Month: October 2019

Nurse Charged With Murder in Killing of Friend Who Asked for Help Dying after Breakup in Orange County

  A registered nurse has been charged with murder after injecting a lethal drug into a friend who asked her to help him die following a breakup, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said Monday. Kristie Jane Koepplin, 58, pleaded not guilty Monday, after being arrested in Maricopa County, Arizona, on Oct. 15, 2019, more …

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World Medical Association Reaffirms its Strong Opposition to Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia

  The World Medical Association (WMA) recently held its 70th General Assembly meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, and reaffirmed a commitment: “to the principles of medical ethics and that utmost respect has to be maintained for human life.  Therefore, the WMA is firmly opposed to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. “For the purpose of this declaration, euthanasia …

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Terminal Las Vegas Woman Debates Widow on the Issue of Assisted Suicide

  …Olivas has multiple myeloma,  a terminal type of blood cancer. And after going through chemotherapy—a process that might extend her life five years—she stopped when doctors said her liver and kidneys were being damaged… So about a year after starting treatment, she decided she wanted to seek medical aid in dying, which a lot of …

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Swiss doctor sentenced for helping healthy woman to die

    A court in Geneva has given a suspended sentence to the regional vice-president of EXIT, Pierre Beck, for helping an 86-year-old woman to die when she was not sick. He was found guilty of breaking federal law on therapeutic substances and given a suspended 120-day jail sentence. The court thus confirmed a criminal order issued by the Office …

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Our problem with assisted suicide: Why disability advocates worry about making it easier for physicians to help New Yorkers die

Proponents of New York’s physician-assisted suicide bill seem perplexed by the strong opposition from disability activists. But doesn’t the bill only apply to adults who are expected to die within six months so they can control when they die? Isn’t that a basic right that we should all have? As someone who is blind with …

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Italian woman, 85, ends her life at Swiss euthanasia clinic because she was upset about losing her looks

  By HANNAH ROBERTS IN ROME PUBLISHED: 12:24 EDT, 20 February 2014 A healthy Italian woman paid a Swiss right-to-die clinic to take her life because she was ‘unhappy about losing her looks’.  Oriella Cazzanello, 85, travelled to a clinic in Basel, Switzerland, where she paid €10,000 for an assisted suicide. The elderly woman, who …

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One Doctor. 25 Deaths. How Could It Have Happened?

  People who believe that the supposed “safeguards” in assisted suicide laws protect against mistakes, coercion, and abuse are blind to power imbalances: between doctors and patients; insurers and insurance members; caregivers and care recipients. In assisted suicide, there is a huge power imbalance between doctors and people requesting hastened death. No matter how benevolent …

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Liberty or equality? Unrestricted access to assisted suicide endangers vulnerable people

Quebec Superior Court ruling doesn’t make us equal, it leaves us more vulnerable than ever, Ruth Enns writes By granting two people with disabilities a medically hastened death and insisting on legal changes, a Quebec Superior Court ruling reframes Bill C-14 safeguards as obstacles to free choice. Now a tiny minority of the people those …

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In US and Canada, assisted suicide laws endanger people with disabilities

  The media is ignoring a major US report on assisted suicide. Speeches by supporters of assisted suicide always include a big shout-out for people with disabilities. Hey, guys, you’re top on our list of favs; we’re just working out the delicate balance against individual rights. Just hang in there; we love youse all. Which, …

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