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  • Assisted suicide dies in 2 New England states

    March 29 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Assisted suicide dies in 2 New England states

    Legislative efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide have failed in two New England states, but Hawaii appears to be on the verge of enacting the practice. If Hawaii legalizes assisted suicide, it will become the seventh state to do so, following California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington – as well as the District of Columbia.

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  • U.S. doctors take official stance against euthanasia

    September 27 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    U.S. doctors take official stance against euthanasia

    The American College of Physicians argues medicine’s goal is not to control the manner and timing of death. Amid increasing attempts to legalize euthanasia at the state level, the nation’s second-largest network of physicians officially spoke out against it last week.

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  • Future of assisted suicide in D.C. in Senate’s hands

    September 22 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Future of assisted suicide in D.C. in Senate’s hands

    The continuation of legalized, physician-assisted suicide in the country’s capital awaits the determination of the U.S. Senate. The House of Representatives nullified the District of Columbia’s Death With Dignity Act as part of an immense spending bill. Representatives included a block on the 2016 D.C. measure as an amendment.

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  • NY’s highest court rules against physician-assisted suicide

    September 12 2017 by Emily Belz, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    NY’s highest court rules against physician-assisted suicide

    The New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, unanimously refused to legalize assisted suicide, a huge moment in the state’s fight over the practice. Assisted suicide is the practice where a doctor prescribes lethal drugs that a patient then self-administers at a time of his or her choosing.

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  • Journal: assisted suicide about ‘autonomy,’ not pain

    June 2 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Journal: assisted suicide about ‘autonomy,’ not pain

    A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found 95 percent of patients to receive medical aid in dying through Toronto’s University Health Network between March 2016 and March 2017 cited “loss of autonomy” as a reason for the request to end their lives. No other reason was cited as frequently.

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  • Assisted suicide bills faring poorly in 2017

    March 28 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Assisted suicide bills faring poorly in 2017

    Bills that would legalize assisted suicide have failed to advance in eight of 24 states considering them this year, with pro-life victories in Hawaii and New Mexico drawing media focus. No state has passed assisted-suicide legislation thus far in 2017.

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  • Assisted suicide marches on as Congress fails to act

    February 23 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Assisted suicide marches on as Congress fails to act

    Physician-assisted suicide officially has a new home in the wake of congressional inaction, and its proponents are pushing more jurisdictions to legalize the lethal practice. The District of Columbia’s Death With Dignity Act went into effect Feb. 18 when Congress failed to overturn the measure by the deadline.

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  • Last-ditch effort aims to stop D.C. assisted suicide

    February 15 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Last-ditch effort aims to stop D.C. assisted suicide

    A congressional committee has taken the first step in a fast-track effort to prevent the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in the nation’s capital. The House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 22-14 Feb. 13 to disapprove of the District of Columbia’s Death With Dignity Act.

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  • Canadian study touts euthanasia’s cost ‘benefit’

    February 10 2017 by Julie Borg, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Canadian study touts euthanasia’s cost ‘benefit’

    Canada legalized euthanasia in June 2016, declaring assisted suicide a humane way to end the suffering of already dying patients. Opponents warned it wouldn’t be a far jump from legalizing euthanasia to manipulating patients into believing they have an obligation to die and stop draining medical system resources.

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  • Assisted suicide: New Mexico, Hawaii bills push envelope

    February 8 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Assisted suicide: New Mexico, Hawaii bills push envelope

    Legislators in 15 U.S. states are considering proposals to legalize assisted suicide, with a leading patients’ rights group flagging bills in New Mexico and Hawaii as particularly concerning. The number of states with assisted suicide proposals on the table is up from 13 last year but down from 25 in 2015.

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  • One-third of Colorado hospitals opt out of assisted suicide

    February 3 2017 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    One-third of Colorado hospitals opt out of assisted suicide

    Nearly one-third of Colorado hospitals say they will not allow doctors at their facilities to kill patients under the state’s new physician-assisted suicide law. Recently, two of the state’s largest hospital systems released statements saying they plan to “opt out” of a state law legalizing the prescription of life-ending medication to terminally ill patients.

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  • The deadly link between organ donation and assisted suicide

    January 27 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    The deadly link between organ donation and assisted suicide

    Canadian ethicists have recommended organ harvesting from patients who choose physician-assisted suicide, raising alarms that people with terminal illness could be pressured into taking their lives. Bioethicists Julie Allard and Marie-Chantal Fortin said Canada’s medical aid in dying law “has the potential to provide additional organs for transplantation.”

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  • U.S. psychiatrists speak out against euthanasia

    December 30 2016 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 1 comments
    U.S. psychiatrists speak out against euthanasia

    The American Psychiatric Association assembly and board of trustees approved a position statement in December for the organization’s 25,000 member psychiatrists, stating, “A psychiatrist should not prescribe or administer any intervention to a non-terminally ill person for the purpose of causing death.”

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  • Most Americans say assisted suicide is morally acceptable

    December 7 2016 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 1 comments
    Most Americans say assisted suicide is morally acceptable

    The American Medical Association has described physician-assisted suicide as a serious risk to society and “fundamentally incompatible with a physician’s role as healer.” Millions of Americans disagree. Two-thirds say it is morally acceptable for terminally ill patients to ask their doctors for help in ending their lives.

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  • Christian hospitals opt out of Canada’s euthanasia law

    December 1 2016 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Christian hospitals opt out of Canada’s euthanasia law

    Two Christian hospitals in Winnipeg, Manitoba, have opted out of the assisted suicide law passed by Canada’s government in June. Concordia Hospital, a Mennonite institution, and St. Boniface Hospital, a Catholic facility, announced they will not euthanize patients but agreed to refer those seeking assisted suicide to other groups that will.

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