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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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  • Physician-assisted suicide approved in Colorado

    November 10 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Physician-assisted suicide approved in Colorado

    Colorado voters overwhelmingly legalized physician-assisted suicide, joining five other states where similar laws already exist. The new law allows terminally ill patients with under six months to live, as diagnosed by at least two physicians, to self-administer drugs prescribed by a physician to induce “peaceful death,” according to the Colorado Legislature website.

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  • D.C. gives initial OK to assisted suicide

    November 3 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    D.C. gives initial OK to assisted suicide

    Physician-assisted suicide in America’s capital city has gained first approval, and Southern Baptist leaders locally and nationally are warning about the consequences. The D.C. Council’s action occurred only a week before Colorado voters will decide a similar proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot. Five states already have legalized assisted suicide.

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  • Colorado voters may legalize assisted suicide

    November 2 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Colorado voters may legalize assisted suicide

    Colorado may be on the verge of becoming the latest state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. The state’s voters will decide the fate of a ballot initiative that would enable doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to people who have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses and supposedly have less than six months to live.

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  • Abortion, teen sex omitted as suicide risks

    July 14 2016 by Daniel Woodman, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abortion, teen sex omitted as suicide risks

    An article on adolescent suicide in the medical journal Pediatrics reflects a trend in modern pediatric medicine by omitting mention of sexual activity and elective abortion as “significant risk factors” for teen suicide, according the American College of Pediatricians, a socially conservative medical association.

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  • Suicide stats prompt call for ministry

    May 5 2016 by Kevin D. Kennedy, Guest column | with 0 comments
    Suicide stats prompt call for ministry

    With the U.S. suicide rate increasing 24 percent over the past 15 years according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, mental health experts have called pastors to prepare for ministry to suicidal individuals. Mentioning mental health issues regularly can break down walls of shame and secrecy.

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  • Depression, suicide draw focus of counseling conference

    March 4 2016 by Rachel Gaddis, Ouachita Baptist University | with 0 comments
    Depression, suicide draw focus of counseling conference

    Ouachita Baptist University’s Pruet School of Christian Studies hosted the sixth annual Conference on Issues in Christian Counseling at OBU on Feb. 26. Encouraging those in attendance to adopt a “theology of life,” Frank S. Page delivered the keynote address during a Christian counseling conf. that focused on depression.

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  • Suicide law called unjust, grotesque

    October 9 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Suicide law called unjust, grotesque

    California’s newly enacted assisted suicide law is an affront to human dignity and the practice of medicine, Southern Baptist ethicists say. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act into law Oct. 5, making California the fourth state with legalized, physician-assisted suicide.

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  • Assisted suicide bill passed in California

    September 15 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Assisted suicide bill passed in California

    When California lawmakers passed an assisted suicide bill, a San Diego-area pastor says, they exceeded their authority by attempting to legislate in a realm governed by God. Approved by the state Senate and the state Assembly, the End of Life Option Act would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.

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  • Suicide draws focus of study

    August 24 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Suicide draws focus of study

    Most Americans believe they are seeing an epidemic in the United States of people taking their own lives, a LifeWay Research study shows. But most Americans don’t view suicide as a selfish choice, and they don’t believe it sends people to hell, the survey finds.

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