Intentional ending of a patient’s life more than ‘ medical error’?

Intentional ending of a patient’s life more than ‘ medical error’?

 

The airwaves are buzzing with the story about an Ohio hospital and doctor and deceased patients.

 

Death by fentanyl? Incompetence or negligence? Intentional to reduce prolonged suffering? “Mercy killings?”

 

Physician-assisted death is not legal in Ohio. However, Ohio State Senator Charleta Tavares, D-Columbus, introduced SB 249, Ohio Aid in Dying Act, on Jan. 24, 2018, with co-sponsors Ohio State Senators Joseph Schiavoni and Kenny Yuko, both Democrats (D-25). If enacted, the Act will allow qualified terminally ill, dying Ohio residents to legally obtain medications to end their suffering at the end of life. On March 21, SB 249 was referred to Committee Health, Human Services and Medicaid…

 

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a medical pathologist, was arrested, tried in a court of law, and convicted of physician-assisted suicide. According to a 2011 article in the New York Times, “The American Medical Association in 1995 called him “a reckless instrument of death” who “poses a great threat to the public.”

 

The phrase ‘physician-assisted suicide’ has been replaced by ‘death with dignity.’ Loaded language is a persuasive technique used to heighten emotion, gain support, and sway voters. And loaded phrases are changed to make horrific acts more palatable to the public…

 

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