Posts Tagged ‘Brittany Maynard’

California Catholic governor signs assisted-suicide law

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Former Jesuit seminarian Governor Jerry Brown of California has signed into law a bill legalising physician-assisted suicide in the state. The new law is modelled on Oregon’s statute, passed in 1997, which saw 105 people die by assisted suicide in that state last year. Governor Brown said he had carefully read material opposing the new Read more

Euthanasia Debate – How free was Brittany Maynard?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre director John Kleinsman wonders how free Brittany Maynard really was. Maynard, a terminally ill  29 year old American ended her life last week home in Oregon, using drugs supplied legally to her under the state’s Death with Dignity Act. She worked as a volunteer advocate for the nation’s leading end-of-life choice organisation, Read more

Brittany Maynard’s assisted suicide

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Did Brittany Maynard die freely? This is the question that must be asked after the attractive 29-year-old woman with a brain tumour announced earlier in the week that she would probably postpone the assisted suicide she had scheduled for Saturday, November 1. “I still feel good enough, and I still have enough joy — and Read more

Vatican condemns Brittany Maynard suicide

Friday, November 7th, 2014

A Vatican ethicist has condemned young American Brittany Maynard’s decision to end her life. Msgr Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, who is head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said there was no dignity in her physician assisted death. Ms Maynard, 29, took a lethal prescription provided by a doctor under Oregon state’s death-with-dignity law. Earlier Read more

Legalised suicide’s hidden costs

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Suicide has never looked more vivacious. In Brittany Maynard, advocates of assisted suicide have found their ideal spokeswoman. She is not an aging hippy embittered by her loss of energy. As far as one can tell, she is neither a radical individualist nor a nihilist. She is, by all appearances, a loving, life-embracing young woman. Read more