Evaluations of patients requesting assisted suicide will carry a level of import rarely found in psychology: Every evaluation will be a decision between life and death or, depending on the perspective of the individual, a decision between an unnatural intervention in the process of death or allowing unnecessary and prolonged suffering. At the same time, little has been done in the area of conducting evaluations for such decisions and many unanswered ethical and practical questions remain (Hadjistavropoulos, 1996). There may be some ambiguity as to whether the patient or the referring physician is the client. Whether the psychologist can ethically serve as an advocate for the patient, work to prevent the suicide, or should merely provide a report to the physician depends on how that question is resolved. Should a psychologist who feels strongly that assisted suicide is morally unacceptable recuse himself or herself from the evaluation process, or are such dissenting voices an important ...
OBJECTIVE: Many patients are admitted to the ICU at or near the end of their lives. Consequently, the increasingly common debate regarding physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia holds implications for the practice of critical care medicine. The objective of this article is to explore core ethical issues related to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia from the perspective of healthcare professionals and ethicists on both sides of the debate. SYNTHESIS: We identified four issues highlighting the key areas of ethical tension central to evaluating physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in medical practice: 1) the benefit or harm of death itself, 2) the relationship between physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia and withholding or withdrawing life support, 3) the morality of a physician deliberately causing death, and 4) the management of conscientious objection related to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in the critical care setting ...
Despite increasing legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) worldwide, the practice remains relatively rare and, when carried out, is primarily motivated by psychological factors such as loss of autonomy or enjoyment of life, rather than physical pain. A new comprehensive assessment of data from around the world shows that in areas where they are legal, only 0.3 to 4.6 percent of deaths result from euthanasia or PAS, with more than 70 percent of cases involving patients with cancer.
Improved training of physicians in the provision of palliative care and greater integration of palliative care approaches in the management of life-limiting chronic diseases were among measures recommended by Canadas doctors as they turned their attention Tuesday to resolutions at their 146th annual general meeting in Calgary, Alberta.. Theyll tackle more contentious motions, such as ones on physician-assisted suicide and mandatory advance care plans, when they resume debate, Wednesday.. Canadas doctors also endorsed a motion to provide more training for doctors in helping patients develop advanced care plans after Chilliwack, B.C. delegate Dr. Ralph Jones argued that the "advanced directive train is coming into the station" and may soon require that all Canadian patients have advanced care plans.. Delegates even suggested that the CMA might want to consider pressing Accreditation Canada to make advance care planning a required operating procedure within Canadian hospitals, long-term care ...
By: Milan K. Sheth, M.A. in Biomedicine-Eastern Mennonite University The legality and ethics of palliative physician-assisted suicide (PAS) has been a controversial debate as individuals continue to question the righteousness of doctors assisting in the suicide of patients with a life expectancy of six months or less (1). The purpose of this article is to…
A Vancouver judge has authorized the first physician-assisted death in B.C. for a woman suffering from advanced multiple sclerosis.In approving the court exemption, B.C.
Description: Andrew Beckwith, the Executive Vice President of Massachusetts Family Institute, discusses the Death with Dignity Act on the upcoming November ballot in Massachusetts. The proposed bill supports physician-assisted suicide, and would allow people who have been told they have six months or less to live, to take a lethal dose of drugs. Andrew interviews Diane Kaulbach, a cancer survivor, about the complexities of her real-life situation. Dr. Jane Driver, a Geriatric Oncologist in Boston, discusses the requests of older patients, who frequently feel they want to die. She elaborates how a person can respond to pressure in times of crisis, feel like a burden, and desire to make a decision to end their life, but later, be glad to be alive. Dr. Driver raises the issue of the impact of such a decision upon society..."Whenever a society determines there is such a thing as a life worth living, then an important line has been crossed... Where do you stop?" She emphasizes the importance of ...
Anotacija: MARGARET PABST BATTIN has established a reputation as one of the top philosophers working in bioethics today. This work is a sequel to Battins 1994 volume The Least Worst Death. The last ten years have seen fast-moving developments in end-of-life issues, from the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon and the Netherlands, to a furor over proposed restrictions of scheduled drugs used for causing death, and the development of "NuTech" methods of assistance in dying. Battins new collection covers a remarkably wide range of end-of-life topics, including suicide prevention, AIDS, suicide bombing, serpent-handling and other religious practices that pose a risk of death, genetic prognostication, suicide in old age, and global justice as it relates to the "duty to die." It also examines suicide, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia in both American and international contexts ...
