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California is considering dangerous expansion to its assisted-suicide law and has now amended portions of the expansion bill.  For text and analysis of the expansion bill, as well as text and amendments to it, see California page.

New Mexico has passed an assisted suicide bill.  It was signed into law on April 8.
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on New Mexico.

Oregon releases latest annual report on doctor-prescribed suicide

Bills introduced in 2021 to legalize or expand doctor-prescribed suicide

“Assisted suicide lobby spreads falsehoods to promote ableism”
(Connecticut Mirror —  March 8, 2021)
“Legislators and the public should not be fooled by a privileged lobby that seeks to sell suicide as a solution to their own disability phobia”
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“Dying virtually: Pandemic drives medically assisted deaths online
(The Conversation — June 2, 2020Posted February 22, 2021)
Now, because of the coronavirus, volunteers are accompanying patients and families over Zoom, and physicians complete their evaluations through telemedicine….
After the initial visit, whether in person or online, aid-in-dying physicians carefully collate their prognosis with the patient’s prior medical records and lab tests….
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The Latest PRC Update (2021 – Volume 35, No. 1):
(January- March 2021)

  • HHS Office for Civil Rights issues necessary proposed rule for health care
  • Oregon, disability discrimination, and doctor-assisted suicide?
  • Everyday survival tips & other helpful suggestions – Part 1
  • New year brings renewed attempts to legalize & expand planned-suicide deaths
  • News briefs from home and abroad
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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 and 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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Recent Major Developments
On February 18, 2021, a bill (SB 290) was introduced in the Montana Senate declaring that physician aid in dying is against public policy and that the patient’s consent to physician aid in dying is not a defense to a charge of homicide against the aiding physician.
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North Dakota House rejects bill to allow assisted suicide
(Grand Forks Herald — February 16, 2021)
The North Dakota House of Representatives voted 85-9 on Tuesday, Feb. 16, to throw  out a bill that would have legalized medically assisted suicide for terminally ill residents.
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Featured Articles

“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.
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“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.