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November 2014

'He did a Superman dive on day he died' – Teen with rare blue-cell cancer farewelled

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NZ Herald 20 November 2014
At the age of 10, Charles Tareha was diagnosed with a cancer so rare only 185 people worldwide had shared the same disease.
Doctors started talking palliative care almost immediately.
And while the courageous youngster, also known as Kayah, was unable to show the world he could survive small blue-cell cancer like he once said he would, Charles managed to squeeze in another three-and-a-half years of living before succumbing to the disease late last week.
At a funeral to honour the 13-year-old on Monday, his papa Don said Charles would have hated the adult tears on display.
“Tears for an inevitability you came to terms with long ago would have embarrassed you,” he said. “But we cannot say goodbye without tears, so close your eyes and ears, Kayah, and let us have our grief.
“We have seen an outpouring of aroha for you in the Kawerau community and on social media. The songs, the stories, the words all speak to us about who you were.”

Euthanasia lobby has hijacked phrase 'dying with dignity'

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Sydney Morning Herald 17 November 2014
The hijacking of the term “dying with dignity” by today’s supporters of euthanasia and assisted suicide is an insult to the dedicated doctors, nurses and pastoral carers who daily provide compassionate care, pain alleviation and spiritual comfort to the sick, the dying and their families.
Debates about euthanasia and assisted suicide are emotionally harrowing. All the more so when they occur during election campaigns. The timing and manner of the current debate exacerbates the fear of dying held by many in the community and diverts attention from the conversation about providing the dying with the innovative medical and healthcare they need, in homes, hospitals and aged-care facilities.
Funding for end-of-life palliative care by governments and private health insurers is inadequate and undervalued. The first step in public policy regarding death and dying is to guarantee that those who need palliative care services can get  them. For people who are poor or vulnerable, who are mentally ill or incarcerated, who live in rural and remote communities, it is crucial that they can get  the palliative care services to which we are all entitled.
Overseas experience shows that where euthanasia legislation has been enacted, pressure has been applied to the frail aged, disabled and mentally ill to follow the now “normal” path of physician-assisted death. That path has little to do with dignity.
Usually the most terrible stories of suffering are told to advance a change to law that will allow euthanasia and decriminalise assisted suicide. This is understandable, but hardly a credible and rigorous presentation of the realities of care for those who are dying.

Garth George: The consequences of euthanasia can extend to being diabolical

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NZ Herald 19 November 2014
Like the pro-abortion lobby back in the day, the proponents of legalising euthanasia never give up.
Within weeks of the election, Labour’s Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway has taken over responsibility for the End of Life Choice Bill after sponsor Maryan Street failed to get re-elected.
He is gauging support in the new Parliament before deciding whether to put it back in the private members’ bill ballot.
I bet he does. The bill would allow people aged 18 or over to be helped to die if they were proved mentally competent by two doctors, after consultation with family, and after a “stand-down” period of a week.
I have written on this subject before, but it pays to remind ourselves of the murderous consequences of legalising suicide. And as one who has terminal cancer I reckon I have the right.
I have no fear of death; I will go, I hope willingly, when the Lord calls my name.

I’m worried my wife will say ‘you’re better off without me’

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The Christian Institute 12 November 2014
Legalising assisted suicide would increase pressure on vulnerable people to ask for help to kill themselves, the House of Lords has heard.
Lord Tebbit said his wife, who was severely disabled by an IRA bomb in 1984, had already told him that he would be better without her.
His comments came last Friday as Peers debated the Assisted Dying Bill.
Lord Tebbit said: “I speak with some feeling. I have had the prime responsibility of the care of my wife for the last 30 years.
“She has been in constant pain. It is getting worse. She requires more and more care. I fear for the day when she will say again to me what she said to me a little while ago: ‘You know, you would be better off without me’.
“There are many ways in which pressure can be brought to bear to make people who are perhaps approaching the end of their lives—although I hope that my wife is not—to ‘do the decent thing’” he said, adding that amendments to the Bill do nothing to avoid that pressure.

Groups oppose 'legal homicide'

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Stuff 13 November 2014
Anti-euthanasia advocates have expressed disappointment as Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway considers putting the End of Life Choice bill to the ballot.
The purpose of the bill is to give people a choice to end their lives or receive medical assistance to die under certain circumstances, such as terminal illness.
The bill was initially put forward by former Labour Party MP Maryan Street, but has been picked up by Lees-Galloway.
Right to Life, an anti-euthanasia group, has expressed its disappointment, saying the bill would essentially “legalise homicide”.
Spokesman Ken Orr said it was “deplorable” that MPs thought they had the right to change the medical profession. “Those who want this bill passed are imposing their views on the rest of the community.”
The bill would undermine palliative care, the process of dealing with those who are terminally ill, he said. “Everybody has the right to die with dignity.”

