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Satirical short film on assisted suicide hits home

“The Mother Situation” https://goo.gl/7TFAuW is a darkly satirical, award winning, 7-minute film which illustrates the potential for abuse when assisted suicide is made legal. There is no question it could happen here in Vermont, where there are no requirements for oversight when prescriptions for suicide drugs are requested and filled.  When a person dies after […]

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Pressure to Die: A Case Study of Abuse of Act 39

Eighteen months ago True Dignity ran the following story about an elderly Medicaid patient who felt pressured to request assisted suicide by caregivers in the facility where she was admitted for recovery from a fall.  The patient did not have a terminal diagnosis.  Beth Neill, the patient’s daughter, who reported the abuse to True Dignity, […]

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A New Method of Doctor-Assisted Suicide: Evisceration of the Living for Organ Donation

Health April 2015 As They Lay Dying Two doctors say it’s far too hard for terminal patients to donate their organs. Joshua Mezrich and Joseph Scalea Mar 16 2015, 8:25 PM ET http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/as-they-lay-dying/386273/ Thanks to Alex Schadenberg and Wesley Smith for pointing out an article in the Atlantic advocating a “right” for patients to decline […]

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Many Vermonters would be stunned to learn that some eighty years ago, our legislature passed a law enabling the sterilization of Vermonters who had been determined to be “undesirables,” people from targeted groups that included Abenakis and French Canadian immigrants. The 1931 sterilization law was designed to reduce the number of people seen as placing […]

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A Culture of Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide Means Deaths for Convenience, Not Compassion

The dumbest appeal people make for legalizing assisted suicide is that we put animals down when they are suffering.  This constantly comes up in the comments to online articles, and we have also heard it in testimony from people who should know better. Some people do put their pets down out of compassion, but many […]

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To Be Honest, Compassion and Choices Should Remove “Choices” from Its Name

There was good news in Canada this week. A court ruled that a woman with dementia’s acceptance of spoon feeding in a nursing home indicates a current desire for nourishment that overrides her advance directive’s statement that such feeding not be provided. This is a victory for the right to change one’s mind, even if […]

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The Vermont Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard testimony on Wednesday on Act 39. The two questions being examined: “Is Act 39 working?” and “Should the sunset provisions in Act 39 be repealed?” Testimony was heard from a dozen people, nearly all of whom acknowledged that there are problems with the law, including the lack […]

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