Watching my uncle die – and his mood swings – confirmed my opposition to euthanasia

Stuff co.nz 5 December 2017 Family First Comment: An excellent commentary.. “It’s the unintended consequences of allowing euthanasia that particularly perturb me, whereby shifting societal values would make seniors and the disabled increasingly feel like a financial and emotional burden, and obliged to seek termination.” OPINION: At a time when Canterbury – and the wider nation – is rightly distressed …

Nitschke says Victorian euthanasia bill ‘unworkable’

The Australian 22 November 2017 Family First Comment: Victoria makes a deadly decision – and even then, the supporters aren’t happy, because it doesn’t go far enough! Philip Nitschke has described the Victorian government’s voluntary assisted dying bill as the “world’s most unworkable end-of-life law” as he warned the legislation would not satisfy all those seeking ¬assisted suicide. The country’s …

Fatally flawed – Aussie state legalises euthanasia

Historic euthanasia laws pass in Australian state of Victoria Stuff co.nz 22 November 2017 Family First Comment: “The Australian Medical Association said the passing of the legislation marked a significant shift in medical practice in Victoria. “The outcome of this parliamentary vote will cause anguish for some members of our profession, as well as the public,” AMA Victoria president Lorraine …

Voluntary assisted dying bill defeated in NSW upper house

Sydney Morning Herald 16 November 2017 Family First Comment: “I have not yet seen it possible to develop adequate legislative safeguards to protect people from the misuse of these laws. I have not yet seen a legislative model in this area that cannot be exploited or manipulated. And I cannot support any gaps for exploitation when the consequences are so …

Doctor Orders Family To Hold Down Patient For Lethal Injection (Netherlands)

Independent 5 February 2017 Family First Comment: It just gets worse! And add to that….. “The Dutch Parliament is considering revising the euthanasia laws to allow anyone older than 75 who is “tired of life” to have the right to assisted suicide, widening the current restriction which limits the practice to the terminally ill.” A Dutch doctor who ordered an …

Margreet: “She was euthanized without consent. They decided.”

In the new film “Fatal Flaws” (Spring 2018) filmmaker Kevin Dunn questions the long term effects of assisted death laws on society. One of the most shocking stories came from a woman named Margreet whose mother was euthanized without request. Margreet (The Netherlands) was on her way to the hospital to see her mother who was just admitted with a …

Terminally ill-groom drops a happy bombshell on his wedding guests

NZ Herald 12 November 2017 Family First Comment: And this is the problem with euthanasia. Doctors can get it wrong – so we just can’t take the risk! “A groom who had been told he had just weeks to live used his wedding to tell guests that he wasn’t dying and had actually been misdiagnosed.” www.rejectassistedsuicide.nz A groom who had …

Is euthanasia for psychological suffering changing Belgian medicine?

MercatorNet 7 November 2017 Family First Comment: Disturbing to see what’s happening in Belgium. “Death by euthanasia in Belgium is, generally, no longer regarded as an exception requiring special justification. Instead, it is often regarded as a normal death and a benefit not to be restricted to without special justification.” Belgium’s debate over euthanasia for psychological suffering is heating up. …

World Medical Association reiterates strong opposition to physician assisted suicide

World Medical Association 27 October 2017 Family First Comment: When the professionals who would have to implement a proposed law vehemently oppose it, there are serious questions to be asked about the merit of the law. www.rejectassistedsuicide.nz The WMA and its national member medical associations, which include the Australian Medical Association, have strongly reiterated their long-standing opposition to physician assisted …

I won’t intentionally help my patients to end their lives

The Age 9 October 2017 Family First Comment: A great article – from a medical professional (not an ACT MP!) who knows the truth “A request to die is uncommon, and is often driven by poorly controlled pain or nausea, as well as fear, loss of function and hopelessness. Usually when pain and other symptoms are under control, good nursing …