Assisted suicide column contains disputable points


Several claims about assisted suicide that were made in an opinion piece published Nov. 21 were dangerous and inaccurate. The author of the piece, who belongs to a national organization pushing for the legalization of assisted suicide across the United States, claimed the practice was safe for everybody and negatively impacts no one.

But New Yorkers should consider what happened to Barbara Wagner of Oregon, who was denied coverage by the state-run health care system for the chemotherapy treatment that she needed and wanted and was instead offered coverage for assisted suicide drugs. The very same thing happened to Oregon’s Randy Stroup as well as to patients of Dr. Brian Callister. And recently the National Council on Disability produced a federal study finding assisted suicide laws “rife with dangers to people with disabilities.”

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