Euthanasia advocate takes CREDIT for higher elderly suicide rate

LifeSiteNews 18 Sept 2013 Top euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has taken partial credit for the increase in the suicide rate among elderly men in New Zealand that was revealed in recently released statistics. According to the new statistics, the average suicide rate was 12.10 per 100,000 across the population for the year ending June 2013, but the rate for men …

67% of American doctors oppose the legalisation of physician assisted suicide

LifeSiteNews 16 Sept 2013 An on-line poll of readers of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the majority of American doctors are against physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Based on 5,205 respondents from 72 countries, the poll showed that 67% of US readers opposed legalising PAS and a majority supported the practice in only 18 US states. Interestingly, this did not …

Trust saves unwanted dogs from euthanasia

Otago Daily Times 6 September 2013 A charitable trust launched to save Dunedin’s unwanted dogs from death is having the desired effect. Figures released by the Dunedin City Council yesterday showed the number of dogs being euthanised in the city was less than half what it was beforehand, down from 107 in 2011-12 to just 44 in 2012-13. Council animal control …

More of our elderly are giving up on life

NZ Herald 28 August 2013 Old people are at high risk of suicide as they try to cope with living on the pension and fewer social interactions, a Wairarapa advocate for the elderly says. The comments follow the release of provisional annual suicide figures which showed the nation’s highest rate of suicide was among men aged over 85. The figures, …

Experts ponder euthanasia link in old-age suicide rate

Stuff co.nz 27 August 2013 Elderly men are taking their lives at a high rate, and the chief coroner has raised the possibility of a link with euthanasia. Suicide figures published yesterday highlighted the lack of information about people who died through euthanasia, which was illegal in New Zealand, chief coroner Judge Neil MacLean said. “Euthanasia is suicide – we …

Euthanasia bill close to MP’s heart

Stuff.co 12 August 2013 People who have been self-determining, autonomous adults throughout their lives should have every right to choose when their time is up, MP Maryan Street says. Along with Waikato’s Voluntary Euthanasia Society, Ms Street travelled to New Plymouth yesterday to speak about her End of Life Choice Bill, which is in Parliament’s ballot box. Support towards the …

Very few doctors in Canada would kill a patient by euthanasia

National Right To Life News 5 August 2013 What do we know about the willingness of Canadian physicians to participate in euthanasia? Here are two authoritative polls. An article published earlier this year by Postmedia News reported on a survey by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) that found very few Canadian doctors are willing to kill a patient by euthanasia, …

Almost half of Belgium’s euthanasia nurses admit to killing without consent

Daily Mail (UK) 10th June 2010 A high proportion of deaths classed as euthanasia in Belgium involved patients who did not ask for their lives to be ended, a study found. More than 100 nurses admitted to researchers that they had taken part in ‘terminations without request or consent’. Although euthanasia is legal in Belgium, it is governed by strict …

Majority of doctors opposed to assisted suicide (UK)

Guardian.co.uk 24 March 2009 Doctors very rarely help anyone who is terminally ill to die and two-thirds are opposed to changing the law to allow them to do so, new research reveals today. In only around one in 200 deaths have doctors given a patient a drug with the explicit intention of speeding their end, according to a survey on …

Euthanasia petitioner beats death, hugs life

Time of India 11 Jul 2008 CHANDIGARH: Two years back Seema Sood longed for death and had even petitioned the President of India for euthanasia. But hope triumphed over despair and today, walking with difficulty, but walking nonetheless, after a total knee replacement surgery, the Bits Pilani gold medallist is ready to take on life once again. The turnaround has been …