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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 and “Should the sunset provisions in Act 39 be repealed?”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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No Words Minced in This Piece about Brittany Maynard’s and Compassion and Choices’ Attempt to Silence Opposition

Here’s Wesley Smith, writing in The National Review:  http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism A few quotes, with which True Dignity heartily agrees: The Brittany Maynard media explosion (my takes here and here) is an intense advocacy offensive–funded substantially by the culturally subversive George Soros through his support of Compassion and Choices–that is intended to do two things: 1. Drive assisted […]

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Disability Rights Groups Protest Attempts to Silence Dr. Ira Byock, Assisted Suicide Opponent

Dr. Ira Byock, professor at Dartmouth University’s Geisel School of Medicine, former head of Dartmouth Hospital’s palliative care department, and currently chief medical officer of the Providence Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services, has been debating Compassion and Choices’ Barbara Coombs Lee on various radio and tv shows during the period of […]

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Ezekiel Emanuel has spent his life building an impressive resume and now, at age 56, he wants the world to know that by 75 he plans to stop working so hard. In fact, he says that if he is still alive at 75, his master plan is to “stop all medical treatment” with the goal […]

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Minds Change: Another Palliative Care Physician Explains His Opposition to Assisted Suicide

In this article a palliative care physician reports from experience about how patients’ wishes for assisted suicide are often transient and how doctors cannot be certain what treatments or life events influence them to change their minds and want to live.  A patient with a doctor-prescribed lethal dose in his or her possession may commit […]

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Most Medical Professionals Continue to Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide

This article just popped up on Yahoo news (http://news.yahoo.com/physician-assisted-suicide-poll-shows-divide-among-experts-211240329.html).   The New England Journal of Medicine, most of whose readers are medical professionals, conducted a poll in which readers were asked to decide whether assisted suicide should be an available end of life option for the terminally ill.  65% of the voters, worldwide, said no.  In […]

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Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist Asserts that Patients with Treatable Depression are Being Killed in Oregon and Will Be in Vermont

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 […]

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