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Connecticut man charged with manslaughter in supposed "assisted suicide" of his wife

Alex Schadenberg - 2 hours 27 min ago
Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

AKevin ConnorsConnecticut man has been charged with manslaughter in the death of his wife, in a case that has being referred to as assisted suicide.

Samara Abramson reporting for Fox news  stated that Kevin Connors told police that he held the gun to his wife's head as she pulled the trigger. This is being referred to as an assisted suicide case because Lori Connors had late stage ovarian cancer and Lyme disease. 
The Associated Press reported that:The 65-year-old retired prison guard initially told police he had been woken up by the sound of a gunshot, but later admitted he helped 61-year-old Lori Conners hold a gun to her head while she pulled the trigger in their bed on Sept. 6, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Conners said he couldn't watch his wife suffer any more.CNN news reporter Lauren del Valle quoted Connors lawyer, Raymond Rigat as stating:"Mr. Conners did what any loving husband would do,"Cathy LudlumCathy Ludlum from the disability rights group Second Thoughts Connecticut told Abramson from Fox news:“If you don’t have encouragement and support around you, it’s easy to give up”Manslaughter is the correct charge in this case. Whether Connors was a "loving" husband or not, it is not a loving act to kill or assist to kill your spouse, parent or child.

Society needs to care for people, by killing the pain not the patient.
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France's highest appeal court will hear death by dehydration (Lambert) case.

Alex Schadenberg - 3 hours 4 min ago
Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Vincent LambertFrance's top appeals court will hear the case concerning the withdrawal of food and fluids from Vincent Lambert, a man who was cognitively disabled in a motorcycle accident injury in 2008. 

In 2015, Lambert's wife petitioned the court to have all treatment and care ceased including food and water. His parents urged that their son be transferred to a rehabilitation center. The legal battle concerning withdrawing fluids and food from Lambert has continued.

Euro news reported, on May 20, that doctors, at a hospital in Reims France, were sedating Lambert as part of the process to withdraw fluids and food and cause him to die by dehydration, as approved by a court order.

Vincent Lambert's mother.Later, that day, Euro news reported that the Court of Appeal in Paris ordered that Lambert be fed and hydrated. The decision was in response to the UN Disability Rights Commission appeal. BBC news reported Lambert's mother as stating:
"They are going to restore nutrition and give him drink. For once I am proud of the courts," she said.According to an article by Juliette Monteese published by AFP news:
the Cour de Cassation will begin examining whether a lower Paris court was within its rights to order that Lambert's feeding tubes be reinserted last month, just hours after doctors had begun switching off life support. The Cour de Cassation, which will not rule on the merits of maintaining Lambert's treatment, is expected to give its judgement later this week.It is a disappointment that the court has limited the scope of its inquiry.
In early May, 2019, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities intervened in the Lambert case stating that causing Lambert's death by dehydration contravened his rights as a person with disabilities. Section 25f of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires nations to:
25(f) Prevent discriminatory denial of health care or health services or food and fluids on the basis of disability.Lambert is a cognitively disabled man who is not otherwise dying or nearing death. To directly and intentionally cause his death by withholding fluids is euthanasia by dehydration. If his fluids are withheld his death would not be from his medical condition but rather, he would die by dehydration, a terrible death.
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Care Not Killing responds to Doctors’ Group decision to consult its members about their views on assisted suicide and euthanasia

Alex Schadenberg - 3 hours 48 min ago

Press Release issued on behalf of Care Not Killing
Sunday June 23, 2019
Care Not Killing notes the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) decision to consult its members about their views on assisted suicide and euthanasia, but warns that the survey must not “pre-determine” the results or rig the ballot. Dr Gordon MacDonald, Chief Executive of Care Not Killing commented: “It is sensible for respected groups like the RCGP to ask its members about their views important medical and ethical issues, but any survey must be independent and not pre-determine the result or try to rig the ballot, as we saw in the recent poll of members of the RCP (Royal College of Physicians).

“Worryingly the RCP decided to change their position unless there was an unprecedented 60 per cent supermajority in favour of retaining their opposition to assisted suicide, which ensured the college now has a neutral position on this issue. Yet that position was supported by just one in four doctors. No wonder there has been large-scale opposition to the way the poll was conducted, including a legal challenge and resignation by senior members of the ethics Committee of the RCP.

