Assisted Suicide


Hard cases make bad euthanasia laws

Paul Russell | 03 April 2014
Heart-wrenching stories of people with terminal illness are compelling. But they still don't make a good case.

A recession is no time for assisted suicide, says disabled British peer

Michael Cook | 13 March 2014
Moves to legalise assisted suicide in Britain are a threat to the disabled.

Fact-checking claims of “well regulated euthanasia”

Margaret Somerville | 24 February 2014
Good ethics must be based on good facts, not hoping for the best.

Death of Welsh academic shows why suicide is the ultimate taboo

Paul Russell | 15 January 2014
Why do advocates of euthanasia always insist that it is not really suicide?

La Force de iFop: France’s bizarre path to euthanasia

Paul Russell | 19 December 2013
A panel of 18 randomly selected citizens takes the heat off President Hollande.

Putting doctors above the law

Peter Saunders | 11 November 2013
Lawful euthanasia would follow the model of lawful abortion: no doctors are ever prosecuted.

Tasmania’s push for euthanasia comes under fire

Paul Russell | 08 October 2013
A thoroughly researched report by two academics shoots down the claims of the state's Premier.

Nitschke and Exit must answer questions

Paul Russell | 05 September 2012
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.

Euthanasia denied to two paralyzed British men

Michael Cook | 18 August 2012
Two severely paralyzed British men have lost a High Court case to allow doctors to end their lives without fear of prosecution.

Prosecute police, says Dignitas. They stopped our suicide

Michael Cook | 17 August 2012
The Swiss group Dignitas has filed a complaint against the Zurich prosecutor’s office for interrupting an assisted suicide. On August 2, a 67-year-old woman suffering from a genetic disease who weighed only 35 kilos attempted to kill herself at a Dignitas clinic.

American sailor jailed over assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 15 August 2012
Google "assisted suicide" on Google News and you can scroll through a number of current cases which have been discribed as "assisted suicide" or "mercy killing". As a particularly sordid example of how assisted suicide can be abused, consider the case of Gerard Curran and Paul Stephen Bricker, two American sailors living in Virginia.

German government wrangling over assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 15 August 2012
A close friend should be allowed to help someone commit suicide, says the German Justice Minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger.

Leading Massachusetts doctors go mano a mano over assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 05 August 2012
On election day in November, Massachusetts will also vote on a referendum on assisted suicide – or, as its supporters call it, assisted dying. On July 31 Boston Globe featured parallel statements by a leading advocate of the measure and a leading foe.

A taste for death—but not mercy killing

Michael Cook | 26 July 2012
The illustrious English crime writer and Conservative peer P.D.James may make her living by imagining murders, but she has no time for euthanasia (although she does not oppose suicide). In a delightful interview with the Observer, the 91-year-old author answered questions from readers and other writers. Here are some excerpts.

Canada’s A-G to appeal assisted suicide decision

Michael Cook | 17 July 2012
Canada's Attorney General, Rob Nicholson, announced this week that he will appeal to the country's Supreme Court to overturn a decision by the British Columbia Supreme Court that bans on assisted suicide were unconstitutional.

Why do the disabled get encouragement to commit suicide?

Michael Cook | 14 July 2012
Here's an interesting video debate on CNN between Dr Rosalie Guttman, of the Final Exit Network, and John Kelly, a disabled man, the director of a Massachusetts group called Second Thoughts, which lobbies against euthanasia for the disabled. They discuss the case of British man Tony Nicklinson.

Hard cases, great cases, and bad law

Paul Russell | 17 April 2012
The UK case of the plight of Locked-In suffer, Tony Nicklinson, who is seeking to ‘change the existing understanding of the common law’ on assisted suicide (effectively, murder) is by any rendering a hard case.

Oregon releases murky assisted suicide stats

Michael Cook | 28 March 2012
Oregon’s public health division has released statistics on deaths under its physician-assisted suicide (PAS)legislation for 2011.

Assisted-suicide booms in Switzerland

Jared Yee | 27 February 2012
The number of patients in Switzerland who killed themselves with the help of assisted-suicide organisations rose significantly in 2011, new figures show.

Dignitas: not a holiday get-away

Michael Cook | 24 June 2011
About 160 Britons have died at Dignitas, about one in six of the clients of the Swiss suicide clinic in Zurich. What is it like? London’s Daily Mail – whose specialty is first person narratives, rather than detached commentary – interviewed the daughter of a 74-year-old woman who died there in 2009.

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