Pages tagged "United States"
Dangers of assisted suicide: the latest data from the State of Washington
Oct 05, 2017
Washington State’s Death With Dignity Act, based on Oregon’s, came into operation on 9 March 2009. The latest annual report with data from 2016 was published in September 2017. This latest data confirms that once assisted suicide is legalised use of it increases from year to year, seemingly without limit. Continue reading
American College of Physicians reaffirms opposition to assisted suicide laws
Oct 03, 2017
On 19 September 2017, just two days before assisted suicide bills (euphemistically called Voluntary Assisted Dying bills) were introduced respectively into the New South Wales Legislative Council and the Victorian Legislative Assembly, the American College of Physicians published its updated position paper on Ethics and the Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide in its prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine. Continue reading
Bipartisan resolution in US Congress warns assisted suicide puts everyone at risk
Sep 29, 2017
In an unusual display of bipartisanship, five Democrats and five Republicans have cosponsored a resolution in the United States House of Representatives warning that “assisted suicide (sometimes referred to as death with dignity, end-of-life options, aid-in-dying, or similar phrases) puts everyone, including those most vulnerable, at risk of deadly harm and undermines the integrity of the health care system.” Continue reading
New York Court of Appeals found that "aid-in-dying" is assisted suicide and there is no right to assisted suicide.
Sep 12, 2017
There is no right to assisted suicide. Read the update below from Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. View original article HERE. Continue reading
When MDs become administrators of death
Aug 21, 2017
Until euthanasia and assisted suicide were added to our lexicon, intentionally killing another human was condemned. Now it is deemed “considerate,” in warped, biased media portrayals. Continue reading
Assisted suicide bill defeated in Hawaii. The bill was a big fib.
Mar 25, 2017
Alex Schadenberg Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition I have amazing news to share. Hawaii assisted suicide SB 1129 was defeated by being sent back for amendments. Hawaii political leaders listened and understood that the assisted suicide bill was different than what the assisted suicide lobby was saying.The paternalism of the assisted suicide lobby astounds me. They assume that legislators will not read the language of the bill but vote based on sound bites alone. Hawaii legislators read the bill. Continue reading
Oregon bill would extend assisted suicide and euthanasia to incompetent people.
Mar 05, 2017
by Alex Schadenberg Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Oregon Senate is currently debating Bill S.B. 893 that would expand assisted suicide to incompetent people who stated in a valid advanced directive, while competent, a wish to die by lethal drugs and the bill permits euthanasia.The bill officially also legalizes euthanasia. Continue reading
Euthanasia and assisted suicide laws - no one is ever satisfied.
Jan 05, 2017
By Paul Russell: It is perhaps a statement of the obvious that those who oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide are never happy about the passage of such laws. Paradoxically, those that propose them and those that support them are never really satisfied either.There are a number of ways we can look at this reality. The most obvious angle is that, no matter how the laws are framed, there will always be a developing tension over time created by and on behalf of people who don't qualify. Such is the case at the moment in Canada where, in an act of appeasement to get their law through the Ottawa Parliament last year, a promise was made to look further into euthanasia and assisted suicide for minors, for mental health reasons and via advance directives. Studies are now underway to advance these causes. Continue reading
Assisted suicide: open to abuse, putting vulnerable people at risk
Nov 15, 2016
Assisted suicide: open to abuse, putting vulnerable people at risk This article, by Richard M. Doerflinger appeared at The Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse website.Doerflinger writes in reference to the debate on assisted suicide in the Council of the District of Columbia - the US National Capital. Continue reading
Oregon doctor: My Personal Story - The importance of trust between patient and doctor
Sep 29, 2016
First published on Alex Schadenberg's Blog: By Dr. Kenneth R. Stevens, Jr. MD, Radiation Oncologist, Professor Emeritus and former Department Chair, Radiation Oncology Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OregonPresident, Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation www.pccef.orgI have been following the experience with legalized physician-assisted suicide in Oregon since 1994. I have been a cancer doctor for 49 years in Oregon, where physician-assisted suicide is legal. I am Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Oregon Health and Science University. I continue to care for patients. Continue reading