Assisted Suicide: Is there a suicide contagion effect?

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Alex Schadenberg 11 November 2014
It is well established that a single suicide can encourage other suicides, which is called a “suicide contagion.” If the additional suicides use the same method, they are “copy cat” suicides. Moreover, as explained below, this encouragement phenomenon is relevant to Compassion & Choices’ media campaign.
A famous example of a suicide contagion is the suicide death of Marilyn Monroe, which inspired an increase in other suicides. This encouragement phenomenon can also occur when the inspiring death is not a suicide. An example is the televised execution of Saddam Hussein, which led to suicide deaths of children worldwide. An NBC News article begins:
“The boys’ deaths – scattered in the United States, in Yemen, in Turkey and elsewhere in seemingly isolated horror – had one thing in common: They hanged themselves after watching televised images of Saddam Husseins’ execution.”
Groups such as the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization have developed guidelines for reporting suicide to prevent suicide contagions. Important points include that the risk of additional suicides increases “when the story explicitly describes the suicide method, uses dramatic/graphic headlines or images, and repeated/extensive coverage.”
Please consider the following:
● Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law went into effect in 1998.
● By 2000, Oregon’s regular suicide rate was “increasing significantly” See (“After decreasing in the 1990s, suicide rates have been increasing significantly since 2000”).
● By 2007, Oregon’s other (regular) suicide rate was 35% above the national average.
● By 2010, per the most recent report, Oregon’s other (regular) suicide rate was 41% above the national average.
Margaret Dore is an attorney in Washington State where assisted suicide is legal. She is a former Law Clerk to the Washington State Supreme Court. She is President of Choice is an Illusion, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation. Choice is an Illusion welcomes everyone opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia regardless of your views on other issues. See and

Timing of euthanasia bill worries Little

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NZ Herald 11 November 2014
Labour leadership contender Andrew Little says he does not want a colleague to restart the highly divisive debate on legalising euthanasia when the party is trying to restore confidence with voters.
Labour’s Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway has taken over responsibility for the End of Life Choice Bill after sponsor Maryan Street failed to get re-elected in September.
Mr Lees-Galloway is gauging support within the new Parliament before deciding whether to put it back in the private members’ bill ballot.
Ms Street removed the bill from the ballot last year under pressure from Labour’s leadership, who were concerned it could be an election-year distraction or that it could deter conservative voters.
Whether the bill gets a second chance could depend on Labour’s next leader.

Labour MP gauges support for assisted-suicide bill

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3News 6 November 2014
Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway is taking up the mantle of a bill belonging to a former colleague, which would legalise voluntary euthanasia.

The Palmerston North MP offered to pick up Maryan Street’s End of Life Choice Bill, which she withdrew last year in fear of it becoming a political football during an election year.

Mr Lees-Galloway is still in the process of gauging support for the assisted-suicide members’ bill with other MPs, because it would likely be put to a conscience vote – meaning MPs would not have to vote along party lines.

“At this stage, I don’t know where MPs will stand on it – we’ve got a lot of new MPs whose names I don’t even know yet.

“But I’m hoping people might be interested in getting it to select committee so we can have that open debate,” he says.

The debate has gained prominence again following the case of US woman Brittany Maynard whose video about planning to kill herself on November 1 went viral.


"Dear Brittany Maynard, I Feel You, Cancer is Tough."

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A message from experienced UK cancer patient Marcel Schreur to Brittany Maynard who struggled with this devastating disease. Marcel is deemed by Specialists as a medical phenomenon. LIBá captured his deeply moving story to help inspire Brittany and others in similar situations to keep on fighting and to appreciate the beauty of life. Even in the darkest of times. Find out more by visiting:

Man with same brain cancer as Brittany Maynard has lived 13 years after being given just 6 months

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LifeSiteNews 5 November 2014
A man diagnosed with the same form of brain cancer that led Brittany Maynard to kill herself last weekend says he chose a different path because of his faith in God.
Thirteen years ago, David Williams of Newport, Arkansas was told by his doctors that he had a progressive brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme, and that he had 6 months to a year to live.
Williams told WMC TV that although he trusted his doctors, he refused to believe that he couldn’t fight the disease and live. As a result of his determination he’s undergone surgeries, chemotherapies, takes daily medication, and refuses to give up.
He credits his faith in God for prolonging his life and giving him a unique perspective from which to spread a message of hope through counseling others who find themselves in similar situations.
“There’s nothing else I could think of that I could even start to give credit to except for my faith in God,” said Williams.
“We look at things that happen as bad, when we can actually look at them as a blessing. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing without the cancer,” he said. “Without me going through what I’ve gone through, I don’t think I would be able to reach people the way I reach people.”