Monday, May 10, 2021

The White Rose - The symbol of our opposition to euthanasia.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Many people have asked why the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition uses the white rose as its symbol. You may have heard about the White Rose campaign composed mainly of students in Munich who resisted the Nazi regime and whose leaders were killed on February 22, 1943.

Most of you will not be aware that opposition to the Nazi T-4 euthanasia program influenced the formation of the White Rose campaign

Hans & Sophie Scholl
Some research suggests that Hans and Sophie Scholl heard the sermon by Bishop von Galen, the Bishop of Muenster, who on August 3, 1941, challenged the killing of people with disabilities by euthanasia. Other sources state that they read the sermon, nonetheless the sermon was an inspiration for the Scholl's to act.

On May 9, 2021 Immanuel Marcus published an article in the Berlin Spectator commemorating the 100th birthday of Sophie Scholl, who died by the guillotine on February 22, 1943. Marcus writes:
Elisabeth Hartnagel-Scholl was a hundred years and one day old when she died on February 28th, 2020. In theory, her sister Sophie Magdalena Scholl could be alive today, had Nazi Germany not murdered her. At least she could and should have lived to become an old lady, just like others who resisted the Nazi regime, just like millions of victims of the Shoah and of the war.
Marcus tells us what happened:
Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans Scholl and others founded the underground organization The White Rose. At Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, they were caught distributing leaflets with texts that slammed the regime and Germans who just followed it. On February 18th, 1943, they were arrested by the Gestapo. Only four days later, on February 22nd, they were sentenced to death by judge Freisler and beheaded on the same day.
Sophie Scholl is recognized as a hero because she stood against the tyranny of her day. She was martyred for her heroism. Marcus states:
Sophie Scholl was born in Forchtenberg, a small town in the southwestern part of Germany, on May 9th, 1921, a hundred years ago today. She had four siblings. Early on, she was influenced by her parents’ liberal views and the Christian values that were held high in the family. In the case of Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie, their conscience forced them to do something against the regime, against the war and the genocide. This makes her one of Germany’s biggest heroines.
In 2013, I published an interview with Historian Götz Aly titled: The Victims of Nazi Euthanasia Have Been Forgotten. Götz wrote a book about the Nazi euthanasia program.

In 2014, I published an interview with Elizabeth, the sister of Hans and Sophie Scholl. Elizabeth lived to be 100 years old.

In 2016, I published a book review of the biography of Cardinal Clems von Galen titled: The Lion of Münster: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis. This is a book that is worth reading.

Australia and 'assisted dying'

This article was published by Bioedge on May 8, 2021

Michael Cook
By Michael Cook
Editor of Bioedge

South Australia. SA’s Upper House voted for the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide this week. The bill will be debated in the Lower House in the coming weeks. If it succeeds, South Australia will become the fourth Australian state where “voluntary assisted dying” will be legal, after Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.

The Health Minister, Stephen Wade, is backing the bill. Mr Wade said there was significant value in having national consistency of voluntary assisted dying legislation in Australia. "Consistency would support access, it would support quality and safe practice and it would reduce the pressure for what is sometimes called medical tourism," he said.

Victoria. Euthanasia became legal in the state of Victoria only about two years ago, but its supporters are already seeking a major amendment to broaden access. A Federal law currently prevents doctors from discussing euthanasia with their patients online or on a phone. It was originally passed to discourage the most vicious kind of cyberbullying. However, Justice Party MP Stuart Grimley wants to treat “voluntary assisted dying” advice as a kind of telehealth.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Canada's euthanasia lobby wants more death

Alex Schadenberg
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

An article published by Global News Edmonton is essentially promoting the fact that Bill C-7, which passed on March 17, allows more Canadians to die by euthanasia.

The article by Su-Ling Goh titled: Medical assistance in dying: Do doctors need to know more about Canada’s new law? follows the story of a woman who was not approved for euthanasia (MAiD) and then interviews Dr. Chantal Perrot, an advisor for a euthanasia lobby group.

The story concerns Shondra who was approved by one doctor to die by euthanasia but the second doctor decided that she wasn't sick enough.

Perrot who has not met Shondra, has assessed more than 100 people for "MAiD" in Ontario told Global News:
“I think a lot of people, including some MAID assessors and providers, mistakenly interpreted ‘reasonably foreseeable’ as you had to be terminal, within weeks or months of a natural death, and that’s not the case.”

The new law introduces a two-track approach — relaxing some rules for people whose death is relatively predictable, and adding safeguards for those whose death is not.
Bill C-7 removed the requirement that a person's natural death had to be reasonably foreseeable in order to die by lethal injection and it created a two-track law whereby people who are approaching death can be killed immediately while others who are not approaching death would be required to wait 90 days before being killed.

