Month: September 2017

Lawmakers and Patients Rights Advocates Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Assisted Suicide

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA), and a coalition of disability and patients’ rights advocates announced a bipartisan resolutionon Capitol Hill Wednesday which states  that “assisted suicide (sometimes referred to as death with dignity, end-of-life options, aid-in-dying, or similar phrases) puts everyone, including those most vulnerable, at risk of deadly harm and undermines …

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Both sides make emotional pleas as lawmakers oppose physician-assisted suicide in D.C.

Lawmakers, disability rights activists and doctors held an emotionally charged press conference Wednesday to announce the introduction of a House resolution opposing physician-assisted suicide. The bipartisan resolution was introduced less than two weeks after House Republicans passed a spending bill that would repeal the D.C. Death With Dignity Act, which went into effect in February …

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Assisted suicide laws will pressure poor, elderly, depressed to die

I am grateful to Reps. Luis Correa (D-Calif), Juan Vargas (D-Calif), James Langevin (D-R.I.), Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), Ralph Lee Abraham (R-La.), Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), and Andy Harris (R-Md.) for introducing a Sense of Congress resolution that takes a big step toward protecting me and many others from a death-too-soon by assisted suicide. …

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Assisted Suicide Bill Would Show Disabled the Door

Legalizing assisted suicide in Massachusetts would put pressure on the poor and the disabled to die, opponents say. The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a measure that would allow physician-assisted suicide, but skeptics held a briefing last week foreseeing sad consequences if it passes. “It is a widespread human desire to experience a peaceful, relatively pain-free …

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Support building for palliative care in Wisconsin

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness, focusing on quality of life, stress relief and symptom management. “The approach is patient- and family-centered,” Jessick told WisBusiness.com. “For palliative care people, the skill is really at communication; how can we meet patients and families where they are, and figure out which treatments …

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Assisted Suicide Opponents Warn It Could Become ‘Cheapest Treatment’

By Colin A. Young STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Ahead of next week’s public hearing on physician-assisted dying, advocates for people with disabilities urged lawmakers to consider the impacts such a law could have on vulnerable populations that are poorly served by health providers. “I’ve been told to my face and through countless movies that if …

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Bill would usher in assisted suicide and harm the vulnerable

In 2012, voters defeated assisted suicide at the polls. However, this has not deterred its proponents who have introduced H.1194, “An Act Relative to End of Life Options.” The title of the bill softens the harsh reality of the actual intent – legalizing assisted suicide. A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for Tuesday, …

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American College of Physicians Opposes Assisted Suicide

Excellent. The American College of Physicians, after studying the issue, has issued a policy statement against the legalization of assisted suicide. From the ACP Position Paper: Society’s goal should be to make dying less, not more, medical. Physician-assisted suicide is neither a therapy nor a solution to difficult questions raised at the end of life. …

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ACP reaffirms opposition to physician-assisted suicide

“This practice is problematic given the nature of the patient–physician relationship, affects trust in that relationship as well as in the profession, and fundamentally alters the medical profession’s role in society.” ACP issued a position paper this week reaffirming its opposition to physician-assisted suicide. The paper, from the Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee, is …

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