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Why is Harry Chen Opposed to Patients Knowing which Health Care Providers Oppose Assisted Suicide?

In response to a question regarding True Dignity’s proposal to develop a registry of “safe” health care providers and institutions, Vermont Commissioner of Health Harry Chen said one of the potential “silver linings” of S.77 is that it will spur conversations between patients and doctors about end-of-life decisions, and a “safe doctors” registry could discourage […]

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Assisted Suicide for the Terminally Ill is Just “the First Step”

Below, in italics, is the excellent testimony Vermonter Kathleen Grange gave at the public hearing before the House Human Services and Judiciary Committees last week.  Based on what she heard with her own ears, she told the committees, “The slippery slope is here!”  There was another witness, a medical doctor, who planned to tell the […]

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A BBC Documentary in Two Episodes: Everyone Should Listen, Especially Our Legislators

In all the world, assisted dying, whether euthanasia or assisted suicide, is legal in only five countries, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and, very sadly, the US, where it is legal in Oregon and Washington. BBC World News recently presented a documentary in two parts in which Liz Carr, a person with disabilities opposed to […]

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Belgium is Considering Allowing Children to “Choose” Euthanasia

In Belgium, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002, the Parliament is now discussing whether children as young as twelve should be able to choose to have their lives ended this way: http://www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/10419 It’s more than a little frightening to know that the slippery slope to the current situation in Belgium began long before euthanasia […]

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Bioethicist: Let’s Find a Way to Kill Alzheimer’s Patients!

Bioethicist Wesley Smith posted the article in italics below on the website of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (http://www.cbc-network.org/2013/01/bioethicist-lets-find-a-way-to-kill-alzheimers-patients/).  It is a critique of an article in the Hastings Center Report that advocates euthanasia for people with Alzheimer’s.   We know that a woman with Alzheimer’s was euthanized in 2011 in the Netherlands.  […]

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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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At Least Some Assisted Suicide Proponents in Vermont Really Want Euthanasia

On January 30, 2012, the Times Argus published a heartbreaking letter from the mother of a severely disabled man who lived 29 years before dying when she refused treatement for him. The letter advocates the enactment of the assisted suicide bill now stuck (hopefully for the rest of the session) in the Vermont Senate by […]

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