According to Goh, Shondra's reasons for wanting to die are not only based on her medical condition but also based on the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. Goh reports Shondra as stating:
“I can’t go out. I’ve been secluded because of COVID(-19) for a year and a half, and it’s terrible when you’ve got to depend on strangers,” said Shondra.

The only people she sees are her home-care staff and grocery delivery people. She says she hasn’t left her apartment in over a year because she can’t get down the stairs with her walker.

The senior has considered jumping off her balcony, but would prefer to die peacefully.

“I want to get this pain over with. I want to rest in peace.”
Shondra is experiencing suicidal ideation related to loneliness and isolation. Shondra shouldn't be killed by lethal injection but rather Shondra needs a caring friend.

Sadly, if Perrot and the euthanasia lobby get involved, Shondra will not receive the care that she needs, but rather death.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

German Medical Association changes their position on assisted suicide.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The German Medical Association have changed their charter by removing the statement: “A doctor may not provide any assistance for suicide.”

People may think that this is a normal reaction after Germany's high court decision, last February, that struck down the nations law prohibiting assisted suicide and stated in their court decision that people had the "right to a self-determined death"

In October 2019, the World Medical Association re-affirmed its position that euthanasia and assisted suicide are unethical acts

Just because the high court has ordered assisted suicide to be legalized does not make it ethical for doctors to participate.

According to an article by Derek Scally published on May 6 in the Irish Times:
The federation said it accepted its members’ “individual questions of conscience and no longer want to pursue this as breach of professional obligations”

German Doctors’ Federation president Klaus Reinhardt insisted that, even after the vote, assisted suicide would not become a standard service for his members – a position reflected in a second motion accepted by members.
According to Scally the 
German Patient Protection foundation  stated:
“It is no wonder that the support for death on demand is rising in a time of pandemic with suffering, loneliness and doubt,”
The German Bundestag next month will debate two assisted suicide legalization bills.

Euthanasia Advocate Once Again Reveals His Hand

The following article was published by HOPE Australia.

David Sandford is 84 years old, and describes himself as being “in pretty good health.”

Even so, he went online and ordered a copy of a book written by Australia’s most prominent euthanasia advocate, Philip Nitschke. He had to order it from overseas because the book – which provides information on a variety of ways a person may take their own life – is banned for sale in Australia.

The purchase flagged the possibility that Mr Sanford might be considering self-harm, and so two police officers knocked on his door to conduct a “wellness check.”

Instead of being grateful that the state’s suicide prevention systems seemed to be working, Mr Nitschke complained.

According to the Courier Mail:
Mr Nitschke described the seizure of the book as a “significant new and worrying development”.

“We’ve only seen wellness checks used in the past when people have attempted to purchase euthanasia drugs and had them intercepted,” he said.

“To carry out a wellness check on people simply ordering a book seems to be a total waste of police resources.”
In criticising the intervention from police, Mr Nitschke has once again revealed the real intention of euthanasia advocates: lethal drugs should be available to any adult who wants them; it doesn’t matter if – like Mr Sanford – they are “in pretty good health.”

If Mr Nitschke and his fellow euthanasia supporters label suicide prevention efforts for healthy people “a total waste of police resources,” how do you think they will respond to police resources being used to investigate the suicide deaths of terminally ill Queenslanders under a euthanasia regime?

Monday, May 3, 2021

Pressure to expand euthanasia and assisted suicide laws.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

As I have written before, the euthanasia lobby will promote "safeguards" or limits to assisted dying laws to sell its legalization to the public, but once legalized the death lobby will soon promote the expansion of the law.

For instance, the first legal challenge to Canada's euthanasia law was launched only 10 days after parliament passed Bill C-14. Canada's parliament introduced Bill C-7, to expand Canada's euthanasia law, on February 24, 2020, less than four years after legalizing euthanasia and without carrying out the required review of the euthanasia law. 

YES, Canada expanded its euthanasia law without first completing a review of the law that the legislation required.

Australian states are also being pressured to expand their euthanasia laws, even though they only recently legalized medical killing.

HOPE Australia reported that there is pressure to expand the Western Australian euthanasia law even before it has been implemented and an article published in The Age on May 3 reports that a bill will be debated in Victoria Australia to expand its euthanasia law, a law that has only been in place since 2019.

California is debating Bill SB 380 to expand its assisted suicide law and Washington State debated a bill to expand its assisted suicide law that thankfully failed to pass.

Jurisdictions that are considering the legalization of euthanasia need to be aware that the safeguards (that are usually written with imprecise language) are designed to sell the legalization of medical killing and not designed to protect people in vulnerable situations.

The assisted death lobby views these "safeguards" as creating a pathway to legalization and after legalizing the act they promote these same "safeguards" as barriers to access.

Negotiating the "safeguards" will not lead to a safer law, it only provides the death lobby with an ability to sell the law to the general public. Once legal, the death lobby will propose expansions.