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What can seem like dignity can turn out to be anything but

I sympathize with Bobbi Jacobsen (“I have ALS, and I hope for a dignified death,” Opinion Exchange, Sept. 24). Like her, I became severely disabled as an adult. But I oppose assisted suicide: It’s too dangerous. Assisted suicide can look appealing from an individual’s perspective, but at the state level, it inevitably leads to the

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Disability rights organization ‘distressed’ about physician assisted suicide at Chilliwack hospital

  A national organization that advocates for adults with intellectual disabilities is calling the recent medically assisted death of a man at Chilliwack General Hospital (CGH) distressing and an “injustice.” Alan Nichols was admitted to CGH in June of this year suffering from dehydration and malnourishment. The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and Nichols’

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Physician-Assisted Suicide: There Are No Best Practices

  I am an adult psychiatrist who has worked in public sector psychiatry in the US and the UK. In both countries, physicians struggle with the ethics and professional meaning of legalized or proposed physician-assisted suicide (PAS). I was recently asked by an organization to host a CME course titled “Best Practices in the End-of-Life

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Canada’s assisted suicide law under fire after euthanasia of depressed patient

  Serious concerns have been raised about the implementation of Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) legislation after a 61-year-old depressed but otherwise healthy man was euthanised in the province of British Columbia. Alan Nichols, a former school janitor who lived alone and struggled with depression, was admitted to Chilliwack General Hospital, BC, in June after

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Assisted suicide threatens people with disabilities

  Legislation has once again been introduced in Wisconsin to legalize assisted suicide.  If passed, Wisconsin legislators risk unnecessarily endangering the lives of people with disabilities. “Assisted suicide presents a clear and present danger to the many people who struggle to access quality health care either because they can’t afford it or because they are

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Canadian ruling on assisted suicide may set stage for further expansion

The recent court decision in Quebec that invalidated the “reasonably foreseeable” death clause  of both the federal and Quebec assisted suicide laws laid the foundation for further legal challenges in the expansion of Canada’s assisted suicide laws.  Opponents of assisted suicide often warn of the incremental strategy behind assisted suicide, pointing to the slippery slope

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Lifting the U.S. ban on euthanasia is like opening a Pandora’s box

Physician-assisted death — euthanasia — is lawful in three European countries, as well as Colombia and Canada. It is illegal, still, in the United States, though physicians in 10 states may supply lethal doses to terminally ill patients for self-administration. And the U.S. ban may not last forever: 72 percent of Americans support euthanasia, according to

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Dr. Tim Jessick: Wisconsin shouldn’t allow assisted suicide

A bill introduced last week to legalize assisted suicide would be disastrous for Wisconsin. It would shrink end-of-life treatment options for older adults, people with disabilities and others facing terminal diagnoses. Assisted suicide compromises the role of a physician as a healer and runs contrary to the position of the largest medical society in the

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D.C.’s assisted suicide law leaves much to the imagination

It’s no surprise that the the District’s assisted suicide program isn’t popular. When it was legalized two years ago, health officials estimated as many as 10 people annually would elect to die this way. The reality? Two of four individuals who registered to die via assisted suicide went through with it, and only minimal information

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Nova Scotia Catholic hospital must now offer assisted suicide after policy change

A Catholic hospital in Nova Scotia must now offer patients access to medically assisted dying on site — a change advocates say should be noted by other provinces with faith-based hospitals. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., which was formerly run by the Sisters of St. Martha, had been exempt from Canada’s medical assistance in dying

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A judge loosens Canada’s euthanasia belt another notch or two

  Something north of 8,000 people have died in Canada after its Medical Aid in Dying legislation came into effect in 2016. And now it will probably become easier after a decision by a Québec judge. This week Superior Court Justice Christine Baudouin struck down as unconstitutional a provision in the federal legislation which restricts

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Dutch Euthanasia Case Ignites Assisted Suicide Debate

The acquittal of a Dutch doctor who drugged and euthanized a dementia patient against her will sparked outrage in the United States as assisted suicide bills spread. On Wednesday, a Dutch court acquitted a doctor who admitted to administering lethal medication to a dementia patient with the help of her family. The 74-year-old woman had

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A Quebec court has dramatically expanded Canada’s assisted suicide laws

A Quebec Superior Court judge has invalidated sections of both the federal and Quebec laws on [assisted suicide], ruling Wednesday they were too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional. Justice Christine Baudouin found in favour of two Quebecers struck by incurable degenerative diseases who’d argued they were denied a medically assisted death under laws that are discriminatory.

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Dutch court allows doctor to forcibly euthanize dementia patient

Patient autonomy erodes away when doctors, insurers, and a profit-driven healthcare system make qualitative judgements on whether a person’s life is worth living.  Sadly, murder has become legitimized as medicine. “A Dutch doctor was acquitted Wednesday in a landmark trial that prosecutors and physicians hope will help clarify how the country’s 2002 euthanasia law can

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