Month: June 2017

Cystic Fibrosis Sufferer Planned to Die at Suicide Clinic…But Changed Her Mind

A cystic fibrosis sufferer who was ready to die at the assisted suicide clinic Dignitas changed her mind after hearing five words. Janka Penther, once a keen surfer, was housebound, barely able to walk and could only breathe through an oxygen tube. When the chronic lung condition was at its worst, the 35-year-old was so …

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Delaware end-of-life bill has dangerous potential

The Delaware End of Life Options Act (HB 160) is currently making its way through the Delaware General Assembly. This bill would legalize what has been called “physician assisted suicide” or “medical aid in dying” for terminally ill adult patients. End of life bills have been passed in several states in this country and several …

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Judge Allows Lawsuit Challenging Assisted Suicide Law

A judge Friday allowed a legal challenge to proceed against California’s law allowing terminally ill people to seek prescriptions for life-ending drugs. Riverside County Judge Daniel A. Ottolia decided to allow a lawsuit by doctors challenging the state’s 2016 law permitting medically-assisted death move forward and denied a request from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra …

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ICYMI: Compelling reasons to oppose Delaware assisted suicide legislation

As a physician who deals daily with terminal patients, I can say that HB 160 is bad policy for many reasons. Here are five: First, contrary to what proponents say, legalizing assisted suicide actually limits your choices and access to healthcare. Once assisted suicide becomes a medical option, it will be the cheapest option and …

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Prepare for twisted words promoting assisted suicide

Last November, Colorado passed Proposition 106, making it the fifth state to legislate assisted suicide. Oregon, Washington, California and Vermont already had assisted suicide laws on the books. Montana also has it not by legislation but by an activist court. Since Wyoming is sandwiched between Montana and Colorado, it is a sure bet that we …

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Compelling reasons to oppose Delaware assisted suicide legislation

As a physician who deals daily with terminal patients, I can say that HB 160 is bad policy for many reasons. Here are five: First, contrary to what proponents say, legalizing assisted suicide actually limits your choices and access to healthcare. Once assisted suicide becomes a medical option, it will be the cheapest option and …

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Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Criminal Charges in Text-Assisted Suicide Case

‘I love you. Kill yourself’ In the days before Conrad Roy III took his own life, Michelle Carter exploited his “frailties” by twisting words of affection into brutally cold directives, prosecutors said Friday. “She turned [their conversations] into: ‘I love you. Kill yourself,’ ” Bristol Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn said during the fourth day …

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