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Month: March 2017

Palliative care, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide

IN his opinion piece in MJA InSight, Professor Emeritus Ian Maddocks proposes an integration of palliative care, euthanasia, and physician assisted suicide (EPAS). As palliative care practitioners, we know this supposed common ground is both a contradiction in terms and contrary to sound medical practice. From our experience of caring for people who are ill and …

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House Health Committee Stops Medical Aid in Dying Bill

“We are very pleased with the House Health Committee’s decision to defer the bill on assisted suicide today. Throughout the session, many in the community showed their opposition through testimonies and petitions, and we appreciate legislators such as Rep. Della Au Belatti and others on the Health Committee for taking into consideration the community’s concerns and testimonies from medical experts …

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Legislation would make it illegal to force health care entity to euthanize

State lawmakers sent legislation Tuesday to Gov. Doug Ducey that proponents say will give additional protection to medical professionals and hospitals from having to help people die. SB 1439, approved by the House on a 32-24 margin, spells out it is illegal to discriminate against any health care entity because it does not provide or …

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Doctors harvesting organs from assisted suicides creates new pressure on patients to opt-in

Doctors have already harvested organs from dozens of Canadians who underwent medically assisted death, a practice supporters say expands the pool of desperately needed organs, but ethicists worry could make it harder for euthanasia patients to voice a last-minute change of heart. . . . . “This is a theoretical possibility,” says Jennifer Chandler, a …

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