physician assisted suicide

Update: D.C. Assisted Suicide Law

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Update to the update: the law has gone into effect. The House did not vote on the measure to block it, and the Senate version never left committee (both chambers would have needed to vote to block the bill by Friday, February 17). The organization that spearheaded the campaign for this law released a statement […]

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Developing: Congressional Committee Moves to Block D.C. Assisted Suicide Law

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The Washington Post reports that a House committee has voted to block Washington, D.C.’s assisted suicide law from going into effect. In order for the law to be blocked completely, however, the full House and Senate will have to vote, and will have to do so by Friday because of a 30-day oversight window. It is at […]

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2016 Winners and Losers

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Each year at this time we look back over the past twelve months with an eye toward identifying those whose lives and work actively promoted and affirmed a truly human future, and those who did not. Winners: Stephanie Packer is more than a winner; she really is a hero. Sitting down with her while making […]

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To Be Human can be Really Hard

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Last week I wrote about the Massachusetts Medical Society’s plans to survey their members, part of which involved a debate over the terms medical aid in dying” vs. “physician-assisted suicide.” As part of that discussion, one Massachusetts physician emphasized the need to highlight the growth and development of the field of palliative care in any […]

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Let’s Call it What it Is

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The Boston Globe reports that the Massachusetts Medical Society is planning to conduct a survey of its 25,000 members in order to determine their perspectives on either “medical aid in dying” or “physician-assisted suicide.” Deciding what to call it seems to be one of the main sticking points. The doctors even disagreed about what words […]

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Physician-Assisted Death Destroys Medical Ethics

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The editor-in-chief of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Lawrence Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., addresses physician assisted suicide in the winter edition of the journal. His goal is to encourage physicians and the medical associations of which they are a part to hold firm to medicine’s Hippocratic roots and continue to oppose assisted suicide measures. […]

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Minnesota Alliance for Ethical Healthcare Launches

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We at the CBC are excited to be a member of the just launched Minnesota Alliance for Ethical Healthcare, a diverse coalition of doctors, nurses, advocates for persons with disabilities, medical ethicists, elder-care workers, and others committed to ensuring real care throughout life’s journey. Healthcare should always involve the best possible care options for every […]

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Clear about What is at Stake

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In recent testimony before the New Jersey Health and Human Services Committee, Dr. Matthew Suh of the New Jersey medical association succinctly described exactly what is at stake when it comes to a proposed bill entitled “Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act.” NorthJersey.com reports: “Let’s be clear, this is government-funded suicide,” said Dr. […]

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Our New Film

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Jennifer Lahl and I released our latest documentary short film yesterday. Compassion and Choice DENIED explores the effects efforts to legalize physician assisted suicide have on those who are living with terminal illness but who do not want “aid in dying.” Stephanie’s story highlights ways in which the difficulty of living with a terminal diagnosis […]

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New Documentary Reveals Effects of Assisted Suicide Legalization on Those Who Want to Live

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  San Francisco, CA / October 17, 2016 — Jennifer Lahl and The Center for Bioethics and Culture, producers of the award-winning Eggsploitation (2010, 2013), Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (2014), and Maggie’s Story (2015) announce the release of their new documentary short film, Compassion and Choice DENIED. Compassion […]

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Compassion and Choice DENIED

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This morning we released the official trailer for our newest documentary short film, DENIED. The film explores the impact that the legalization of physician assisted suicide has on those who want to live. We explore this through the story of Stephanie, a terminally ill mother of four who has experienced first hand the effects of […]

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3 Things You Should Know About Physician Assisted Suicide

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Over the next few days I want to highlight our “3 Things You Should Know About . . .” document series. To begin, here are 3 Things You Should Know About Physician Assisted Suicide. Physicians Should Never Be In the Business of Harming Their Patients Physician Assisted Suicide Places Society’s Weakest and Vulnerable at Elevated […]

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Dignity, Sickness, and Suffering

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Amy Hasbrouck, the executive director of Toujours Vivant/Not Dead Yet Canada, recently wrote a terrific piece on the ways in which journalists sometimes (often?) distort the realities of assisted suicide and euthanasia when they report on it. She takes as her jumping off point an HBO Vice “Right to Die” segment, which she finds to […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Countering Physician Assisted Suicide: A How To Guide Ashton Ellis, one of our Paul Ramsey Institute Fellows, wrote a very insightful article on the ways in which proponents of physician assisted suicide have engaged in an active, and sadly very successful, campaign to spread the word that doctors in California may now legally kill […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. When is it Too Old to Have a Baby? Another post-menopausal woman (age 62), along with her 78 year old partner, has just given birth, making her Australia’s oldest mother, thanks to IVF. The Australian Medical Association has denounced this birth as “selfish and wrong” with no consideration for the child’s best interest. This […]

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Assisted Suicide is Not Medicine

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Dr. Philip Dreisbach, a California oncologist and hematologist, recently wrote an excellent and compelling piece on the dangers of physician assisted suicide. Unfortunately, the article remains locked behind the Wall Street Journal’s pay wall. Allow me then to highlight a few sections of Dr. Dreisbach’s writing, quoting from it more extensively than I normally would. […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. This Needs to be Read and Shared as Widely as Possible California oncologist and hematologist Dr. Philip Dreisbach writes in the Wall Street Journal as clearly and urgently as I have seen about the perils of physician assisted suicide. He begins by highlighting some of the problems specific to California’s recently enacted assisted suicide […]

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Aid-in-Dying are Deadly Words

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We’ve all heard the “just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it right” wisdom. Seems another state wants in on the physician-assisted-suicide act. Apropos is the New York State Assembly, who is moving closer to passing a “medical aid in dying act,” with the recent vote on bill A10059, by the Assembly Health Committee. […]

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