Ethics dispute erupts in Belgium over euthanasia rules

Yahoo.com 17 February 2018 Family First Comment: Why would NZ even want to go near this type of scenario…. “Some experts say the case as documented in the letter amounts to murder; the patient lacked the mental capacity to ask for euthanasia and the request for the bedridden patient to be killed came from family members… Although euthanasia has been …

Submissions on Euthanasia Failing To Get Through

Media Release 11 February 2018 Family First Comment: Please contact us if you have been having issues trying to email your submission. [email protected] Family First NZ says that the email system of Parliament appears to be crashing under the weight of submissions being received on euthanasia – and is calling on the closing date to be delayed.  “We have been …

How many botched cases would it take to end euthanasia of the vulnerable?

Washington Post 24 January 2018 Family First Comment: And that’s the key question… “As bioethicists David Miller and Scott Kim of the National Institutes of Health note in a recent paper , “Dutch physicians . . . report difficulty in applying the [euthanasia] laws,” especially when it comes to judging patients’ volition and deciding whether there is any “reasonable alternative” to euthanasia. …

Nurses’ unique perspectives on end-of-life choices must be heard

Nursing Review 1 February 2018 Family First Comment: An excellent commentary from a nurse and cancer survivor: “surely our government can prevent undignified dying by increasing the palliative care resources.” Exactly. Make a submission opposing Euthanasia – www.protect.org.nz The outcome of last year’s government inquiry into assisted dying left me both hopeful and disappointed that as a society we have …

Richard McLeod: Make our voices known against the euthanasia bill

Asia Pacific Report 31 January 2018 Family First Comment: Another excellent commentary – this time from a legal perspective. Make a submission against euthanasia – www.protect.org.nz Two years ago, the Parliamentary Health Select Committee investigating public attitudes to euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand received a total of 21,000 submissions, 16,000 (80 percent) of which were opposed to their …

Dr John Fox: Assisted dying is not the right cure for suffering

NZ Herald 31 January 2018 Family First Comment: A superb response – from someone ‘on the frontline’ Make a submission against euthanasia www.protect.org.nz I read Brendan Rope’s story of his father’s battle with motor neurone disease with sadness. Stories of such weight are half the argument for assisted dying, and we should take them seriously. But we should also take …

Euthanasia assessor resigns over euthanasia for dementia in the Netherlands

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition 21 January 2018 Family First Comment: More flaws in so-called ‘safeguards’ “[Dementia] is more erratic and patients often live longer. A lot of things can happen during that period. For instance, a patient might say that she would want euthanasia if she no longer recognizes his relatives. This could happen. But at a next visit she can …

Catholic deacon accused of murder by air injection in Belgium

BBC News 22 January 2018 Family First Comment: Safeguards? Too late now. Make a submission against euthanasia in NZ www.protect.org.nz A Catholic deacon accused of killing at least 10 people – including his own mother – has gone on trial in Belgium. Former nurse Ivo Poppe is suspected of killing his victims by injecting air into their blood, causing a …

Terry Sarten: Quality end-of-life care should be nation’s priority

NZ Herald 21 January 2018 Family First Comment: So many great points in this commentary! Make a submission today against euthanasia www.protect.org.nz The current debate around proposed legislation that will allow for assisted dying, euthanasia and the right to die is a deeply profound distraction that suits politicians well. It is simply palliative legislation. The definition of the term palliative …

Execution to euthanasia: Liberal worm turns

NZ Herald 5 January 2018 Family First Comment: Superb commentary from Dr Paul Moon… “One of the arguments in the 20th century that convinced many people of the error of executions was that occasionally, mistakes were made in judging someone guilty, and when it came to the death penalty, one mistake was one mistake too many. Recent overseas examples of …