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The West is quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture

Wesley J. Smith

We are quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture–indeed to the point now that organizations like the Hemlock Society Compassion and Choices, bioethicists, and the mainstream media promote suicide by self-starvation as the new big thing in making oneself dead.

Philip Nitschke is one of the international rock stars of euthanasia advocacy. He is also its most candid. He believes that everyone owns their own body absolutely and thus have a right to suicide whenever they want and for whatever reason. Indeed, he told NRO’s Kathryn Lopez that suicide pills should even be made available to “troubled teens.”

I clashed with Nitschke in Australia when I traveled the country on an anti-euthanasia tour in 2001. First, I busted him for the above assertion. It created a media fire storm.

While there, I also made front page news by revealing that he was importing and distributing suicide bags. I am proud to say, my effort led to the passage of a law that forced Nitschke to move his suicide industry offshore. It was one of my most successful public advocacy campaigns. 

Now, Aussie medical authorities want him struck off as a doctor because of the suicide of a healthy but depressed man which he facilitated. What. Took. Them. So. Long?

As for troubled teens and other young people, a study showed that many used his favorite method of suicide–and Nitschke doesn’t care. From a column by anti-euthanasia campaigner Paul Russell:

It is this supposed right-to-die that is the false over-arching philosophy by which the death of a young person can be somehow ‘rationalised’ by Nitschke and Exit. In 2010, in response to a Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Report showing that two thirds of deaths in the preceding decade using the Exit drug-of-choice, Nembutal, were for people under the age of 50 with nearly one-third being younger than 40 and six being in their 20s,

Nitschke said: ”There will be some casualties … but this has to be balanced with the growing pool of older people who feel immense wellbeing from having access to this information.” Tell that to the families of the two men featured in the 7:30 Report! Suicide prevention should never accept the notion of acceptable casualties!

Nitschke just oozes compassion, doesn’t he?

But it isn’t just Nitschke. All suicide promoters know–or should know–that their work will lead to the suicides of some people who are not the prime targets of their advocacy. And they don’t care.

For example, Derek Humphry’s New York Times best selling how-to-commit-suicide book Final Exit–what does that tell you about our degrading culture!–has been found next to the dead bodies of troubled teens, and he could not care much less.

Compassion and Choices pushes self-starvation for people tired of life, not just the sick.

In Belgium elderly couples receive joint euthanasia and a psychiatric patient sexually exploited by her psychiatrist was killed by another psychiatrist. And the world shrugs its shoulders.

Most assisted suicide promoters know that there will be deadly consequences from their advocacy–I mean beyond the suicides they support, and it doesn’t matter. They want what they want and don’t care who gets hurt.

The rest of us should care, but increasingly, we don’t. Why? As I wrote above, we are quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture.

Reprinted with permission from the National Review Online.



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Euthanasia movement destroys its archives? There’s one BIG reason they may have

Wesley J. Smith

February 8, 2016 (NationalReview) -- Historian Ian Dowbiggin wrote a splendid history of the euthanasia movement back in 2003. It was thorough, detailed, and objective.

The movement cooperated with Dowbiggin by making its archives available for his use. But now, they may have been destroyed. From, “A Scandal in the Euthanasia Archives:”

Imagine for a moment that reporters broke the news that the Vatican had destroyed the bulk of its archival records.

Researchers around the world justifiably might accuse the Roman Catholic Church of a deliberate cover-up.

Well, the Vatican has done no such thing. But it appears as if the right-to-die movement has. If so, one might well ask; why did people in the movement do it? Are they trying to hide something about their past?

One thing is clear: if the euthanasia movement’s records have indeed been destroyed, a lot of history has vanished, Orwell-like, down a cavernous memory hole. And with it, information the right-to-die movement doesn’t want you to know.

What is the evidence?

About five years after the book’s publication, I was contacted by a US graduate student researching the history of euthanasia. She told me that in trying to track down the ESA records she had been informed that the collection had been intentionally destroyed. Just this year another US graduate student got in touch with me, also trying to locate the ESA archives.

She too has been told the records no longer exist, although she is still investigating. Of course, it might be that the ESA records are sitting somewhere safe and sound. Yet why do groups like Compassion and Choices ignore my own requests for information? Why, when a published scholar in the history of medicine enquires about the whereabouts of this important archive, is there a resounding silence?

