Month: December 2018

Hospital Might Be Forced to Participate in Assisted Suicide

Nova Scotia’s only Catholic hospital is at risk of being found in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and human rights legislation by refusing to provide medical assistance in dying, a Halifax law professor says. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., is a publicly funded health-care facility. But due to its religious …

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As I See It: Legislature should continue to reject assisted suicide bill

In a recent Wicked Local Lexington commentary (“Medical aid in dying important for some with disabilities,” Sept. 28), Michael Martignetti argues for the legalization of assisted suicide from the perspective of someone with the progressive neurological disability, Friedrichs ataxia. I can relate to the author’s disability experience, as 35 years ago a spinal cord injury …

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Physician-Assisted Suicide: The AMA’s Latest Quandary

by Shane E. Macaulay, MD The American Medical Association, and the entire profession of medicine in the U.S., stand at a crucial ethical crossroads. For two years the AMA has been considering the question of physician-assisted suicide (PAS): shall physician assistance with patient suicide now be considered permissible, or shall physicians hold fast to the ethic …

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Health Care Industry Prepares for New Assisted Suicide Law in Hawaii

In his 29 years as chief executive officer of Hospice Maui, LaGoy said he has often heard incoming patients talk about wanting to end their lives early because they imagine all the suffering that lies ahead. But he said that two big things usually happen in hospice care — first, hospice addresses most of the …

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Canadian Report on Expanding Assisted Suicide Law

Canada would be venturing into barely charted waters if it were to expand its assisted-dying law to cover young teenagers and patients with mental illness or severe dementia, according to three long-awaited reports exploring how other countries handle ethically challenging requests for the procedure. The trio of independent reports, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, were …

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Physicians are healers, not life takers

Recently the effort to legalize physician-assisted suicide has ramped up in Virginia. For 2,500 years, medicine has claimed the role of healer, but this dangerous public policy would change that by requiring a doctor’s participation in a patient’s demise . Patients should never be conflicted about which role their physician plays. In places where it …

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California court reverses ruling against assisted suicide

    A California appeals court overturned a lower court order that had imperiled the state’s assisted suicide law, but a longer legal fight may loom because the ruling skirted the larger issue of whether the legislation was unconstitutional… The ruling reversed Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia’s judgment in May that declared the …

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Delaware assisted suicide bill set to be re-introduced this January

  The pro-suicide lobby once again poured millions of dollars to force assisted suicide down the throats of voters with fear-mongering and misinformation and they will undoubtedly do the same in 2019. PRAF will continue to work tirelessly alongside our state and national coalition partners, fighting for every inch in the national debate, sharing with …

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EDITORIAL: Let’s stick to suicide prevention

  The suicide rate in Virginia, 13.2 per every 100,000 residents in 2016, increased an alarming 17.4 percent between 1999 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So last year, the General Assembly passed a bill requiring the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to come up with new …

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