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  • Future of assisted suicide in D.C. in Senate's hands

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The continuation of legalized, physician-assisted suicide in the country's capital awaits the determination of the U.S. Senate.

    The House of Representatives nullified the District of Columbia's Death With Dignity Act as part of an immense spending bill it approved Sept. 14. Representatives included a block on the 2016 D.C. measure as an amendment to legislation they passed 211-198.

    Opponents and supporters of assisted suicide are waiting to see if the Senate will include the amendment revoking the D.C. law when it acts on the same spending proposal. The final version of the legislation will still need the signature of President Trump. Read More

  • Journal: assisted suicide about 'autonomy,' not pain

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    TORONTO (BP) -- A report on physician-assisted suicide in Canada appears to support claims by opponents of the practice that it is driven by a desire for personal autonomy rather than pain management.

    A study published May 25 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found 95 percent of patients to receive medical aid in dying (MAiD) through Toronto's University Health Network between March 2016 and March 2017 cited "loss of autonomy" as a reason for the request to end their lives. No other reason was cited as frequently. The article's seven coauthors wrote that "few patients cited ... Read More

  • Assisted suicide bills faring poorly in 2017

    by David Roach, posted Monday, March 27, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    HONOLULU (BP) -- Bills that would legalize assisted suicide have failed to advance in eight of 24 states considering them this year, with pro-life victories in Hawaii and New Mexico drawing media focus.

    No state has passed assisted-suicide legislation thus far in 2017 after 2016 saw Colorado and the District of Columbia legalize the practice and California enact a bill passed the previous year.

    Assisted-suicide bills "have done very poorly" this year, said Rita Marker, ... Read More

  • Assisted suicide marches on as Congress fails to act

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Physician-assisted suicide officially has a new home in the wake of congressional inaction, and its proponents are pushing more jurisdictions to legalize the lethal practice.

    The District of Columbia's Death With Dignity Act went into effect Feb. 18 when Congress failed to overturn the measure by the deadline. The Senate and House of Representatives have 30 days after the district approves legislation to rescind it under their authority to review D.C. actions. A disapproval resolution passed by both chambers also must be signed by the president. Read More

  • Last-ditch effort aims to stop D.C. assisted suicide

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (11 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A congressional committee has taken the first step in a fast-track effort to prevent the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in the nation's capital. Read More

  • Assisted suicide: N.M., Hawaii bills push envelope

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 07, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SANTA FE, N.M. (BP) -- 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 other 13 states considering assisted suicide are Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming, according to the Patients Rights Council (PRC), a group that opposes assisted suicide legislation. Read More

  • Study: Most Americans say assisted suicide morally OK

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, December 07, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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." But Millions of Americans disagree, according to a new study released Tuesday (Dec. 6) by LifeWay Research.

    Two-thirds say it is morally acceptable for terminally ill patients to ask their doctors for help in ending their lives, according to a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. A similar number says doctors should be able to help terminally ill patients die. Read More

  • Physician-assisted suicide approved in Colorado

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, November 09, 2016 (one year ago)

    DENVER, Colo. (BP) -- Colorado voters overwhelmingly legalized physician-assisted suicide Nov. 8, joining five other states where similar laws already exist. Read More

  • Colorado voters may legalize assisted suicide

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, October 31, 2016 (one year ago)

    A humane culture laments death, rather than distributing it as a marketable good." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- 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 Nov. 8 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. If the measure passes, Colorado would become the sixth state to legalize assisted suicide in some form. Read More

  • Teen is youngest legal euthanasia victim in Belgium

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 19, 2016 (one year ago)

    BRUSSELS, Belgium (BP) -- A terminally ill 17-year-old has become the first minor to die of euthanasia in Belgium, the French news agency AFP reported Sunday (Sept. 18).

    Belgium lifted age restrictions on euthanasia in 2014, becoming the first country in the world to allow terminally-ill children of any age to choose death, as long as certain conditions are met.

    Neither the teen's identity nor medical condition prior to the procedure were ... Read More