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Tahni Morell and Family Story

My late husband, Paul, fought an 8 year battle against colorectal cancer. Six of those years were after being given a Stage 4 diagnosis. Paul lived far longer than any prognosis ever given to him by his skilled doctors at Dana Farber in Massachusetts where we live. In fact, we even had an unexpected third

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Assisted Suicide and the “Burden” on Doctors

Patients from around the world travel to Switzerland to end their lives at euthanasia clinics inside the country’s border. Erika Preisig, President at a Swiss assisted suicide clinic, and proponent of the practice calls the burden on doctors to choose which patients live and which die difficult, but justifies it with a quality of life

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Hospice and Palliative Care Month: Neither Hastens Nor Prevents

Hospice and palliative care neither hasten nor prevent death, as founded by Dame Cicely Saunders. The vast majority of those who work in hospice and palliative care practice according to this philosophy. Assisted suicide proponents, however, are trying to co-opt this medical speciality and make killing patients part of relieving their pain. The top five

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Assisted Suicide Proponent Files Lawsuit to Remove Residency Requirement in Oregon

Dr. Nick Gideonse and Compassion and Choices filed a lawsuit challenging the residency requirement in Oregon, a “safeguard” in the law that requires patients seeking assisted suicide to live in the state.  This lawsuit, if successful, will end in Swiss-style suicide tourism for people with life-threatening disabilities. By seeking to ban residency requirements, this case

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Doctor Writes “End of life bill would be a disaster”

October 20, 2021. Dr. Mark Rollo of Fitchburg, MA, wrote a letter to the editors of the Sentinel and Enterprise and the Lowell Sun that was published on October 9, 2021 about proposed assisted suicide bill “An Act Relative to End of Life Options” [H2381/S1384]. Dr. Rollo calls out the tragic irony that the Massachusetts

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Essay: “Euthanasia and assisted dying: the illusion of autonomy”

  Dr. Ole Hartling, physician of over 30 years, doctor of medical sciences at the University of Copenhagen, professor of health promotion at the University of Roskilde, and an author and co-author of several books and scientific articles, wrote an essay titled Euthanasia and assisted dying: the illusion of autonomy published in The BMJ on

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Boston Globe: Legalizing assisted suicide would send a devastating message

  Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby published an opinion piece Legalizing assisted suicide would send a devastating message on October 10th, 2021. The article summarizes the problems with assisted suicide legislation following the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health’s hearing on October 1, 2021. The Committee heard testimony on bills H2381 and S1384. These bills

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Boston Globe: Legalizing assisted suicide would send a devastating message

Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby published an opinion piece Legalizing assisted suicide would send a devastating message on October 10th, 2021. The article summarizes the problems with assisted suicide legislation following the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health’s hearing on October 1, 2021. The Committee heard testimony on bills H2381 and S1384. These bills would

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Not Dead Yet: John Kelly’s Testimony covers medical mistakes, class and race/ethnic divide and more

  John Kelly’s Testimony covers medical mistakes, class and race/ethnic divide and more by Diane Coleman, Not Dead Yet by Diane Coleman “Massachusetts Public Health Committee hearing on the state’s assisted suicide bill: “Thank you. Everyone knows that doctors make mistakes, and studies show that 12 to 15 percent of people outlive the six-month hospice

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Marilyn Golden 1954 – 2021

Tribute written by the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF): https://dredf.org/2021/09/22/in-memory-of-marilyn-golden/ Marilyn Golden 1954 – 2021 “One hopes that the changes in law and policy we worked on at DREDF will be something the disability community can build on.” Marilyn Golden, answering the question, “What would you like your legacy to be?” in a

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MedPage Today: Study Sheds Light on Physician-Assisted Suicide in Lung Cancer Patients

Patients diagnosed with lung cancer who opted for “medical assistance in dying” often proceeded without consultation with their radiation oncologist or medical oncologist, a researcher said. In a Canadian study of 45 individuals diagnosed with lung cancer who used medical assistance in dying (also known as physician-assisted suicide), about 20% did not have a radiation

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Massachusetts LULAC Stands Opposed to Assisted Suicide

  Nation’s Largest Volunteer-Based Organization for Latino Civil Rights Pushes Back Against Assisted Suicide   Boston, MA. September 7, 2021 – Today, the Massachusetts chapter of LULAC, the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization for Latinos, issued the following statement asking members of the Massachusetts legislature to join them in strong opposition to assisted

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Capitol Weekly: Keep the safeguards in California’s ‘End-of-Life’ law

Assisted suicide is already legal in California through the so-called End-of-Life Option Act, narrowly passed by the California Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Brown in 2015. The bill was opposed by both Democrat and Republican Assembly members and Senators, but passed during a contested Special Legislative Session on Medi-Cal funding. To read the full story,

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The O.C. Register: California shouldn’t scrap ‘safeguards’ in End of Life Options Act

Assisted suicide is already legal in California through the so-called End of Life Option Act, narrowly passed by the California Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015. The bill received opposition from both Democrat and Republican Assembly members and state senators but was passed, many feel inappropriately, during a Special Legislative Session focused

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Diné Hataałii Association opposes New Mexico legislation to legalize assisted suicide.

      Media Contact: Mellor Willie Chee Consulting LLC Phone: 505.870.2006 Email: mwillie@cheeconsulting.com Association releases official statement opposing New Mexico House Bill 47 and Senate Bill 308. WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (Navajo Nation), March 8, 2021 – Diné Hataałii Association (DHA) released the following official statement outlining their opposition to current legislation being considered that

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