Month: May 2018

When you need treatment and your insurance company says NO

When getting coverage for life-saving care is this hard and assisted suicide is always cheap, the pressure to choose assisted suicide rather than submit to repeated, crushing denials and relentless fight for coverage you might not get is overwhelming. Not everyone is as lucky as Erika to finally get approved, and not everyone has a …

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Our own Tim Rosales, PRAF political director, on the CA decision

A California judge on Tuesday threw out a 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives, ruling it was unconstitutionally approved by the Legislature. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia did not rule on the legality of allowing physician-assisted death, but he issued an oral ruling saying lawmakers acted illegally in …

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Riverside judge overturns California’s doctor-assisted suicide law

A Riverside County judge overturned California’s physician-assisted suicide law on Tuesday, giving the state attorney general five days to file an appeal to keep the law in place. California’s law, which allows terminally ill patients to request lethal medications from their doctors, has been the subject of fierce and emotional debates since it was approved …

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The deadly push for assisted suicide

Last November, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took commendable action to confront an uncomfortable topic and a horrific reality: Suicide, he said, had become a statewide public health crisis. Calling the state’s sudden spike in suicides “unacceptable” (New York now ranks 5th in the nation), he said that awareness and prevention is a top priority for the state. …

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Disability groups oppose using botanist’s death to advance assisted suicide agenda

Botanist and ecologist David Goodall ended his life May 10 in Switzerland by assisted suicide, a procedure which he had long advocated legalizing in his home country of Australia. Goodall, 104, told journalists that he “looked forward” to ending his life and regretted not having ended it sooner, though he is not terminally ill. He …

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Key AMA Committee Recommends Retention of Longstanding AMA Position in Opposition to Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Over the past two years, the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) studied doctor assisted suicide to determine if it should take a neutral stance on the issue.  After carefully reviewing the literature and receiving thoughtful input from numerous individuals and organizations to inform its deliberations, CEJA recommends that the AMA’s …

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New York’s physician-assisted suicide bill debated at State Assembly Committee on Health

“Doctors tend to devalue our lives, tend to feel that we don’t have quality of life when we feel that we do,” said Anita Cameron, director of minority outreach for Not Dead Yet, a disability rights group fighting against assisted suicide. Cameron suffers from multiple sclerosis, congenital cerebellar ataxia, and diabetes. She said she knows …

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Disability Rights Advocates Testify Against Assisted Suicide in NYC

“As disabled people know very well, doctors often make mistakes about whether a person is terminal or not. In June, 2009, while living in Washington state, my mother was determined to be in the final stages of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and placed in hospice. Two months later, I was told that her body had …

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Legal assisted suicide dangerous, unethical

As a physician engaged in direct patient care, legislation (A.2383-A/S.3151-A.) that would legalize assisted suicide in New York is of grave concern to me, and I oppose it. So does the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. The …

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