An expert in treating mental health for cancer patients has told the Joint Committee on Assisted Dying/Assisted Suicide that “it would be a travesty if assisted dying became a substitute for assistance in living"
Veteran Irish barrister William Binchy has told the Oireachtas Committee looking at Assisted Suicide that people who are old and physically frail “may be concerned they are becoming a burden on their families” and in turn, be more vulnerable to ending their lives through the practice if it becomes law.
The Irish Association for Palliative Care (IAPC) has voiced opposition to the introduction of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide (PAS) in Ireland in its position paper submitted to the Joint Oireachtas Committee.
Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has welcomed clarification from the Oireachtas Committee on Assisted Dying, of which he is a member, that the Committee has ‘full freedom’ to recommend against the introduction of assisted suicide if it sees fit.
An assistant professor at one of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. has said that the “clear solution” to Japan’s aging society is for “mass suicide and mass ‘seppuku’ (ritual disembowelment) of the elderly”.
The Constitutional court in Portugal has ruled that a proposed law that would legalise euthanasia in the country is unconstitutional, on the basis that the conditions upon which a person may avail of the euthanasia is unclear.