Month: June 2018

Important News From NDY UK: Noel Conway Loses His Assisted Suicide Court Case

Looking at the picture of Noel Conway wearing a breathing mask like mine in today’s Guardian article “Terminally ill Noel Conway loses challenge to assisted dying ban“, I can’t help but feel a profound sense of relief. I acknowledge that acquiring a progressive neuromuscular disability later in life as Conway did is different than growing up with …

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CDC report shows suicide rates have risen sharply across the United States

Suicide rates rose in all but one state between 1999 and 2016, with increases seen across age, gender, race and ethnicity, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In more than half of all deaths in 27 states, the people had no known mental health condition when they ended their …

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Doctor-assisted suicide is contagious, too. Why aren’t we sounding the alarm?

For decades, we’ve known that suicide is contagious and that how we talk about it matters. Now, we’re at least starting to see how crucial it is to honor the lives of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain without perseverating ghoulishly on how they died.   Though it’s no easy thing, we’ve got to find a way to destigmatize without normalizing and to eulogize without glamorizing. Depression is a liar, but we don’t …

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California’s Assisted Suicide Law Back On for Now

  California residents can still seek lethal medication as state courts consider a ruling that would overturn its 2015 assisted suicide law.  The state Fourth District Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay on a lower court ruling that would have suspended assisted-suicide prescriptions in the state.   “The request for an immediate stay is GRANTED. …

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We need to make it a national priority to get people hospice and palliative care. Where is the outcry?

  As of Friday, it is again legal in California for doctors to help their terminally ill patients to die. The controversial 2015 legalization of medical aid in dying was in effect for almost two years before it was ruled unconstitutional on May 25 by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia. Friday’s reinstatement of the law, while the appeals process plays …

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Assisted suicide advocates threaten to redouble Albany efforts in 2019

ALBANY — With three scheduled days left in the legislative session, advocates have given up hope that physician-assisted suicide will be legalized this year in New York.   In a letter to lawmakers, two groups — Compassion & Choices and the Death With Dignity National Center — vowed to redouble their efforts to pass the …

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Why the AMA & Everyone Else Should Oppose Assisted Suicide

As a practicing physician with over 30 years of experience, I am honored to be an advocate for the ethical care of all patients regardless of their stage of life. Since assisted suicide became legal in California and Oregon, I have experienced first-hand the abuses this practice incentivizes. The American College of Physicians (ACP) has …

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