Tag: euthanasia

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February 19, 2014

Bioethics Poetry, Another Dannie Abse Edition

A DOCTOR’S REGISTER


And yet God has not said a word!

“Porphyria’s Lover,” R. Browning


Half asleep, you recalled a fading list

of girls’ sweet names. Now to old women

these names belong—some whom you tumbled and

     kissed

in summer’s twilit lanes or hidden by heather.

You were a youth who never stayed long

for Gwen or for Joyce, for Rita or Ruth,

and there were others too, on a lower register.


Then, suddenly, a robust, scolding voice

changed your dream’s direction and the weather.

“That much morphia, doctor? Wrong, wrong.”


Surprised to discover your eyes still shut

you wondered which dead patient or what

(whose accusing son and when?) as any

trusted doctor would who did not murder

any pleading one with sovereign impunity.


“I found a thing to do,” said the lover

of Porphyria. Porphyria? Awake you add

the other pretty names too: Anuria,

Filaria, Leukaemia, Melanoma,

Sarcoma, Euthanasia, amen.


Dannie Abse


January 9, 2013

Son's Perspective on Using VSED to Hasten Death

The following is an essay by Marc Newhouse on his mother's use of VSED.  Marc Newhouse is a former cellist, nurse, and English teacher.  He is now a book author who blogs at Life, Death and Iguanas. In April of 2010, my...
December 12, 2008

She Has Death Written All Over Her

A New Zealand woman isn’t leaving anything to chance in the event she is taken into an emergency room unconscious. She doesn’t want there to be any mistake about her wishes in the event of a life-threatening event.…

September 24, 2008

Warnock: Dementia Patients A Waste

Some Brits are shocked at Baroness Mary Warnock’s latest quote regarding the significant burden placed on Alzheimer’s caregivers and her call for euthanasia for the demented.…

August 26, 2007

CNN: DA never called medical experts to testify in Katrina hospital deaths

In July, a grand jury decided not to indict one doctor and two nurses on second degree murder charges that they had taken actions to kill patients in their care at New Orleans’ Memorial Medical Center during Hurricane Katrina.…

News (5)

January 16, 2013 2:06 pm

Deaf twins who discovered they were going blind and would never see each other again are euthanized in Belgian hospital (Mail Online)

A pair of identical twins, who were born deaf, have been killed by Belgian doctors after seeking euthanasia when they found out they would also soon go blind.  In a unique case under the country’s euthanasia laws, the 45-year-old brothers, from Antwerp, chose death as they were unable to bear the thought of never seeing one another again.  

 

December 10, 2012 7:22 pm

Euthanasia “trivialized” in Belgium: report by bioethics institute (BioEdge)

Belgium legalised euthanasia in 2002, with a law containing strict controls to protect the vulnerable. The Belgium-based European Institute of Bioethics has just released a study of the experience of ten years of euthanasia.  It claims that the results are far from encouraging.

July 11, 2012 6:41 pm

Legal Euthanasia Didn’t Raise Death Rate, Researchers Say (Bussinessweek)

“Countries differ greatly in demography, culture and organization of medical care,” Lo, who is also director of the medical ethics program at the University of California, San Francisco, wrote in a comment accompanying the study. More in- depth information is needed to better understand how patients and physicians reach their decisions, he said.

May 7, 2012 11:48 am

Legal euthanasia kills justice for all (Sunday Star Times)

As the spokesperson of a Catholic bioethics centre, there are some who discount my message because of my religious affiliation, rather than on the basis of its merits. It’s a classic case of “playing the man instead of the ball”. As two commentators noted in response to comments I recently made about the dangers of legalising euthanasia: “I am sick of the religious trying to force their narrow views on society.

April 11, 2012 1:14 pm

Why Do Americans Balk at Euthanasia Laws? (NY Times)

Why is euthanasia more controversial in the United States than, for instance, in the Netherlands? What would need to change before the U.S. would legalize physician-assisted suicide?