The Economist backs Belgian model of euthanasia

Editor-in-chief of The Economist, Zanny Minton-Beddoes

This article is a repost by Michael Cook from the ‘Careful’ section of the Mercatornet website.

The world’s most influential news magazine, The Economist, has a new editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton-Beddoes, its former business affairs editor. One of the very first issues on which she has chosen to campaign is the legalization of euthanasia. This week’s cover story is “The right to die: why assisted suicide should be legal”. It is illustrated by a snuffed candle with a smoking wick.

In a podcast Minton-Beddoes says that there are three reasons for her stand. First, asssisted dying is  one of the great moral questions of our time, especially in the light of ageing populations around the world. Second, it fits neatly into The Economist’s philosophy of promoting autonomy and reducing government meddling. And third, public opinion can truly make a difference.

So, this week’s leader (the editorial) contends that while life may be sacred and suffering may confer its own dignity, autonomy is the truest manifestation of human dignity:

The most determined people do not always choose wisely, no matter how well they are counselled. But it would be wrong to deny everyone the right to assisted death for this reason alone. Competent adults are allowed to make other momentous, irrevocable choices: to undergo a sex change or to have an abortion. People deserve the same control over their own death. Instead of dying in intensive care under bright lights and among strangers, people should be able to end their lives when they are ready, surrounded by those they love.

they are urging readers to accept the boldest scheme on offer: Belgium’s euthanasia for almost anyone who asks for it….

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Euthanasia’s open season on the mentally ill

The following post by Wesley J. Smith first appeared in First Things

A few years ago, I spoke about end-of-life care at a town-hall event; it quickly devolved into an intense debate on assisted suicide. When the time came for audience questions, a self-described “mentally ill” woman took the microphone and declared that she had a right to doctor-prescribed death. More than half the audience burst into applause.

Helping the mentally ill commit suicide was unthinkable not long ago. Today, it is a growing practice.

In the Netherlands, for example, psychiatrists legally kill their patients with the approval of colleagues and the culture. Indeed, the Dutch Journal of Psychiatry has encouraged psychiatrists to euthanize patients with severe mental illnesses (corrected Google translation):

Assisted suicide, as a last resort in psychiatry, legally admissible since 2002, has recently been legitimized in practice. The midwife of Death is now appropriate forpsychiatric patients, representing an emancipation of the psychiatric patient and psychiatry itself.

Netherlanders responded positively to their “emancipation”: The number of euthanasia deaths of the mentally ill rose from fourteen in 2012 to forty-two in 2013. Not coincidentally, a just-released study reports that 34 percent of the country’s general practitioners would consider euthanizing a mentally ill patient.

Belgium is even more enthusiastic than the Netherlands about euthanizing those with psychiatric illnesses. The most well-known case is that of Godelieva De Troyer, who was euthanized by oncologist and palliative medicine professor Wim Distelmans. De Troyer did not have cancer; after a lifelong struggle with depression, she consulted with Distelmans (now a famous euthanasia doctor and advocate) for the sole purpose of being made dead.

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Culture of Death Descends on Parliament

UNFPA Representatives of the United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA] and the International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF] will descend on Parliament next week to attend a meeting of Pacific Members of Parliament. These organisations are at the forefront of the war on women and the international anti-life agenda to promote contraception, sterilisation and abortion. The secretariat for this assembly is the New Zealand Family Planning Association, [FPA]

The UNFPA and IPPF promote worldwide a culture of death under the guise of promoting a “woman’s right to choose”. This is a lie. The UNFPA, IPPF and its affiliate NZFPA, are complicit in the most horrendous human rights abuses against women that the world has ever known. The Chinese Family Planning Association became an affiliate of IPPF in 1983. The IPPF has funded the Chinese Family Planning Association and has cooperated with it in implementing China’s notorious one child family policy with forced abortions and hidden infanticide. The UNFPA collaborates with the Chinese Family Planning Association in 32 provinces in China. 

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Family Planning Supports Culture of Death and War on Women

 0800abortion2 It is reasonable to assume that the New Zealand Family Planning Association supports the controversial 0800 abortion telephone service recently established by the abortionist Dr Simon Snook (Dr Death]. Right to Life asks when is the government going to cease funding this organisation that is doing so much harm to the community?

Is there any other area of medicine apart from abortion where a doctor will schedule surgery for a patient that he does not know, has not seen or examined and whose medical history he does not have?

Right to Life is opposed to the new 0800 telephone service that Dr Snook, has established to enable women considering an abortion, to have the killing of their child authorised over the phone without the need for a doctor to personally interview the woman. Right to Life believes that the only thing that will be offered for a woman who rings this number is death for her child.  Right to Life believes that Dr Snook has earned the title Dr Death.

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New Zealand Abortions Drop to Their Lowest Level Since 1994 as More Babies Saved From Abortion

http://i1.wp.com/lifenews.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/ultrasound4d31.jpg?resize=387%2C201Right to Life is encouraged that the number of abortions in 2014 announced by Statistics NZ, reveals a  further  continuing reduction in the number of unborn children killed before birth.

