Tag: Oregon

Why the disability community opposes doctor assisted suicide

by Lisa Blumberg, New Haven Register, 28 March 2018 No safeguard can prevent mistakes in prognosis. And no safeguard can stop vulnerable people from being coerced. Above all, these laws don’t change prejudices. Assisted suicide or “aid in dying,” as its proponents innocuously call it, presents a clear and present danger to the many people who… Read more »

California can right the wrong of assisted suicide

by Marilyn Golden, Orange County Register, 12 June 2018 Also alarming is that people experiencing depression may not be protected from obtaining lethal drugs. This occurred, for example, to Oregonian Michael Freeland. He had a 43-year history of depression and suicide attempts. Yet when Freeland saw a doctor about arranging an assisted suicide, the physician said… Read more »

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… Read more »

Assisted dying—how safe is safe enough?

by Katherine Sleeman, The BMJ, 8 March 2018 Oregon, where the Death with Dignity Act has allowed assisted dying since 1997, is frequently held up to us as an example to follow, where there is no evidence of abuse of the law. But Oregon does not collect data adequate to determine this. Data on assisted deaths… Read more »

The deadly push for assisted suicide

by Julie Hocker, The Washington Times, 13 May 2018 First, assisted suicide bills create a scale to determine those individuals a state will protect and those who are deemed less valuable. With a yardstick created by well-paid death advocates, doctors will legally determine if a fellow New Yorker fits into the category of “better off dead.”… Read more »

Marine Corps veteran: I’m thankful I wasn’t offered assisted suicide when I was told I was dying three years ago

by J.J. Hanson, Fox News, 30 September 2017 J.J. Hanson is a terminal brain cancer patient, U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and president of Patients Rights Action Fund. Assisted suicide laws require a prognosis of six months or less to live, but how can we let our life-and-death decisions rest on these prognoses, when even… Read more »