Somerville cherry-picks data

Somerville cherry-picks data

“There is a tremendous amount of misinformation put about by assisted dying opponents that generates unjustified fear, uncertainty and doubt. Professor Margaret Somerville acknowledges that she made a bold and unequivocal statement – about supposed general suicide contagion from assisted dying laws – that has proven untrue…Professor Somerville presents herself as an expert who has researched assisted dying for more than twenty-five years…I asked Professor Somerville how she reconciled her “moral intuition” on assisted dying’s supposed contagion to suicide, with the evidence that comprehensively contradicts it…Sadly, the ethical question I posed – as to why she thought it appropriate to cherry-pick only data that seemed to support her case while overlooking comprehensive data to the contrary – remained unanswered.” – Extract from article by researcher Neil Francis 28 June 2017.

Click for full ABC Religion and Ethics article ny Neil Francis: ‘On Assisted Dying, Margaret Somerville Leaves Too Much Unanswered’

On his Dying for Choice web-site, researcher Neil Francis exposes the lies told by assisted dying opponent, Professor Margaret Somerville, who appeared on the ABC’s Q & A on Monday April 10.  Her false claims about the Netherlands have been rebutted by Dr Eli Borst, the originator of the Netherlands’ euthanasia laws.

Click for blog 21 June 2017 ‘More evidence bursts Margaret Somerville’s ‘suicide contagion’ bubble’

Click for blog 20 June 2017 ‘Yet more research contradicts Somerville Dutch NVE claim’

Click for Blog 19 April 2017 ‘On the avoidance of assisted dying ‘bullshit’

Click for Blog 3 November 2016 ‘Margo Somerville’s failed ‘ethics’ arguments