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Family Supported Suicide and the Duty to Die

by First Things

In 1991, my friend Frances invited me to a “going away party.” She wasn’t moving or going on vacation. Frances wanted her closest friends to come to her home, to tell her how much she meant to us, and to...

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French Bill Would Allow Terminally Ill To Be ‘Deeply Sedated’ Until Death

by CNN

If death is the big sleep, as it is sometimes called, is there anything wrong with a dying person choosing a medically induced smaller sleep—deep sedation—to avoid the pain of a terminal illness? Is it OK for a...

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Rejecting Euthanasia, Respecting The Human Spirit

by Margaret Somerville

Recently, Jonathan Kay, John Moore and I participated in a panel on CBC’s The National, discussing assisted suicide and euthanasia. Kay supported extreme individual autonomy: Whatever their reason, competent adults should have the right to euthanasia. Moore proposed some...

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Let’s Talk About Dying

by TED

We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Peter Saul, an emergency doctor. He asks us to think about the end of our lives — and to question against the modern model...

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What Everyone Forgets About Euthanasia

by The Week

France’s socialist government has decided to allow discussion on a bill that will, in practice, legalize euthanasia. French law already allows some forms of excessive care to be withheld from terminally ill patients. This is sensible, at least in...

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