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A doctor-prescribed suicide bill was introduced in California on January 21, 2015.
Senate Bill 128 titled, the “End of Life Option Act,” is the seventh such bill to be introduced in California since 1994.
More on California and SB 128.

In 2015, additional doctor-prescribed suicide bills have been introduced in:
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Iowa
Montana
New York
Oklahoma
Wyoming
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The Latest PRC Update (2014 – Volume 28, No. 6,):

  • Brittany Maynard and the assisted-suicide campaign that went viral
  • Terminal diagnosis: other perspectives on dying & hope
  • When a political campaign is masked as a personal decision
  • The changing meaning of courage in the face of pending death
  • Assisted suicide advocacy group obtains petition names “under false pretenses”
  • Updates on states targeted for assisted-suicide legalization
  • News briefs from home & abroad
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Have you heard about VSED?  

It stands for voluntarily stopping eating and drinking. VSED is being promoted by assisted-suicide activists who are also working to force health care providers to participate in it.
Information about VSED
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Who will speak for you?
Imagine you are in an accident tomorrow and so seriously injured that you aren’t able to communicate about your health care wishes for several weeks. Who would make health care decisions for you during that time? Do you need an advance directive?

To obtain a durable power of attorney for health care for the state in which you are a resident, call the Patients Rights Council (800-958-5678 or 740-282-3810) between 8:30am and 4:30pm (eastern time).
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Recent Major Developments

“To Collect Debts, Nursing Homes Are Seizing Control Over Patients”
(New York Times — January 25, 2015)
…In a random anonymized sample of 700 guardianship cases in Manhattan over a decade, Hunter College researchers found more than 12 percent were brought by nursing homes…[L]awyers and others versed in the guardianship process agree that nursing homes primarily use such petitions as a means of bill collection…. Guardianship transfers a person’s legal rights to make some or all decisions to someone appointed by the court…Legally, it can supplant a power of attorney and a health care proxy.
More on New York

“‘Death test’ could predict chance of dying within 30 days”
(Telegraph — January 23, 2015)
A test to determine if elderly patients will die within 30 days of being admitted to hospital has been developed by doctors to give them the chance to go home or say goodbye to loved ones….The screening test looks at 29 indicators of health, including age, frailty, illness, mental impairment, previous emergency admissions and heart rate and produces a percentage chance of death within one month and 12 weeks…The checklist is yet to be tested but the researchers hope it will eventually be used for all hospital admissions.
More on United Kingdom

“Why Vermont pulled the plug on single-payer healthcare”
(Modern Healthcare — December 23, 2014)
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin stunned the healthcare policy world last week when he announced the state was scrapping plans to create a single-payer system.  The state said the economics didn’t work, but not everyone is convinced.
More on Vermont

“Doctors In Massachusetts Now Required To Offer End-Of-Life Counseling”
(WBUR — December 19, 2014)
It’s believed to be the first such rule in the country.  A similar proposal in 2009 for Medicare patients triggered claims that the government was trying to create death panels.
More on Massachusetts

“German ethics body rejects organized assisted suicide”
(DW, Germany — December 19, 2014)
The German Ethics Council says it in principle rejects medically assisted suicide in the case of terminally ill patients.  But its recognition of some exceptions to this principle has caused contention…..The German parliament is to debate a draft bill regarding assisted suicide in February, and new legislation on the issue is to be passed later in the year.
More on Germany

“257,000 Doctors Will Get Medicare Pay Cut For Using Paper Records”
(Forbes — December 18, 2014)
More than 250,000 physicians and other health care professionals are being notified as early as today that their payments from Medicare and Medicaid will be cut because they aren’t adequately using electronic health records in their practices, the Obama administration confirmed.
More on ObamaCare   More on Medicare and Medicaid

Featured Articles

“As more hospices enroll patients who aren’t dying, questions about lethal doses arise”
(Washington Post)
His death certificate, which was signed by the hospice doctor, listed the cause as “renal cell carcinoma” or kidney cancer.  But the doctor had never examined Coffey, his family said, and medical records from just a few weeks earlier do not mention it.
More on hospice

“Say Goodbye to the Family Doctor”
(City Journal, New York — December 18, 2014)
Soon, most care will be administered by teams of providers with no one doctor continuously responsible for a patient’s well-being….The primary reason for this shift is physicians’ anxiety over compliance with expensive and burdensome government regulations, mandates, and reporting requirements.
More on ObamaCare

“Lauren Hill talks about the support she’s received, fighting cancer and the holidays”
(WCPO — December 7, 2014)
Lauren Hill’s fight to play her first college game has morphed into an international push to combat cancer….”Being able to leave this much of an impact on the world brings a lot of comfort and meaning to my life,” said Hill whose tumor is inoperable.

“Death determination debate rages on in science, medicine”
(CBC New: Technology and Science — October 13, 2014)
Uncertainty influences disconnecting life support, organ donation.
More on Organ Donation and Organ Transplantation

“The Progressive Case Against Assisted Suicide”
(Huffington Post — August 4, 2014)
I also reject the attempt by a small group of wealthy elites trying to turn assisted suicide into some right-wing or religious debate….We must all take a skeptical look and acknowledge the role that money and power play in end-of-life decisions, and how assisted suicide is being used by some health care companies and decision-makers to increase their bottom line by denying treatment.

“Beware the rush to help people die”
(Los Angeles Times — July 2, 2014)
Physician orders written in advance can’t possibly cover every real-world eventuality.  Sometimes you have to render decisions on the spot, in response to new information such as an allergic reaction — or a change of heart….
Worse still, some POLST programs don’t even require a doctor’s input.
More on POLST

“At These Hospitals, Recovery Is Rare, but Comfort Is Not”
(New York Times — June 23, 2014)
The man was a patient at the Hospital for Special Care here, one of 400 long-term care hospitals in the United States….Some, especially those recovering from accidents, eventually will leave.  Others will be here for the rest of their lives.
For a list of long-term-care hospitals go to the CMS website.  Scroll down to the bottom and click on the link “List of LTCHs”.

“Euthanasia deaths ‘not easy’”
(British Broadcasting Company)
Attempts by doctors to help people suffering from fatal illness take their own lives failed to give an “easy death” in one in five cases, researchers say.

Previously Featured Articles

Have you heard about VSED?  
It stands for voluntarily stopping eating and drinking. VSED is being promoted by assisted-suicide activists who are also working to force health care providers to participate in it.  Important Questions & Answers about VSED

From the bookshelf…
Twenty years ago, Ann Humphry, the co-founder of the Hemlock Society (now called Compassion and Choices) committed suicide. Her death made headlines worldwide.

Prior to her death, Ann contacted Rita Marker, a staunch euthanasia opponent. Over time, the two became close friends, and Ann asked Rita to make public secrets about the right-to-die movement — secrets that had weighed heavily on Ann.

Two years after Ann’s tragic death, the book, Deadly Compassion: The Death of Ann Humphry and the Truth About Euthanasia was published. It recounts Ann’s personal story, the founding of the Hemlock Society, and activities of euthanasia and doctor-prescribed suicide advocates. Thousands of copies of the book were sold in the United States, England, Canada and Australia. (Read excerpts from reviews of the book.)

Now, for the first time, you can read Deadly Compassion in its entirety on line in PDF format.