In a long tradition of taking on controversial issues, HBO will be airing an original movie this month celebrating the life of Dr. Jack Kevorkian-or better known as Dr. Death. The film, You Dont Know Jack, stars Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian alongside John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, and Danny Huston and follows the life and battles of the man who brought the issue of physician-assisted suicide into every home in the United States.. Kevorkian became famous in the 80s and 90s for being one of the most vocal and it could be argued theatrical supporters of the "right to die" and physician-assisted suicide. He claimed to have assisted in at least 130 suicides in his career and invented two machines, the Mercitron and Thanatron, designed to assist in the work.. Throughout the 90s, Kevorkian was tried several times for assisting suicides but was not found guilty until 1998, when he filmed the voluntary euthanasia of Thomas Youk and aired it on the TV-show 60 Minutes. He was found guilty of second-degree ...
Emotional experiences for psychiatrists who are called upon to evaluate potential assisted suicide patients mental competency, appear to be more profound when they disqualify patients. Dr. Linda Ganzini described the painful experience of two patients whom she disqualified for the option of Oregons assisted suicide law.32She stated: "These disqualifications resulted in extraordinary pain and anger for both of the patients and their families, which interfered with much-needed opportunities to resolve other emotional issues."33 Pain and anger is directed towards and felt by the evaluating psychiatrist. Such anger was energetically expressed by Kate Cheney, an Oregon PAS patient, whose evaluating psychiatrist told her, "You cant make a decision for yourself and your life, because you are not in your right mind."34 Kate Cheneys angry response was "Get out of my house. I cant believe you can tell me something like this."35 The significant anger towards the evaluating psychiatrist who ...
Dear Members of the Federal External Panel: On behalf of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), I appreciate the opportunity to provide input toward the Federal External Panels national consultation to support the federal governments legislative response following the Supreme Court of Canadas ruling in Carter v. Canada. As the national professional association representing Canadas physicians, the CMA has played an important role in leading the public dialogue on end-of-life care, including assisted dying. In 2014, the CMA led a national consultation on end-of-life care which included a series of public and member town hall consultations across the country. This national dialogue focused on three main issues: advance care planning, palliative care, and physician-assisted dying. As highlighted in the summary report (enclosed as Appendix 1), the Canadian public emphasized the need for strict protocols and safeguards if the law on physician-assisted dying were to change. This initial ...
Per E. Lønning, MD, PhD; Elisabet O. Berge, PhD; Merete Bjørnslett, PhD; Laura Minsaas, PhD; Ranjan Chrisanthar, PhD; Hildegunn Høberg-Vetti, MD; Cécile Dulary, MSc; Florence Busato, MSc; Silje Bjørneklett, MSc; Christine Eriksen, MSc; Reidun Kopperud, PhD; Ulrika Axcrona, MD; Ben Davidson, MD, PhD; Line Bjørge, MD, PhD; D. Gareth Evans, MD, PhD; Anthony Howell, MD, PhD; Helga B. Salvesen, MD, PhD; Imre Janszky, MD, PhD; Kristian Hveem, MD, PhD; Pål R. Romundstad, PhD; Lars J. Vatten, MD, PhD; Jörg Tost, PhD; Anne Dørum, MD, PhD; Stian Knappskog, PhD ...
by APFLI , Jan 30, 2016 , Cloning - Archive, Eugenics / Race-Linked Abortion / Reproductive Racism, Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide - Archive. Taking Stock: Where Are We Now? Taking stock of where one is at the beginning of a new project or a new year is a good idea. Where we are in the entire realm of bioethics is beyond the scope of a mere e-newsletter, but what follows are some landmarks discernible in January 2016 . . . On Matters of Life and Death Physician-Assisted Suicide On Sunday, 24 January, John Jay Hooker, Tennessee lawyer, politician, and activist, died. Mr. Hooker had most recently championed "death with dignity" -physician-assisted suicide - in a proposed bill and in the courts. By the time of his death, neither the legislature nor the courts had provided him the decision he had recently pursued. The "Death with Dignity" bill was sponsored in the Tennessee legislature by Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley. Quoted in The Tennessean, Mr. Fitzhugh honored his friend, Mr. Hooker, with these ...
In the Netherlands, a doctor will not be prosecuted for assisting a patient to die either through euthanasia or assisted suicide (EAS) if certain conditions are met, among which are the following: The patients request for aid-in-dying must be voluntary and well-informed, without coercion from others, and uninfluenced by psychological illness or drugs; their suffering should be unbearable and hopeless, with no prospect for improvement and without reasonable alternatives; and an independent physician should be consulted, who should concur with the aforementioned conditions. Supporters aver that these guidelines have made physician-assisted death safe and have avoided the "slippery slope" that detractors and fear-mongers fulminate about.. A commentary (preview available here) in last weeks JAMA gives cause to question the rosy picture some paint of the Netherlands experience. The commentary refers to a study that appeared in the April 2016 JAMA Psychiatry. The study describes the practice of EAS ...
