Topic / Euthanasia

Politician says he knows ‘for a fact’ that God does not exist

John Halligan, above, Ireland’s Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, has outraged faith-heads by claiming that God does not exist, and that some people in the pro-life movement are ‘bastards’. According to this report, he equated anti-abortionists with the Jihadi terror group Isis. If that wasn’t enough to ruffle the fundies’ feathers, Halligan […]

Oh Canada, what have you done now to annoy Catholics?

You’ve just ‘officially crossed the boundary into a place in which the sick, the suffering and dying can be legally dispatched by lethal injection or a glass of liquid poison’ by allowing the nation’s laws against assisted suicide and euthanasia to evaporate. And in doing so, according to pro-life activist Charles Lewis, who writes for […]

Die-with-dignity former nun targeted by religious fanatics

A right-to-die campaigner and former nun Kate Tobin, 50, above, claims she has been targeted by ‘religious fanatics’ who say it’s wrong for her to want to take her own life. The Irish Mirror reports that Tobin, from Clonroche in Wexford, wants to die with dignity before her Multiple Sclerosis takes over completely. But the 50-year-old ex-nun […]

Help this campaign to end assisted dying ban in the UK

Last year, because assisted dying is illegal mainly due to religious opposition in the UK, Jeffrey Spector, pictured above with his wife Elaine, was forced to travel to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland to end his life. Elaine Spector explained here that her husband was suffering a terminal illness: Jeffrey said that if he had […]

Bishop warns of consequences of doctor-assisted suicide

Catholics could be denied last rites and funerals if they undergo doctor-assisted suicide according to Canadian Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, above. According to this report, the Church might also refuse to conduct a funeral if  families strongly support and champion their loved one’s assisted-death decision. Prendergast said that Catholics who consider undergoing doctor-assisted suicide […]

Renowned British secularist Lord Avebury dies aged 87

Lord Avebury, pictured above, left, with the National Secular Society’s Keith Porteous Wood, was an honorary associate of the NSS who, in 2009, was awarded joint Secularist of the Year (with Evan Harris) for his role in the abolition of blasphemy. For more than a year he had been suffering from myelofibrosis, a form of […]

‘So much universe, and so little time’

Terry Pratchett, who died this week aged 66, was not one of those aggressive ‘new atheists’ Christian fundamentalists are constantly shrieking about. Strange, really, that he never became a key target for their whinges and poisonous barbs because his humorous approach to theology – to my mind – did as much, if not more, to […]

Euthanasia: Canada’s ‘dreadful’ court ruling

Christians in Canada have reacted with horror to the Supreme Court’s decision on February 6 to overturn Canada’s prohibition on physician-assisted suicide. The plaintiff’s in the case were Lee Carter, above left,  and Hollis Johnson, right, who traveled with Kay Carter, Lee’s mother, for her suicide in Switzerland in 2010. A petition against the ruling […]

Oregon suicide woman ‘ignored God’

In an ideal world we should have absolute freedom to choose when and how to die in dignified manner if we have a compelling reason to do so. Unfortunately, there are far too few places where euthanasia is legal. But Oregon is an an exception, and it was to this state that Brittany Maynard, a […]

The Meaning of Life 4

Welcome to the final part of PETER BRIETBART’S interview with Professor A C GRAYLING. Here we ask what Eutopia might look like, what lies in store for the future of humanity, where the best philosophy is to be found and whether the right to die should be a legal right. PB: In your view, and, […]