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About Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

On Monday night, Germany's public broadcaster ARD showed "Gott," a movie about whether a healthy adult should have access to medical aid in dying. The movie is based on the play and book of the same name by Ferdinand von Schirach.The film depicts ...

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Ms Justice Mary Irvine of the Irish High Court has ruled that a hospital is entitled to withhold invasive interventions and administer a palliative care regime to a profoundly brain-injured boy should his condition substantially deteriorate.John’s pare...

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Many states limit the right of pregnant women to direct the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment in an advance directive. In some states, organ-sustaining treatment may not be withheld or withdrawn even after a pregnant woman has been...

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Charlie Gard's parents famously contested a hospital's plans to withdraw life-sustaining treatment from their baby. They litigated the case (unsuccessfully) through three levels of UK courts and even to the European Court of Human Rights...

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Earlier this month, the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law awarded a 2020 professionalism award to the Honorable Paul W. Armstrong.While serving as a Somerset County Superior Court judge for 18 years, Armstrong presided over many notab...

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Other polls already showed that a majority of physicians support medical aid in dying (MAID). Now a new Medscape survey shows the same thing.

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A new Medscape survey of over 5000 physicians shows a dramatic increase (from 2010 to 2020) in the percent willing to provide life-sustaining therapy at a family's request even if they considered it "futile."  

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Increasingly, jurisdictions around the world are considering legalizing voluntary assisted dying (VAD). Beyond the question of whether to legalize VAD, a critical issue is what form the legislation should take. This impacts who has access to a medicall...

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An 92-year-old man confessed to suffocating his 91-year-old demented and seriously ill wife with a blanket on November 3, 2019. "I could no longer see my wife suffer and somehow had to free her from dementia and all difficulties." Last w...

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Earlier this month, the local paper in New Paltz, New York published the obituary of Anne Allbright Smith, 87. The obituary is notable because it transparently notes that Anne died from VSED.Anne "left this life on November 7, 2020 largely as she ...

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