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Doctors offer to euthanize young woman, mother ‘dumbfounded’

A St. Anthony, N.L., mother who claims she was told by a doctor that assisted suicide was an option for her adult daughter says she wants an apology from Labrador-Grenfell Health, in part because the 25-year-old could hear the conversation. Sheila Elson’s 25-year-old daughter, Candice Lewis, has several medical conditions, including spina bifida, cerebral palsy and chronic seizure disorder. During …

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ICYMI: Study finds it’s not pain but ‘existential distress’ that leads people to assisted suicide

Allowing assisted dying to come into the open has helped us gain insights about one of the most fundamental questions of our existence: Where do humans draw the line between choosing life and choosing death? But a study released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests the answers may be surprising: The reasons patients gave …

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Physician-assisted suicide is not the answer to better end-of life care

In the discussion about physician assisted suicide, we can learn from the data in other states and other countries. And, we should learn from initiatives and workgroups right here in Delaware. Nationally, the number of patients who seek physician assisted suicide remains extremely small. Furthermore, many of the patients who seek and are approved for …

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