Category Archives: reality check

At Year’s End, Another Man Shoots Wife in Hospital and Kills Self – Internet Gets All Teary-Eyed Over “Loving” Act

Lets hope the New Year is kinder and gentler than the old one. The year ended with a highly publicized murder/suicide in NH. Mark Lavoie, at a little past  6 am, shot his wife to death and then successfully killed himself immediately after. He did this just 4 minutes after posting his intent on Facebook. … Continue reading At Year’s End, Another Man Shoots Wife in Hospital and Kills Self – Internet Gets All Teary-Eyed Over “Loving” Act

More on Double Euthanasia in Belgium, National Federation of the Blind Reacts, and Other Suicides in the News

The 24+ hours since I posted on the double euthanasia of two deaf men in Belgium has resulted in some developments, varied reactions, and some reflection on my own part.  My apologies if this post seems a little scattered – a little like mental  multi-colored pasta thrown against the wall –  but sometimes that’s how … Continue reading More on Double Euthanasia in Belgium, National Federation of the Blind Reacts, and Other Suicides in the News

Bioethicist Endorses Mass. Assisted Suicide Bill in a Sloppy and Intellectually Lazy Essay

Art Caplan has an opinion piece that came out yesterday – and it’s linked from just about every conceivable place on NBC and MSNBC.  It’s an endorsement of the proposed legalization of assisted suicide on the ballot in Massachusetts.  While disappointing, it’s not that big a surprise; Caplan has been sliding toward this unqualified endorsement … Continue reading Bioethicist Endorses Mass. Assisted Suicide Bill in a Sloppy and Intellectually Lazy Essay

Archdiocese of Boston Newspaper Features Interview with ‘Second Thoughts’ Director John Kelly

The online version of The Pilot – “the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston” – published an article focusing on ‘Second Thoughts‘ and featuring a long interview with the organization’s director, John Kelly. Disabilities group has ‘Second Thoughts’ on assisted suicide By Christopher S. Pineo   BOSTON — A group of Massachusetts residents with … Continue reading Archdiocese of Boston Newspaper Features Interview with ‘Second Thoughts’ Director John Kelly

Minnesota: Grand Jury Issues 17-Count Indictment Against 4 Final Exit Network Members

From the Baltimore Sun: HASTINGS, Minn. — A Minnesota grand jury has indicted a national right-to-die group and several members for their actions in the 2007 suicide of a suburban Minneapolis woman, prosecutors announced Monday. The 17-count indictment charges the medical director of Final Exit Network, Lawrence Egbert of Baltimore, and three other officials with … Continue reading Minnesota: Grand Jury Issues 17-Count Indictment Against 4 Final Exit Network Members