Month: January 2017

Panel clears Dutch doctor who asked family to hold patient down as she carried out euthanasia

A Dutch woman doctor who asked an elderly patient’s family to hold her down while she administered a fatal drug dose has been cleared under Holland’s euthanasia laws. Mailonline reported that the patient fought desperately in an attempt not to be killed. Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Regional Review Committee, which considered the case, said: “I am …

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Female Dutch doctor drugged a patient’s coffee then…

A Dutch woman doctor who drugged an elderly woman and then asked her family to hold her down as she fought desperately not to be killed did not break the law, according to medical experts citing the country’s euthanasia legislation. The shocking case was referred to the so-called Regional Review Committee in the Netherlands which …

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Assisted suicide bill on the balance in Empire State

Both sides of the doctor-assisted suicide issue are squaring off in New York, the latest battleground state. Last year, a bill was filed to allow doctors to provide a lethal prescription to facilitate doctor-assisted suicide under certain circumstances, but there were not enough votes to pass it. The same bill has been submitted this session. …

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More Colorado hospitals opting out of physician-assisted suicide

Two more hospital systems say they will opt out of Colorado’s new end of life options law. Next reported on Monday that Delta County’s Memorial Hospital officially announced it will opt out of the program. Now, both SCL Health System and Centura Health will are also opting out of prescribing the lethal medication. The law …

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Alberta rate of physician-assisted suicide climbs to four or five a week

The rate of those choosing physician-assisted death in Alberta continues to increase and more are opting out of dying at home, say Alberta Health Services officials. Since Feb. 6 when the procedure was made possible, 76 people in the province have taken that route to end their lives, which in Alberta is through the intravenous …

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Former Attorney General Dennis Vacco opposes group’s plan to reintroduce doctor-assisted suicide legislation

As supporters prepare to reintroduce legislation to allow physician-assisted suicide on Monday, a former state attorney general is planning to be a leading figure in the fight against it. Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester County) and Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) plan to hold a press conference to …

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Colorado’s aid-in-dying law in disarray as big Catholic health systems opt out

Nearly one-third of Colorado’s hospitals are refusing to offer terminally ill patients the option of physician-assisted suicide — even though voters last fall overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative legalizing the practice. And two of the state’s biggest health care systems, both faith-based, appear poised to bar their doctors from providing such services to patients at …

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