"You hold her down and I'll give her the drink." "Your condition is not worth treating. Let's start the Medical Aid in Dying process." This may be what people think coercion is like, but really it is far more subtle and powerful. The popular news media is full of "good death" stories often originating from … Continue reading What Does Coercion Look Like?
Massachusetts Medical Society Survey Results Physician-assisted suicide is "fundamentally incompatible with the physician's role as healer." That is the position the AMA still holds despite the rather dramatic pleas from those seeking a position of "engaged neutrality" - a clever but meaningless phrase. Compassion and Choices wrote the playbook for physicians to flip their societies' positions. … Continue reading AMA Remains Opposed to Assisted Suicide
In Australia, a judge has ordered that a pregnant teenage who is a Jehovah's Witness receive a blood transfusion should she need one when being induced to deliver her baby. Why? "The court heard from experts who said that while the teenager had been very clear and consistent in her wishes she was influenced by … Continue reading Muddy Waters of Autonomy, Consent, and Faith
During morning Mass on August 14th, the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, I listened to the priest recount the story of his death at Auschwitz. I knew the story well, but on hearing it this time I realized just how important his intercession is against assisted suicide and euthanasia. As a "poorly behaved" child, … Continue reading St. Maximilian Kolbe and Euthanasia
California legislators legalized assisted suicide in the summer of 2015 during an extraordinary session limited to healthcare finance. Gov. Brown outlined the scope of that session; assisted suicide was not listed. He signed the legislation into law. In 2016, on the day the law went into effect, the Life Legal Defense Foundation, American Academy of … Continue reading Assisted Suicide is now ILLEGAL in CA
Photo credit: Catherine Adair Over 250 people came to see Fatal Flaws at Assumption College in Worcester on May 17th and to hear Bishop McManus lead the panel in discussing the terrible impact assisted suicide would have on the Church and her vulnerable people. The movie clearly documents that once legal, assisted suicide becomes more … Continue reading Fatal Flaws Event A Success
In December, the New York Times reported on the widespread starvation of children in Venezuela due to its economic collapse. The government's response: falsify the records. "Doctors are censored in hospitals, too, often warned not to include malnutrition in children’s medical records. “In some public hospitals, the clinical diagnosis of malnutrition has been prohibited,” Dr. … Continue reading Falsifying Health Records