Month: June 2019

Opponents say medically assisted suicides make terminal patients vulnerable

When the California law allowing medically assisted suicides passed in 2016, Stephanie Packer, a single mother of four, got a call from her insurance company. Medically assisted suicide “would be much cheaper” than her current treatment, her insurance company told her. The company would no longer cover chemotherapy, pain medication or other remedies used to …

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Massachusetts lawmakers consider ‘assisted suicide’ bill

  Massachusetts lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a proposal to authorize physician-assisted suicides. For the 5th year in a row, lawmakers on Beacon Hill are considering a proposal to legalize lethal injections, and there are a few provisions in the bill that you should know about. On Tuesday, members of the Public Health Committee heard …

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NYS Legislature Ends Without a Vote on Assisted Suicide

State Lawmakers wrapped up their session without voting on the Medical Aid in Dying Act, which would allow terminally ill adults to ask their doctors for life-ending medication.  It’s been floating around chambers for a couple of years. But with a new democratic majority in the senate, chances appeared better for passage.  The legislation generated …

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Health Workers Still Aren’t Alerting Police About Likely Elder Abuse, Reports Find

Proponents say that no one has to choose assisted suicide, but you can only say that when elder and disability abuse are a thing of the past.  Coercion always happens behind closed doors. “It can be hard to quantify the problem of elder abuse. Experts believe that many cases go unreported. And Wednesday morning, their …

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AMA sticks to a policy of opposing assisted suicide

  The American Medical Association voted this week by 71% to 29% to reaffirm its opposition to physician-assisted suicide. Testimony yesterday by medical students and residents on the dangers of the practice to both patients and the physician-patient relationship appear to have carried the day in a reference committee. The committee strongly recommended that the voting …

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Not Dead Yet Condemns Maine Governor’s Signing of Assisted Suicide Bill

Long time Not Dead Yet disability activist Mike Reynolds condemned today’s signing of “An Act To Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act” by Governor Janet Mills. “This is a terrible day in the history of Maine that will lead to the untimely deaths of disabled people due to inevitable mistakes, coercion and abuse.” Reynolds had …

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Largest Medical Association in the US Opposes Assisted Suicide

The House of Medicine’s longstanding division on physician-assisted suicide resurfaced at the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates meeting, but with a fresh note of impatience this time around. At issue was what to do with a report from the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA), which was issued in response to …

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