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Suicide is suicide

Suicide is the act of intentionally killing oneself. There is nothing in the definition which changes the meaning depending on why one is performing the act. Indeed, even the highest court in New York, the Court of Appeals, affirmed by a resounding 5-0 decision in Myers v. Schneiderman (2017) that regardless of the reasoning behind …

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Opponents say medically assisted suicides make terminal patients vulnerable

When the California law allowing medically assisted suicides passed in 2016, Stephanie Packer, a single mother of four, got a call from her insurance company. Medically assisted suicide “would be much cheaper” than her current treatment, her insurance company told her. The company would no longer cover chemotherapy, pain medication or other remedies used to …

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Health Workers Still Aren’t Alerting Police About Likely Elder Abuse, Reports Find

Proponents say that no one has to choose assisted suicide, but you can only say that when elder and disability abuse are a thing of the past.  Coercion always happens behind closed doors. “It can be hard to quantify the problem of elder abuse. Experts believe that many cases go unreported. And Wednesday morning, their …

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Capital Pressroom Interview on Assisted Suicide

Kristen Hanson, Community Relations Advocate at the Patient’s Rights Action Fund, and Stephanie Woodward, Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights and member of ADAPT, spoke with Susan Arbetter about assisted suicide.

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