John Kelly, a disability rights activist with Second Thoughts Massachusetts, has an article in the Newark (New Jersey) Star Ledger that does a masterful job of cutting through the sentimentality and the shallow idea of compassion behind the selling of assisted suicide laws. Sadly, some individuals have bought the idea that living until their natural deaths will hold nothing … [Read more...] about Looking Beyond Shallow “Compassion” Reveals the Real Cruelty of Legal Assisted Suicide
Again today, my Facebook feed is filled with statements of mourning about yet another reported suicide of a well known person. People who knew Robin Williams only by his public persona are grieved by his untimely death, allegedly at his own hands. We can only imagine the heartbreak being experienced by his friends and family. And again today, I ask: what is the distinction … [Read more...] about Suicide by any other name…
Diabetes is generally thought of as a chronic disease, but it is chronic only when treated. Without treatment it is terminal. A suicidal person can render it terminal by declining treatment. Depression is also common among people with diabetes (http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/mental-health/depression.html). Unlike the Vermont law, which will … [Read more...] about Is Diabetes an Acceptable Reason for a Doctor to Assist a Person in Committing Suicide? Oregon Thinks So.
May 24, 2013 5:49 p.m. ET Paul McHugh, the author of the article below, which appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal, is the former chief psychiatrist at John’s Hopkins. The article claims that psychiatrists who have asked to examine the medical records of patients who died under the Oregon law with the aim of finding out whether they had treatable depression have been … [Read more...] about Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist Asserts that Patients with Treatable Depression are Being Killed in Oregon and Will Be in Vermont
Among the safeguards slashed from the assisted suicide legislation that has become law in Vermont, were any requirements to ensure that the person requesting suicide is not suffering from treatable depression. Depression in the dying is not uncommon. Hospice Pioneer Dr. Ira Byock wrote in his groundbreaking book, Dying Well, that nearly everyone who is given a terminal … [Read more...] about Vermont Law Creates “Perfect Storm” of Conditions for Suicide