Death doctors use Coronavirus crisis to permit “aid-in-dying” via telemedicine

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The assisted suicide lobby is actively promoting the approval of assisted suicide and euthanasia via telemedicine. The death lobby is using the coronavirus to achieve two main goals: allowing the approval of lethal prescriptions via telemedicine (also known as telehealth) and the expansion of assisted suicide to include euthanasia.

If allowed, a person could be prescribed lethal drugs for assisted suicide without ever being examined by a doctor.

According a committee of the newly formed American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying, (death doctors), chaired by Lonny Shavelson, a California doctor who only offers death, the coronavirus crisis requires allowing approvals by telemedicine. The committee stated:

In light of the coronavirus crisis, a committee has been convened to establish recommendations pertaining to the use of telemedicine to evaluate patients’ requests to consider medical aid in dying. 

For the purposes of this policy statement, “telemedicine” and/or “telehealth” refers to a visual and verbal patient contact by electronic means, without an in-person visit. 

Long before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many established aid-in-dying clinicians used telemedicine visits to evaluate select aspects of terminally ill patient’s requests to consider medical aid in dying. Given the need to limit in-person contacts to decrease the speed of contagion of coronavirus, an increased use of telemedicine for select aspects of aid-in-dying evaluations and care is recommended.

The committee of death doctors concluded:

The Committee concludes that there is nothing inherent in an aid-in-dying request that prohibits or discourages the use of telemedicine.

The death doctors are using the coronavirus pandemic to achieve their goals. They have no intention of going back to examining patients, once the coronavirus crisis passes. 

It is important to recognize the language used by the death doctors. “Medical Aid in Dying” [MAiD) is a term that is used by the death lobby for euthanasia and assisted suicide. The American death lobby is trying to extend assisted suicide legislation to include euthanasia or lethal injection. Most new assisted suicide bills are not what they appear to be.

Recently, I reported that another death lobby group was using the coronavirus to promote assisted suicide via telemedicine.

This is not a new plan. The 2019 New Mexico assisted suicide bill included a telemedicine provision and a recent bill to expand assisted suicide in Hawaii includes a telemedicine provision. State regulators should not take this group seriously. These are death doctors promoting more death. In the case of Shavelson, he does not provide medical treatment, only death.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.