More than 65% of Family Caregivers Support the Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide”

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More than 1,200 people taking care of elderly parents or family members participated in the May 2013 survey.  65% of these family caregivers believe that physician-assisted suicide should be legal, while 35% are opposed.  Of those in support of physician-assisted … Continue reading

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“New CPR technology breathes life into patients dead 40 to 60 minutes”

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New CPR technology put to the test at an Australian hospital has passed with flying colors after a man — clinically dead for 40 minutes — was brought back to life. And he later was discharged with a clean bill … Continue reading

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“Norway Progress moves for euthanasia”

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“The right to choose over one’s own life, also means that one should be ensured the right to a dignified end of life. Therefore the Progress Party wants to allow euthanasia [but] in certain situations regulated by a strict legal … Continue reading

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“Suicide Rates Rise Sharply in U.S.”

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More people now die of suicide that in car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In 2010 [the latest reporting year], there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides….The rise may stem from … Continue reading

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“Euthanasia for sick babies is not a ‘slippery slope’”

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Fears that legalising euthanasia for very sick newborns would prompt the start of a “slippery slope” are groundless.  These are the findings from experts who architected a dedicated protocol used by doctors in The Netherlands to identify situations in which … Continue reading

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“Attempts to scuttle death with dignity bill fail; Vt. House passes legislation on second reading”

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A little before midnight, the House voted 80-57 to approve S. 77. It is up for final vote Wednesday….The legislation which will be on third reading in the House Wednesday, faces a potential fight in conference committee with the Senate … Continue reading

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“Bill allowing doctor-assisted suicide has troubling aspects”

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More than a decade ago, the people of Maine soundly defeated a referendum regarding assisted suicide….As proponents of Oregon’s law admit, and as Oregon’s physician reporting form states, it is social pressures like that that drive the movement for legalized … Continue reading

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“Nurse travelled to Switzerland to end life in Dignitas clinic”

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Unable to swallow because of her debilitating illness, Diane Whittle consumed a large amount of pentobarbital, a lethal and short-acting barbiturate, by passing it through a feeding tube in her stomach. Birmingham Mail “Nurse traveled to Switzerland to end life … Continue reading

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“Selling suicide with George Soros’ money”

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As Connecticut lawmakers begin public hearings on assisted suicide this month, national advocacy groups like Compassion & Choices will mobilize to help create the illusion that the proposed bill is a grassroots initiative. It isn’t. Washington Examiner “Selling suicide with … Continue reading

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“Connecticut’s assisted suicide bill has flaws, some experts say”

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Several differences between the bill and Oregon’s 1997 “Death with Dignity Act,” which served as its model, are likely to be eliminated by the time the bill reaches the full legislature, but the changes aren’t likely to fix what opponents … Continue reading

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