“A detailed analysis of the RCP poll results found significant opposition to changing the law among those doctors who care for patients at the end of life. This included 84.3 per cent of palliative care doctors and 80 per cent of trauma doctors.

“Most doctors are clear that they do not want a change in the law on assisted suicide or euthanasia. They recognise the dangers of ripping up long-held universal values that protect the terminally ill, sick and disabled people from feeling pressured into ending their lives because they fear becoming a care or financial burden.

“They also understand the evidence that legalising assisted suicide appears to normalise suicide in the general population. In Oregon, the place often used as a model by those promoting a change in the law, suicide rates are now 45 per cent higher than the national US average. Similar trends can be observed in Holland and Belgium.

“They also understand how changing the law is likely to fundamentally alter the doctor-patient relationship, as evidenced by a recent ComRes poll. When 2,000 members of the public were asked if GPs were given the power to help patients commit suicide it would fundamentally change the relationship between a doctor and patient, twice as many said it would (48 per cent to 23 per cent), while nearly 3 in ten (29 per cent) were not sure.”
Dr Macdonald concluded: “Care Not Killing looks forward to setting out the reasons why members of the Royal College of General Practitioner should continue to oppose any change to the law. Something that is shared by a majority of the medical profession, every major disability rights organisation and a majority of UK Parliamentarians who have voted against changing the law more than a dozen times since 2004.”
For media inquiries, please contact Alistair Thompson on 07970 162225.
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Palestinians and the Bahrain Conference: Condemning Arabs While Asking for Arab Money

Gatestone Institute - 7 hours 54 min ago
The Palestinian strategy is clear: to incite the Arab masses against their leaders and governments. The Palestinian attacks are no longer directed against US President Donald Trump... Now the targets are the Arab heads of state, particularly those who
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The US Should Designate Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization

Gatestone Institute - 8 hours 54 min ago
The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928, is a pro-jihad, Islamist movement that has branches throughout the world and seeks to implement Islamic sharia under a global caliphate. Terrorism is only one of the methods the Brotherhood employs, and
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Istanbul: 'Everything Is Coming Up Roses'

Gatestone Institute - 9 hours 54 min ago
The invincible Erdoğan took a great risk: a second loss for the man who thinks "whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey" would mean just more than just an embarrassing mayoral loss. Comparatively speaking, the difference in votes between Imamoğlu and Erdoğan's
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The Suicide of France

Gatestone Institute - Sun, 2019-06-23 11:00
"Frenchness" is disappearing and being replaced by a kind balkanization of enclaves not communicating with one another.... this is not a good recipe. The more the French élites with their disposable incomes and cultural leisure cloister themselves in
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The Death of Iran's Japanese Dream

Gatestone Institute - Sun, 2019-06-23 10:00
What he [Nobushuke Kishi, Japan's postwar statesman and prime minister], tried to tell us, in his oblique Shintoist manner, was that politics should be regarded as a public service dealing with issues of real life and not abstractions such as imperial
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Turkey: Vote Until You Get It Right

Gatestone Institute - Sat, 2019-06-22 19:30
"Greek settlements in Asia Minor date as far back as the 11th century BC when Greeks emigrated from mainland Greece." -- Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center Today, less than half a percent of Turkey's population is Christian. The hostility of
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UK: A Clash of Educations

Gatestone Institute - Sat, 2019-06-22 11:00
While Britons are striving to promote British values, those increasingly appear not to be the values everyone here wants. The No Outsiders curriculum... teaches acceptance of people different from oneself, which is what brings pupils into contact with
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Disabled man feeling pressured to ask for euthanasia

Alex Schadenberg - Fri, 2019-06-21 20:04
Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition


I was contacted by man with a disability, who was telling me how he was feeling pressured to ask for euthanasia. After explaining his concerns he sent me this email comment:
I am living in the advanced stages of quadriplegia, now 33 years along. I am feeling the suggestive influence from my nursing care, regarding euthanasia. They use indirect pressure by speaking about other patients who have chosen the path of assisted death, unsolicited from me. I am worried about Canadian laws, so anti-life, and I don't ever want to end my life. I didn't choose when I was born, and I won't choose when I die. Another thing that concerns me is as these evil laws progress against the vulnerable like myself, when will this newfound right to die become the duty or obligation to die? I can see it coming...People talk about "freedom, choice and autonomy" without thinking that these concepts only apply to euthanasia in theory. In reality, it is the doctor or nurse practitioner who decides if you should have euthanasia and many doctors and nurse practitioners recognize the equality of people with significant disabilities.

