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Month: February 2017

Docs In NW Tweak Aid-In-Dying Drugs To Prevent Prolonged Deaths

Two years after an abrupt price hike for a lethal drug used by terminally ill patients to end their lives, doctors in the Northwest are once again rethinking aid-in-dying medications — this time because they’re taking too long to work. Read more…

Bill Seeks to Charge Doctors Assisting in Suicides

Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would criminalize physicians for helping terminally-ill patients die. House Bill 536 aims to make assisted suicides an act “against public policy.” It would determine physicians aren’t protected against a homicide charge even if a patient gives consent to die. Read more…

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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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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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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What the Doctor Ordered

In a speech two years earlier about a different subject, Justice Scalia raised the specter of assisted suicide one day being embraced by the Court. After decrying the Court’s discovery in the Constitution of “a variety of liberties” that “were so little rooted in the traditions of the American people that they were criminal for …

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