As an increasing number of states weigh the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, a new paper released by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) elaborates the arguments against the practice, citing numerous abuses. Award-winning author Wesley J. Smith examines how assisted suicide impacts the states and countries where it has been legalized, particularly legalizations effect on medical ethics and patient care. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institutes Center on Human Exceptionalism and a consultant to the Patients Rights Council. ...
Elocon - Fifty-three percent felt that it is unethical for a physician to participate Obviously, a substantial minority of physicians favored the legalization of euthanasia and felt that it would not be unethical for a physician to participate in or administer there are circumstances in which a physician is justified in actions that would indirectly or directly, respectively, cause identified as the strongest outside influences in end-of-life Advocates of physician-assisted suicide offer a number of emotional arguments in favor of their position.
By Susan Haigh, APHARTFORD, Conn. -- A push for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide is under way in a half-dozen states where proponents say they see strong support for allowing doctors to prescribe mentally competent, dying individ
The achingly sad scenario of the suffering Alzheimer's patient and those surrounding is familiar to many of us. Melzmuf's (January 30, 2015) other scenario taking a little pill that would painlessly and quietly end [my] life, a decision made while of sound mind, is not how physician-assisted suicide works. 71 Oregonians in 2013, chose suicide with lethal doses of barbiturates, none had Alzheimer's. The majority had cancer, (65%); 21 had such diseases ALS, Parkinson's, HIV/AIDs. Only 2 were referred for psychological/psychiatric evaluation; only 8 had the physician present at the time. In Oregon, 1,326 of the 32,759 deaths in 2012 ...
On page four of The Anchor we read about North Carolina seminarian Phillip Johnson and how he is dealing with his terminal diagnosis of cancer. He is no "Pollyanna" about the difficulties he will face, but he wishes to take this cross and use it in a way to help other people embrace the Salvation that Jesus offers us; in particular he is praying for Brittany Maynard, another young person with a terminal illness. Unlike Johnson, she wants to "do it my way" (to quote a Frank Sinatra song, which he most likely regrets singing now that God has shown him how many people have used it as a justification for their own arrogant selfishness) and pick the day and the hour when she will die (she moved to Oregon, so that she could take advantage of the physician-assisted suicide law there and had announced that she was going to commit suicide on November 1. Press reports this week said that Maynard was still going to take her own life, but might not be married to that date, due to how her illness is ...
On Tuesday, April 4, the Maine Legislature will have public hearings on two nearly identical pieces of legislation dealing with physician-assisted suicide. LD 347 and LD 1066 are versions of the same bill that Maine voters have consistently said no to as far back as 1995 in the Legislature and by a sizable margin when…
In Washington state, practicing physicians have been forced to confront the emotional, complex issue of physician-assisted suicide sooner than physicians elsewhere in the US. The Washington State Medical Association has ...
The debate over physician-assisted suicide and the right of incurably suffering people to end their own lives has again been brought to national attention by the HBO premiere of
Ive heard it said. That people come into our lives for a reason,. Bringing something we must learn,. And we are led to those who help us most to grow, if we let them.. And we help them in return.. Well I dont know if I believe thats true,. But I know Im who I am today because I knew you.". From the song "For Good" from the musical "Wicked". He was a part of my life for less than three years. I will never forget JJ Hansons first phone call. He was direct, telling me he was a New Yorker and a cancer patient, and he wanted to help in the battle against legalizing physician-assisted suicide. He turned out to be the whole package-young, handsome, articulate, faith-filled, politically astute, Marine Corps veteran, loving husband and father. And he had been handed a death sentence with the most lethal brain cancer that exists.. JJ was a fighter, strong and upbeat. I never met anyone so positive in my entire life. "Every day is a gift, and you cant ever let that go," he would often say. He never ...
FRONTLINE examines the improbable saga of Dr. Death and assesses how quickly the Michigan pathologist seized center stage in the intricate and emotional debate over physician-assisted suicide and what role he played in changing how America thinks about the end of life.
FRONTLINE examines the improbable saga of Dr. Death and assesses how quickly the Michigan pathologist seized center stage in the intricate and emotional debate over physician-assisted suicide and what role he played in changing how America thinks about the end of life.
