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Twelve Myths About Physician Assisted Suicide and Medical Aid In Dying [MD MAGAZINE]

Twelve Myths About Physician Assisted Suicide and Medical Aid In Dying [MD MAGAZINE]

Posted On: Monday, July 16th, 2018

Note: At the MN Alliance for Ethical Healthcare, we choose to use the term “assisted suicide” rather than the more common terms “medical aid-in-dying (MAID)” and “physician-assisted suicide (PAS)” We believe that “assisted suicide” most accurately describes the practice discussed below, because no matter who is assisting—a doctor, a family member, or an “Exit Guide“—the

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Suicide and Assisted Suicide: Two Sides of the Same Crisis

Suicide and Assisted Suicide: Two Sides of the Same Crisis

Posted On: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

If we give up the fight against assisted suicide, we will lose the fight against suicide, too. A crisis of meaning Last month we mourned fashion designer Kate Spade and television chef Anthony Bourdain, who both ended their own lives unexpectedly. These celebrity suicides have since sparked a national conversation about mental health and how

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Doctor Assisted Suicide: Why DC’s Docs Are Not Opting In

Doctor Assisted Suicide: Why DC’s Docs Are Not Opting In

Posted On: Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Doctors Don’t Want to Help Their Patients Die When assisted suicide legislation passed in Washington, D.C., Compassion & Choices predicted that around 10 people in the city would use it each year. Yet, during the law’s first year, not a single person has. Not one. Rather than acknowledging that doctors and residents still have serious

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Three Major Red Flags in Minnesota’s Assisted Suicide Bill:  Prohibitions, Requirements, and Loopholes

Three Major Red Flags in Minnesota’s Assisted Suicide Bill: Prohibitions, Requirements, and Loopholes

Posted On: Friday, May 25th, 2018

Assisted suicide advocates in Minnesota, such as the group Compassion & Choices, use terms such as “medical aid in dying” to describe doctors enabling patients to end their own lives. However, to understand better what assisted suicide advocates wish to see happen, we must take a closer look at the legislation they support. In Minnesota,

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Three Disturbing Unanswered Questions About Colorado’s First Year of Assisted Suicide

Three Disturbing Unanswered Questions About Colorado’s First Year of Assisted Suicide

Posted On: Thursday, March 29th, 2018

In December 2016, Colorado became the sixth state to legalize assisted suicide. This year, Compassion & Choices (the U.S.’s leading assisted suicide advocacy group) celebrated that “Colorado’s first year of implementation has been a success and is working as voters intended.” Many will take them at their word—but that is precisely the problem. Assisted suicide

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Improving Quality of Life for Terminally Ill Patients

Improving Quality of Life for Terminally Ill Patients

Posted On: Monday, March 5th, 2018

By Katherine Cross – Minnesota Catholic Conference Your doctor just told you the two words no patient ever wants to hear: “Terminal Cancer.” Those two enormous words blocked out everything else that came after them. Nothing could possibly translate through the roaring whirlwind of emotions held back by an impossibly strong but thin line between

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Four Things You Need to Know About Assisted Suicide Laws

Four Things You Need to Know About Assisted Suicide Laws

Posted On: Friday, February 23rd, 2018

There are currently six states in our country that have “death with dignity” or “aid in dying” laws on their books; an additional five will consider assisted suicide bills in 2018. Minnesota does not currently have laws allowing assisted suicide, but we are likely to see a bill presented soon. Therefore, now is the time

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What is Assisted Suicide?

What is Assisted Suicide?

Posted On: Friday, February 9th, 2018

Assisted suicide, euthanasia, and refusal of life-sustaining treatment may be related, but they are not the same thing. Defining these terms is a crucial first step towards ethical care in Minnesota. Assisted Suicide is : Suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person. That definition from Merriam-Webster covers the basics. However, in terms specific to

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Legalizing assisted suicide is no answer for the disabled like me.

Legalizing assisted suicide is no answer for the disabled like me.

Posted On: Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

We need care and support to live with hope, not to “die with dignity.” I’m thankful for those who helped me see the worth of life. By Jean Swenson, Member of Minnesota Alliance for Ethical Healthcare Originally published in the Star Tribune – December 21, 2016 ‘I’d rather be dead than disabled.” I remember feeling

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