Colorado Man Sues Hospital Over Assisted Suicide Medication

Colorado Man Sues Hospital Over Assisted Suicide Medication

Opponents of assisted suicide warn that assisted suicide laws will eventually be expanded in the United States as they have in European countries and in Canada.  We are already seeing attempts at expansion in the United States.  For example, one of the supposed safeguards in assisted suicide laws is that doctors and hospitals are supposedly able to opt out of participating in the law.  However, “A terminally ill Colorado man diagnosed with cancer and his doctor filed a lawsuit against the Centura Health Corporation for prohibiting its doctors from prescribing aid-in-dying medication.

…the 13-page lawsuit filed in Arapahoe County on Wednesday, contests that Centura’s policy of prohibiting physicians from prescribing any aid-in-dying medication regardless of where it is taken ‘impermissibly limits and controls a physicians’ independent professional judgment concerning the practice of medicine.’

In addition to CHPG Golden Primary Care, Centura maintains 17 hospitals throughout Colorado and Kansas…

His doctor, Barbara Morris, specializes in geriatric medicine and supports Mahoney’s decision, but is barred by the Catholic hospital’s policy from prescribing aid-in-dying medication to any patient.

Mahoney can transfer hospitals, but according to the lawsuit, he likes Centura’s staff, trusts his doctor and ‘does not want to spend his final days searching for a new health care provider to obtain aid-in-dying.'”

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