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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,
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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.
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
Kaiser Health News reports that recent research indicates that relieving pain is not a top priority for individuals that wish to end their lives via assisted suicide.