Month: May 2018

Many in favor of assisted suicide have never read the bill

As deputy chairwoman of the justice select committee, I’ve been listening to some very well considered submissions on the controversial euthanasia and assisted suicide bill before Parliament. There were 36,000 individuals and groups who wrote to Parliament with their views on the End of Life Choice Bill. Ten per cent have indicated that they would …

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Portugal parliament rejects legal euthanasia in divisive vote

Portugal’s parliament rejected on Tuesday a bill that would have legalized voluntary euthanasia for terminal patients in the Catholic-majority country by a narrow margin, but it secured enough support to ensure continued debate on the issue. Drafted by the ruling Socialists, the bill garnered 110 votes in the 230-seat parliament but was stymied by 115 …

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California’s physician-assisted suicide law is overturned — for now

Nearly two years after it was enacted, California’s physician-assisted suicide law is, at least for the moment, no longer in effect… What’s happened so far? Opponents of the End of Life Option Act filed a lawsuit hoping to overturn the law on the day it took effect in 2016. On May 15 this year, Ottolia ruled that the law …

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Doctor has many concerns about NJ assisted suicide bill

As a New Jersey physician, I oppose bill A1504 – Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act – for many reasons. Among them are three important ones: Firstly, proponents of legalizing assisted suicide say that it will be associated with a decrease of general, or unassisted suicide by offering a legal option. But this is incorrect. In states that have …

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No stay of ruling that tossed California assisted-death law

An appeals court on Wednesday refused to block a court decision that said a California law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives was passed illegally. California’s 4th District Court of Appeal refused to grant an immediate stay requested by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. However, the court gave Becerra and other parties time …

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Will the AMA Heed Its Own Ethics Council, Regarding Assisted Suicide?

Dr Pies is Editor in Chief Emeritus of Psychiatric Times, and a Professor in the psychiatry departments of SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. It seemed like a major statement on physician-assisted suicide (PAS) by the American Medical Association, and several media websites trumpeted the story in just such …

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California files to block ruling that ends right-to-die law

California’s attorney general on Monday sought an emergency ruling to allow the state’s right-to-die law to stay in effect, underscoring an urgent desire to defend a legal challenge to the End of Life Option Act… But opponents criticized the effort.  “We are deeply troubled to see Attorney General Becerra, who is supposed to be responsible …

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Profit may trump life if assisted suicide approved

As a New Yorker living with a disability, I have significant concerns regarding the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. It is naïve to think that private health insurance companies and a struggling public health system will not take profit margin or taxpayer expense into consideration when approving expensive treatment options versus a one-time prescription costing far …

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Head of Swiss assisted suicide group in court on profiteering charges

Just a week after 104-year-old Australian scientist David Goodall made international headlines by choosing to end his life in Switzerland using Swiss group Eternal Spirit, the founder of the assisted dying association Dignitas is appearing in a Zurich district court. Ludwig Minelli is the founder of the Swiss non-profit group Dignitas, the main port of …

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