How Euthanasia Hurts Palliative Care

by Wesley J. Smith, Evolution News, 13 July 2018

The delivery of proper palliative care requires specialized training and can be very labor intensive. The most difficult cases may demand a great deal of inadequately compensated time from the doctor. Euthanasia doesn’t require anything like that kind of expertise.

Defenders of assisted suicide will respond to that charge by saying that many patients who take prescribed poison were in hospice. True. But they were denied suicide prevention intervention, an essential hospice service — as much a part of good palliative care as prescribing morphine.

The bottom line is: Hospice/palliative care and euthanasia/assisted suicide are mutually exclusive. One cares. The other kills.

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