There were 13,137 abortions in 2014. This is the lowest number of abortions since 1994 when there were 12,835.  Right to Life believes that there is  an increasing awareness that abortion is the murder of the innocent and violence against women. There is also an increasing awareness that abortion damages women’s health with an increased risk of breast cancer, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, grief, anger, regret and increased depression.

Right to Life commends those brave and courageous women who when faced with an unplanned pregnancy chose life for their child. These are truly heroic women who deserve our admiration and support. Right to Life also commends the majority of the medical profession who faithful to the Declaration of Geneva, have sworn to maintain the greatest respect for human life.

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When the Right to Die Becomes a Duty To Die

euthanasia doctorAdvocates of legislation to allow doctors to kill their patients, falsely claim; this is my life and I will choose how and when I die. This is a lie that must be constantly challenged. The reality is that it will be doctors not patients who will be deciding who shall live and who shall die. Why is our media failing in its duty to be a public watchdog? To their shame they are promoting a culture of death by constantly advocating, for death with dignity, medical assistance in dying, the right to choose, enticing and beguiling words that are intended to disguise the murder of the vulnerable by the strong.

Our life is not ours, to do with as we wish. Our life is a precious gift from the Creator and we are but stewards of our life. To destroy human life at any time from the moment of conception to natural death is an injustice most grave and  an offence to our Creator and a crime against humanity. The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights proudly proclaims that our right to life is inalienable, it may not be taken from us nor may we give it up. [Read more…]

Does the NZ Cancer Society Acknowledge Abortion Breast Cancer Link?

abc link Dr Jan Pearson,

National Health Promotions Officer,

New Zealand Cancer Society,

Dear Dr Pearson

Abortion Breast Cancer Link

I wish to draw your attention to a recent important study, Biochemical researchers at Georgia Regents University this month revealed research that linked abortion to higher increases in breast cancer among women.

According to the study, pregnant women produce high levels of the gene DNMT1 — responsible for maintaining breast, or mammary stem cells that enable breast’s rapid growth during pregnancy — which also produces stem cells that may cause breast cancer. The average woman will produce 300 times more of these mammary stem cells during pregnancy, becoming breast cells as they increase in size. This also happens during puberty.

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Right to Life Commends National Government for Refusing Legislation to Allow Doctors to Kill Their Patients

Media Release  Monday 8th June

The Prime Minister, John Key has publicly stated that his government will not be introducing a bill that would allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. He reaffirmed that this is a conscience issue. The only way that this contentious legislation will be debated in Parliament is by a private members bill.

Right to Life supports the members of the government caucus who have made this principled stand possible. The National government caucus fully realise that the majority of New Zealanders do not support legislation that would enable the strong to kill the weak.We have world class Hospices in New Zealand, funded by government and staffed by dedicated and compassionate doctors and nurses. providing quality care and pain control. In our Hospices patients die with dignity. We can live without euthanasia, we do not have to kill the patient to control the pain.

The first duty of the government is to legislate for the life and happiness of all its members and not to preside over their destruction. The decision of the Prime Minister is good news for all New Zealanders especially the most vulnerable, the elderly, the disabled and the seriously ill. We elect a government to protect the inalienable right to life of every member from conception to natural death.

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High Court Judgment – Late Lecretia Seales

Right to Life welcomes the judgment of Justice David Collins in the case of the Declaratory Judgment sought by the late Lecretia Seales. Lecretia had petitioned the Court to give permission for her doctor to assist in her suicide without the fear of prosecution for violating the Crimes Act.

The judgment is good news for the whole community especially the most vulnerable, the elderly, the disabled and the seriously ill. The judgment has confirmed that the Crimes Act is not incompatible with the Bill of Rights and that only Parliament can change the law to allow the strong to kill the weak. The laws prohibiting assisted suicide and homicide are there to protect the vulnerable. We change them at our peril.

Here is the link to the judgment of Justice David Collins

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The New York Times Throws in the Towel on “Overpopulation”

This article is a re-post from the Population Research Institute website and is by  Steven Mosher and Anne Morse  published June 2 2015. Reads…

My guess is that you, gentle reader, will be as astonished as we were by the top-of-the-website New York Times article discrediting the population alarmism of the past fifty years. In “The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion” the newspaper has finally (several decades too late) thrown population control on the ash heap of discredited ideas.

The article included a video interview with Paul Ehrlich, the author of The Population Bomb. He was the butterfly scientist from Stanford who scared tens of millions with the specter of overpopulation—and the population apocalypse that would supposedly result. He predicted that by the 1970’s the “population bomb” would explode—and hundreds of millions of people would starve to death in India and elsewhere. (India is still there, and doing quite well, thank you.)

But America’s “newspaper of record,” as it styles itself, failed to record the horrors themselves. It was woefully incomplete. There was no mention of the human costs when governments made population control a priority. No mention of the savage forced abortions and forced sterilizations that followed. No mention of the killing of baby girls through female infanticide and sex-selective abortion. No mention of the wasted money, the age and gender imbalances that continue to unfold and will take effect for years to come. No mention of how the overpopulation panic helped to fuel the rise of birth control use and abortion. [Read more…]