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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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PAS groups: Provide assisted suicide, or you’re a bad doctor

PAS groups: Provide assisted suicide, or you’re a bad doctor

Posted On: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Don’t want physician-assisted suicide? Then don’t get one, is one of the arguments we often hear from proponents of assisted dying. Same goes for physicians: Don’t want to be involved in the process? You don’t have to – or so they say. In states where physician-assisted suicide has been legalized, doctors are technically not obliged

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Celebrating suicide and ignoring consequences in California

Celebrating suicide and ignoring consequences in California

Posted On: Thursday, June 15th, 2017

“Don’t let the facts get in the way of a party” seems to be the mantra for Compassion & Choices. The group marked the one year anniversary of legalized assisted suicide in California with a “celebratory” report, highlighting a number of small “victories” in their push for widespread suicide-on-demand in the Golden State. Nearly 500

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Emotional Distress, Not Physical Pain, Driving Factor in Assisted Suicide

Emotional Distress, Not Physical Pain, Driving Factor in Assisted Suicide

Posted On: Monday, June 12th, 2017

If anything, proponents of assisted suicide are consistent. They typically make their case for legalizing this risky, dangerous practice by trotting out a familiar scene: a dying individual needlessly suffering from immense physical pain as family members helplessly stand by. Legalization of assisted suicide could spare thousands of others from a similar “undignified” fate. Or so we

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Incompatible: support for assisted suicide and disability rights

Incompatible: support for assisted suicide and disability rights

Posted On: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

  Alliance member Kathy Jo Ware, a nurse, disability rights activist, and mother of a young man with disabilities, wrote the following to Andrew Wig of the Sun Current in response to a recent and one-sided story on the push for legalized assisted suicide in Minnesota. Dear Andrew, I wanted to email you directly to respond to your

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PRESS RELEASE: New bill, same flaws: this year’s assisted suicide legislation is as risky and dangerous as 2016’s failed version

PRESS RELEASE: New bill, same flaws: this year’s assisted suicide legislation is as risky and dangerous as 2016’s failed version

Posted On: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

SF 1572/HF1885 damages the patient-caregiver relationship, exposes the vulnerable to harm, and undermines efforts to improve the quality and accessibility of real healthcare in Minnesota. ST. PAUL – A new bill that aims to legalize assisted suicide in Minnesota is marred by many of the same unacceptable flaws that derailed a similar effort last year.

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Alliance joins coalition promoting palliative care in Minnesota

Alliance joins coalition promoting palliative care in Minnesota

Posted On: Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

The MN Alliance for Ethical Healthcare has joined a broad coalition in support of creating a Palliative Care Advisory Committee in Minnesota. The coalition recently issued a statement in support of state legislation (SF 112 and HF 345) that would establish a committee to identify barriers preventing access to palliative care for patients with serious

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Diverse Coalition Launches to Oppose Assisted Suicide, Advance Real Care

Posted On: Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Minnesota prides itself on world-class healthcare. A new coalition has formed to ensure that lawmakers and care providers continue to build on that proud legacy. With 35 diverse partner organizations, the MN Alliance for Ethical Healthcare launched today with a strong commitment to expanding authentic healthcare options for all Minnesotans. Central to that goal is

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