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Jack Kevorkian was a convicted murderer who, even after being released from prison, bragged about having “assisted” the suicides of at least 130 people. Unlike most felons once they’re released, his status as a convicted murderer treated Kevorkian quite well. Not only was he several high profile, high paying speaking engagements and interviews to defend […]

Posted at: April 11th, 2014 - 5:18 am - Number of Comments » 1

Since they introduced euthanasia for those aged 18 and older in 2002, Belgium has seen a nearly 500% increase in deaths by euthanasia. Now, Belgium’s Parliament is considering extending euthanasia to children 17 years and younger. The Senate approved a bill last December and Belgium’s lower legislative house will vote on the legislation this Thursday. […]

Posted at: February 11th, 2014 - 2:07 pm - Comments Off

After I wrote this post about an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that I thought responsibly handled disability and assisted suicide, I was informed by multiple people about another episode of TNG that seemed to be a little more pro-suicide. The episode was Half a Life and it involved a planet on which […]

Posted at: October 3rd, 2013 - 2:34 pm - Comments Off

Warning: it’s about to get mighty nerdy up in here. One of my favorite television shows when I was younger was Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’ve been watching some old episodes of the series on Netflix and recently I was very surprised and impressed with an episode called “Ethics” and the way it dealt […]

Posted at: September 19th, 2013 - 1:00 am - Number of Comments » 1

A new poll in Germany reveals that over half of Germans would rather commit suicide than be dependent on nursing care. The head of the organization that commissioned the poll, Deutsche Hospiz Stiftung, a foundation for the terminally ill, blames this on a failure of German nursing care policy. I’m not so sure that’s exactly […]

Posted at: December 21st, 2012 - 10:40 am - Comments Off

In ten days the legality of assisted suicide will be voted on in the state of Massachusetts. One of these days I will get my act together and write about this myself. In the meantime, check out the following links: 1. 5 Key Facts Bbout the Dangerous Assisted Suicide Ballot Measure in MA — Jennifer […]

Posted at: October 27th, 2012 - 12:05 am - Comments Off

A very belated 7 Quick Takes Friday. THE GOOD: 1. Earlier this week I talked about the many athletes with disabilities who have competed in the Olympics throughout the years. The Orlando Sentinal has a story about a teenager in Orlando, FL who, despite missing most the lower half of his right arm, is proving […]

Posted at: September 15th, 2012 - 5:53 am - Comments Off

As assisted suicide deaths rise yet again in Oregon and Switzerland and they prepare to discuss legalizing the practice in Massachusetts, over at Catholic Lane this morning, I revisited and revised a previous post from here: For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you […]

Posted at: April 6th, 2012 - 8:39 am - Comments Off

In Canada, Justice Lynn Smith of the B.C. Supreme Court is considering an attempt by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association to overturn Canada’s ban on euthanasia and assisted suicide and the public debate is heating up. Last week, Canada’s Campaign Life Coalition launched a month-long national media campaign expected to reach over 3.2 million viewers […]

Posted at: January 12th, 2012 - 12:15 am - Number of Comments » 1

Last year a Connecticut trial judge rejected a lawsuit by “right to die” advocates seeking to overturn the Connecticut ban on assisted suicide. While their lawsuit technically wasn’t successful, it seems their public campaign to normalize suicide for the sick may have still had an impact. This week prosecutors in Connecticut dropped all charges against […]

Posted at: December 9th, 2011 - 9:09 pm - Number of Comments » 1