Month: May 2019

Disability Rights Advocates Warn of the Dangers of Assisted Suicide

“Disability rights advocates gathered in the state capital [May 29, 2019] to talk about the dangers of controversial assisted suicide practices.” “The New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide strongly opposes the law for multiple reasons.” “They say it gives insurers the ability to deny treatment to the terminally ill, it does not guarantee peaceful or …

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Oregon Bill to Eliminate Waiting Period for Assisted Suicide Passes in the Senate

  Senate Bill 579 is the second assisted suicide expansion bill to have a hearing in the Oregon Legislature and it was approved Monday in the Oregon Senate.  The bill removes waiting periods in the law proponents claim protect against abuse and same-day suicides. Under current law, a person making a request has to wait …

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The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Reaffirms its Opposition to Assisted Suicide

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has  released its updated position statement on assisted suicide, which reaffirms its opposition to assisted suicide.  It is welcomed news that the NHPCO has not retreated behind a position of “studied neutrality;” but rather, the NHPCO has taken a stand, clearly stating that assisted suicide is not a palliative …

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Belgian tug-of-war over euthanasia for mental illness and dementia

Belgium’s leading advocate for euthanasia liberalisation is campaigning vigorously for euthanasia for people with dementia. According to the current euthanasia law, patients are only eligible if they are fully aware and competent. This can lead to distressing situations and must change, says Professor Wim Distelmans. Distelmans is chairman of Belgium’s chairman of the Federal Euthanasia Commission, …

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Oregon Considers Expanding Its Assisted Suicide Law

  Legislators are thinking of expanding the way people can take their lives under Oregon’s Death With Dignity law: They want patients to be able to use an automatic syringe. Currently, the law allows only medications that dying patients can take orally. That means a patient has to pick up the prescription themselves and be able to swallow …

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Assisted suicide is legal in N.J. but key medical society still opposed after vote

With a New Jersey law set to take effect in August allowing terminally ill residents to end their lives with medical help, doctors belonging to the state’s largest medical organization voted not to end the group’s formal opposition to assisted suicide. But delegates at the Medical Society of New Jersey’s annual conference did adopt a …

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