Assisted Suicide is not a private matter

This article was published on the HOPE Australia website on July 16.

By Paul Russell, the founder and director of HOPE Australia.

New Zealand born South African based euthanasia advocate Sean Davison is in the press again, once more seemingly stepping across the line into assisting in suicide.

In 2011, Davison was convicted in a New Zealand Court of assisting the suicide of his own mother in 2006, a matter that came to light in the review of a draft of Davison’s book, Before we say goodbye. Davison admitted in 2010 to crushing 18 morphine tablets and mixing it into a glass of water before handing it to his mother, who had cancer. He was committed to home detention for five months before returning to South Africa and founding a ‘right-to-die’ movement.

In September 2014, Davison admitted at the world ‘right-to-die’ conference in Chicago that he had assisted in the suicide death of a quadriplegic medical doctor in 2013.

Australia’s other ‘Dr Death,’ Rodney Syme, gave a talk at that event entitled: Challenging the Legal System – and getting away with it. Perhaps, Davison heeded Syme’s advice as, on that occasion, no charges were ever brought against him.

Only a few days before Davison made this revelation to his international cohort, on his Dignity SA [Dignity South Africa] twitter feed, Davison tweeted: 

“Dignity SA is committed to good palliative care. Assisted Dying (sic) is a last resort for a small % for whom palliative care is not enough.”

The doctor in question [Dr. Anrich Burge] was not terminally ill. So much for standards.

This week, according to South Africa’s IOL news online, an anonymous caller tipped off the Cape Times that Davison was about to assist in another suicide, this time of a person in hospice care, apparently in his own home.

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Paul Russell: A statement we should all fear

By Paul Russell, the director of HOPE Australia and Vice Chair - EPC International

The article was published on the HOPE Australia website on March 4, 2015.

Paul Russell

Paul Russell

The theory and the practice of euthanasia simply don’t match and the rhetoric and reality are miles apart.

Dutch activist Dr Rob Jonquiere, head of the world body pressing for euthanasia, is in New Zealand peddling euthanasia up and down the country.

He has said some outrageous things, some of which I tackle below. But the most outrageous statement, one that we should all fear, he gave recently to the New Zealand media:

"Sometimes the only way to terminate the suffering is to take away the life."

‘What’s so outrageous about that?’ you may ask. Well, perhaps those who are used to hearing pro-euthanasia peddlers talking about people dying in pain might not notice immediately. But Jonquiere is not talking about pain, he’s talking about suffering. There’s a significant difference; one that should ring alarm bells.

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John Kelly Gives His Take on the NDY Protest of the World Federation Conference

                    John Kelly

                    John Kelly

Bright pink Not Dead Yet T-shirts already filled the wide sidewalk in front of the Embassy Suites when I arrived the morning of Day 1 of the protests. My first assignment was to engage conference attendees who were looking for conversation. I met Janis Landis, vice president of Final Exit Network, the American host group, on two of her forays into the protest site.

Landis, a trim older white woman, told me that she understood our position but that we did not understand theirs. She defended FEN’s assistance in the suicide of Arizonan Jana Van Voorhis, basically saying that Van Voorhis ‘s psychological suffering was real enough to warrant the organization’s assistance

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NDY Protests the World Federation Conference – From My Vantage Point

By Diane Coleman

      Diane Coleman

      Diane Coleman

Not Dead Yet and other disability rights activists from around the U.S. and Canada held a three-day protest vigil at an international assisted suicide and euthanasia conference held in Chicago last week, hosted by the U.S. group Final Exit Network.  Some of the first day’s events, including an opening rally, were covered here.  We plan to post video of the rally soon, and want to thank our speakers.

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Disability rights group protests International pro-euthanasia conference

Diane Coleman

Diane Coleman

Yesterday, September 18th, was the first day of NDY’s protest and vigil at the World Federation of Right to Die Societies Conference.

I’m pushed for time this morning, so this will be brief. I’ll post more later.

There were many speakers opening up the protest yesterday in Chicago (full list to come) – below is the address given by NDY’s founder and president Diane Coleman:

The incredible activists of Not Dead Yet, that’s who you are. 
And it’s wonderful to see all my friends in Chicago again. Thanks to Progress Center and Access Living for doing so much to make our voices heard this week as we protest the World Federation of Right to Die Societies. Thanks to LIFE CIL, the Will-Grundy Center in Illinois, and TRIPIL from Pennsylvania, and folks who’ve come from as far away as Colorado and Canada. You’re amazing.

Read More: http://www.notdeadyet.org/2014/09/chicago-ndy-protest-of-international-pro-euthanasia-conference-day-1.html

Press Release: Disability Rights Activists to Protest International Euthanasia Group Meeting in Chicago

IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS
Diane Coleman 708-420-0539 or Gary Armold 773-425-2536

Diane Coleman

Diane Coleman

The disability rights group Not Dead Yet announced today that it would lead a three-day protest vigil against the World Federation of Right to Die Societies during the Federation’s biennial meeting being held in Chicago. The American group Final Exit Network is hosting the meeting, which runs from September 17-20 at the Embassy Suites Chicago. The group has scheduled a rally to open the protest vigil at 511 North Columbus Drive on September 18 at 12 PM.

”We are here to contradict the message of these groups that it’s better to be dead than disabled,” said Not Dead Yet president Diane Coleman of New York.

Read More: http://www.notdeadyet.org/2014/09/press-release-disability-rights-activists-to-protest-international-euthanasia-group-meeting-in-chicago.html