Month: July 2017

Assisted suicide legalization fails in the US in 2017

Initial data from a research study by Dr. Jacqueline H. Abernathy at Tarleton State University finds a staggering increase in the number of attempts to legalize assisted suicide in U.S. over the past year, in spite of an overwhelming failure rate associated with such legislation: fewer than one percent of all assisted suicide bills become …

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Doctors offer to euthanize young woman, mother ‘dumbfounded’

A St. Anthony, N.L., mother who claims she was told by a doctor that assisted suicide was an option for her adult daughter says she wants an apology from Labrador-Grenfell Health, in part because the 25-year-old could hear the conversation. Sheila Elson’s 25-year-old daughter, Candice Lewis, has several medical conditions, including spina bifida, cerebral palsy and chronic seizure disorder. During …

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Physicians group endorses doctor-assisted suicide legislation

Last week, the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, which represents over 6,000 physicians and medical students throughout the state, voted in favor of supporting the New York State’s Medical Aid in Dying Act (S.3151/A.2383). The bill, which the NYSAFP previously held a neutral stance on, would allow for a terminally ill patient to …

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In the Netherlands, the Doctor Will Kill You Now

In 2002 the Netherlands became the first country to legalize euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for those suffering deadly diseases or in the last stages of life. Not long after the legislation was enacted, eligibility was expanded to include those experiencing psychological suffering or dementia. Today pressure is mounting for the Dutch government to legalize a …

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Medical Aid In Dying Dealt Another Blow In Hawaii

An Oahu circuit judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit asking the court to prevent existing Hawaii criminal laws from being applied to medical aid in dying practices. In its decision, the court relied upon state legal precedent that prohibited it from issuing such relief, the state attorney general said in a media release. The attorney …

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ICYMI: Study finds it’s not pain but ‘existential distress’ that leads people to assisted suicide

Allowing assisted dying to come into the open has helped us gain insights about one of the most fundamental questions of our existence: Where do humans draw the line between choosing life and choosing death? But a study released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests the answers may be surprising: The reasons patients gave …

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Physician-assisted suicide is not the answer to better end-of life care

In the discussion about physician assisted suicide, we can learn from the data in other states and other countries. And, we should learn from initiatives and workgroups right here in Delaware. Nationally, the number of patients who seek physician assisted suicide remains extremely small. Furthermore, many of the patients who seek and are approved for …

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Colorado’s Medically Assisted Suicide Law Quietly Underway

Colorado’s law allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs is quietly underway, with an estimated 10 prescriptions filled since voters approved the practice last year, advocates say. Colorado has joined Oregon, California, Montana, Vermont, Washington state and Washington, D.C., in allowing doctor-assisted suicide. But dozens of Colorado hospitals won’t participate in ending someone’s life. …

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