Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director of the American Humanist Association, published an essay today – April 16 – on Huffington Post. His essay uses the tragedies of elderly suicide/homicides to build a case of assisted suicide, a tactic which will be familiar to readers of this blog. Here’s an excerpt from his essay, titled “Getting the [...](April 16, 2013). Read more.
AMOUR AND FEAR: ASSISTED SUICIDE AT THE OSCARS By Amy E. Hasbrouck Once again, a film about “euthanasia” has won an Oscar. Back in the ‘70s the tear-jerker movies were about people dying of cancer. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, it was people dying of AIDS. For the 21st century, the new chic is euthanasia/assisted [...](February 26, 2013). Read more.
This is a story that has been developing over the past few days and it has more than a few twists. Here’s one of the most comprehensive news stories on the case from Wave3 News in Louisville, KY: ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Was it assisted suicide or cold blooded murder? That’s the question Michele Daugherty’s friends have [...](June 29, 2011). Read more.
As anyone who follows the news of old, ill, and disabled people who get killed by family members or “caregivers,” it’s all to clear that if the perpetrator claims the act was a “mercy killing,” it’s frequently a successful defense strategy. The public tends to believe that the victim would have wanted to die, even [...](June 23, 2011). Read more.
It’s official – I’m Not Dead Yet. That’s what the title of the column by Daniel J Vance says. Vance writes a column that is published by a number of papers around the country – and he writes on disability issues. He interviewed me last week to get an update on NDY and some of [...](May 16, 2011). Read more.
Back in November last year, I was contacted by a reporter at Milwaukee Magazine in preparation for a feature story on a local elderly couple who had allegedly died through a “suicide pact.” I succeeded in a few things during our conversation: Made the point that if the death was a suicide pact, it was [...](February 23, 2011). Read more.
Well, whatever else you can say about Scott Foster, Communication Director of Communications at the Hawaii Death with Dignity Society, he churns out an op-ed pretty quickly. Like lots of communications folks, he regurgitates stuff he’s written elsewhere, but every once in awhile he introduces some new gem and there are several items of interest [...](February 15, 2011). Read more.
Recently, we became aware of a very disturbing development. Every year, the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) hosts a conference on abuse of the elderly and people with disabilities, sharing research and prevention strategies. The 2010 conference is being held next week in San Diego, California. The conference sessions and workshops are a reflection [...](November 5, 2010). Read more.
I can’t explain the feelings that go through me when Robert Latimer surfaces in the news again. Robert Latimer’s murder of his daughter Tracy was pivotal in getting my attention directed at the euthanasia movement and in providing a solid foundation for my opposition to the movement. Even though it looks like I haven’t written [...](September 20, 2010). Read more.
On September 1, the Missoulian published a story that is becoming all-too-familiar, titled “Fire investigation reveals ‘mercy killing in Libby“: An investigation into a house fire in northwestern Montana took a grisly turn when authorities discovered the elderly couple living there were involved in a murder-suicide that police say was meant to be a mercy [...](September 8, 2010). Read more.