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Two D.C. residents ended their lives through assisted suicide in 2018, report says

  At least two terminally ill D.C. residents ended their lives last year under a medical aid-in-dying law, according to city statistics released Friday… Neither profile in the report fits the case of Mary Klein, a 70-year-old Crestwood resident with ovarian cancer who became the public face for the aid-in-dying movement in the District. Last …

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Will Physician Assisted Suicide Lead to Rational Suicide

  Is physician assisted dying/suicide (PAD/PAS) just the first step onto the slippery slope of normalizing suicide? Should we democratize suicide for all autonomous citizens, stripping away the physician’s involvement and clearing the decks of the ruse of easily manipulated subjective criteria that PAD/PAS legislation has established in this country? In the US, eight states …

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Why I am against assisted suicide

…despite its advocates’ understandable motives, the truth is that assisted suicide is the antithesis of compassion. Allowing people to kill themselves in times of despair means assuming that life is only worth living if it is wholly pleasant – that it is better to be dead than sick, infirm or disabled. In fact, happiness is …

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Finegold bill seeks prison for those who encourage suicide but excludes physician assisted suicide

  Massachusetts has a new proposal, filed by state Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, that would make suicide by coercion a crime punishable by jail time.  It is long overdue that Massachusetts  join the majority of other states with laws that make suicide by coercion a crime punishable by jail time. However, the Finegold Bill is inherently …

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Attitudes toward assisted suicide vary among those with Alzheimer’s biomarker

  The special interest group pushing assisted suicide in the United States claims that the law narrowly applies only to terminal patients with six months or less to live.  They falsely assert that these laws have worked perfectly in the states where they have been legalized the longest, like Oregon, and they lead the American …

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Oregon removes assisted suicide wait for certain patients

Legislation allowing certain terminally ill patients to have quicker access to life-ending medications under the state’s first-in-the-nation assisted suicide law has been signed into law, Gov. Kate Brown’s office announced Wednesday. The law allows those with 15 days left to live to bypass a 15-day waiting period required under the Death with Dignity Act…opponents argued …

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New Jersey’s Assisted Suicide Law Prompts Ethical Questions

On August 1, New Jersey will allow terminally ill adult residents to request prescriptions from their doctors for medication to end their lives, but questions remain… …Under the law, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers can complete the evaluation, however it’s important to note that very few of these providers have specific training with end-of-life issues. …

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Assisted Suicide California Style

  John L’Heureux was a prolific writer and former Stanford professor who died April 22nd in California. His wife, Joan L’Heureux, initially told the New York Times that the cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease (1). Within a few days, though, theNew Yorker published an essay by L’Heureux on why he would die by assisted …

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