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The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Reaffirms its Opposition to Assisted Suicide

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has  released its updated position statement on assisted suicide, which reaffirms its opposition to assisted suicide.  It is welcomed news that the NHPCO has not retreated behind a position of “studied neutrality;” but rather, the NHPCO has taken a stand, clearly stating that assisted suicide is not a palliative …

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Belgian tug-of-war over euthanasia for mental illness and dementia

Belgium’s leading advocate for euthanasia liberalisation is campaigning vigorously for euthanasia for people with dementia. According to the current euthanasia law, patients are only eligible if they are fully aware and competent. This can lead to distressing situations and must change, says Professor Wim Distelmans. Distelmans is chairman of Belgium’s chairman of the Federal Euthanasia Commission, …

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Assisted suicide is legal in N.J. but key medical society still opposed after vote

With a New Jersey law set to take effect in August allowing terminally ill residents to end their lives with medical help, doctors belonging to the state’s largest medical organization voted not to end the group’s formal opposition to assisted suicide. But delegates at the Medical Society of New Jersey’s annual conference did adopt a …

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A life in chronic pain – John’s Story

  “Experience overseas shows us that what were initially restrictive criteria always expand.  The ‘safeguards’ fall away.  Coercion does occur.  That there have been abuses.  And, what starts out for a ‘right to die’ for a few very quickly becomes a ‘duty to die’ for many.”   -Richard McLeod (Human Rights, Immigration & Refugee Lawyer)

20 Years of Assisted Suicide: The Tragic Reality of Veteran Suicides in Oregon

  1 — Jones DA, Paton D. How does legalization of physician assisted suicide affect rates of suicide? South Med J 2015;108:599Y604. 2 — Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Suicide Among Adults Aged 35-64 Years — United States, 1999-2010. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6217a1.htm?s_cid=mm6217a1_w. Reported May 3, 2018 / 62(17);321-325 3 — VA …

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