Pro-Lifers Make Great Showing at Hearings on the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Bill

By Massachusetts Citizens for Life The other side came with a group of out-of-town hired guns and a large group of supporters to fill the seats. Our side came prepared to give testimony that was by turns logical and touching, that dealt with science and the law, and that came from doctors, ethicists, community leaders, …

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Latest doctor-prescribed suicide bill has no chance to pass in Michigan

Editor’s note. This appears on the blog of Right to Life of Michigan. Last week State Rep. Tom Cochran introduced a bill that would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in Michigan. Rep. Cochran cites years as a professional medic and what he believes are the realities of the terminally ill as reasons for introducing his bill. RLM’s …

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“Doctor-prescribed suicide” to be voted on Thursday in Massachusetts Committee

Editor’s note. The following comes from Massachusetts Citizens for Life, NRLC’s state affiliate. The doctor-prescribed suicide bill, H 1991, must be voted by the Health Care Committee by Thursday, June 30. At this point, the House and Senate Chairs are the key people, so we are calling them this week Please call both Sen. Jason …

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A changing Supreme Court: the legalization of euthanasia could hang in the balance

By Jennifer Popik, JD, and Burke Balch, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics While four states have affirmatively legalized the dangerous practice of doctor-prescribed suicide, and legislative efforts continue to expand that number, an even greater threat may be posed by the United States Supreme Court. We are in a situation, with the current …

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Facing certain defeat, Maryland Senate Sponsor withdraws doctor-prescribe suicide bill

By Jeffrey D. Meister, director of Administration and Legislation, Maryland Right to Life After intense effort by Maryland Right to Life and coalition partners throughout Maryland, the Senate sponsor of Doctor-Prescribed Suicide, Senator Ron Young, chose to withdraw the bill. The decision to withdraw came after the bill was scheduled for a vote by the …

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Doctor-prescribed Suicide: Early 2016 update

By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics After last year’s unprecedented number of bills attempting to legalize assisting suicide, 2016 is again shaping up to be an active year on the euthanasia front. Despite last year’s major setback when California become the fourth state to join the ranks of states that authorize …

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Despite a Loss in NJ and Pushback in Vermont, Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Advocates Forge Ahead

  By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics On June 26, 2014, the New Jersey Assembly adjourned without voting on a proposal to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide “after the sponsor said he could not find enough votes to get it passed,” according to an article in the State Ledger. The reporter noted that …

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New Jersey is again the target of dangerous doctor prescribed suicide legislation

  By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Legislative Counsel, NRLC’s Powell Center for Medical Ethics The New Jersey Assembly Health Committee was slated to consider a dangerous doctor prescribed suicide measure (A2270) June 5. Despite a failed effort to advance the same bill last session due to lack of support as well as a veto threat from …

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No one in Vermont has yet used law legalizing doctor-prescribed suicide to end their own life

  Editor’s note. The following comes from the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare. On May 20, 2014, twelve full months after enactment of Act 39, no one in Vermont has used the law to end their own life, despite claims from proponents that such a law was necessary. While two prescriptions were written, both patients …

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As Governor Distances From Assisted Suicide Legislation Pro-Life Council of Connecticut Prepares for Public Hearing

  HB5326 Would Bring Doctor-Prescribed Suicide to Connecticut HARTFORD – At a press conference Wednesday, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy distanced himself from legislation that would legalize doctor-prescribed death in the state. HB5326, which will be the subject of a public hearing before the Public Health Committee on Monday, March 17, would legalize the practice …

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Doctor-Prescribed Suicide – Battle on Two Fronts: New Jersey and Vermont

By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Although assisting suicide is only legal for a small fraction of the world’s population, advocates remain focused on promoting this dangerous legislation. Currently, doctor-prescribed suicide is legal in only Oregon, Washington, and Vermont –and may have some legal protection in the state of Montana, due …

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Montana Case Highlights Potential Abuse by Doctors on Assisting Suicide

By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Today in Montana District court, Judge Mike Menahan is hearing arguments involving doctor-prescribed suicide. At issue is the effort by Montanans Against Assisted Suicide to strike the state Board of Medical Examiners’ permissive policy that guides physicians on doctor-prescribed death. In a 2009 decision, the …

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