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Quebec sets up the machinery of mercy-killing

Euthanasia - cutting the cord - MercatornetProf Somerville is right in this powerful article, below, from Mercatornet. The so-called “right to die” will come to be felt by the most vulnerable more as a “duty to die” – to do the right thing by society. It might be “liberty” for some, but it is a new form of oppression for the lonely old people in nursing homes whom I look after, and who will know what society expects of them.

VIDEO: Euthanasia & the ‘Duty to Die’

I thought I needed to lighten up a bit, so here is a new video – culled from the same conference as the ‘harms of homosexual marriage’ video – on euthanasia. In particular, the way that legalised mercy-killing would corrupt the State’s relationship with its most vulnerable citizens, and doctors’ relationship with their most vulnerable patients. Featuring former Governor General Bill Hayden’s famous urging of “unproductive burdens” to “disencumber” themselves and do the right thing by society…

Farewell and thank you, Brian Harradine

Brian HarradineThere was one brief shining moment in the 90s when independent Senator Brian Harradine held the balance of power in Canberra and independent Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham held the balance of power in Queensland. Christian priorities carried more weight at that time, given the incorruptible independence of these two fine people. Both were there because of a vocation to seek the common good as the expression of Christian charity “even over the perilous abyss of public affairs” (as BA Santamaria once put it).

Listen to an interview today with two people who knew Senator Harradine well: Fr Frank Brennan SJ (one of his counsellors on the Wik decision) and Melinda Tankard-Reist (his long-time staffer) – audio HERE.

Top-notch Tassie site against euthanasia

The Tassies have done it – the near-perfect site for those who want to consider the heart of the case against euthanasia. This is brilliant: launched today, HERE.

Pithy points by eminent lawyers/ doctors/ philosophers. High-quality video addressed by people like Prof Margaret Somerville. Useful FAQs for students and MPs and Jo Public.

Read and be wiser…

A vote of thanks to whoever it is who has created this worthy site.

Wise words from Bishop Anthony Fisher on euthanasia

A dying man on how euthanasia diminishes dignity

A friend and mentor to many in Australia, Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filipini, writes with the clarity of a professional ethicist but also the authority of a man who has suffered long and knows his medical condition is incurable and progressive. Nicholas was the first full-time hospital ethicist in Australia, a past member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee, and many other senior roles in the regulation of bioethics state and federal.  LINK to his article in The Age; among the main arguments is this one, which I consider central the case against euthanasia – as a new injustice we do not need to have:

Steyn’s satirical best on the culture of death

(PHOTO: Dr Jack Kevorkian)

One of the best articles by one of the best and most entertaining of writers – Mark Steyn.

Who else would title his reflection on Dr Kevorkian’s recent death “Jack in the Box“, and who else could publish such a readable analysis of both euthanasia and abortion in the Spectator? He is one of the greats.

From the Christmas edition of the Spectator, at the peak of Dr Kevorkian’s infamy, 1998:

The Aus, The Youth, and Euthanasia…

Chuckle… for yesterday’s article The Australian found a mugshot of me online – from 1985! Long lost forelocks. Obviously wanted a euthful perspective on euthanasia…

 

‘Unproductive burdens’ still have a right to live | The Australian

www.theaustralian.com.au

THERE was a moment during the last national debate on euthanasia that deserves to be revisited by a new generation of legislators, a moment that crystallised fears that the so-called right to die would come to be felt by the frailest among us more as a “duty to die”.

Euthanasia and the ‘duty to die’

It has been thirteen years since I first wrote an article (in Quadrant magazine) along the lines of the one published today in the Courier Mail, and nobody in the intervening years, including various exchanges with Dr Nitschke and other advocates for mercy-killing, has given me reason to change the argument.

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STEM CELLS & EMBRYOS: ABC LATELINE AUGUST 2002 SURROGACY: KERRI-ANNE SHOW JANUARY 2011 SBS INSIGHT ON GAY MARRIAGE 2013 (see post Aug 15 2013) EUTHANASIA & THE 'DUTY TO DIE', 2014 THE HARMS OF HOMOSEXUAL 'MARRIAGE', 2014 ABORTION - 'the silent innocence of the unborn', 2014 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: SYDNEY UNI 2012 (start 2min20) SURROGACY BILL QLD JANUARY 2010
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