Three Common Issues With Assisted Suicide Laws The debate about assisted suicide and euthanasia laws continues to increase around the world, but as Americans begin to see the repercussions of assisted suicide laws from our northern neighbors in Canada, even proponents of assisted suicide are questioning whether or not these laws are working. There are
Federal Ruling Ensures Patient Autonomy to Choose a Do No Harm Doctor
In a Friday ruling, “A federal judge says part of California’s aid-in-dying law is unconstitutional because it requires physicians, regardless of personal objections, to report a terminally ill patient’s request for life-ending medication,” quotes the San Fransisco Chronicle in their recent article.
Some patients, including many with disabilities, will want to receive care from a physician and/or facility that will not help them kill themselves in a dark moment or devalue their lives.
If forced participation is left standing, patients do not have the assurance of equal suicide prevention care, especially people with life-threatening disabilities, like a person who needs breathing support, someone with a high spinal cord injury, diabetes, or even anorexia.
Rapid Expansion of Assisted Suicide Laws Raises Concern As number of medically assisted deaths climbs, so do concerns over its use. The debate on Canada’s assisted suicide laws continues to heat up. In just six years, the “safeguards” in place are already loosening, as they have here in the US in the states where it’s
Misconceptions About Palliative Care Harvard Health published a helpful article describing the purpose and benefit of palliative care. There are often misconceptions about what palliative care is and why it can be beneficial. From the beginning of the Palliative/Hospice Care movement, the purpose has always been a holistic approach to address physical, mental, emotional, and