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“Still haunted by a grandmother’s suffering”

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(Boston.com — April 1, 2013) The possibility that a patient might prefer suicide (whether physician-assisted or not), simply because s/he does not have access to clinicians who can reliably prevent or alleviate their suffering, should haunt, unite, and mobilize us … Continue reading

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“A Texas Senate Bill Would Revise the State’s End-of-Life Procedure”

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State law allows physicians to discontinue treatment they deem medically futile. If a physician’s decision to end treatment contradicts the patient’s advance directive or the judgment of the patient’s surrogates, state law gives patients or their families 10 days to … Continue reading

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“Disabled people may struggle to get specialty care”

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A 22-year-old student at Ohio State University in Columbus, she uses an electric wheelchair and finds waiting rooms and examination rooms are often hard to maneuver….Often times, she said she can’t get an appointment at all — because a facility’s … Continue reading

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“Hearing set for Connecticut assisted-suicide bill”

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A hearing for HB 6645 will be held on Wednesday, March 20. According to co-sponsor, Sen. Edward Meyer, “The physician prescribes the medicine, gives it to the patient and is not actually present with the patient so there can be … Continue reading

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“Retired Scottish doctor reveals he helped three pensioners to die”

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A retired Scottish doctor is facing a fresh police investigation after he admitted helping several pensioners to kill themselves because he agrees with assisted suicide….[Dr. Iain] Kerr, said he was going public about his role to support a second attempt … Continue reading

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“Dr. Manny: I am completely against this new medical ‘death test'”

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I am somewhat confused as to the purpose of this new “mortality index.” A new study from the University of California, San Francisco with funding from the federal government revealed 12 specific items physicians can use to help them determine … Continue reading

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“Nurse refused to give CPR to elderly woman who later died”

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On a 911 tape released by the Bakersfield Fire Department, a nurse at Glenwood Gardens, a senior living facility, refused to give an elderly woman CPR.  The nurse said it was against the facility’s policy. Note: The woman who later … Continue reading

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“Physician-assisted suicide: is it murder or compassion for a doctor to help kill a patient?”

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Some baby boomers with ailing health and advocacy groups like Compassion and Choices are starting to turn the national attitude of doctor-assisted suicide from killing to compassion….Some of the controversy over physician-assisted suicide comes from the procedures and guidelines…Marker asks, … Continue reading

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“Tim Carney: An awful loss, a beautiful life, a daunting task”

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Nothing can prepare you for seeing your one-year-old nephew in a casket. Nothing can take away his parents’ agony. And nobody could have expected how much good work this helpless baby would do in 14 months. Washington Examiner “Tim Carney: … Continue reading

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“Euthanasia’s Euphemisms”

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When a social movement must rely on euphemisms to obfuscate its goals, it is a good bet there is something wrong with its agenda. First Things “Euthanasia’s Euphemisms” February 22, 2013 View

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“In southern India, relatives sometimes quietly kill their elders”

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The process often begins with an oil bath. In some cases, the parent is sick and in pain.  In others, experts say, relatives want to gain control of the estate….Occasionally, those targeted get wind of it and flee.  Others just … Continue reading

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“VT Senate passes end-of-life bill”

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After three days of intense debate, the Vermont Senate passed an end-of-life bill that will now make its way to the House. Senator Ann Cummings, from Montpelier, proposed an amendment that stripped away a lot of those specifics.  The bill … Continue reading

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“Quebec’s Doctors to Become Killers?”

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Quebec is about to make a major push to legalize euthanasia based on the recommendations of a commission. The commission’s recommendations include: “We propose that this option take the form of ‘medical aid in dying’. This assistance involves an act … Continue reading

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“Bothell man gets 2 years for slaying terminally ill wife”

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Donald McNeely sat on the couch next to his sleeping wife.  For two hours he held a gun in his hand, contemplating what she’d asked of him….[Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Thomas] Wynne found that the defendant doesn’t pose a … Continue reading

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“Assisted suicide on legal agenda in several states”

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Bills legalizing assisted suicide are being considered in CT, VT, NJ, KS and HI and MA, where proponents decided to resume their efforts after the public vote, according to the National Conference of Sate Legislatures, which tracks legislative trends. There … Continue reading

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“The Doctor’s Office as Union Shop”

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The Obama administration, by intent or accident, has effectively driven a major change in the status of physicians.  By reducing the reimbursement for certain office-based specialists while enhancing related payment to hospitals, the administration is compelling more and more physicians … Continue reading

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“Depression = suffering, reason for lethal injection”

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Though the euthanasia of twin brother in Belgium made headlines, the real story may be how the incident has been trivialized. Rita Marker, an attorney and head of the Patients Rights Council, tells OneNewsNow how euthanasia proponents go about getting … Continue reading

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“Daughter vows to fight on for her gravely ill Carmel father”

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Susan Rissman vows the the fight to keep her father Paul G. Smith alive is not over — despite a ruling Wednesday…. At the hearing Dr. Anthony Martin admitted he had Rissman removed from the hospital Sunday and barred from … Continue reading

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“Patients Have the Right to Choose Death From Bedsores”

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Arthur Caplan describes the case of a man who chose to die by refusing to be turned.  Describing the death Caplan wrote, “Basically, his body fell apart.” Medscape “Patients Have the Right to Choose Death From Bedsores” November 29, 2012 … Continue reading

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“Push for assisted suicide comes to Connecticut”

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A push for legalization of physician-assisted suicide is under way in at least three Northeastern states, including Connecticut…. Law makers in New Jersey and Vermont are also considering legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill … Continue reading

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“Hearings Begin On Assisted Death Bill”

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The Vermont Senate Health and Welfare Committee has started its week-long review of one of the most controversial and emotional issues of the session. Its likely that the Senate Health and Welfare committee will vote in favor of the bill … Continue reading

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“Wife’s care for former Greensburg doc, Alzheimer’s patient a ‘labor of love'”

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The 90-year-old doctor lies on the wicker couch covered with a white blanket. Dr. Pascal Spino spends most days in the corner sunroom, where he can watch birds from large windows.  Aida Spino, his wife of 46 years, takes him … Continue reading

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“Let elderly people ‘hurry up and die,’ says Japanese Minister”

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Taro Aso, Japan’s finance minister suggested that the elderly are an unnecessary drain on the country’s finances.  He said that the elderly should be allowed to “hurry up and die” to relieve pressure on the state to pay for their … Continue reading

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“Taiwan cops probe betting on cancer patient deaths”

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The investigation comes after Taipei-based Next Magazine claimed that gamblers — including the families and doctor of cancer sufferers — in the central city of Taichung are placing bets on when patients will die. ABS-CBN News (Philippines) “Taiwan cops probe … Continue reading

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“Belgian identical twins in unique mercy killing”

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Identical twins, 45, who were facing blindness, were euthanized by Belgian doctors last month in a unique mercy killing under Belgium’s euthanasia laws.  Doctors at Brusssels University Hospital in Jette euthanized the two men by lethal injection. Telegraph (United Kingdom) … Continue reading

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