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Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes
(DNYUZ — September 11, 2021)
The handwritten doctor’s order was just eight words long, but it solved a problem for Dundee Manor, a nursing home in rural South Carolina struggling to handle a new resident with severe dementia….The home’s doctor wanted him on an antipsychotic medication called Haldol, a powerful sedative….Antipsychotic drugs — which for decades have faced criticism as “chemical straitjackets” — are dangerous for older people with dementia….
A New York Times investigation found a similar pattern of questionable diagnoses nationwide.
More on Nursing Homes
“California lawmakers vote to speed up state process for terminally ill to end their lives”
(Los Angeles Times — September 10, 2021)
California lawmakers on Friday approved legislation (SB 380) to make it easier for terminally ill patients to end their own lives by speeding up and simplifying the state process for those close to death to get prescriptions for lethal doses of drugs.The bill will reduce the 15-day waiting period and will eliminate the requirement for a second, written attestation by the patient.
According to Sawait Seyoum, a senior policy advocate for Disability Rights California, The bill lacks sufficient consumer safeguards and has the potential to undermine the safety of people with disabilities.
More on California
“Has Hawaii forgotten that it legalised assisted suicide?”
(BioEdge — September 5, 2021)
“[W]hen assisted-suicide advocates promise strict guidelines to protect against abuse, they don’t really mean it. The promise’s purpose is to get the law passed, not to be kept.”
More on Hawaii.
True or False Fact Sheet provides information about the false claims made by assisted-suicide advocates and the truth about those claims.
The Latest PRC Update (2021 – Volume 35, No. 2):
Canada allows euthanasia for patients who are not dying
Everyday survival tips & other helpful suggestions – Part 2
New Mexico legalizes assisted suicide
Who will speak for you?
Imagine you are very seriously ill or are in an accident tomorrow and so severely 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?
Every person from the age of 18 and older should have a well written durable power of attorney for health care in which they have named an individual they know and trust, who agrees with their views and values, and who can be assertive on their behalf.
To obtain a durable power of attorney for health care called the Protective Medical Decisions Document (PMDD) that complies with the law of 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).
More on Advance Directives
States that have transformed the crime of assisted suicide into a “medical treatment.”
Attempts to legalize euthanasia or assisted suicide in the United States since 1994.
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Recent Major Developments
“AMA Helps Normalize Organ Harvesting after Euthanasia”
(National Review – May 26, 2021)
“Now, organ harvesting after euthanasia has become so normalized within the medical intellegentsia, that an American Medical Association publication, JAMA Surgery, had a letter debate – not about the propriety of killing and harvesting, but about whether the kill should begin at home or in a hospital….
[I]n Ontario, Canada, the organ donation society is told in advance by doctors of planned euthanasia, and representatives call the patient/family to ask for their organs….
No, of course suicide prevention is not offered! That might get in the way of suffering people agreeing to be transformed into so many natural resources.”
More on Organ Donation and Organ Transplantation
Maine releases 2020 report on assisted suicide dated, March 1, 2021.
The “Patient Directed Care 2020 Annual Report” contains sparse information, lacking details that were included in reports from other states. All of the statistics are found on page 5 of the report.
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“‘AGT’ Golden Buzzer Star Nightbirde Delivers Important Health Update After Sharing Cancer Story”
(Good Housekeeping — June 10, 2021)
It didn’t take long for 30-year-old vocalist Jane Marczweski — known professionally as Nightbirdie — to win over the hearts of America’s Got Talent judges….
During the audition, however, Nightbirdie shared some tough personal news — she has “some cancer” in her lungs, spine and liver. She also revealed that she was given a 2% chance of survival….
“I’m so much more than the bad things that happen to me…You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.”
More on Nightbirde
“Art Imitates Life — Inside the Insidious World of Elder Guardianships”
(Diane Dimond — February 27, 2021)
“I found a myriad of actual cases, nationwide, in which that original petition for guardianship was grossly exaggerated and, in some cases, completely fabricated. But once a judge accepts such a petition and the senior becomes a “ward of the court,” it is next to impossible to undo. Guardians, often paid hundreds of dollars an hour, and those they hire on to attend to the elderly are paid out of the ward’s life savings. It is a cottage industry of elder law attorneys, guardians, caregivers, real estate agents and others who feast on the spoils of the ward’s life after guardianship takes hold.”
More on Guardianship
“Wider access to assisted dying in Canada will be catastrophic for the disabled”
(National Post — February 13, 2021)
Nobody is more sensitive to the inevitable consequence than David Shannon, who became quadriplegic following a spinal cord injury in a rugby scrum at age 18….”I’ve loved and been loved. My proudest accomplishment is that I lived.”
More on Canada
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“When Assisted Suicide ‘Protections’ Become Barriers”
(National Review — January 29, 2020)
When pitching legislation, assisted-suicide advocates solemnly promise that they have written, oh so “protective guidelines” into the legislation to prevent abuse.
Then, once the law is safely in place, advocates grouse that the guidelines they touted are “obstacles” or “barriers”…
“Assisted Suicide: Rhetoric v. Reality”
(Patients Rights Council)
Proponents of doctor-prescribed suicide point to Oregon to show that there have been no problems or abuses in the years since its law went into effect. Contrasting this rhetoric with the reality is crucial.
More on Oregon
“Do patients pay when they leave against medical advice?”
Patients who are leaving the hospital against medical advice are often told by hospital staff that doing so will leave them liable for the entire bill because insurance will not pay if they leave against medical advice.
As described in a study, that is a myth, a medical urban legend, and one which is widespread.
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…
In 1991, 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.