Month: February 2020

Assisted suicide legislation is again under consideration in Maryland

  Battle lines are drawn with an even number of people who support and oppose the bill. Unlike in previous years, there’s a public, full-court press by the opposition. “Assisted suicide is dangerous public policy. When suicide becomes a medical treatment, it injects government pressure and profit-driven insurance decisions into everyone’s end-of-life care,” said Kristen …

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Hippocratic or hypocritical? The problem with doctor-assisted suicide

As Maryland lawmakers prepare to hold public hearings on whether the state should join nine others that allow terminally-ill patients to choose physician-assisted suicide, it begs a serious question with no easy answer: Is suicide wrong? Granted, the question of the humanity of physician-assisted suicide is a complicated one. For those who have completed Applied …

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‘Uncharted Territory’: Canada Moving Too Quickly on Changes to Assisted Dying Law, Expert Warns

  A health policy expert is warning that Canada is moving too fast on changes to legislation that would expand eligibility for medically assisted death. Dr. Harvey Schipper, a professor of medicine and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Toronto, urges caution, saying calls to extend euthanasia access to mature minors and people …

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Professor laments physician-assisted suicide, says it hurts vulnerable people the most

Nine states have already legalized physician-assisted suicide, (PAS) and New York may be next in line, Fordham University professor of theological bioethics Charles Camosy told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday. Camosy told host Tucker Carlson that the most common reason patients in Oregon, where assisted suicide has been legal since 1997, request access to PAS is not due to “physical …

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Marylanders need health care, not assisted suicide

  The Maryland Legislature is expected to again consider an assisted suicide bill in its new session. Once again, disability activists will be a prominent part of the coalition to oppose the bill as a discriminatory overlay to a beleaguered and inequitable health care system. The assisted suicide bill, authorizes health care providers to write …

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Assisted suicide bill puts marginalized people at greater risk of harm

By Mary D. Lopez Lopez is the executive director at Independence Empowerment Center in Manassas. From 1997-2010, Lopez also served on the Board of Not Dead Yet, an advocacy group that opposes legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. Last year Virginia lawmakers introduced assisted suicide legislation for the first time. Thankfully, that lethal bill never …

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The unintended consequences of assisted suicide laws

  As is common among proponents of assisted suicide, Cheri Bach’s Jan. 7 opinion piece bills state-sanctioned killing as a dignified end of life “choice.” What Bach says about individuals’ desire for increased autonomy and control is true. However, for many where assisted suicide is legal, it is not a true choice and takes away …

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Assisted suicide goes against our values

House Bill 1659 effectively gives physicians permission to prescribe drugs that result in patient suicide. We have serious concerns about the potential impact on New Hampshire’s at-risk population if this bill passes. It normalizes suicide as medical care and corrupts the doctor/patient relationship. New Hampshire suicide rates are up nearly 50% over the past 10 …

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New York doctors urge legislators to reject assisted suicide law

Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are urging state lawmakers to oppose the [assisted suicide law] this session, and instead, promote palliative care and hospice care for terminal patients. Both the Medical Society of the State of New York and the American Medical Association oppose “physician-assisted suicide.” …Kristen Hanson, a community relations advocate for the …

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