Month: February 2017

Assisted Suicide: The Disability Perspective

So, what does the disability community think about assisted suicide? While our community isn’t monolithic, the vast majority of us, including all of the major disability organizations that have taken a position, feel that the legalization of assisted suicide is dangerous. It is inherently discriminatory, it opens the way for insurance companies to choose assisted …

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In Violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The fact that no major nationwide disability rights group supports physician-assisted suicide should be a clear sign that there are significant problems associated with the legislation that’s been filed in Maryland. In many cases, people with disabilities have faced systemic discrimination in the healthcare system, often with healthcare professionals and other caretakers who do not …

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“I was afraid to leave my husband alone again with doctors…”

When my husband was seriously ill several years ago, I collapsed in a half-exhausted heap in a chair once I got him into the doctor’s office, relieved that we were going to get badly needed help (or so I thought). To my surprise and horror, during the exam I overheard the doctor giving my husband …

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D.C. Physician-Assisted Suicide Law Goes Into Effect

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted Monday to send a disapproval resolution to the House floor, but it never received a vote. A corresponding Senate resolution did not make it out of committee. The District joins five states—California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and Washington—where physician-assisted suicide laws have been legislatively enacted. The Montana …

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Medical expert discusses negative impacts of physician-assisted suicide

It’s a controversial issue. On one hand you have a terminally ill patient who has less than six months to live on the other opponents who say it is undignified. We’re talking about physician-assisted suicide, an issue the General Assembly will debate for a third year in a row. To learn more about the opposition …

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Legislating death with dignity needs debate with dignity

These laws’ advocates often use intensely personal tales, such as that of former Annapolis Alderman Dick Israel, who succumbed to Parkinson’s disease, and, Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old California woman with terminal brain cancer, who moved to Oregon to take advantage of that state’s assisted-suicide law. Yet, that the passage of these laws relies so heavily …

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