Study Examines Major Flaws in Assisted Suicide Laws

Maryland Against Physician Assisted Suicide, 17 August 2016

A recent study of euthanasia and assisted suicide “highlights a major problem with PAS laws and legislation, one that we’ve been talking about since this battle started: terminal patients have high rates of depression, but are not required to receive a professional mental health evaluation or treatment prior to ending their life. As The Week writes:

“One recent study of Oregonians found that, compared to terminally ill people who didn’t ask about physician-assisted suicide, those interested in the procedure were more likely to feel depressed and hopeless, and less likely to be spiritual. And while therapy might relieve depression, in Oregon, less than 5 percent of people participating in physician-assisted suicide received a psychiatric evaluation beforehand. In Washington, less than 4 percent were referred to a psychiatrist.”

Those are appallingly low rates for terminal patients who are considering suicide. How can PAS supporters argue this bill has safeguards in place when they aren’t even protecting the most obvious and easily treated people?

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