Month: September 2019

Assisted suicide threatens people with disabilities

  Legislation has once again been introduced in Wisconsin to legalize assisted suicide.  If passed, Wisconsin legislators risk unnecessarily endangering the lives of people with disabilities. “Assisted suicide presents a clear and present danger to the many people who struggle to access quality health care either because they can’t afford it or because they are …

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Canadian ruling on assisted suicide may set stage for further expansion

The recent court decision in Quebec that invalidated the “reasonably foreseeable” death clause  of both the federal and Quebec assisted suicide laws laid the foundation for further legal challenges in the expansion of Canada’s assisted suicide laws.  Opponents of assisted suicide often warn of the incremental strategy behind assisted suicide, pointing to the slippery slope …

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Doctors should heal patients, not kill them. Assisted suicide makes us agents of death.

  Physician-assisted suicide isn’t about dying on our own terms. Instead, it’s prompting all of us to question whose lives are worth maintaining.   This month in The Netherlands, a medical doctor was acquitted for euthanizing an elderly woman against her will. At first blush, this seems unfathomable, even in a country where euthanasia is …

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Lifting the U.S. ban on euthanasia is like opening a Pandora’s box

Physician-assisted death — euthanasia — is lawful in three European countries, as well as Colombia and Canada. It is illegal, still, in the United States, though physicians in 10 states may supply lethal doses to terminally ill patients for self-administration. And the U.S. ban may not last forever: 72 percent of Americans support euthanasia, according to …

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Dr. Tim Jessick: Wisconsin shouldn’t allow assisted suicide

A bill introduced last week to legalize assisted suicide would be disastrous for Wisconsin. It would shrink end-of-life treatment options for older adults, people with disabilities and others facing terminal diagnoses. Assisted suicide compromises the role of a physician as a healer and runs contrary to the position of the largest medical society in the …

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D.C.’s assisted suicide law leaves much to the imagination

It’s no surprise that the the District’s assisted suicide program isn’t popular. When it was legalized two years ago, health officials estimated as many as 10 people annually would elect to die this way. The reality? Two of four individuals who registered to die via assisted suicide went through with it, and only minimal information …

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Nova Scotia Catholic hospital must now offer assisted suicide after policy change

A Catholic hospital in Nova Scotia must now offer patients access to medically assisted dying on site — a change advocates say should be noted by other provinces with faith-based hospitals. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., which was formerly run by the Sisters of St. Martha, had been exempt from Canada’s medical assistance in dying …

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A judge loosens Canada’s euthanasia belt another notch or two

  Something north of 8,000 people have died in Canada after its Medical Aid in Dying legislation came into effect in 2016. And now it will probably become easier after a decision by a Québec judge. This week Superior Court Justice Christine Baudouin struck down as unconstitutional a provision in the federal legislation which restricts …

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Dutch Euthanasia Case Ignites Assisted Suicide Debate

The acquittal of a Dutch doctor who drugged and euthanized a dementia patient against her will sparked outrage in the United States as assisted suicide bills spread. On Wednesday, a Dutch court acquitted a doctor who admitted to administering lethal medication to a dementia patient with the help of her family. The 74-year-old woman had …

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