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Doctors Should Save Lives, Not End Them Through Assisted Suicide

Trib Live

Source: Tribune-Review, Letter to the Editor

Regarding Christina Thomas’ letter “Legalize physician-aided suicide” : Killing patients has never been a part of the ethical framework of the medical profession going back to the Hippocratic Oath. It has no place in either civilized society or the medical profession as it often targets those who are sick and disabled, those very persons society should be committed to compassionately assisting. Often one hears the reason for allowing this barbaric practice is excruciating untreatable pain that candidates for assisted suicide must endure. This is myth-making on the part of advocates. Doctors are capable of treating pain effectively.

The disability community is very concerned about this push to legalize the practice of killing patients. The advocacy group Not Dead Yet reminds us that many disabled persons live very meaningful and useful lives. Consider the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking who has lived with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for over 50 years. Also, in some European countries where euthanasia is legal, individuals have been euthanized by their own requests not for terminal illlnesses but because of grief over the death of a loved one, depression and nonterminal illnesses.

Sadly, some will always find a way to commit suicide. Why would Pennsylvanians want their doctors, those responsible for their healing and comfort, to be co-opted to become their killers? Thomas’ own professional organization, the American Nursing Association, opposes this practice.

Dr. Ralph A. Capone

Greensburg

The writer is a physician board-certified in hospice and palliative care and a bioethics instructor at St. Vincent College.

Instead of Assisted Suicide, Let’s Help the Vulnerable

Montreal Gazette

Source: Montreal Gazette

By: Asher Jacobson

A flora of terminology is being used to convince the public that assisted suicide is indeed a righteous act, with fancy and empathetic phrases, such as death with dignity and compassionate death. What we don’t seem to realize are the terrible ramifications that this law will have on our society as a whole — and the way we treat the most vulnerable among us.

In my 20 years of comforting the ill, I have learned that when a patient says something as severe as “I want to die,” they don’t always mean it literally: It just rips them apart knowing that they have become a burden to their family and society.

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Buffalo News: “Aid in Dying” Just a Euphemism for Assisted Suicide

Source: Buffalo News

By Philip Reed

Last week, a New York Appellate Court unanimously ruled that there is no constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide. This decision echoed two U.S. Supreme Court cases nearly 20 years earlier, in which the court ruled, also unanimously, that a ban on assisted suicide expresses a legitimate government interest in preserving life.

Proponents of the right to die pressed their case two decades later on the grounds that laws prohibiting assisted suicide do not apply to physicians helping terminally ill patients end their lives because this practice is not assisted suicide. Instead, it is “aid in dying.”

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National Post: Assisted Suicide Makes Us Complicit in Another’s Death

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Source: National Post

By: Andrew Coyne

By now it should be clear what assisted suicide is not about. It is not about the right of mentally competent adults to end their own lives, or to refuse treatment that might save it: that right has long existed, and is not in question.

Indeed, it is not about mentally competent adults, suffering unendurable pain at the end of their lives, at all. That may be how most people imagine the issue, and may be how it is still justified by those who have not been paying attention. It may even be, for now, the limits set out in Bill C-14, federal legislation authorizing “medical assistance in dying.”

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Assisted Suicide Bills Riddled with Falsehoods

Not Dead Yet

By John Kelly

On March 29, Not Dead Yet New England Regional Coordinator and Second Thoughts Massachusetts Director John Kelly testified against New Hampshire Bill SB426, which would establish an “end-of-life choices study commission.” Using the euphemisms of proponents like Compassion & Choices against the bill, John lists the ways in which the bill is “riddled with falsehoods.”

Excellent opposition testimony was also delivered by doctors Paul Saba and Richard Johnson, and former New Hampshire legislator Nancy Elliott. Below are excerpts from John’s testimony:

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