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Will the AMA Heed Its Own Ethics Council, Regarding Assisted Suicide?

Dr Pies is Editor in Chief Emeritus of Psychiatric Times, and a Professor in the psychiatry departments of SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. It seemed like a major statement on physician-assisted suicide (PAS) by the American Medical Association, and several media websites trumpeted the story in just such …

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Profit may trump life if assisted suicide approved

As a New Yorker living with a disability, I have significant concerns regarding the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. It is naïve to think that private health insurance companies and a struggling public health system will not take profit margin or taxpayer expense into consideration when approving expensive treatment options versus a one-time prescription costing far …

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Guernsey parliament votes against assisted suicide

An attempt to legalize assisted dying in Guernsey has been defeated in the island’s parliament after a three-day debate. If it had passed, Guernsey would have become the first place in the British Isles to offer euthanasia for people with terminal illnesses. Read more…

Head of Swiss assisted suicide group in court on profiteering charges

Just a week after 104-year-old Australian scientist David Goodall made international headlines by choosing to end his life in Switzerland using Swiss group Eternal Spirit, the founder of the assisted dying association Dignitas is appearing in a Zurich district court. Ludwig Minelli is the founder of the Swiss non-profit group Dignitas, the main port of …

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