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“Kafer: Doctor assisted suicide for mental illness”
(Denver Post — May 20, 2021)
Depression creates a distortion in perception.  It’s like being at the bottom of a murky lake and looking up through the dark water at objects on the surface.  Good things seem less good, bad things look worse, challenge insurmountable….
When Colorado first debated assisted suicide back in 2014, my column warned voters that constraints on legalized assisted suicide would erode over time.
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“Suicide Contagion”
(First Things — May 19, 2022)
Once a state gives its  imprimatur to assisted suicide as a way of alleviating suffering and providing “medical aid in dying,” as it is euphemistically called, an every-increasing number of people will resort to that means of ending their lives.  And, indeed, some recent studies suggest that in places where assisted suicide is legal, both assisted s uicide and unassisted suicides increase.

“Lawmakers Fail to Expand Access to Assisted Suicide in Hawaii”
(Honolulu Civil Beat — May 4, 2022)
“A bill [HB 1823] that sought to expand access to medically assisted death in Hawaii failed to advance to a final vote after lawmakers stumbled over the role of advance-practice registered nurses and physicians assistants.”

Rep. Troy Hashimoto, one of the legislators who introduced the bill, said he will reintroduce the measure next legislative session.  He said, “We’re not going to quit because these  unnecessary barriers are forcing people to have tragic deaths.”

[Note: Advocates for assisted suicide in Hawaii never give  up.  They first introduced an assisted-suicide bill in 1998.  It did not pass.  Between 1998 and 2018, 39 different to pass such a bill failed until 2018 when a bill permitting physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs passed.  And now, they are attempting to expand the law, saying the existing law’s “safeguards” are “barriers.”]
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“Scott signs bill to allow telemedicine in medical aid in dying”
(Vt Digger — April 27, 2022)
Gov. Phil Scott signed S. 74 into law Wednesday, amending Vermont’s medical-aid-in-dying statute….
With S. 74, patients will now be able to request the prescription using telemedicine.  S. 74 also got rid of the final  48-hour waiting period.
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“Woman with chemical sensitivities chose medically-assisted death after failed bid to get better housing”
(CTV News — April 16, 2022)
“A 51-year-old Ontario woman with severe sensitivities to chemicals chose medically-assisted death after her desperate search for affordable housing free of cigarette smoke and chemical cleaners failed, advocates say.”
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“Canadian church hosts controversial assisted suicide ceremony for member with ALS”
(The Christian Post — April 2022)
Churchill Park United Church of Winnipeg hosted what it described as a “Crossing Over Ceremony” in which the typical sanctuary seating was removed and replaced with comfortable chairs, tables, flowers and a recliner where 86-year-old Betty Sanguin sat during the event as people came in and went throughout the day to say their goodbyes. The chemical injection to hasten death began at 1 p.m.  And hour later, Sanguin was dead.
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“Committee defeats end-of-life bill in parliamentary tactic”
(AP – April 11, 2022)
The Connecticut bill to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in Connecticut was defeated on April 11 when a motion was made to “divide the committee.”  That meant that only  senators on a panel could vote on the legislation.  In Connecticut, committees are comprised of both House and Senate members.
Ultimately, the senators defeated the bill on a 5-4 vote with 1 Democrat and 4 Republicans opposing the measure.
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“Oregon ends residency rule for medically assisted suicide”
(AP — March 29, 2022)
“Oregon will no longer require people to be residents of the state to use its law allowing terminally ill people to receive lethal medication, after a lawsuit challenged the requirement as unconstitutional…
“Advocates said they would use the settlement to press the eight other states and Washington, D.C., with medically assisted suicide laws to drop their residency requirement as well.”
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The Latest PRC Update (2022 – Volume 36, No. 1):

Dear Update Reader:
As you will see, the Patients Rights Council’s Update is in a different format.  This is due to a number of factors, including the “supply chain crisis,” that makes it virtually impossible to get the supplies for the previous format.  Rather than waiting until that is resolved, this format will be used to get important information to you.

Read the latest Update

“Congressional Resolution expresses sense of the Congress that assisted suicide (sometimes referred to using other terms) puts everyone, including those most vulnerable, at risk of deadly harm”
H. Con. Res. 68

What is happening in your state?
Go to SITE MAP to see what is taking  place in your state and to find information about issues that can affect you and your loved ones.

True or False Fact Sheet provides information about the false claims made by assisted-suicide advocates and the truth about those claims.

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).
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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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For a listing of all categories on this web site, see Site Map.

Recent Major Developments

“Medical Aid in Dying: A Comprehensive Breakdown”
(Discover Magazine — November 19, 2021)
Dr. David Grube, an Oregon physician who has participated in many assisted suicide deaths, describes the drugs and process.
The law allows family members to hold the cup containing the deadly drugs, but the patient must be able to swallow it on their own.  If a patient uses a feeding  tube, they must be able to push the plunger on the syringe containing the drug cocktail.  Similarly, patients who use a gravity feed bag must be able to open the valve or clamp on their own.
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“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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Featured Articles

“‘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.”
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“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.”
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“Wider access to assisted dying in Canada will be catastrophic for the disabled”
(National PostFebruary 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.”
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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.

Previously Featured Articles
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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.  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.