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Challenge to Vermont’s assisted  suicide law
Assisted suicide advocates continue their moves to transform so-called “protections” into “barriers” that must be removed from their laws permitting assisted suicide.
A federal lawsuit has been filed challenging residency requirement to receive assisted suicide in Vermont. This is second such lawsuit to challenge such a state requirement.  A similar lawsuit resulted in suspension  of Oregon’s residency requirement.
More on Vermont
More on Oregon

The Latest PRC Update (2022 – Volume 36, No. 2)
The Update is the PRC’s newsletter.

“‘Observation status’ can be a tricky issue for Medicare recipients”
(Pittsburgh Post-gazette — August 29, 2022)
Generally, when a Medicare patient enters a  hospital, it’s often through the emergency department, with the patient in some degree of distress.

Then, a physician has to determine whether or not to discharge the patient from the emergency department, admit that individual as an inpatient or put them in “observation status” [outpatient status] without being formally admitted to the hospital.

It’s not just semantics as to the patient’s status.  There can be serious financial implications for the patient who is considered under the “observation status” rubric.

[Even though the patient on observation may be in the same room as one who is admitted as an in-patient, and even though both are having physical and mental assessments, feedings, drug administration, etc. there can be a huge and very expensive difference.  The patient who is on observation status may have to pay out-of- pocket costs that one on in-patient status may not.]
More on Medicare and Medicaid and difference between “observation and inpatient” status.

“Canada is Euthanizing Its Sick and Poor. Welcome to the World of Government Health Care”
(Daily Signal –August 24, 2022)
According to the Associated Press, a 61-year-old man died of euthanasia after a one month waiting period.  He was said to be suffering from hearing loss.

Also, according to AP, another man was so unnerved by his hospital’s health care providers discussing euthanasia with him that he started to record conversations. During one reported conversation, the hospital’s director of ethics tried to guilt him into thinking about the cost of his hospital stay.  The director told him it would cost “north of $1,500 a day.”

Global News Canada reported that a Canadian military veteran, pursuing treatment for PTSD and a brain injury was told, completely unprovoked, that he could receive medical assistance in dying by a Veterans Affairs Canada agent.

Canada is already beginning to consider allowing so-called mature minors to end their lives by Medical Aid in Dying.
More on Canada

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.

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
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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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“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

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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.