Ten Fine Gael TDs and four from Fianna Fáil joined liberal and left-wing TDs last night to ensure the Assisted Suicide bill passed its second stage in the Dáil by 81 votes to 71. The bill will now go to the Committee Stage for examination.
Recently I addressed a group of Parliamentarians in London about assisted suicide and euthanasia. My talk, which coincided with World Suicide Prevention day, sought to address the unintended consequences of legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia in the Netherlands.
A leading medical expert has said that the Assisted Suicide bill ignores the better option of good palliative care, and pointed to a High Court ruling saying that it would be "impossible" to ensure that older and more vulnerable people would be protected from coming under pressure to end their lives.
A Private Members Bill from PBP TD Gino Kenny is set to come before the Dáil TODAY seeking to legalise Assisted Suicide. The Bill proposes to make it legal for a medical practitioner to "enable" a person to end his or her own life.
While the Australian state of Tasmania is debating a bill that would legalize assisted suicide, the state of Victoria reported more than ten times the anticipated number of deaths from assisted suicide and euthanasia in its first legal year.
Spiked is an online blog whose writers regard themselves as proudly anti-establishment, but when it comes to abortion, they are all staunch supporters, from Ella Whelan declaring that abortion on the grounds of disability is not discrimination to Anne Furedi's sycophantic praise for Andrew Cuomo’s New York law for abortion to birth for any reason.
The pro-life movement saw a victory this past month as the pro-euthanasia lobby in the EU Parliament failed to gain majority support for a declaration on the so-called “dignity at the end of life”, which included support for euthanasia to include reasons of mental or psychological suffering.
A British poll has found that 77% of people with disability aged 18-24 and 71% of disabled people aged 25-34 were "concerned about pressure being placed on other disabled people to end their lives prematurely", if there were a change in the law on assisted suicide".