Month: April 2017

Dozens turn out to testify on two Maine assisted suicide bills

Dozens of people turned out Wednesday to argue for and against a pair of bills that would allow Maine doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to those suffering from terminal illness. One proposal, sponsored by Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, and announced in a news conference Tuesday at the State House, is similar to a law passed …

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‘Death With Dignity’ Bill Heard for Second Time in Alaska

Hanson is a U.S. Marine war veteran, husband, and father, who went to the hospital in 2004 after experiencing a grand mal seizure. After being cleared by doctors after a CAT Scan, he told the committee, his wife insisted an MRI. That’s when they found two inoperable brain tumors — Grade Four Glioblastoma. … “But, …

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Law Upheld in Vermont

Vermont’s law permitting physician-assisted suicide will stay in place, now that a federal court has dismissed a lawsuit that Christian groups brought in July challenging the law. Judge Geoffrey Crawford, for U.S. District Court of Vermont in Rutland, dismissed the case Wednesday on the grounds that the plaintiffs did not have standing to bring the lawsuit. …

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Bills Would Let Doctors Prescribe Medication to Hasten Death

Doctors in Maine are divided on state legislation that would allow them to prescribe medication that a patient may self-administer to hasten death. The Legislature’s health and human services committee on Wednesday held public hearings on bills sponsored by Republican Sen. Roger Katz and Democratic Rep. Jennifer Parker. Katz unsuccessfully tried to pass a similar …

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Assisted suicide up for consideration, again in Michigan

Lawmakers will try once again to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Michigan, which became the epicenter for the issue back in the 1990s. Bills have been repeatedly introduced to legalize the practice, without success. But state Rep. Tom Cochran, D-Mason, is trying again with the bill he proposed last week to allow doctors to prescribe a lethal …

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