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Under S. 77 a Doctor Can Assist Your Beloved Relative or Friend to Commit Suicide without Informing You

Did you know that if f S. 77 becomes law in Vermont, anyone of us could find out only afterwards that a beloved relative or friend had committed suicide with assistance from a doctor?   S. 77 instructs doctors to recommend that a patient requesting assisted suicide tell family and friends, but it does not require […]

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More about the Nonsense and Doublespeak of Margaret Battin

Other Nonsense from Margaret Battin In addition to her blanket assertion that no person has been hurt by the Oregon PAS law, Margaret Battin said in her testimony that it’s OK to manipulate the language to define assisted suicide as not suicide. She said we call Sampson a hero for pulling down the temple on […]

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The Article Margaret Battin Admitted in Yesterday’s Testimony Had Challenged Her Study’s Findings That No Groups in Oregon Are Particularly Vulnerable to Being Coerced into Assisted Suicide

Yesterday’s testimony before the Health and Welfare and Judiciary Committees ended with Margaret Battin, a philosopher from the University of Utah who concluded in a 2007 study that “vulnerable groups” had not been harmed by the Oregon law or by the legality of assisted suicide and euthanasia in the Netherlands.  The assisted suicide lobby has […]

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Steven Drake of the disability rights group Not Dead Yet has written two great articles reacting to the news of 45 year old deaf twins who were “voluntarily” euthananized in Belgium because they were going blind.  The men were not terminally ill, yet they met the Belgian legal criteria for euthanasia because of  the “grave […]

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Hospice Does Not Equal Good Pain Relief (And Other Thoughts)

On Friday, January 11, 2013, the New York Times ran a wonderful story about a nurse who spent the last weeks of her life teaching student nurses about dying, answering their questions and letting them both observe and care for her until nine days before she died of pancreatic cancer.  The article, which can be […]

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Shumlin Notwithstanding, Vermonters Will Not Allow Assisted Suicide to Pass in 2013

We were on vacation when newly re-elected governor Peter Shumlin made a widely-reported statement last week that he believes so-called “death with dignity” legislation will pass in Vermont in the next legislative session (http://www.vermontpressbureau.com/pot-decrim-and-death-with-dignity-according-to-shumlin-were-going-to-get-them-done/). The same article reported that Senator John Campbell, who as Senate President Pro Tem, was a leader in keeping last year’s […]

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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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