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“It will quite literally be easier to get a lethal prescription in Massachusetts than to have hospice care through the end of your life.”

Ira Byock, director of palliative care at Dartmouth, has spoken out again against assisted suicide in Massachusetts (http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/10/paliiative-care-assisted-suicide#more-23626). In a guest post on CommonHealth, the health blog of Boston radio station WBUR, he writes: We’ll still require terminally ill patients to give up treatment for their disease to get Medicare to pay for their hospice […]

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Doctor: the top three reasons terminally ill patients choose to end their lives are all symptoms of clinical depression that leads to suicide, and all can be treated.

The article below, from the Lynn, Massachusetts newspaper, The Daily Item, is interesting for its reporting on a physician’s insight that the top three reasons the Oregon reports say people request assistance in suicide–“loss of control, loss of enjoyment and feeling like a burden to others”–are all symptoms of treatable depression. It is also good […]

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Lahey Clinic Medical Ethics Lecture Series: The Arguments Against Question 2

The remarks below are directed to Question 2, a ballot measure that would legalize assisted suicide in Vermont’s neighoring state of Massachusetts and are meant to explain the opposition of the Massachusetts Medical Society to that measure. The Vermont Medical Society and the American Medical association also are on record in opposition to assisted suicide. […]

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Jack Kevorkian Comes to Town

Thanks to Linda Ann Wheeler and Patricia Doherty for their Facebook posting about an excellent article opposing assisted suicide by Boston Globe columnist Tom Keane. Originally published in the Globe on Auguest 26, it can be read online at http://articles.boston.com/2012-08-26/opinion/33383823_1_suicide-jack-kevorkian-terminal-illness. The title is appropriate.  Though assisted suicide advocates claim that legalizing assisted suicide will keep […]

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Irony: Washington Governor, Assisted Suicide Supporter, Tries to Force Death Row Inmate to Accept Unwanted Clemency

Wesley Smith wrote in First Things last week about the irony of the governor of Washington’s going to court in an unsuccessful effort to force a convicted murderer on death row to accept his offer of clemency. The governor is a big supporter of Washington’s assisted suicide law (http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2012/08/04/oregon-murderer-has-right-to-be-executed-over-objection-of-pro-assisted-suicide-governor//).   Adding irony to irony, the […]

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Physician-assisted suicide “in direct conflict” with doctor’s role

The article in italics below appeared in the July 31 2012 blog of the Boston Globe  and can be read there at the link below:   http://www.boston.com/whitecoatnotes/2012/07/31/barbara-rockett-physician-assisted-suicide-direct-conflict-with-doctor-role/zlbvvbRy4YmSOvcIqHJeIN/story.html   We like it a lot, especially because it brings up a reason we had never considered for being troubled about the lack of a requirement that a […]

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The assisted suicide slope is slick for vulnerable people

Once again, Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has called our attention to an article we missed. We were traveling over the weekend.; That’s an explanation, not an excuse. Below is an excellent article by another Canadian friend, disablity rights activist Rhonda Wiebe. We have published the version that appeared on Alex’s website (http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-assisted-suicide-slope-is-slick-for.html […]

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