Month: March 2017

Montana lawmaker revives bill to ban doctor-assisted suicide

A Montana lawmaker has revived an attempt to outlaw physician-assisted suicides, this time with a twist: There’s no mention of physicians or suicides. But Republican Sen. Albert Olszewski, an orthopedic surgeon from Kalispell, acknowledged that the bill he introduced this week is a replacement measure for one that died in the House in a 50-50 …

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Opposition to assisted suicide is bipartisan, reasonable

THE issue of assisted suicide is slowly becoming a cause du jour among some political activists, but it continues to face strong — and often bipartisan — resistance. That’s comforting indication that some issues transcend partisan divisions, and that lawmakers can still view issues through a lens other than party loyalty. The latest example comes …

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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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Assisted suicide bill — it deserved to die

Thanks to the state Senate’s rejection of the assisted suicide bill, Senate Bill 252, residents of New Mexico can breathe easier. As Sen. Craig Brandt said during last week’s debate, “This bill is dangerous. Doctors make mistakes every day.” CBS News reported in 2014 that 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed yearly. About 15 percent of …

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A Read on the Conscience of Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch is a reactionary with “troubling” views that are “far outside the mainstream” and represent an “imminent threat to our constitutional rights.” That’s according to the various organs of the activist left that have set out to torpedo his nomination to the Supreme Court. To get a better picture of the Coloradan’s philosophy, and …

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