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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Comments tags assisted suicide Brittany Maynard California After Brittany Maynard comes Stephanie Packer But she wants to live Californian governor signs off on three parent bill Xavier Symons 13 October 2013 Comments tags California multiple parenting Last week Californian governor Jerry Brown signed off on a law to recognize three legal parents for a child Californian judge authorizes the force feeding of prisoners Xavier Symons 24 August 2013 Comments tags California force feeding A judge this week authorized the force feeding of prisoners on 44 day hunger strike at Pelican Bay Prison in California California woman sues FDA for right to use free sperm Michael Cook 20 July 2012 Comments tags California sperm donation A California lesbian is suing the US Food and Drug Administration FDA over its unconstitutional sperm donor policies Scepticism about California s stem cell institute persists Michael Cook 07 June 2012 Comments tags California stem cells The dispute over 2004 s Proposition 71 for setting up California s US 3 billion stem cell research institute has surfaced again in the local media Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik wrote a stinging critique as part of his attack on a new proposition to tax cigarettes to pay

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  • BioEdge: Fears of suicide contagion after victory in California
    others The evidence from suicide rates in states that have legalized PAS is not consistent with Posner s conjecture that such legal changes would lead to delays and net reductions in suicide Rather the introduction of PAS seemingly induces more self inflicted deaths than it inhibits Furthermore although a significant proportion of nonassisted suicides involve chronic or terminal illness especially in those older than age 65 the available evidence does not support the conjecture that legalizing assisted suicide would lead to a reduction in nonassisted suicides This suggests either that PAS does not inhibit nor acts as an alternative to nonassisted suicide or that it acts in this way in some individuals but is associated with an increased inclination to suicide in others As psychiatrist Aaron Kheriarty points out in an commentary in the same journal Several well studied phenomena in the social sciences and suicide literature suggest that Posner s hypothesis was dubious even before empirical testing You do not discourage suicide by assisting suicide He goes on to write Many PAS advocates claim that this decision is a purely private exercise of personal autonomy but research suggests that behaviors like suicide whether assisted or non assisted influence the behaviors of not only one s friends but also of one s friends friends friends No man is an island One of the best studied phenomena of suicide is the Werther effect named after a disappointed lover who takes his own life in Goethe s 18th century novel The Sorrows of Young Werther The book was phenomenally popular and sparked a rash of copycat suicides throughout Prussia The dangers of romanticising suicide are so obvious that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in partnership with the National Institute for Mental Health the World Health Organization and the Surgeon General

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/fears-of-suicide-contagion-after-victory-in-california/11600 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    that physician assisted suicide may not reduce the suicide rate Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/suicide+contagion (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Fate of assisted suicide in California hinges on Governor
    side state Sen Lois Wolk a co author of the bill said I am proud to be a part of this historic moment No longer should terminally ill individuals in California be forced to suffer needlessly in their final days when a more compassionate option is available The bill will automatically become law unless the Governor vetos it However it is very difficult to know how Mr Brown will vote You d need some kind of séance to figure out what he s going to do Jack Citrin director of the Institute of Government Studies at UC Berkeley told Time magazine He plays his cards very close to the vest Mr Brown was once a Jesuit seminarian and he is still spiritual But no one is quite sure whether he regards himself as a Catholic He s essentially a former seminarian but when you ask if he s Catholic now he goes into the parsing of the word and what that means says Citrin One thing that s clear he s not going to make this decision based on political pressures says a political science professor at UC San Diego Thad Kousser This is a guy who quotes philosophers at cocktail parties His moral compass is complex and he s not going to be looking over his shoulder at the polls The Governor has until October 11 to make up his mind If the bill become law California will become the fourth state to legalise assisted suicide joining Oregon Washington and Vermont MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted suicide California This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask

