Assisted suicide

Assisted suicide tells some people their lives aren’t worth living

David Quinn of The Iona Institute was on Lunchtime Live on Newstalk to discuss assisted suicide as a Bill intended to legalise the practice discussed by the Oireachtas Justice Committee. David said that permitting it would send some people the signal that their lives are not worth living and therefore assisted suicide is not simply...

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Medical bodies unite in opposition to assisted suicide Bill

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Some of the most important medical bodies in the country have now declared to be against Ireland legalising assisted suicide. Several have sent submissions to the Oireachtas Justice Committee and expressed opposition to far-left TD Gino Kenny’s ‘Dying with Dignity’ Bill. We must hope the voices of some of the country’s most distinguished doctors will...

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Assisted suicide submission sows confusion about passive euthanasia

By Dr Angelo Bottone

As mentioned in the previous blog, a document in support of euthanasia and assisted suicide has been submitted the Oireachtas Committee on Justice by a small group of Irish doctors. That blog examined how the document’s reasoning illustrates the existence of a slippery slope even while denying it. This blog will look at its ambiguous...

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The Iona Institute submission on the assisted suicide Bill

The Oireachtas Committee on Justice has invited submissions on the “Dying with Dignity Bill 2020”, presented by Deputy Gino Kenny. The deadline was midday today. The Bill aims at allowing euthanasia and assisted suicide when a person has an illness from which they are ‘likely to die’. A majority of TDs have already voted to move...

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Dail rushes to embrace assisted suicide

By David Quinn

Last night the Dail debated Gino Kenny’s assisted suicide bill. But it wasn’t a debate because only one TD opposed to the bill was allowed to speak, namely Peter Fitzpatrick, and he was given only four minutes. In other words, 71 out of the 75 minutes allotted went to speakers who support the bill. Other TDs opposed to...

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New Vatican document sets out clearly the case against assisted suicide

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Last week, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, published ‘The Good Samaritan’, a letter approved by the Pope decrying euthanasia. It is very timely from the point of view of the assisted suicide bill currently before the Dáil. Some form of it could be passed within the next 12-18 months. The document describes euthanasia...

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The assisted suicide bill debated

David Quinn appeared on the Niall Boylan Show to debate the new Assisted Suicide Bill with Tom Curran of Exit International. David pointed out that Exit International wants anyone of ‘sound mind’ to be able to avail of assisted suicide even if they are mentally and physically healthy. You can listen to the debate here.

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David Quinn debates the new Assisted Suicide Bill

Iona Institute director, David Quinn, was on The Hard Shoulder (Newstalk) on Monday debating Gino Kenny TD and his Private Members Bill that would introduce assisted suicide to Ireland. David said he was opposed to assisted suicide in principle, and pointed out that the Bill defines ‘terminal illness’ extremely broadly and does not say that...

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Assisted Suicide Bill introduced in the Dail today is fatally flawed

By Dr Angelo Bottone

A Private Members’ Bill permitting Assisted Suicide has been introduced to the Dail today by Gino Kenny TD. Some media reports say the Bill has strong safeguards and is limited in scope. This is totally false. Its definition of ‘terminal illness’ is incredibly broad, a person does not have to be within a few months...

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Why leading doctors oppose assisted suicide

By Dr Angelo Bottone

A Private Members’ Bill seeking to permit assisted suicide will be debated in the Dáil next week. It is proposed by Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny. The last time when this issue was discussed in Leinster House, three years ago, some of the strongest opposition came from the members of the medical profession and...

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