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Dutch court allows doctor to forcibly euthanize dementia patient

Patient autonomy erodes away when doctors, insurers, and a profit-driven healthcare system make qualitative judgements on whether a person’s life is worth living.  Sadly, murder has become legitimized as medicine. “A Dutch doctor was acquitted Wednesday in a landmark trial that prosecutors and physicians hope will help clarify how the country’s 2002 euthanasia law can …

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AGAINST Assisted Dying: ‘Cancer patients are offered poison to kill themselves’

All of us are moved by cases of people suffering from terrible illnesses such as Motor Neuron Disease, but these cases do not provide justification for ripping up long held and essential protections for disabled and vulnerable people. By treating those who are terminally ill, disabled, or have chronic conditions differently in law, we send …

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Does Freedom to Die Mean Freedom to Save Money, for Shareholders?

In response to Assemblywoman Galef’s letter (“Support the Medical Aid in Dying Act”), we should not forget what Derek Humphry, co-founder of the Hemlock Society (now “Compassion & Choices) said in his book: “…economics, not the quest for broadened individual liberties or increased autonomy, will drive assisted suicide to the plateau of acceptable practice.” Derek …

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Study: Facey’s Palliative Care Program Helps Improve Patients’ Quality of Life

  Opponents of assisted suicide urge lawmakers to focus on improving access to quality palliative care and assisted living for the seriously ill, not assisted dying.  This is especially relevant given the last 20 years of data out of Oregon showing that the top 5 reasons patients go through with assisted suicide have to do …

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California hospices face lax oversight and few rules. The sick and dying pay the price.

Proponents often argue that assisted suicide is necessary to prevent poor death experiences.  However, there’s much that can be done to improve access to hospice and improve the quality of hospice services available.  Let’s improve care at the end of life, not end the patient’s life prematurely. “Hospice care can be one of the most …

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Please, can we hit the pause button on doctor-assisted suicide, public policy writer asks

The Aug. 1 law permitting terminally ill patients to end their lives was briefly put on hold during a legal skirmish in a suit brought by Yosef Glassman, a Bergen County physician. Dr. Glassman’s suit raises moral questions about how the public may be ensnared in participating in a new bureaucracy of death in New …

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Please, can we hit the pause button on doctor-assisted suicide, public policy writer asks

The Aug. 1 law permitting terminally ill patients to end their lives was briefly put on hold during a legal skirmish in a suit brought by Yosef Glassman, a Bergen County physician. Dr. Glassman’s suit raises moral questions about how the public may be ensnared in participating in a new bureaucracy of death in New …

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Doctors may again help N.J. patients end their lives, court ruling says. The decision was immediately challenged.

  An appeals court Tuesday overturned the restraining order that halted New Jersey’s “Aid in Dying” law, which enables terminally ill people to obtain a prescription and end their lives. Yosef Glassman, the physician in Englewood who challenged the law on religious and professional grounds, immediately filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court, his …

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