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AMA’s Dangerous Shift on Physician-Assisted Suicide

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In a dangerous shift, the American Medical Association (AMA) has voted to reevaluate its long held opposition to physician-assisted suicide (PAS). This comes after the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) released its thoughtful recommendation based on two years of study to maintain its current stance in opposition of PAS. After careful consideration,...

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Disability Rights Advocates Come Out in Force Against PAS

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As we have seen in Maryland, advocates for persons with disabilities have been strongly united in their opposition to physician-assisted suicide. And for good reason. The language proposed in many states has no protections against the dangers of coercion for our most vulnerable populations.   As a result, a coalition of disability rights groups in...

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Legislation Moves Forward in Several States

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Recently, we have seen a number of states considering legislation that would legalize PAS. Across the board these bills are very similar and do not provide even adequate protections for vulnerable populations such as the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Most recently we have seen action taken on dangerous bills in both New Jersey and...

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No Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill for Maryland This Session

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Good news in the fight against PAS!  Proponents have backed down and Maryland legislators have held off on filing a physician-assisted suicide bill this session. This is very likely due to an election year with legislators hesitant to take controversial votes. This is also an acknowledgement from proponents that there are strong arguments against this...

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Press Release: Maryland Lawmakers Fail to File Physician-Assisted Suicide Legislation

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland lawmakers will not consider legislation this session that would legalize the dangerous practice of physician-assisted suicide (PAS). After failing to advance the legislation for the last three sessions due to bi-partisan opposition, lawmakers have decided not to file the bill during a session that falls in an election year.   “By...

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Battleground Delaware

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UPDATE: Good news! The Delaware House adjoined for a 6 week budget break without passing a physician-assisted suicide bill. This is great news as we know Compassion and Choices expended many resources to get it passed. The fight isn’t over. We know they’ll be back in six weeks and we have to continue to keep...

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What to Expect in 2018

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We want to wish a happy New Year to all of our coalition members who have dedicated their time and talents to defeat physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in Maryland. As we kick-off 2018 and approach the new legislative session, we are once again expecting another fight with renewed momentum from those working in support of this dangerous...

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Coalition Voices: Not a Compassionate Choice

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Our new blog forum, Coalition Voices, features thoughts and personal stories from members of the Maryland Against Physician Assisted Suicide Coalition. In this week’s installment, Sandi Nettina, a Nurse Practitioner in Maryland, talks about the treatment process for patients at the end of their lives, and the dangers PAS poses to healthy healing. Please join...

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PAS Legislation Continues to Falter in States Around the Country

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Across the United States, opposition to physician-assisted suicide continues to grow. More than 20 states have defeated PAS legislation and now members of our federal government, the courts, and the medical community are all speaking out against the dangerous practice. These victories are proof that our voices are being heard. Elected officials and other leaders...

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A Big Win in New York

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We got a big win this month following a much awaited decision from the New York Court of Appeals. The State’s highest court voted unanimously to reject a lawsuit that claimed terminally ill patients have the right to access lethal drugs. The opinion by the judge stressed one of the major points Maryland Against Physician...

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  • A change in AMA’s stance could open the flood gates to legalize PAS in Maryland and around the country. Check out D… https://t.co/D9acMrEWTL

  • The AMA has rejected a recommendation from its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs to maintain its long held “o… https://t.co/y1YkeTA1nS

  • The risk of coercion is a big reason why advocates for persons with disabilities oppose the legalization of PAS in… https://t.co/AGnEZE1LFK

  • A clear example of the slippery slope of PAS is what’s happening in Switzerland: https://t.co/gJFCuInFaR

  • New York disability rights advocates are speaking out against PAS legislation and why the bill is so dangerous to p… https://t.co/4mxe9B5sSk