Month: February 2018

Hawaii lawmakers delay vote on assisted suicide bill

After twenty years of debate on the controversial issue of medical aid-in-dying, a decision on the controversial topic will have to wait yet another day. Lawmakers delayed a critical decision until noon Wednesday after listening to five hours of testimony from 120 people. “Passing this assisted suicide bill may mean that if he should become …

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Not Dead Yet Testimony Opposing Hawaii Assisted Suicide Bill

I am a severely disabled woman, and head up the national disability group, Not Dead Yet, which has members in Hawaii. I’ve spent a lifetime advocating for the rights of disabled people, young and old, to control our own lives and not have our choices dictated by doctors and other professionals. So you might wonder why I …

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Hearing set for a bill that would legalize assisted suicide in Hawaii

A bill that would allow terminally ill adults in Hawaii to end their lives with doctor-prescribed drugs will be discussed at a joint committee hearing Tuesday. The sensitive subject has been debated in the islands for two decades. So far, six states have legalized medical aid in dying. Modeled after California’s law, House Bill 2739, entitled …

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How many botched cases would it take to end euthanasia of the vulnerable?

The euthanasia of mentally ill or cognitively impaired patients is inherently controversial. Given the risk of fatal error, how many botched cases would it take to discredit the practice completely? If you said “any number greater than zero,” you would be interested in the physician-assisted death of a 74-year-old woman with dementia in the Netherlands …

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Euthanasia dispute in Belgium: When do doctors cross a line?

A disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world’s most liberal euthanasia laws. The case is described in a letter provided to The Associated Press, written by a doctor …

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Wesley Smith: Assisted suicide movement receives none of the blame

Suicide is a growing problem,  and yet, the assisted suicide movement receives none of the blame. It should. Pushing suicide impacts people’s attitudes. Normalizing it surely leads to more self killings, given what we know about the copy-cat phenomenon. In this regard, Oregon assisted suicides were up again last year. Although, since honesty is not the movement’s …

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Inherent Hypocrisy of PAS: Compassion For Me But Not For Thee

California voters passed a law two years ago that allows terminally ill people to take lethal drugs to end their lives, but controversy is growing over a newer rule that effectively bans that option in the state’s eight veterans’ homes. Proponents of medical aid-in-dying and residents of the Veterans Home of California-Yountville — the largest …

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