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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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Hindsight Exposes Danger of Assisted Suicide

Hindsight Exposes Danger of Assisted Suicide

Posted On: Monday, August 21st, 2017

The New York Times has been on an assisted suicide and euthanasia kick lately. The most recent piece on the matter, “Should I Help My Patients Die?,” is a column by pro-PAS physician Jessica Nutik Zitter, which discusses the practice of assisted suicide as well as the necessity for it to be done safely. As

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New Zealand’s Reasons for Rejecting Assisted Suicide

New Zealand’s Reasons for Rejecting Assisted Suicide

Posted On: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

After considering the legalization of physician-assisted suicide for two years, New Zealand Parliament’s largest-ever inquiry refrained from making it legal. The inquiry followed a petition signed by nearly 9000, requesting a thorough investigation into public attitudes on physician-assisted suicide, as well as its final legalization. A report by the Health Committee covering a summary of

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Oh Canada: Assisted Suicide Being Pushed Upon the Disabled

Oh Canada: Assisted Suicide Being Pushed Upon the Disabled

Posted On: Monday, July 31st, 2017

Assisted suicide became legal in Canada one year ago, and last week yet another disturbing story about the law’s chilling consequences turned up. Sheila Elson claims a Labrador-Grenfell Health doctor suggested physician-assisted suicide for her disabled daughter: “’His words were ‘assisted suicide death was legal in Canada,’ she told CBC. ‘I was shocked, and said,

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Assisted suicide anything but inevitable

Assisted suicide anything but inevitable

Posted On: Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Assisted suicide proponents in Minnesota often claim that it’s only a matter of time before assisted suicide is legal. Reality, however, shows a different picture: people from diverse backgrounds across America are saying no to assisted suicide and preventing its spread. So far in 2017, 23  states have rejected assisted suicide bills. These include states

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When death saves money, there’s a duty to die

When death saves money, there’s a duty to die

Posted On: Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Physician-assisted suicide is often depicted as a completely autonomous decision. Pro-PAS groups push for the idea that assisted suicide will “[give] us freedom and empowerment to set our own timeframe” with no pressure from outside sources. Ironically, the legalization of assisted suicide introduces significant outside pressure into a patient’s decision – the pressure to end

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