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The case against assisted suicide

  The Massachusetts Joint Public Health Committee recently reported out of committee the controversial bill (S.2745) that would legalize assisted suicide. This puts bill S.2745 one step closer to a vote. Some residents have asked: Other states have passed it, why not us? It is important to note that, compared to the states that have

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Kafka’s death bill advances

After at least five legislative sessions without advancing beyond the committee stage, bills that would open the door to doctors prescribing lethal doses for terminally ill patients got favorable reports from the Committee on Public Health… The bills (H 1926/S 1208) that would legalize medical aid in dying – sometimes referred to as doctor-assisted suicide

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In opposition to physician assisted suicide

  Recently the Joint Committee on Public Health approved a Physician Assisted Suicide bill (HB 1926 and SB 1208). If it reaches final approval, state sanctioned suicide will be the law of the land in Massachusetts. This is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer. The American Medical Association has strongly rejected it. Physicians

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Second Thoughts Press Release On Continuing Danger of Massachusetts Assisted Suicide Bill

Second Thoughts Massachusetts issues the following statement in opposition to the favorable report given by the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health to Bill S.1208/H.1926, legislation that would legalize assisted suicide in Massachusetts. John Kelly “I’m amazed and disappointed that as a deadly virus is stalking and killing older, ill, and disabled people, and

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Oklahoma bans healthcare reimbursements based on age, ability

  An elderly or disabled person will not be billed extra or be blocked from receiving health care because of high costs in Oklahoma, after passage of anti-discrimination legislation. On Friday, Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, approved the “Nondiscrimination in Health Care Coverage” Act, which would prevent a state agency from using age, chronic illness,

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Pandemic’s painful truth; we don’t value elders

Legalizing assisted suicide in a society with unequal access to affordable health care, let alone end of life care, creates an unintended and unspoken pressure on terminally ill patients, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities to not to be a burden that constrains freedom of choice rather than expanding it.  This is especially dangerous in

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Ventilator: A matter of life or death

As the COVID-19 pandemic hurdles us to the breaking point of our medical system in various hot spots across the country, we are being forced to face our faults and our fears in the raw. We are at a critical point in history, and how we care for vulnerable patients will be judged by generations

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Assisted suicide laws a danger to disabled

  The letter “Aid-in-dying empowers patients to make decision,” April 11, argues the availability of assisted suicide is empowering; however, assisted suicide devalues the lives of individuals with disabilities and diminishes patient choice by creating perverse incentives for insurance companies to offer a cheap death over costly treatment. The author claimed data from Oregon show

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Allocating Ventilators in Times of Crisis: A Brave New World

Opponents warn that assisted suicide laws are inherently discriminatory because they carve out a group in society whose lives are deemed “not worth living.” Consequently, instead of receiving society’s protection and suicide prevention services, these individuals are provided suicide assistance.  This is especially dangerous given our broken profit-driven healthcare system where individuals with disabilities, the

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Double Your Gift Today on #GivingTuesdayNow

  Double your Gift today!  Join us today and Give $5! Click here to see how Patients Right Action Fund is calling for the protection of all patients.  For the price of a latte you can support the fight to protect all patients during this pandemic and into the future! Click here to donate today!

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Join PRAF today for #GivingTuesdayNow

  Join the Patients Rights Action Fund Today for #GivingTuesdayNow Give $5 today on 5/5 and your gift will be matched! At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings us all together and will get us through it. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in

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#GivingTuesdayNow is Today!

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving that unites us all through generosity. Today, we have the power to heal communities in good times and bad. A global threat like COVID-19 touches every person on the planet, and it presents an opportunity to come together as a global community. Give $5 and your

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