Euthanasia deaths rising in Netherlands – Lancet

Lifesite News 17 July 2012 The long awaited 2010 nationwide examination of the euthanasia law in the Netherlands was published in The Lancet on July 11, 2012. The study found that: * the number of euthanasia deaths has grown significantly since 2005 (4050 in 2010, 2425 in 2005) * the under-reporting of euthanasia in the Netherlands has grown since 2005 …

Street’s euthanasia bill untimely and unclear

NZDoctor.co.nz 11 July 2012 It is concerning that Maryan Street said she took up the bill because ‘she could not think of a reason not to’. Though she says the Bill is ‘predominantly to do with terminal physical illness’, part of the Bill refers to ‘end of life directives’ for those that suffer from an irreversible medical or mental condition …

Mercy-killing plan’s net will widen – campaigner

NZ Herald 28 June 2012 Permitting mercy-killing of people with terminal illnesses would inevitably lead to the killing of newborns with disabilities and the elderly, an anti-euthanasia campaigner says. The head of the Canada-based Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Alex Schadenberg, will speak in Auckland on Saturday at a conference organised by the Euthanasia Debate group. He arrives as Labour MP Maryan …

Court strikes down Canada’s ban on assisted suicide

Lifesite News 15 June 2012 The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that Canada’s ban on assisted suicide is unconstitutional. Justice Lynn Smith issued a 395-page ruling in the Carter v. Canada case Friday morning, determining that the ban discriminates against the disabled. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, which intervened in the case, immediately urged the Crown to appeal Smith’s decision to …

Legal euthanasia kills justice for all

Stuff.co.nz 6 May 2012 OPINION:As the spokesperson of a Catholic bioethics centre, there are some who discount my message because of my religious affiliation, rather than on the basis of its merits. It’s a classic case of “playing the man instead of the ball”. As two commentators noted in response to comments I recently made about the dangers of legalising …

Decriminalising euthanasia will open flood gates – Family First

Newstalk ZB 30 April 2012 One family lobby group expects the flood gates would be opened up by decriminalising euthanasia. The issue has come under the spotlight again as Labour’s Maryan Street prepares a private members bill to give people the choice around how and when they finish their life. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie is against the idea, …

Medical Association firmly against euthanasia

Newstalk ZB 29 April 2012 A fresh attempt to get a form of euthanasia onto the statute books is having no impact on the The Medical Association. It’s firmly against doctors helping patients end their lives…. Medical Association Chair Paul Ockelford says even so, euthanasia is unethical and cannot be condoned by the Association as a professional body. http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=146821&fm=newsmain,nrhl

Strong public support for euthanasia

Sunday Star Times 29 April 2012 The MP campaigning for the right to die has been buoyed by a poll that shows more than 85 per cent of respondents to a survey supported voluntary euthanasia. The Sunday Star-Times reader poll of more than 1000 people also found almost three-quarters of people would help a terminally-ill loved one commit suicide, and …

Kiwis more open to euthanasia – MP

TVNZ 27 March 2012 A growing number of Kiwis support euthanasia and a fresh national discussion is needed on the subject, the MP at the heart of new debate around assisted suicide says. Labour list MP Maryan Street, who is working on a private member’s bill that would legalise some end-of-life options, told TV ONE’s Breakfast that the public attitude about …

Salvation Army slams Street’s euthanasia bill

3 News 27 March 2012 The Salvation Army has spoken out against Labour MP Maryan Street’s intention to introduce a Private Member’s Bill legalising voluntary euthanasia. The Nelson Mail reported that Ms Street plans to introduce an ‘End of Life Choice’ Bill, which will give terminally ill people the right to physician-assisted death at a time of their choosing. Two …