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  • Suicide: Church response to tough topic studied

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, October 02, 2017 (3 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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. Yet few people turn to the church for help before taking their own lives, according to their churchgoing friends and family.

    Only 4 percent of churchgoers who have lost a close friend or family member to suicide say church leaders were aware of their loved one's struggles. Read More

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

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- 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 it approved Sept. 14. Representatives included a block on the 2016 D.C. measure as an amendment to legislation they passed 211-198.

    Opponents and supporters of assisted suicide are waiting to see if the Senate will include the amendment revoking the D.C. law when it acts on the same spending proposal. The final version of the legislation will still need the signature of President Trump. Read More

  • Child suicide bombings by Boko Haram at all-time high

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    NORTHEAST NIGERIA (BP) -- Boko Haram's abuse of children as suicide bombers is at an all-time high in the Lake Chad region including northeast Nigeria and neighboring countries, UNICEF said Aug. 22.

    The jihadists have murdered at least 83 children since January by strapping them with bombs before sending them into public gathering places and detonating the explosives, UNICEF said in its press release.

    About 55 of the victims were girls under the age of 15, as girls often become ... Read More

  • Journal: assisted suicide about 'autonomy,' not pain

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    TORONTO (BP) -- A report on physician-assisted suicide in Canada appears to support claims by opponents of the practice that it is driven by a desire for personal autonomy rather than pain management.

    A study published May 25 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found 95 percent of patients to receive medical aid in dying (MAiD) 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. The article's seven coauthors wrote that "few patients cited ... Read More

  • Netflix suicide series buzz alive, opinions vary

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, May 02, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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" and the glamorization of suicide spilled from religious, educational and clinical sectors within the U.S. and as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Conversely, others have said the series that debuted March 31 opens the airways for honest discussion of suicide's causes ... Read More

  • Assisted suicide bills faring poorly in 2017

    by David Roach, posted Monday, March 27, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    HONOLULU (BP) -- 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 after 2016 saw Colorado and the District of Columbia legalize the practice and California enact a bill passed the previous year.

    Assisted-suicide bills "have done very poorly" this year, said Rita Marker, ... Read More

  • Assisted suicide marches on as Congress fails to act

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- 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. The Senate and House of Representatives have 30 days after the district approves legislation to rescind it under their authority to review D.C. actions. A disapproval resolution passed by both chambers also must be signed by the president. Read More

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

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (11 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- 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. Read More

  • Assisted suicide: N.M., Hawaii bills push envelope

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 07, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SANTA FE, N.M. (BP) -- Legislators in 15 U.S. states are considering proposals to legalize assisted suicide, with a leading patients' rights group flagging bills in New Mexico and Hawaii as particularly concerning.

    The other 13 states considering assisted suicide are Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming, according to the Patients Rights Council (PRC), a group that opposes assisted suicide legislation. Read More

  • Study: Most Americans say assisted suicide morally OK

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, December 07, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The American Medical Association has described physician-assisted suicide as a serious risk to society and "fundamentally incompatible with a physician's role as healer." But Millions of Americans disagree, according to a new study released Tuesday (Dec. 6) by LifeWay Research.

    Two-thirds say it is morally acceptable for terminally ill patients to ask their doctors for help in ending their lives, according to a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. A similar number says doctors should be able to help terminally ill patients die. Read More