What might they want to erase:

Not only did these activists urge governments to permit voluntary mercy-killing and physician-assisted suicide, many also supported the involuntary mercy-killing of handicapped people. For example, despite his knowledge of widespread Nazi murder of people with disabilities, in 1943 the ESA’s president thought it was a good idea to legalize euthanasia in time for returning veterans who suffered from mental and physical wounds.

The euthanasia movement spent more than one hundred years looking for the right words and impetus to convince people to follow their dark calling. They think they have found it in “compassssssionnnn.”

That is part of it, in a twisted way. But there is so much more to it than that–a malign side–and that is what the modern euthanasiaists may not want people to see.

Reprinted with permission from National Review.



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Abortion activists leaping on Zika virus fears to push for more abortions

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Feb. 8, 2016 (LiveActionNews) -- Brazil is considered to be one of the most pro-life countries in the world. Abortion is completely illegal there, unless the mother’s life is in danger or the pregnancy is a result of rape. This has been a thorn in the sides of abortion activists, so it’s no surprise that they’re jumping on the fear surrounding the Zika virus. For most people, the virus only causes mild symptoms, but in pregnant women, it can cause their babies to be born with microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to have developmental disabilities and small heads.

“Imagine you’re pregnant already, and then you discover you have this virus, and then you discover that this virus causes this condition in the fetus,” said Anu Kumar, executive vice president of the global abortion rights non-profit IPAS. “Then you’re faced with the decision of, what do you want to do with this?”

Kumar, speaking at the International Conference on Family Planning in Bali, Indonesia, said the Zika situation highlights the public health problems that severely restrictive abortion laws cause. An estimated 47,000 women a year die from unsafe abortion complications.

“That’s exactly why these laws should be liberalized,” she said, “because unsafe abortions lead to injury, lead to death, lead to women having unspeakable horror inflicted on them. And why, when we have the technology to do this safely?”

Got that? Having a baby born with a disability is an “unspeakable horror” and women should kill their babies to avoid having that “horror” inflicted upon them. It would be interesting to see how parents of children born with microcephaly would react to hearing their children being described as “unspeakable horrors.” (That’s certainly not how this family sees it.)

And Brazil isn’t the only country feeling the pressure. The Center for Reproductive Rights is also lobbying the El Salvadoran government to loosen their abortion laws, although so far, officials have not responded to the petition.

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Here’s the problem, though: no one has the right to decide whose life is worth living and whose is not. Just because a baby may be born with a birth defect doesn’t mean that the baby should be handed a death sentence. Every life has value and dignity — something that abortion advocates, sadly, don’t understand. This is another situation where they show the mentality of “better dead than.” Better dead than poor. Better dead than disabled. Better dead than unloved. If life doesn’t hand you a perfect beginning, then you’re simply better off dead. After all, why put a baby through hardship? Why make parents feel even an iota of stress or fear or grief?

Abortion doesn’t make those things go away, though. Life is hard regardless of what kind of beginning someone might have. There is no escaping fear or grief or stress or pain. And we can never guarantee that someone will not become disabled or die early. So why should we deprive innocent preborn children of life? Because we think it will be too hard on us? Because some people think lives with disabilities aren’t worth living? Sorry, abortion activists, but you don’t get to make those decisions. Plain and simple: you don’t get to play God.

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Reprinted with permission from Live Action News



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Mom sues doctors for $14.5 million for ‘wrongful birth’ of baby with cystic fibrosis

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Feb. 8, 2016 (LiveActionNews) -- Kerrie Evans of Gardiner, Montana, has filed a $14.5 million lawsuit against Park Clinic in Livingston, Billings Clinic’s Bozeman OB/GYN, nurse practitioner Peggy Scanson, and Dr. William Peters, arguing that she would have gotten an abortion if they had diagnosed her six-year-old daughter’s severe cystic fibrosis in utero.

Evans and her husband contend they were concerned about cystic fibrosis going into the pregnancy and planned to abort if a blood test showed the disease, and because they did not they now face $300,000 yearly medical bills for her.

In response, the defendants claim that Evans only discussed Down Syndrome with them during pregnancy and failed to either fully read the information they provided her or request a cystic fibrosis test. Therefore, they maintain, that they did meet their obligation to provide informed consent.

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They further noted that “wrongful birth” is not recognized as a legal cause of action in Montana, meaning that the suit “would set a dangerous precedent.” However, District Judge Mike Salvagni rejected their motion to dismiss, deciding the suit was unlikely to invite a flood of similar claims.

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