Below are recent articles offering news and commentary on the push for assisted suicide and the concerns about and impact of these dangerous trends.
The good news so far has been the success in many states to reject efforts to legalize assisted suicide. Unfortunately, Canada received a negative high court ruling and has since fully legalized assisted suicide.
In the USA in 2017, bills to legalize assisted suicide were stopped in 22 states! Kudos to the coalitions against assisted suicide that worked so extremely hard and have been so successful. Pro-assisted-suicide bills were defeated, died from inaction, stalled or were withdrawn in Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming.
Unfortunately, 2018 has not been as successful because Hawaii has now enacted assisted suicide. However, court rulings have recently declared the California assisted suicide law unconstitutional.
Appeals Court Upholds Judge’s Decision Overturning California Law Legalizing Assisted Suicide 05/24/18 by Alex Schadenberg
New documentary exposes big lie behind euthanasia movement 04/18/18 by Lianne Laurence
Hawaii Becomes the 6th State to Legalize Assisted Suicide 04/06/18 by SPUC
Advocate for the Elderly and Disabled: “Assisted Suicide is Bad Public Policy” 03/14/18 by Steven Ertelt
Is “deep sedation” a masked form of assisted suicide? 01/10/18 by Roberto de Mattei
Hidden problems with the Oregon assisted suicide law uncovered 01/08/18 by Alex Schadenberg
Inspiring: How a woman with cancer put assisted suicide advocates to shame 10/11/17 by Fr. Mark Hodges
Assisted Suicide is No Peaceful Death. Some Patients Regurgitate, Have Seizures, or Wake Up Days Later 10/9/17 by Michael Cook
Court Rules There is No Constitutional Right to Assisted Suicide 09/7/17 by Wesley Smith
Medical error is the third leading cause of death. Should legal euthanasia concern you? 08/23/17 by Alex Schadenberg
It’s a Culture War, Stupid 08/22/17 by George Weigel
More People are Committing Suicide Because Legalizing Assisted Suicide Glorifies Killing Yourself 08/22/17 by Wesley Smith
Canada’s Assisted Dying law – one year later, more deaths than expected 06/22/17 by Alex Schadenberg
One Year of Legalized Assisted Suicide in California, Countless Unanswered Questions 06/8/17 by Dr Jacqueline H. Abernathy
Nevada Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide Dies Without a Vote 06/8/17 by Nevada Right to Life
Vermont Assisted Suicide Law Can’t Force Doctors to Refer Patients for Suicide 05/23/17 by Alliance Defending Freedom
Michigan Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide has No Chance of Passing 04/11/17 by Right to Life of Michigan
Hawaii Defeats Dangerous Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide 03/24/17 by Alex Schadenberg
Maryland Pro-Life Advocates Stop Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide 03/8/17 by Dave Andrusko
Assisted Suicide Deaths Can be Horrifyingly Slow and Painful 02/27/17 by Alex Schadenberg
Oregon Assisted Suicide Deaths Hit Record High in 2016 as Abuses Continue 02/21/17 by Alex Schadenberg
Minnesota appeals court upheld conviction for assisted suicide 12/19/16 by Alex Schadenberg
Ohio passes bill making assisted suicide a felony 12/9/16 by Alex Schadenberg
Newspaper Uncovers Abuse of Assisted Suicide Laws and Pressure to Euthanize Patients 11/29/16 by Alex Schadenberg
Proposition 106 passes, assisted suicide now permitted in Colorado 11/9/16 by Jennifer Popik, J.D.
Colorado Proposition 106 is Dangerous, Here’s Why Voters Should Not Legalize Assisted Suicide 10/24/16 by Rachel del Guidice
Assisted suicide deaths increase by 31.7% in Washington State (2015) 8/15/16 by Richard Egan
California assisted suicide law is unconstitutional… Killling is never medical care 7/25/16 by Alex Schadenberg
Court case filed to protect Vermont physicians and patients from coercion in assisted suicide 7/20/16 by Alex Schadenberg
New Mexico Supreme Court decides that “aid in dying” is assisted suicide and there is no right to assisted suicide 6/30/16 by Alex Schadenberg
‘Me Before You’ 6/17/16 by Catherine Daub
You Before Me is Better than Me Before You 5/31/16 by Stephanie Gray
Victory: New Hampshire assisted suicide study bill defeated 5/12/16 by Alex Schadenberg
New York Court Rules There is No Right to Assisted Suicide 5/6/16 by Not Dead Yet
U.S. suicides are increasing at alarming rates: assisted suicide advocacy is at least partly to blame 4/26/16 by Wesley J. Smith
A LETTER TO MY DOCTOR NOT TO KILL ME 4/16/16 by Mark Davis Pickup
Minnesota Euthanasia Advocates Fail to Pass Bill Legalizing Assisted Suicide 3/17/16 by Bill Poehler
California’s assisted suicide law to go into effect this summer 3/14/16 by Lisa Bourne
Assisted suicide corrupts medicine 3/6/16 by Ryan T. Anderson
Colorado Once Again Defeats Bill to Make It The 5th State Legalizing Assisted Suicide 2/24/16 by Steven Ertelt
Why assisted suicide is a poison pill 2/23/16 by John Stonestreet
Study: Over 50% of assisted suicide patients could have been treated 2/16/16 by Fr. Mark Hodges
Oregon Death With Dignity Act: 2015 Data Summary 2/4/16 Issued by Oregon Public Health
During 2015, 218 people received prescriptions for lethal medications under the provisions of the Oregon DWDA, compared to 155 during 2014. As of January 27, 2016, the Oregon Public Health Division had received reports of 132 people who had died during 2015 from ingesting the medications prescribed under DWDA (compared to 105 in 2014 and 73 in 2013).
Similar to previous years, the three most frequently mentioned end‐of‐life concerns were: decreasing ability to participate in activities that made life enjoyable (96.2%), loss of autonomy (92.4%), and loss of dignity (75.4%). During 2015, only five patients were referred for psychological/psychiatric evaluation.
The insane message legalizing ‘death with dignity’ sends to the suicidal 11/16/15 by Jonathon Van Maren
Why Disabled People Like Me Fear Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia 11/12/15 by Stephanie Woodward