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Would Your Faith Assist You In Dying A "Natural" Death?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 12.02.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

I wonder if they would have chosen to go to Dignitas had they had a religious belief. Would their faith have given them the strength to go through a "natural" death?

The 'Euthanasia Coaster' And The Art Of The Amusement Park

Posted 08.25.2011 | Arts

The "Euthanasia Coaster," a roller-coaster designed to be fatal, is a conceptual art piece and model for a more pleasant way to die. The sinister-...

The Choice To End All Choices

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The dying deserve choices in everything from choice of care to choice of where to receive it. Whether to pray or sit quietly. Whether to have visitors. Whether to see a spiritual guide.

Reflections On Jack Kevorkian: Who Owns Death?

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 08.04.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

There's something about assisted dying that still makes a lot of people squirm. With Dr. Kevorkian's death, I think it's time for us to take that bogeyman out of the closet.

'Death Panels' And Patients' Choice: How Should We Talk About Dying?

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

We need to separate the idea of advance care planning -- which is all about our own choice -- from the horned devil known as government-rationed care -- which is about someone else's choice for us.

Target the Hero Dog, and the Progress of Animal Rights

Asher Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Asher Smith

The issue of euthanization for stray animals is morally complex. There is, however, a middle ground that still acknowledges the inherent dignity and rights of these animals.

Is Someone Killing Your Next Pet?

Janet Kinosian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Janet Kinosian

If you're an animal lover, please educate yourself about what really goes on at your local animal shelter. We need to stop this madness, now.

Brady's Pet-Kill Bill Keeps Dogging Him

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Often in politics, there's one mistake that a candidate, try though he might, can never escape. It takes over his campaign, becomes his characterizati...

Priceless: Low-Cost Pet Health Clinics in Gulf Coast Communities (VIDEO)

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Wayne Pacelle

Last month I featured a guest blog from Amanda Arrington, The Humane Society of the United States' manager of spay/neuter initiatives, spotlighting one of the pet health clinics that are part of our larger Gulf Coast initiative.

Pro-Euthanasia TV Advert Banned In Australia (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A pro-euthanasia TV commercial has been banned in Australia, with broadcast regulators claiming the clip promotes suicide, the BBC reports. In the a...

Dog Kill Cover-Up: Chicago Animal Care And Control Employees Mistakenly Killed Four Dogs

Chicago Sun-Times | Blue Jersey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Eight employees of Chicago's Animal Care and Control are losing their jobs or facing other discipline after an investigation by the city's inspector g...

The Right to Decide When You're Done Living

Paul Robert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Robert

It is about the right of the conscious, elderly individual to a dignified death when he or she decides that life has become unlivable.

Standing Up for Street Dogs in Baghdad and Beyond

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wayne Pacelle

In the United States, persistent euthanasia in shelters is the problem we all struggle to end. In developing countries, it is a different kind of kill...

Assisted Suicide: Jack Kevorkian's Legacy and Where We Stand Today

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

The suffering and loss of dignity that are so central to the Kevorkian/Levinson view of serious illness aren't inevitable. Although you'd never know it from this film, there are alternatives to Kevorkian's death machine.

Kevorkian Tells Gupta 'Death With Dignity' Laws Don't Go Far Enough, Doctors Should Administer Life-Ending Drugs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Dr. Jack Kevorkian believes laws that allow terminally-ill adults to end their lives by taking prescribed lethal doses of medicine are wrong because t...

Rational Rationing vs. Irrational Rationing: The Struggle for the Legacy of Ruben Betancourt

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Are there circumstances in which patient autonomy, as expressed through surrogates, should be overruled in the name of resource allocation and/or sound medical practice?

Weather or Not

Stephanie Gertler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Gertler

It is odd to think back both one year and nine years later and know that a specific day's weather is so embedded in my memory.

Now Comes the Hardest Decision

Fawn Germer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Fawn Germer

Dad called yesterday to tell me he'd wheeled my mother into the cafeteria at the nursing home. He was elated, because Mom smiled and made eye contact.

Lucky Loui: Shelter Pet Project Finds Dog New Home

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Wayne Pacelle

A story recently came my way of a lucky dog, Loui, who was adopted through The Shelter Pet Project. This public awareness project urges would-be pet parents to make shelters their first stop when adding a pet to the family.

A Nuanced Look at How We Die

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Sigman

As medical technology continues to improve, it is more and more absurd to insist that everyone suffering the end stages of terminal diseases must be kept alive regardless of their wishes.

New Orleans Coroner Rules Post-Katrina Death Unclassified

Sheri Fink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sheri Fink

The Orleans Parish coroner concluded he couldn't determine the cause of death for Jannie Burgess, a patient in New Orleans who was repeatedly dosed with morphine after her hospital lost power in Katrina.

Should Children Have A Right to Die?

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Pediatric aid-in-dying is coming out of the medical closet. In an era of parental rights and child welfare, maybe we are finally ready to grant suffering minors the right to die.

Pat Quinn Rips Bill Brady For Pet-Kill Legislation, Brady Backed Off The Bill This Week

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

There's a political dog-fight brewing between Governor Pat Quinn, a dog owner, and his likely Republican rival Senator Bill Brady. Earlier this mon...

New article on health care misinformation

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

I have a new article on health care misinformation in The Forum that may be of interest to readers (link requires free registration; unga...

Bronson Stewart, New Zealand Teen, Kidnaps Puppy To Save It From Euthanasia

AP | RAY LILLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A New Zealand teenager faced legal action after he stole his own injured puppy from a clinic to save it from euthanasi...