Bioethics in the news: the values at stake
Why are conservative values so difficult to communicate in the public square and progressive values so easy?
INDEPENDENT YES Jami-Lee Ross
What is the number? -Anyone advocating for euthanasia or assisted suicide should have to answer this question
Robert Preston, director of the British think tank Living and Dying Well. This link is to a 40-minute presentation he gave in 2015 at a symposium held at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Listen to it here. (Courtesy of Voice for Life NZ)Kevin Hague just treated 21,435 New Zealanders with utter contempt, 22 September 2016
74% of Belgian mental suffering euthanised were women.They’re killing psychiatric patients in Belgium and the Netherlands – and most of them are women August 29 2016
All views on assisted suicide matter Wednesday, 24 August 2016
The assisted dying debate needs to move on from binary questions. In this article Dr Stephen Child the Chair of the New Zealand Medical Association says that “Patient autonomy is crucial, but the belief it should trump all other considerations should be viewed with caution. Aug 27th 2016
Dressing doctor-assisted suicide up as a “work of art” Aug 15th 2016
Euthanasia debate reignited by 20yo sexual abuse victim NZ Herald May 16th 2016
Switzerland assisted suicides jump 34% in 2015 4th March 2016
Good palliative care could avoid need for euthanasia debate – expert Timaru Herald 17th February 2016
Family First’s Protect.org Website – Information and Resources on Euthanasia. Making a Submission resource is about three quarters of way down the page
The Nathaniel Centre – The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre – Recommendations for Making Submissions to the Parliamentary Health Select Committee
New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Euthanasia (Nathaniel Centre Website)
In 1980, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome published a Declaration on Euthanasia. Within that document can be found the following quote:
“By euthanasia is understood an action or an omission which of itself or by intention causes death, in order that all suffering may in this way be eliminated. Euthanasia’s terms of reference, therefore, are to be found in the intention of the will and in the methods used. It is necessary to state firmly once more that nothing and no one can in any way permit the killing of an innocent human being, whether a fetus or an embryo, an infant or an adult, an old person, or one suffering from an incurable disease, or a person who is dying. Furthermore, no one is permitted to ask for this act of killing, either for himself or herself or for another person entrusted to his or her care, nor can he or she consent to it, either explicitly or implicitly, nor can any authority legitimately recommend or permit such an action. For it is a question of the violation of the divine law, an offense against the dignity of the human person, a crime against life, and an attack on humanity.”
Health Select Committee Terms of Reference
Last week (Aug 2015), the Health Select Committee published the terms of reference for their investigation into what they term ending one’s life – in other words, suicide. The Committee is seeking submissions from the public. Every person who opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide must take the time to make a positive and clear submission in defense of life!
The Committee will consider the social, legal, medical, cultural, financial, ethical and philosophical implications of the issue. The following four points are their terms of reference:
- The factors that contribute to the desire to end one’s life
- The effectiveness of services and support available to those who desire to end their own lives
- The attitudes of New Zealanders towards the ending of one’s life and the current legal situation
- International experiences
Submissions need to be made prior to Monday 1st February 2016. Details on how to do this can be found on the NZ Parliament website.
Right to Life encourages all who value preserving the right to life of all persons to write to the Health Select Committee to express their view on the dangers of euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide.
We will be providing information on how you can best go about this in future posts on this page.
Euthanasia Cases in the News
Growing number of mentally ill Dutch choosing to be killed at euthanasia clinic Aug 2015
Belgium study Finds Euthanasia Targets Women and People With Depression or Autism July 2015
Deaths among young an unintended consequence of euthanasia movement: Australian mother July 2015
A healthy, 24-year-old woman to be euthanised in Belgium for psychological reasons June 2015
Euthanasia wanted for man in constant pain after having a tumour despite not being terminally ill May 2015
Doctors Killed His Belgian Mom Because She Was Depressed. Now He Speaks Out Against Euthanasia Jan 2015
Elderly Scottish cousins undergo joint euthanasia for fear of being put in separate care homes Feb 2015
Documentary shows Belgian doctor euthanizing a depressed, suicidal woman Jan 2015
Mentally ill patients killed by euthanasia in Holland trebles in a year Oct 2014
Man with same brain cancer as Brittany Maynard (US) has lived 13 years after being given just 6 months Nov 2014
Euthanasia for ‘depressed’ alleged murderer by campaigner Philip Nitschke (Aust) July 2014
Swiss – assisted dying for elderly who are not terminally ill May 2014
Death With Dignity Becomes War on the Elderly in New Mexico (17th July 2012)