Candice Lewis with her mother.Candice Lewis, in Newfoundland was also pressured to "ask" for assisted death (Link to the Candice Lewis story and interview) and Roger Foley experienced the same, not so subtle pressure, to ask for an assisted death (Link to the Roger Foley story).

Euthanasia is sold to the public based on theory. The lives of People with disabilities are often judged based on "quality of life" perceptions of the person who lives with disabilities. These perceptions of quality of life can be deadly.

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Palestinian 'Moderates:' Rifles, Hand Grenades and Terrorism

Gatestone Institute - Fri, 2019-06-21 11:00
How does Abbas explain his opposition to the use of weapons and terrorism against Israel while his own faction displays rifles and a hand grenade and a map where Israel is completely ignored? Fatah is, in other words, calling for a new Intifada
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What happens when a rat has a drug induced medical abortion?

Christian Medical Fellowship - Fri, 2019-06-21 08:19

The rat is a valuable animal model of human disease. Humans and rats share many common genetic features and by examining the physiology, neurology, neurophysiology and the resulting behaviours such as the response to stress, of a rat, scientists can gain valuable insights into how humans function. The rat is one of the primary models for studies of human reproduction.

Which is why the findings of a new peer reviewed study on the effects of a drug induced medical abortion on rats is so fascinating. And since 71% of women having an abortion in England and Wales have a medical rather than surgical abortion (over 140,000 women per year), research on the effects is needed.

In a medical abortion, two drugs are administered, mifepristone then misoprostol, up to 48 hours apart. The effects of medical abortions are debated, especially the mental health consequences, but some of the known physical complications are detailed in this briefing.

In the rat experiment the same drug protocols were followed as with humans, but with the major advantage in that rats, unlike humans, can be randomly assigned to different groups. So out of 81 rats there was a control (non-pregnant) group, a pregnant group and a group that was administered mifepristone and misoprostol at the equivalent of 28–40 days gestation for humans.

The researchers measured rat body weight, food intake, vaginal impedance, sucrose consumption and home-cage activity.

The results were striking.

The rats with a full-term pregnancy increased their weight throughout as expected. The rats that experienced a natural miscarriage stopped increasing weight but did not lose weight, their weight stabilised. But the rats given the medical abortion lost significant weight. They simply stopped eating as much and their sucrose consumption dropped dramatically. The ‘miscarriage rats’ and pregnant rats ate normally throughout. Weight is a useful indication of health, well-being and stress in rats and a drop in sucrose consumption and weight suggests depression-like behaviour. In this research, the ‘abortion rats’ demonstrated moderate to severe stress.

Activity levels also measure depression-like behaviour. This showed that the average distance, speed and time moved per week was far less for the ‘abortion rats’, even compared to the ‘miscarriage rats’, which moved as much as the full pregnancy ones. When measuring ‘rearings’ (standing on hind legs – an indication of normal interest in their environment), the medical abortion group displayed a significant decrease relative to all the other groups.

The time spent in cage corners was also measured and showed that the ‘abortion rats’ separated themselves from the others and spent far more time than the other rats in the far back corner of the cage, indicating increased anxiety.

Additionally the ‘abortion rats’ did not show healthy rat behaviour. They did not groom themselves , they had unkempt coats, their posture was more hunched, and they showed a reduction in exploratory behaviour (sniffing and rearing).

The researchers concluded that the rats who had had a medically induced abortion showed moderate to severe stress, as indicated by their physiological effects measured. The observed effects of stress were specific to the induced abortion not the loss of a pregnancy through miscarriage.

The authors also note that the effects of the drug induced termination were not short-term. The effects on food intake lasted for seven days which is the equivalent of 244 human days. The biochemical observations were still visible at the end of the experiment which equates to around six and a half human years.

Our findings strongly suggest that pregnancy termination at mid-term (first-trimester human equivalent) induces significant negative biological and behavioural changes in the rat. Additionally, such a procedure appears to be associated with a potential absence of beneficial effects of carrying a pregnancy to full-term. Moreover, our findings also appear to indicate a significant difference between induced pregnancy termination (medical abortion) and natural miscarriage.

