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Doctors should heal patients, not kill them. Assisted suicide makes us agents of death.

  Physician-assisted suicide isn’t about dying on our own terms. Instead, it’s prompting all of us to question whose lives are worth maintaining.   This month in The Netherlands, a medical doctor was acquitted for euthanizing an elderly woman against her will. At first blush, this seems unfathomable, even in a country where euthanasia is …

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Lifting the U.S. ban on euthanasia is like opening a Pandora’s box

Physician-assisted death — euthanasia — is lawful in three European countries, as well as Colombia and Canada. It is illegal, still, in the United States, though physicians in 10 states may supply lethal doses to terminally ill patients for self-administration. And the U.S. ban may not last forever: 72 percent of Americans support euthanasia, according to …

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Nova Scotia Catholic hospital must now offer assisted suicide after policy change

A Catholic hospital in Nova Scotia must now offer patients access to medically assisted dying on site — a change advocates say should be noted by other provinces with faith-based hospitals. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., which was formerly run by the Sisters of St. Martha, had been exempt from Canada’s medical assistance in dying …

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A Quebec court has dramatically expanded Canada’s assisted suicide laws

A Quebec Superior Court judge has invalidated sections of both the federal and Quebec laws on [assisted suicide], ruling Wednesday they were too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional. Justice Christine Baudouin found in favour of two Quebecers struck by incurable degenerative diseases who’d argued they were denied a medically assisted death under laws that are discriminatory. …

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Hoffman, Abeler: Minnesota must not pass assisted suicide legislation. Here’s why we say that.

Sens. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin, and Jim Abeler, R-Anoka. (Courtesy of the Minnesota Legislature)         We are facing another wave of trying to legalize assisted suicide in Minnesota. Three years ago, legislation would have authorized doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication for patients to intentionally end their own lives. The bill failed …

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