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Assisted suicide laws are creating a ‘duty-to-die’ medical culture

Despite not hearing about it often, assisted suicide is a major issue in the U.S. right now. In more than 20 states this year alone lawmakers have introduced bills to legalize assisted suicide, and almost every single one of them has been struck down — with bi-partisan support. A recent bi-partisan Sense of Congress bill introduced in …

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JJ is likely in his final days

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I write with some grave news.  JJ Hanson, our president and terminal brain cancer patient-advocate, who has outlived a 4-month prognosis by over 3 years, was admitted to Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC, where they took an MRI yesterday.  The cancer has grown significantly since his last scan on Nov. 1st, …

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Mass. Medical Society drops opposition to physician assisted suicide

The Massachusetts Medical Society has rescinded its opposition to physician-assisted society and adopted a “neutral engagement” position so it may serve as a medical and scientific resource for legislators. The state Legislature is considering an “end of life options” act. The MMS has had a policy against physician assisted suicide since 1996, but recently surveyed its …

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