The researchers say that this is the first research that investigates the biological and behavioural effects of drug-induced abortion in an animal model. It seems that the focus of other research has been primarily directed at the success (effectiveness and speed) of terminating a pregnancy. Which leaves me questioning what rigorous pre-clinical therapeutic investigation has taken place with the administration of these powerful drugs on women.

Obviously, as this research was done on rats and not women, the results cannot be directly extrapolated across. But as I state at the outset, knowledge from rat models has benefitted many disorders and contributed significantly to the progress of medicine, so it cannot be easily dismissed. It was also a controlled, objective and ethical assessment – no one can argue that rats suffered these consequences because they were reflecting on what they had done, or were being made to feel guilty by society for having an abortion.

These findings at the very least emphasise the need for further objective research into the physical and behavioural effects of drug induced abortion. Particularly since 86.1% of abortions in Scotland and 71% of abortions in England and Wales are performed using these drugs – over 150,000 women per year. I wonder how many of these women have any idea of the potential physical and emotional consequences to their long-term health?

The research paper: Biological, Behavioral and Physiological Consequences of Drug-Induced Pregnancy Termination at First-Trimester Human Equivalent in an Animal Model is a peer reviewed research article published in Frontiers In Neuroscience by Sammut et al.

 

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Oregon approves bill to expand assisted suicide law.

Alex Schadenberg - Thu, 2019-06-20 14:24
Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition


The Oregon House passed a bill on Tuesday that expands the Oregon's assisted suicide law by essentially waving the requirement of a 15 day waiting period.

Oregon Bill SB 0579 which enables a physician to wave the 15 waiting period states:
Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, if the qualified patient’s attending physician has medically confirmed that the qualified patient will, within reasonable medical judgment, die before the expiration of at least one of the waiting periods described in subsection (1) of this section, the prescription for medication under ORS 127.800 to 127.897 may be written at any time following the later of the qualified patient’s written request or second oral request under ORS 127.840.By waving the 15 day waiting period, a person who is approved for assisted suicide could die by assisted suicide without an opportunity, if depressed, to change their mind. 

The assisted suicide lobby argues that assisted suicide laws have not expanded in Oregon, therefore there is no fear of expansion in other jurisdictions. Previous to this bill, Oregon had expanded assisted suicide by re-interpreting the meaning of terminal illness. In January 2018, Fabian Stahle proved that the Oregon Health Authority re-interpreted the meaning of terminal illness. Now Oregon has expanded the language of the legislation.

The Netherlands euthanasia law has expanding, not by changing the language of the law, but by changing the interpretation of the law. The latest Netherlands euthanasia statistics suggest that the euthanasia law was re-interpreted to include euthanasia for "completed life."
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Free Online Conference celebrating 20 years of protecting people from euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Alex Schadenberg - Thu, 2019-06-20 13:58


Alex SchadenbergJoin EPC on Saturday July 20 to celebrate the 20th anniversary for Alex Schadenberg as the Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
EPC is celebrating the occasion with a free live online conference from (12:30 pm to 3:00 pm eastern time) featuring key presenters. 
The conference will include: 

  • Amy Hasbrouck, (EPC - President),
  • Aubert Martin (Vivre dans la Dignité - Executive Director), 
  • Taylor Hyatt (Toujours Vivant – Not Dead Yet researcher),
  • Catherine Glenn Foster (AUL - President), 
  • Dr Lauren Mai (Physician), 
  • and Alex Schadenberg.

EPC is focusing on the International campaign to prevent euthanasia and assisted suicide and Canada's five year review of its euthanasia legislation that is scheduled for June 2020. 
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No Peace as Long as Iran's Mullahs Enjoy Power

Gatestone Institute - Thu, 2019-06-20 11:00
Already eight years ago, the head of Iran's Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani boasted to the US General David Petraeus that: "You should know that I... control policy for Iran with respect to Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza and Afghanistan. The ambassador in Baghdad is a
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Mae Cannon & CMEP: The New Face of the Palestinian Authority's Antisemitic "Christian" Lobby

Gatestone Institute - Thu, 2019-06-20 10:00
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has apparently decided to shift strategies. Its latest initiative is apparently to use their "Christian" lobby — and various organizations that lobby creates — to infiltrate Christian pro-Israel communities through a
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Euthanasia leader sentenced to three years (house arrest) in South Africa.

