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Assisted suicide undermines human dignity

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 make a distinction between physician-assisted suicide, where a doctor …

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WashPo: Euthanasia for the vulnerable

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

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Utah County girl’s death prompts bill targeting assisted suicide

The recent death of a Utah County girl sparked debate after her suicide led to murder charges, prompting legislation that re-defines assisting in suicide as manslaughter. Tyerell Przybycien faces murder charges in the death of 16-year-old Jchandra Brown. Court records say Przybycien purchased physical materials and persuaded Brown to commit suicide in Payson Canyon in …

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Opening Salvo on New York’s 2018 Assisted Suicide Bill

Disability activists from the Albany area donned bright pink Not Dead Yet t-shirts, carrying leaflets and signs to voice strong opposition to legalization of assisted suicide at a press conference held by proponents of this year’s bill. Local television news covered the press conference and protest, and included brief interviews with Kathryn Carroll (pictured above) and …

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The Mass. Legislature must say ‘no’ to assisted suicide

IN A COMPLETE ABOUT-FACE, in early December, the Massachusetts Medical Society gave state legislators the nod to enact dangerous public policy that puts my life and the lives of thousands of others in Massachusetts at risk. The medical society rescinded its longstanding opposition to assisted suicide, commonly held with the American Medical Association, that assisted …

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