Month: December 2019

‘Bike Man’ Is A Different Kind Of Community Superhero Changes His Mind About Assisted Suicide

  Bob Charland has a passion for building bikes. He just doesn’t know how much longer he can do it. “I want to help people,” said Bob. “I want to know that my time here meant something and that I was able to make a difference in this world.” Bob used to work as an …

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Let doctors focus on healing patients, not helping them commit suicide

  Lewis Cohen argues for passage of the End of Life Option Act which has been defeated in the Maryland General Assembly for the past five years, but actually illustrates one of the many dangers of this terrible bill (“Deathly ill Marylanders should have a choice on how and when they die,”Dec. 4). Every year, …

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State should not legalize physician-assisted suicide

  Legalization of physician-prescribed lethal medication for terminal patients, even on request, is bad medicine. This is eliminating the sufferer, not the suffering. It is both unnecessary and dangerous. Twenty years’ experience in Oregon shows that “Inadequate pain control or concern about it” is a distant sixth most-cited reason for patients to choose lethal medication, …

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If You’re Fighting a Life-Threatening Sickness, Keep Fighting

  Doctors make educated guesses about how long a person has left to live after a terminal diagnosis, but no one should take a healthcare provider’s estimate of how many weeks or months someone has left to live as gospel truth. Patients routinely survive long after the day they’re expected to succumb to their illness. …

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Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Assisted Suicide

  While impeachment divided the House of Representatives along party lines, a group of lawmakers is rallying around a bipartisan resolution condemning assisted suicide as Congress heads into winter recess. Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R., Ohio) and Lou Correa (D., Calif.) introduced a resolution last week declaring that medically assisted suicide “puts everyone, including those most vulnerable, at risk of …

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Disability Activist Anita Cameron Speaks At Congressional Briefing On Assisted Suicide

Anita Cameron, director of minority outreach for Not Dead Yet, will speak at a Congressional briefing to be held Thursday, December 12, 2019 in Room 2168 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The briefing is cosponsored by the National Council on Disability (NCD), Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA) and Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH). This briefing will explore the …

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State should not let doctors become suicide enablers

  Earlier this year, the American Medical Association voted to uphold its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide. The AMA says assisted suicide is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.” This is, in fact, the historical position of medicine going back …

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Justice Minister Lametti looking to larger reforms on assisted suicide

  Justice Minister David Lametti is being asked to move quickly to respond to a court ruling that Canada’s law on doctor-assisted death is too restrictive, but he says the Liberal government is open to reforming the law in an even bigger way than the judge ordered… Trudeau also wants Lametti to work with the …

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