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Second Thoughts Press Release On Continuing Danger of Massachusetts Assisted Suicide Bill

Second Thoughts Massachusetts issues the following statement in opposition to the favorable report given by the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health to Bill S.1208/H.1926, legislation that would legalize assisted suicide in Massachusetts. John Kelly “I’m amazed and disappointed that as a deadly virus is stalking and killing older, ill, and disabled people, and …

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Ask Massachusetts’ lawmakers to reject assisted suicide (H.1926 and S.1208)!

  “It is unthinkable at the outset of our tenuous Covid reopening that the MA public health committee would devote time to regressive, discriminatory assisted suicide legislation, which is fatally flawed and ripe for abuse, coercion, and mistakes. When care is expensive and suicide is cheap, what message are we sending to our elders, the …

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Matt Vallière of the Patients Rights Action Fund, suicide by physician, and better choices

One person dies of suicide every eleven minutes in our country. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Americans between 10 and 34 years of age. The fight against suicide is in many ways, the rallying cry of the next generation. While the broad consensus to fight suicide across society has been extolled …

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Oklahoma bans healthcare reimbursements based on age, ability

  An elderly or disabled person will not be billed extra or be blocked from receiving health care because of high costs in Oklahoma, after passage of anti-discrimination legislation. On Friday, Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, approved the “Nondiscrimination in Health Care Coverage” Act, which would prevent a state agency from using age, chronic illness, …

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Majority of Americans Don’t Know Healthcare Rationing Takes Place in Their Own Backyard

Arguments in support of assisted suicide often focus on patient choice.  Proponents argue that no one has to commit assisted suicide if they do not want to, and its legalization only expands patient choice.  Unfortunately, the sad reality is that assisted suicide impacts everyone’s health care choices because it creates perverse incentives for profit driven …

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Matt Vallière on Assisted Suicide & Impacts of COVID-19 on Patients’ Rights

  In today’s episode, we discuss assisted suicide and how the COVID-19 pandemic is shedding new light on the way patients are treated. We speak with Matt Vallière the Executive Director of the Patients’ Rights Action Fund whose mission is to protect patients’ civil rights and oppose efforts to make suicide a legal medical treatment …

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Conceiving the unconceivable: ethical and clinical concerns over assisted suicide for people with mental disorders

Assisted suicide laws abandon vulnerable people and remove society’s care at a time when it’s needed most.  Legalizing assisted suicide perpetuates the idea that some lives are not worth living and where do you logically draw the line? But we need look no further than America to see how these laws abandon vulnerable patients because …

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Assisted suicide laws a danger to disabled

  The letter “Aid-in-dying empowers patients to make decision,” April 11, argues the availability of assisted suicide is empowering; however, assisted suicide devalues the lives of individuals with disabilities and diminishes patient choice by creating perverse incentives for insurance companies to offer a cheap death over costly treatment. The author claimed data from Oregon show …

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