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Hearing set for a bill that would legalize assisted suicide in Hawaii

A bill that would allow terminally ill adults in Hawaii to end their lives with doctor-prescribed drugs will be discussed at a joint committee hearing Tuesday. The sensitive subject has been debated in the islands for two decades. So far, six states have legalized medical aid in dying. Modeled after California’s law, House Bill 2739, entitled …

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How many botched cases would it take to end euthanasia of the vulnerable?

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 in the physician-assisted death of a 74-year-old woman with dementia in the Netherlands …

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Wesley Smith: Assisted suicide movement receives none of the blame

Suicide is a growing problem,  and yet, the assisted suicide movement receives none of the blame. It should. Pushing suicide impacts people’s attitudes. Normalizing it surely leads to more self killings, given what we know about the copy-cat phenomenon. In this regard, Oregon assisted suicides were up again last year. Although, since honesty is not the movement’s …

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