The Risks of Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide

Editor’s note. This our latest entry in our year-long “Roe at 40” series, ran in the March 11, 1998, issue of National Right to Life News. The excerpt, “The Risks of Legalization” [of assisted suicide], was taken from a Supplement produced in April 1997, by the New York State Task Force on Life and the …

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2/3rds oppose physician-assisted suicide in poll conducted by New England Journal of Medicine surveying its own members

By Dave Andrusko The headline on the story is encouraging enough—“Most Doctors Oppose Physician-Assisted Suicide, Poll Finds”—but that’s only the beginning. Here’s the opening paragraph of Steve Reinberg’s story for HealthDay. He is writing about a poll conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) of the journal’s readers, mostly health-care providers. “Whether doctors …

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CARDINAL O’MALLEY: NEW VERMONT ASSISTED SUICIDE LAW REVEALS SLIPPERY SLOPE

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, warned of an “alarming trend nationwide” after Vermont legalized physician-assisted suicide, May 20. He called for “all people of good will to fight the future passage of such laws.” “I echo Bishop Matano of Burlington in …

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NEJM asks readers should physician-assisted suicide be permitted

Editor’s note.  The following was reproduced on the webpage of Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. It is one of two responses to a case study that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine on April 11. The “Case Vignette” is of a 72-year-old man with metastatic pancreatic cancer. The question …

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Why to vote no on Massachusetts Ballot Question 2 (physician-assisted suicide)

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The following article was written by John Kelly, the leader of the disability rights group “Second Thoughts” and published in the “Providence Journal” on October 31 under the title: “Why to vote no on Mass Question 2.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Progressive social-justice advocates from the disability-rights community ask voters …

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Kennedy widow opposes Massachusetts Physician-Assisted Suicide proposal

By Dave Andrusko Add the voice of Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, to the growing list of opponents of Ballot Question 2 which would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts. Earlier today NRL News Today wrote about “The appeal of physician-assisted suicide is based on a fantasy,” based on the opposition expressed …

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“The appeal of physician-assisted suicide is based on a fantasy”

By Dave Andrusko If you would have simply handed me a copy of “Four myth about Doctor-Assisted Suicide,” you could also have given me ten years to guess the author and I would still have come up blank. The op-ed, which appeared over the weekend on the New York Times’ “Opinonator” blog, was written by …

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The lethal absurdity of physician-assisted suicide

By Dave Andrusko http://twitter.com/daveha We’ve posted over dozen stories at NRL News Today on “Question 2,” a vitally important Massachusetts ballot initiative that would allow doctors to prescribe (but not administer) a toxic drug to “assist” their patients to commit suicide. Jennifer Popik, JD, of NRLC’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics has been particularly …

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Physician-assisted suicide “in direct conflict” with doctor’s role

Editor’s note. This appeared at http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2012/08/physician-assisted-suicide-in-direct.html The following article was published in White Coat News, a part of the Boston Globe, under the title: “Dr. Barbara Rockett: Physician-assisted suicide ‘in direct conflict’ with doctor’s role.” Dr. Rockett is a former president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Physicians, in their care of patients, must establish a …

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Massachusetts Medical Society’s House of Delegates Overwhelmingly Reaffirms Opposition to Doctor-Prescribed Death

By Dave Andrusko Over the weekend,  the Massachusetts Medical Society’s House of Delegates (HOD) voted overwhelmingly to retain the Society’s long-standing opposition to physician assisted suicide.  The final tally was 178 to 56.  “The HOD unanimously passed additional language endorsing quality end-of-life care,” a statement from the Massachusetts Medical Society said on Saturday. The vote …

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Helping to “build a world in which love is stronger than death”: The USCCB Statement Opposing Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Dave Andrusko I ran a brief announcement when the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced it was about to debate and vote on a document on physician-assisted suicide at their Spring General Assembly, June 15-17, in Seattle. However—and this is huge oversight on my part—I never subsequently talked about the document, “To …

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Don’t Believe It! Did the Vermont Commissioner of Health Care Administration Really Say Legalizing Assisted Suicide Would Help Cut Costs under Vermont’s Single Payer Health Plan?

Editor’s note. The following appears on the website of True Dignity Vermont: Vermont Citizens Against Assisted Suicide. Can Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration, have really told the Addison Independent that, ‘‘Passing a law that allows physicians to help end a patient’s life under very controlled …

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