Interrogate belief systems; don’t dismiss them
Another one-sided report on euthanasia, this time in the Australian state of Victoria
Health reforms include improvements in palliative care.
Burns practicing certificate and announces plans for a right-to-die campaign
This week's Q&A allowed euthanasia campaigner Andrew Denton to dominate the discussion.
Severe conditions placed on Philip Nitschke's registration
Philip Nitschke is making a stand on the validity of rational suicide.
Philip Nitschke is forcing Australians to see how serious assisted suicide is.
The roll out of Exit International and Dr Philip Nitschke’s latest project, the provision of kits that include a nitrogen cylinder to bring about death by suffocation, should ring alarm bells with the Australian public and regulatory authorities.
After the international publicity given to "Doctor Death", Jayant Patel, a surgeon who was jailed for seven years for manslaughter and grievous bodily harm, the last thing the Australian state of Queensland needs is bad publicity about bad doctors. However, the state government is investigating reports that a hospital doctor was responsible for several deaths.
Here's an excellent little debate between a doctor who supports legalised euthanasia in Australia and one who opposes it. Well worth a look. Hat tip to Paul Russell, of HOPE.
Your Last Right, an Australian euthanasia lobby group, has collected an impressive list of more than 100 “ambassadors” for “ the legal right to request and obtain medical assistance to end their lives with dignity”. It contains some familiar names – Philip Adams, Bob Brown, Leslie Cannold, Peter Singer, for instance. But there are some surprises, at least for me: footie legend Ron Barassi, former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, “social identity” Lady Susan Renouf, and Major General Alan Stretton. Here is the full list for those who are interested.
One of the smartest spokesmen for a Catholic stand on bioethics is Australian Bishop Anthony Fisher. Here he is interviewed by the ABC program 7.30 NSW. There are no softball questions and he hits most of them out of the park. (An analogy for American readers.)
On May 17 I was invited by the Sydney University Union to speak at a ‘Q & A style’ debate on the issue of euthanasia & assisted suicide. With me on the ‘no’ side was Dr. Andrew Pesce, President of the Australian Medical Association who spoke exceptionally well about why the AMA does not support euthanasia & assisted suicide. On the ‘yes’ side were Dr Philip Nitschke and NSW Greens MLC, Cate Faehrmann. Following is my text:
Recent news in respect to court proceedings against Mr. David Scott Mathers for the assisted suicide of his partner, Eva Griffith in July 2009, deserve scrutiny; as do comments from Dr. Nitschke and from Michael Duffy in the Sydney Morning Herald.
A video from a British couple influenced by Dr Philip Nitschke, the euthanasia activist, has been posted on YouTube posthumously explaining their intentions. It should be taken down.
The pace of rejection of euthanasia is exceeded only by the frenetic rate at which its supporters are desperately bringing forward new bills.
Is the tragic drowning of a disabled toddler in Sydney an indirect consequence of publicity given to the merits of legalised euthanasia?
On the 26th of November, the Australian Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) dismissed complaints against Exit International’s billboard advertising campaign that ran in Sydney. The billboard, white writing on purple background, displayed the text: 85% of Australians Support Voluntary Euthanasia. Our Government Doesn’t! Make them Listen.
Here's a modern moral dilemma for you. You pay a visit to your aged parents and find them unconscious. You ring the ambulance. But then you find a note explaining that it was a suicide pact – what do you do then?