Medically assisted death allows couple married almost 73 years to die together

The Globe and Mail 1 April 2018 Family First Comment: Canada is the Niagara Falls of euthanasia! Very disturbing. www.protect.org.nz The Brickendens are one of the few couples in Canada to receive a doctor-assisted death together, and the first to speak about it publicly. On March 27, George and Shirley died holding hands in their own bed in a Toronto …

Boy battling cancer wakes from coma as family agree to cut life support

NZ Herald 3 April 2018 Family First Comment: A perfect example of why euthanasia is so dangerous – not only for adults but also for children. Don’t let the politicians go near it! www.protect.org.nz A two-year-old boy in the UK woke up from a coma right after his family agreed to switch him off life support. Dylan Askin, from Shelton …

Shocking report: Elderly restrained in chairs all day at rest homes

NewsTalk ZB 26 March 2018 Family First Comment: “It follows warnings from the Human Rights Commission about the large number of older Kiwis in facilities where “lived experience is being locked within a building with no exit”.” Add euthanasia (and the culture of coercion) to the mix, and you have a recipe for disaster! www.rejectassistedsuicide.nz Rest home residents have been …

Record submissions for euthanasia bill

NewsTalk ZB 24 March 2018 Family First Comment: Superb response. Thank you to the 1,000’s of Family First supporters who submitted! Many people are having their say about the End of Life Choice Bill. The Justice Committee had already processed 30,411 submissions on Friday, with several thousand more to go. Justice Committee chairman Raymond Huo said it was already the …

Brennagh McKay who lived with rare genetic disorder dies at age 11

NZ Herald 20 March 2018 Family First Comment: “Doctors believed she would not live to see her first birthday has died at the age of 11.” A Rongotea girl who doctors believed would not live to see her first birthday has died at the age of 11. Rongotea girl Brennagh McKay lived through numerous illnesses and major surgeries until she …

Bruce Logan – Comparing Euthanasia to Terrorist Attack A Bizarre Comparison

Bruce Logan – Board Member, Family First NZ Like so many advocates for the End of Life Choice Bill, Labour MP Louisa Wall, while appealing to compassion, is infected by a confidence that she understands the mystery of human suffering (As on 9/11, choosing way you go is no sin – NZ Herald 13 Mar 2018). Louisa Wall quotes the …

‘The solution is assisted life’: Offered death, terminally ill Ont. man files lawsuit

CTV News 15 March 2018 Family First Comment: Another example – this time from Canada – of why ‘safeguards’ are an illusion. “A landmark lawsuit has been filed by an Ontario man suffering from an incurable neurological disease. He alleges that health officials will not provide him with an assisted home care team of his choosing, instead offering, among other …

U.S. Bioethicist Supports Child Euthanasia

National Review – Wesley J Smith 5 March 2018 Family First Comment: “It’s a very big deal that a respected Dutch medical journal such as Pediatrics hosted a debate on the ethical propriety of child euthanasia without international criticism. It means that among the medical intelligentsia, child euthanasia has become a respectable proposition.” “(US ethicist Margaret) Battin lists several propositions …

End of Life Choice Bill alarmingly ambiguous for disabled people – Kylee Black

NZ Herald 7 March 2018 Family First Comment: “The 31-year-old suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome [EDS], a genetic connective-tissue disorder that is progressive and incurable. But Black does not want to die. And she does not want doctors suggesting death as an option to her, especially on her darkest days. “I personally have seen over 20 specialists through my local …

Peter Thirkell: David Seymour needs to listen to NZ about euthanasia

NewsHub 9 March 2018 Family First Comment: An excellent commentary – and a rebuke to the recent comments of ACT’s David Seymour… “Mr Seymour calls this a progressive bill, but progressive to what end? Progress is, in one sense, just a direction. And the direction of this bill emerges out of, and plays to, people’s fears: fear of a bad …