Tag: physician assisted suicide

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March 25, 2014

No Aid in Dying In CT This Year

The Public Health Committee of the Connecticut Legislature has no plans to bring an Oregon-style bill for Aid-in-Dying (aka physician-assisted suicide) to the floor of the legislature for a vote, in spite of 61% public support for the bill. Serious opp...
February 16, 2014

New Mexico Now Sanctions Physician-Assisted Suicide

<p class="MsoNormal">Last month, a New Mexico trial court judge ruled that a terminally ill patient had a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/14/us/new-mexico-judge-affirms-right-to-aid-in-dying.html">constitutionally protected right to aid in dying from a physician</a> without risking criminal prosecution for assisted suicide. Judge Nan G. Nash of the Second District Court in Albuquerque based her opinion in the New Mexico Constitution: “This court cannot envision a right more fundamental, more private or more integral to the liberty, safety and happiness of a New Mexican than the right of a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying.” Thus, the state became the fifth to permit physician-assisted suicide, following Oregon (1997, approved by voter referendum), Washington (2006, approved by voter referendum), Montana (2009, allowed by state supreme court opinion), and Vermont (2013, enacted by the state legislature).</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The case was brought by two oncologists (Drs. Katherine Morris and Aroop Mangalik) who asked the court to <a href="http://www.daily-times.com/nmnews/ci_24700097/trial-over-nms-assisted-suicide-law-begin">clarify the state’s assisted suicide law</a> and allow them write a lethal dose of a drug for a 49-year-old patient (Aja Riggs) with advanced uterine cancer. Critical to the case may have been the December trial testimony from the patient: “I don’t want to suffer needlessly at the end.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;">The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000099;" href="http://www.amc.edu/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong></p>
May 16, 2013

Vermont Passes Physician-Assisted-Suicide

Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Awaiting the governor’s signature, Vermont is poised to become the fourth state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. While Oregon and Washington legalized physician-aid-in-dying through public referendum and Montana through a court decision, Vermont’s is occurring through the legislative process.…

June 1, 2009

Pacino To Bring Kevorkian to the Silver Screen

So Jack Kevorkian’s dream has come true. The flamboyant inventor of the Thanatron and part-time painter of rotting skulls will get his much longed for appearance on the silver screen.…

March 3, 2009

March Issue of AJOB is Now Online

Ever wonder what are the obligations by industrialized nations to the countries from which health care workers come? Are these workers free to move or are countries like the US and UK “poaching”?…

December 3, 2007

Weekend reading: physician-assisted suicide, organ donation, paleovirology

NYT Mag: Death in the Family
Daniel Bergner writes about the effort of former Washington governor Booth Gardner, who has Parkinson’s, to get a physician-assisted suicide referendum passed there in 2008:

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News (2)

July 11, 2012 6:41 pm

Legal Euthanasia Didn’t Raise Death Rate, Researchers Say (Bussinessweek)

“Countries differ greatly in demography, culture and organization of medical care,” Lo, who is also director of the medical ethics program at the University of California, San Francisco, wrote in a comment accompanying the study. More in- depth information is needed to better understand how patients and physicians reach their decisions, he said.

May 3, 2012 12:57 pm

Authentic Compassion: Pain Treatment at the End of Life (LifeNews)

In 1994, Dr. Charles Cleeland authored a study that found that 42% of cancer patients with pain were receiving inadequate therapy for their pain. This led to the Health and Human Services (HHS) guidelines for more aggressive pain management and the ubiquitous question about your level of pain “on a scale of 1 to 10” every time you visit the doctor for any reason. The interest in pain management was actually a response to the push for legalized assisted suicide.