Posts Tagged ‘right to die’

Italy’s constitutional court rejects euthanasia referendum

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

Italy’s Constitutional Court has shot down a bid to decriminalize assisted suicide, judging that there were inadequate protections for the weakest. Right-to-die advocates in Italy have been trying to force a referendum on the contentious issue in the largely Catholic country where opposition is strong. It gathered 750,000 signatures in August, well above the minimum Read more

Aussies live-stream euthanasia deaths to Nitschke

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

The man known as Australia’s “Dr Death” has created a private live-streaming service so he can watch in real-time as members of his euthanasia group end their lives. It might seem macabre to some but right-to-die campaigner Philip Nitschke says it’s all in the name of science. The founder of Exit International wants to be Read more

Court orders life support to resume in right-to-die case

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Doctors have been ordered to resume life support for a quadriplegic Frenchman whose case is central to the right-to-die debate in France. The doctors had stopped the nutrition and hydration Vincent Lambert receives, following an earlier judicial ruling in accordance with the wishes of his wife and other relatives. The new order to resume life Read more

Assisted suicide supporters have elitist view of political discourse

Friday, August 26th, 2016
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The insinuation that the views of people with a faith perspective don’t count or count less is nothing more than an example of bigotry says the Director of The Nathaniel Bioethics Centre, Dr John Kleinsman. He is surprised and appalled at the disingenuous tactics being employed by assisted suicide supporters, saying they are a smoke screen, a Read more

Cannabis the only thing that helped my dying wife

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Cannabis was the only ‘medicine’ that helped his wife’s pain, and relieved the uncontrollable and agonising muscle spasms that MS sufferers endure said visiting Irish assisted dying campaigner Tom Curran. He was speaking to 80 people in Nelson’s Fairfield House at a meeting organised by Nelson Options, the local chapter of voluntary euthanasia group Exit Read more

Judge unfairly targeted in Lecretia Seales right-to-die case

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Justice David Collins drew the short straw when he was assigned to hear Lecretia Seales’ case seeking the right to die at a time of her own choosing. He made the correct decision, ruling that it was for Parliament, not the courts, to change the law relating to assisted suicide. He explained his decision in Read more

Right to die lawyer accepts others will intervene with her case

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

A terminally-ill Wellington lawyer trying to clarify the law on assisted dying has accepted a judge’s ruling to allow interest groups to join her court case. Lecretia Seales, 42, was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in March 2011 but with her health deteriorating, she petitioned the High Court in Wellington to uphold her right Read more

Euthanasia advocate – people should be allowed to return God’s gift

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The architect of voluntary euthanasia legislation in Holland is touring New Zealand saying if life is a gift from God then it may be returned by the owner. Dr Rob Jonquiere has spoken at several gatherings in New Zealand over the past two weeks. He was brought here by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Read more

Euthanasia campaign rides surge of support

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand president Jack Havill, says an Auckland University study published in December showed 82 per cent support for legalising physician-assisted dying. “Unfortunately, even with over 80 per cent of New Zealanders wanting legalisation, politicians still sit on their hands, agonising and arguing about much less important issues.” Read More Read more

The right to die quickly becomes a duty to die

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

“The right to die would very quickly become a duty to die,” says the director of the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre, John Kleinsman. He was speaking to close to 140 people at a public meeting in New Plymouth last week. Kleinsman said his opposition to euthanasia was based on social concerns that its introduction, Read more