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  • New stance on assisted suicide ‘far from neutral’

    November 1 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New stance on assisted suicide ‘far from neutral’

    A doctor association’s new “engaged neutrality” on physician-assisted suicide is a misnomer and threatening to people with Alzheimer’s disease, a Southern Baptist ethicist and a specialist on elder care say. Delegates to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) voted Oct. 9 to embrace a stance of “engaged neutrality” regarding assisted suicide.

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  • Suicide: Churches awaken to persistent crisis

    September 12 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Suicide: Churches awaken to persistent crisis

    Pastor Andrew McGinnis still remembers his “solemn drive” home on June 25, 1995. Then 4 years old, McGinnis had been attending a family reunion in Tennessee with his mother and two older brothers while his father Dan, pastor of Double Springs Baptist Church in Waynesburg, Ky., carried out his normal weekend duties at the church.

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  • Study shows troubling picture of teens, mental health

    June 28 2018 by Helen Gibson, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Study shows troubling picture of teens, mental health

    Mental health struggles and thoughts of suicide may be more common than church leaders realize – even among some of the youngest members of a congregation. Around 1 in 3 high school students (31.5 percent) say they’ve experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey recently released by the Centers …

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  • Assisted suicide dies in 2 New England states

    March 29 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Assisted suicide dies in 2 New England states

    Legislative efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide have failed in two New England states, but Hawaii appears to be on the verge of enacting the practice. If Hawaii legalizes assisted suicide, it will become the seventh state to do so, following California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington – as well as the District of Columbia.

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  • Suicide: Church response to tough topic studied

    October 4 2017 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Suicide: Church response to tough topic studied

    Suicide remains a taboo subject in many Protestant churches, despite the best efforts of pastors, according to a new study. Eight in 10 Protestant senior pastors believe their church is equipped to intervene with someone who is threatening suicide, according to a study released Sept. 29 from LifeWay Research.

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  • U.S. doctors take official stance against euthanasia

    September 27 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    U.S. doctors take official stance against euthanasia

    The American College of Physicians argues medicine’s goal is not to control the manner and timing of death. Amid increasing attempts to legalize euthanasia at the state level, the nation’s second-largest network of physicians officially spoke out against it last week.

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  • Future of assisted suicide in D.C. in Senate’s hands

    September 22 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Future of assisted suicide in D.C. in Senate’s hands

    The continuation of legalized, physician-assisted suicide in the country’s capital awaits the determination of the U.S. Senate. The House of Representatives nullified the District of Columbia’s Death With Dignity Act as part of an immense spending bill. Representatives included a block on the 2016 D.C. measure as an amendment.

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  • NY’s highest court rules against physician-assisted suicide

    September 12 2017 by Emily Belz, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    NY’s highest court rules against physician-assisted suicide

    The New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, unanimously refused to legalize assisted suicide, a huge moment in the state’s fight over the practice. Assisted suicide is the practice where a doctor prescribes lethal drugs that a patient then self-administers at a time of his or her choosing.

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  • Journal: assisted suicide about ‘autonomy,’ not pain

    June 2 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Journal: assisted suicide about ‘autonomy,’ not pain

    A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found 95 percent of patients to receive medical aid in dying through Toronto’s University Health Network between March 2016 and March 2017 cited “loss of autonomy” as a reason for the request to end their lives. No other reason was cited as frequently.

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  • Netflix suicide series buzz alive, opinions vary

    May 3 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Netflix suicide series buzz alive, opinions vary

    A streamed Netflix series dramatizing the fictional story of a teen’s suicide has drawn disparate reactions from secular and Christian sectors in the U.S. and abroad as the show’s popularity continues strong. Netflix strengthened viewer warnings May 1 regarding the content of the series, “13 Reasons Why,” after cries of possible “suicide contagion.”

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  • ‘Deaths of despair’ rising among middle-aged whites

    April 3 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    ‘Deaths of despair’ rising among middle-aged whites

    A pair of Princeton University researchers released a new report that reveals an alarming increase in the number of “deaths of despair” among white, middle-aged, blue-collar Americans. The statistics are concerning, said Brian Upshaw, Disciple-Making Team Leader for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, but churches can offer hope.

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  • Assisted suicide bills faring poorly in 2017

    March 28 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Assisted suicide bills faring poorly in 2017

    Bills that would legalize assisted suicide have failed to advance in eight of 24 states considering them this year, with pro-life victories in Hawaii and New Mexico drawing media focus. No state has passed assisted-suicide legislation thus far in 2017.

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  • Assisted suicide marches on as Congress fails to act

    February 23 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Assisted suicide marches on as Congress fails to act

    Physician-assisted suicide officially has a new home in the wake of congressional inaction, and its proponents are pushing more jurisdictions to legalize the lethal practice. The District of Columbia’s Death With Dignity Act went into effect Feb. 18 when Congress failed to overturn the measure by the deadline.

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  • Last-ditch effort aims to stop D.C. assisted suicide

    February 15 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Last-ditch effort aims to stop D.C. assisted suicide

    A congressional committee has taken the first step in a fast-track effort to prevent the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in the nation’s capital. The House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 22-14 Feb. 13 to disapprove of the District of Columbia’s Death With Dignity Act.

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  • Canadian study touts euthanasia’s cost ‘benefit’

    February 10 2017 by Julie Borg, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Canadian study touts euthanasia’s cost ‘benefit’

    Canada legalized euthanasia in June 2016, declaring assisted suicide a humane way to end the suffering of already dying patients. Opponents warned it wouldn’t be a far jump from legalizing euthanasia to manipulating patients into believing they have an obligation to die and stop draining medical system resources.

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