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
This article was published in this week's Catholic Free Press. As is usually the case with life issues, each side seem to talk a different language. The same is true in the debate on physician-assisted suicide (PAS). From those of us who oppose PAS we hear that “all life has dignity” while from those who … Continue reading A Tale of Two Dignities
In September, The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) surveyed its 22,500 members regarding physician assisted suicide (PAS). They say that because of that survey, the MMS decided to “rescinded its longstanding opposition to physician assisted suicide,” and to adopt a position of “neutral engagement.” But is that consistent with the survey results? The survey itself had … Continue reading Mass Medical Society PAS Survey Results
One of the biggest medical stories of 2017 was met with bored indifference. The death rate from Alzheimer's Disease rose a whopping 55% from 1999 to 2014. It is now the 6th leading cause of death, 5th leading cause in those over 65. And the 2015 data are even worse. The rates of the other … Continue reading Alzheimer Euthanasia Already Reality?
Even as the euthanasia “slippery slope” is denied, advocates are greasing the track.
I first saw this tactic in the mid-1980s when Missouri was considering a “living will” law to allow a person to refuse “death prolonging procedures” if a person became terminally ill and unable to speak for himself or herself. Some of us warned about a broader agenda, citing court cases involving feeding tubes and seriously brain-injured but non-terminally ill patients like Paul Brophy and Claire Conroy in New Jersey and Massachusetts. In response, “right to die” activists (as they were known then) added the ”safeguard” of not allowing the withholding of food and water to the Missouri law and the bill was passed.
Not surprisingly, Missouri soon faced the Nancy Cruzan case involving the withdrawal of a feeding tube from a non-terminally ill young woman in a so-called “persistent vegetative state”. Soon after that, a Missouri Designated Health Care Decision Maker Act was passed that would allow a…
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