End of Life Issues / Assisted Suicide
A Primer on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
QUESTION: What’s the difference between voluntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia? ANSWER: Voluntary euthanasia involves a competent and stated desire of someone to have...February 23rd, 2017
Look at What is Coming
In 2011 Mariette Buntjens was a patient suffering from metastatic cancer at a Roman Catholic nursing home in Diest, Belgium. Buntjens requested euthanasia but the nursing home refused...July 27th, 2016
Q&A on Assisted Suicide and Quality of Life
QUESTION: Why are you so worked up about assisted suicide? If I don’t want to live when my quality of life is gone, why should you have the right to tell me I don’t have...June 28th, 2016
Justice Scalia on the Constitution, Abortion, and Assisted Suicide
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away Saturday (February 13, 2016), believed that the role of the Court is to faithfully interpret and apply the law as it actually...February 24th, 2016
Life Worth Living
On June 22, 2015, Simona De Moor of Belgium was euthanized. She was a healthy 85 year old who saw her death as her only reprieve from the grief of losing her daughter several...October 21st, 2015
When Life Holds No Dignity
Advocates for assisted suicide have often marched under the “death with dignity” banner, but what does that word, “dignity,” mean? When did we get it, and how...June 12th, 2013
Deprived of the Chance - A Look at the Quality of Life and a 'Duty to Die'
My travels throughout North America have given me countless opportunities to meet some rather incredible people. One of those people is Lisa Van Drese. Her attitude, optimism and unrelenting...June 12th, 2013
Predictions in Bioethics for 2011
Each year, the Center for Bioethics and Culture asks me to prognosticate about the coming 12 months in bioethics. My record was pretty good for 2010. But the CBC refuses to let...December 16th, 2010
Clueless Oregon Health Officials Lament High Suicide Rate While State Permits Suicide Facilitation
Oregon’s suicide rate is going through the roof. Government health officials are suitably alarmed. From the Oregon Health Authority (that sounds vaguely totalitarian, doesn’t...September 10th, 2010
They Shoot Horses... - A Look at Compassion at the End of Life
True Confessions: Forty years ago I took a first date to see the movie, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”Based on a 1930s novel, the movie was technically well done...June 18th, 2010
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