Why Prescribed Suicide is Bad, Again

On September 7, New York’s highest court unanimously ruled against assisted suicide.  They wrote, “At present, the Legislature of this State has permissibly concluded that an absolute ban on assisted suicide is the most reliable, effective, and administrable means of protecting against its dangers.”  They described those dangers: As summarized by the Supreme Court, the … Continue reading Why Prescribed Suicide is Bad, Again

Sepsis Death from Discussion Delay

Sepsis is a condition caused when an infection, like pneumonia or a urinary tract infection, starts causing life-threatneing problems throughout the body.  It requires treatment with antibiotics, intravenous fluids, sometimes even medicines to help keep the heart and blood vessels working properly.  Once the antibiotics start working, the person usually fully recovers.  Sepsis is deadly if antibiotics are … Continue reading Sepsis Death from Discussion Delay

The Slippery Slope-Tactics in the Assisted Suicide Movement

Even as the euthanasia “slippery slope” is denied, advocates are greasing the track.

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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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