A report from the Royal Society of Canada recommends changing current laws to allow physician-assisted suicide. We are recommending that the Criminal Code
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I respect the comments from those addressed to the 60s relic. Im certainly not as naive as some may think. As for as my individual situation is concerned, I spent 25yrs of my career in one of the most respected ortho practices in a large east coast city, home of 2 prestigious medical schools where most of the docs in the practice trained. Both of these institutions have progressive PM&R depts where residents of all specialities rotated through and were trained in the team approach to rehab - where PTs were given the respect , attention and valued for their skills and opinions. The point is that myself and other PT staff members worked for surgeons who consulted us as well as we consulted them frequently in the post-surgical cases we treated. I maintained a list of 26 private PT practices in the metropolitan that we consistently referred patients as needed -by patients requests and/or by our initiative based upon travel convenience etc. When we suggested a patient had reached maximum benefit, ...
I respect the comments from those addressed to the 60s relic. Im certainly not as naive as some may think. As for as my individual situation is concerned, I spent 25yrs of my career in one of the most respected ortho practices in a large east coast city, home of 2 prestigious medical schools where most of the docs in the practice trained. Both of these institutions have progressive PM&R depts where residents of all specialities rotated through and were trained in the team approach to rehab - where PTs were given the respect , attention and valued for their skills and opinions. The point is that myself and other PT staff members worked for surgeons who consulted us as well as we consulted them frequently in the post-surgical cases we treated. I maintained a list of 26 private PT practices in the metropolitan that we consistently referred patients as needed -by patients requests and/or by our initiative based upon travel convenience etc. When we suggested a patient had reached maximum benefit, ...
How do you decide when to comply with the patients request to extract a tooth, and when does it make more sense to either refer them to an oral surgeon...
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Background: Debates over legalisation of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) or euthanasia often warn of a "slippery slope", predicting abuse of people in vulnerable groups. To assess this concern, the authors examined data from Oregon and the Netherlands, the two principal jurisdictions in which physician-assisted dying is legal and data have been collected over a substantial period.. Methods: The data from Oregon (where PAS, now called death under the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, is legal) comprised all annual and cumulative Department of Human Services reports 1998-2006 and three independent studies; the data from the Netherlands (where both PAS and euthanasia are now legal) comprised all four government-commissioned nationwide studies of end-of-life decision making (1990, 1995, 2001 and 2005) and specialised studies. Evidence of any disproportionate impact on 10 groups of potentially vulnerable patients was sought.. Results: Rates of assisted dying in Oregon and in the Netherlands showed no ...
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7. Pot is More Popular than Ever. Just ask Gallup. The venerable polling firm has been tracking support for marijuana legalization since 1969, when it was at just 12%. In its latest poll, from October, Gallup now has support for marijuana legalization at 64%. What is really impressive is the rapid increase in support in the past 20 years: In 1996, support was at 25%; by 2012, it had doubled to 50%; and its gained another 14 points in the five years since. Other pollsters are reporting similar current levels of support for marijuana legalization. And this could be another reason the attorney general hesitates to crack down on weed.. 8. No State Legalized Weed, But 2018 Should Be Different. After 2016 saw marijuana legalization initiatives win in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada -- losing only in Arizona, closely -- anticipation was high that 2017 would see more states come aboard. It didnt happen. There are two explanations for this: First, it was an off-off election year and no ...
A British man who is so paralysed he can only communicate by blinking his eyes will have his right-to-die case heard by the countrys High Court.
Broad, new right-to-die guidelines, including advice on when food and water can be withheld from a terminally or seriously ill patient, were approved Monday night by the council of the Los Angeles
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A Minnesota judge has dismissed charges against the former head of a national right-to-die group accused in the death of an Apple Valley woman.
A case that describes a terminally ill patients request for a prescription for barbiturates to end her life and the legal and ethical implications the request has for the prescribing doctor under Oregons Death with Dignity Act. Virtual Mentor is a monthly bioethics journal published by the American Medical Association.
The term "twenty-twenty" conjures up thoughts of the New Year, elections, hindsight and visual acuity. It incites me to make sure we all see clearly Oregons end-of-life landscape, the path the culture of assisted suicide activism is aiming to take us, and the threat that trajectory poses to all of us.. Recent legislative activity demonstrates the pro-euthanasia efforts in Oregon. These efforts seek to expand assisted suicide which would increase risk to the vulnerable, namely the old, disabled, seriously ill, discouraged, or others deemed to be lives not worth saving. I hope you will recognize the importance of acting now, for some day our loved ones and any of us may be the vulnerable ones.. Twenty-five years ago, Oregon citizens approved physician-assisted suicide (PAS). The general public expected that guidelines, so-called "safeguards," would limit the use of assisted suicide to people in dire situations. Many though suspected this new law was just a foot in the door to general euthanasia. ...
