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A bill to explicitly criminalize assisted suicide has passed its first committee hurdle.  The bill would add to the definition of “manslaughter” the act of providing the means for someone to commit suicide with knowledge of the suicidal person’s intent to act lethally. From HB 86: (a) “Aids”...

My extensive experience in dealing with dying patients leads me to oppose the legalization of assisted suicide. Legislation permitting assisted suicide is unnecessary to alleviate the distress of patients with terminal illness, and likely will precipitate harm to the sick and vulnerable. It is important to...

By Charles Lane Opinion writer The euthanasia of mentally ill or cognitively impaired patients is inherently controversial. Given the risk of fatal error, how many botched cases would it take to discredit the practice completely? If you said “any number greater than zero,” you would be interested...

John B. Kelly makes a strong case for opposing physician-assisted suicide, pointing out the potential for “misdiagnosis, coercion, and abuse” of vulnerable individuals (“Say ‘no’ to assisted suicide,” Opinion, Jan. 16). But there is a larger ethical point to be made: Helping patients kill themselves...

Switzerland has followed New Zealand and a few other localities to outlaw boiling live lobsters. It also requires them to be shipped in salt water. Supporters claim that lobsters can feel pain, a dubious prospect, given that they don’t have brains to process stimuli. But never mind. The...