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  • BioEdge: India’s Jains outraged at ban on ritual suicide
    each year some 300 die by santhara Most of these are elderly or suffering from illnesses After a critic of this practice lodged a public interest complaint the court ruled that santhara violated India s ban on suicide and assisting a suicide The court asked the state to stop and abolish the practice Any complaint made in this regard shall be registered as a criminal case and investigated by the police the judges said The Jain community numbering about 4 million is outraged at the ban on a custom which they consider sacred and deny is suicide They believe that it is an infringement of their constitutional right to religious freedom Suicide is a great sin the result of despair But sallekhana is a triumph over death an expression of hope With suicide death is full of pain and suffering But sallekhana is a beautiful thing There is no distress or cruelty a Jain nun told William Dalrymple in his book Nine Lives Poonam Chand Bhandari a Jain lawyer has filed a petition against the ruling arguing that santhara s purpose is self purification purity of soul it is for penance Its purpose is purely spiritual which does not come under the domain of the law However Nikhil Soni the lawyer who sued to have santhara declared illegal says that it can be a form of elder abuse by greedy relatives He also describes death from thirst and starvation as inhuman On Monday the Jain community will march in protest against the court s decision MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted suicide Jains santhara suicide This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/indias-jains-outraged-at-ban-on-ritual-suicide/11536 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    on the boil in New Zealand Jared Yee 05 May 2012 Comments tags assisted suicide euthanasia New Zealand South Africa suicide Two cases of euthanasia in New Zealand have been used to push the legalisation agenda with politicians agitating for legal change Each has involved men who helped terminally ill family members to commit suicide Five Hawaii doctors offer assisted suicide to terminally ill patients Jared Yee 21 April 2012 Comments tags assisted suicide law physician assisted suicide suicide A group of Hawaii doctors is offering to write prescriptions for terminally ill patients in order to test whether physician assisted suicide is permitted under state law American Medical News reports First figures on assisted suicide published Jared Yee 31 March 2012 Comments tags assisted suicide Dignitas suicide Switzerland Assisted suicide cases in Switzerland have grown steadily over the past decade to almost 300 in 2009 its Federal Statistics Office reported this week German football legend dies by assisted suicide Jared Yee 17 March 2012 Comments tags assisted suicide Germany sports suicide Timo Konietzka former Germany international and the first footballer to score a goal in the country s Bundesliga competition died on Monday by assisted suicide his wife reported to German media Assisted suicide booms in Switzerland Jared Yee 25 February 2012 Comments tags assisted suicide Dignitas suicide Switzerland The number of patients in Switzerland who killed themselves with the help of assisted suicide organisations rose significantly in 2011 new figures show Auction of Kevorkian paintings and suicide machine a damp squib Jared Yee 02 November 2011 Comments tags assisted suicide Kevorkian suicide Jack Kevorkian s suicide machine was withdrawn from an auction last week after failing to reach the reserve price British nurses could be jailed for mentioning assisted suicide Jared Yee 28 October 2011 Comments tags assisted suicide end of life euthanasia nurses suicide Nurses will be warned that they could go to prison if they talk to patients about assisted suicide They will be told that they face prosecution if they are found to have spoken about any aspect of assisted suicide with patients who go on to kill themselves 44 assisted suicides in UK since CPS guidelines published Jared Yee 16 September 2011 Comments tags assisted suicide suicide UK More than 40 people have committed suicide since new guidelines for prosecuting people who helped them were issued by the Crown Prosecution Service Family doctor helped up to 30 to end their lives at clinic Jared Yee 16 September 2011 Comments tags Dignitas suicide Switzerland UK A former GP from the UK admitted last week to helping as many as 30 people to end their lives at Dignitas suicide clinic in Switzerland English coroners turn blind eye to assisted suicide says report Michael Cook 27 August 2011 Comments tags assisted suicide England suicide Coroners are ignoring evidence of assisted suicide claims an unofficial report on the link between chronic and terminal illness and suicide The Truth about Suicide from the Demos a progressive London think tank claims

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/suicide (2016-02-18)
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  • New resource about euthanasia
    three quarters of Britons 70 support a change in current UK assisted dying legislation Interestingly this number dropped to 43 after certain arguments against euthanasia were heard David Albert Jones director of the Anscombe Centre says that the evidence from all these countries where assisted dying has been legalised shows a steady increase in deaths by assisted suicide or euthanasia a steady expansion to include patients with different conditions and a steady decrease in the use of safeguards such as psychiatric assessment The Centre has also produced a two page briefing entitled Eight Reasons not to legalize Physician Assisted Suicide Professor Jones argues that legalizing physician assisted suicide would not address the needs of the dying but would threaten people with disabilities and those who are suicidal Permitting healthcare professionals to encourage or assist suicide would undermine key principles of law medical ethics and palliative care MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted dying assisted suicide euthanasia public opinion UK This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/new-resource-about-euthanasia/11531 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    released a comprehensive evidence guide on euthanasia Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia 13 Feb 2016

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