One of the most frequently repeated claims by proponents of assisted suicide laws is that there is "no evidence or data" to support any claim that these laws are subject to abuse, and that there has not been "a single documented case of abuse or misuse" in the 18 reported years. These claims are demonstrably false.. Regarding documented cases, please refer to a compilation of individual cases and source materials pulled together by the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund entitled Oregon and Washington State Abuses and Complications.. (For an in-depth analysis of several cases by Dr. Herbert Hendin and Dr. Kathleen Foley, please read Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon: A Medical Perspective.). The focus of the discussion below is the Oregon Health Division data. These reports are based on forms filed with the state by the physicians who prescribe lethal doses and the pharmacies that dispense the drugs. As the early state reports admitted:. "As best we could determine, all participating ...
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Advances in medical technology, recent court rulings and emerging political trends have brought with them a number of life-and-death choices which many have never before considered. The looming prospect of legalized physician-assisted suicide is one such choice which severely erodes the inherent value and dignity of human life. The much-publicized efforts of certain doctors to provide carbon monoxide poisoning or prescribe lethal drugs for their terminally ill patients constitute euthanasia. So may the removal of certain life-sustaining treatments from a patient who is not in a terminal condition. Euthanasia and willful suicide, in any form, are offenses against life; they must be and are rejected by the vast majority of U.S. states.. However, people faced with these difficult dilemmas should be made aware that there are morally-appropriate, life-affirming legal options available to them. One such option, for Catholics and others, can be a "health care power of attorney" and "living will." South ...
Advances in medical technology, recent court rulings and emerging political trends have brought with them a number of life-and-death choices which many have never before considered. The looming prospect of legalized physician-assisted suicide is one such choice which severely erodes the inherent value and dignity of human life. The much-publicized efforts of certain doctors to provide carbon monoxide poisoning or prescribe lethal drugs for their terminally ill patients constitute euthanasia. So may the removal of certain life-sustaining treatments from a patient who is not in a terminal condition. Euthanasia and willful suicide, in any form, are offenses against life; they must be and are rejected by the vast majority of U.S. states.. However, people faced with these difficult dilemmas should be made aware that there are morally-appropriate, life-affirming legal options available to them. One such option, for Catholics and others, can be a "health care power of attorney" and "living will." South ...
TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/CNN) - New Jerseys right to die law goes into effect Thursday.. Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act on April 12, requiring either a psychiatrist or psychologist to determine that a patient has the mental capacity to make the final decision.. "Allowing residents with terminal illnesses to make end-of-life choices for themselves is the right thing to do," said Murphy at the time. "We are providing terminally ill patients and their families with the humanity, dignity, and respect that they so richly deserve at the most difficult times any of us will face.". Physician-assisted suicide differs from euthanasia, which is defined as the act of assisting people with their death in order to end their suffering, but without the backing of a controlling legal authority.. CBS2s Cindy Hsu spoke with the family of Herb Dunn, who wished to die with dignity for years. ...
Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a ballot question legalizing medical marijuana but the measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide was too close to call before the Daily News print deadline. Most MetroWest and Milford-area cities and towns soundly supported the marijuana question but assisted suicide failed narrowly in towns including Milford, Medway and Northborough. In Northborough, the measure failed by 18 votes.
Bioethics is a branch of ethical inquiry that examines the nature of biological and technological discoveries and the responsible use of biomedical advances, with particular emphasis upon their moral implications for our individual and common humanity.. The term "bioethics," originally coined by Von Rensselaer in 1970, has evolved from a more specific emphasis upon medical ethics to include a wide range of issues such as allocation of healthcare resources, end-of-life treatment, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, reproductive technologies, genetic intervention, stem cell research, cloning, neuroscience, and other emerging biotechnologies. While a branch of ethical inquiry, bioethics is interdisciplinary in nature integrating such diverse fields as the life sciences, medicine, biotechnology, philosophy, theology, public policy, and law.. The articles in this section explore some of the broader issues involved in bioethics, including theological and philosophical explorations central to ...
However, there is still a battle to be fought, he cautioned, as Roe v. Wade has institutionalized a grave injustice against the unborn within the Constitution.. "Too many Americans see abortion as a necessary evil," said Cardinal OMalley. Going forth, he urged, the pro-life movement needs to work to show that abortion is not "a necessary evil: its simply evil.". The cardinal pointed to work that pro-life groups within his own diocese have done to expose the evils of the culture of death. A wide coalition of pro-life and disabilities advocates succeeded in halting an attempt to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts in Nov. 2012, despite significant initial support for the measure.. Cardinal OMalley said the motion "was like the race between the tortoise and the hare," gaining slow and steady support for protecting life within the state. ...