Alex Schadenberg - Wed, 2019-06-19 19:49
Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Sean Davison is a euthanasia activist who was previously convicted in the death of his mother in New Zealand in 2010.

Davison who was the President of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies and a leader of Dignity South Africa was convicted in the deaths of Anrich Burger (in 2013), Justin Varian (in 2015), and Richard Holland (in 2015).
 
Shamiela Fisher, reporting for Eyewitness news, stated that Davidson was sentenced to three years correctional supervision in the deaths. Fisher stated:
The Western Cape High Court also sentenced him to eight years behind bars which has been wholly suspended for five years on condition he is not convicted of murder, attempted murder or conspiracy to commit murder over this period.

The first charge relates to the death of Anrich Burger in 2013. Burger was a quadriplegic following a car accident in 2005. Davison administered a lethal dose of drugs to Burger.

The two other murder charges, which Davison has also pleaded guilty to, relate to the deaths of Justin Varian and Richard Holland.
He entered into a plea and sentencing agreement in the High Court on Wednesday in connection with cases in which he helped three Cape Town patients take their own lives.Fisher reported that:
Professor Davison has been placed under house arrest for the full duration of his correctional supervision. He may, however, go to work, to a place of worship or visit a doctor. I understand that this is a plea bargain deal but Davidson, the former President of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, has essentially received no sentence in the deaths of three people. 

Being sentenced to 8 years behind bars but then being allowed to serve it as three years house arrest, but then be able to go to work, church and the doctor, is not a sentence at all.

Davidson does show the world how euthanasia activists become killers. He is known to have killed his mother and now three others.

Years ago, when I attended the World Federation of Right to Die Societies conference, I met a group of people who spent their time discussing over lunch the deaths that they had participated in.

This is a death cult not a human rights lobby.
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Euthanasia: The role of doctors has fundamentally changed.

Alex Schadenberg - Wed, 2019-06-19 17:48
Alex Schadenberg
Executive Dirctor, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
 
Today, the State of Victoria in Australia will institute its euthanasia law. Euthanasia has been debated in Australia since the Northern Territory legalized euthanasia in 1995 with the federal government overturning that law in 1997.
 
Dr Mark YatesMark Yates, a geriatrican and associate professor at Deakin University has written a great article that was published in Australia's Age newspaper titled: This week, the role of doctors will fundamentally change.
 
Yates first states what euthanasia is:
This legislation will enable doctors, at the request of a patient who meets the legislative requirements, to inject their patient with a combination of drugs that have the sole purpose of ending their life.Yates repeats the mantra that euthanasia will be rare. He states:
The fact that this will be a rare occurrence is irrelevant to the majority of the medical profession. The issue is that the role of the doctor is fundamentally changed by this legislation, from treatment to protect life and relieve suffering to now include intentionally causing the death of a patient.The Québec Minister of Health suggested that there would only be 100 deaths per year, whereas data indicates that there were 1664 reported euthanasia deaths in the first 16 months of the law. Yates continues:
As a geriatrician who cares for frail older people, I know many who perceive they are a burden to society or their family. I am saddened by the additional burden they must now carry. The burden of choosing to continue with life or to have it terminated. Sadly, knowing both the best and worst of human nature and that 10 to 15 per cent of elderly people experience abuse, I now also fear for the risks some will be exposed to as a result of this new legislation.Yates comments on medical error and oversight of the law.
The legislation cannot safeguard families from medical error because case review is always after the death with a seven-day window before the necessary paperwork is required to be submitted – long after cremation in many cases.Yates concludes his article by sharing his concerns:
Mostly I am saddened by legislation that weakens the fabric of our society and puts the frail elderly at risk.Sadly, once a society has crossed the line and accepted that it is acceptable for doctors to kill patients, the law is then pressured to expand to include other conditions and situations where someone is demanding death. The only acceptable response is to provide excellent care and never to approve killing patients.
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Iran: New Terrorist Activity in Europe

Gatestone Institute - Wed, 2019-06-19 11:00
One of the more disturbing discoveries regarding Iran's ever-expanding terrorism horizons has emerged in London where it was revealed by the Daily Telegraph earlier this month that a terrorist cell with links to Iran had been caught stockpiling tonnes of
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