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PAS Supporters make a Dangerous Move to the Left

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In a recent blog post, the CEO of Compassion & Choices, Kim Callinan, announced the group’s updated position on several crucial aspects of the physician assisted suicide debate. The announcement, which addresses waiting periods and prescribing privileges, illustrates the groups continued dangerous move to the left as they advocate for the legalization of PAS. Compassion...

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Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Officially Filed for 2019

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Here’s how to help right now This week, legislation was filed in the Maryland General Assembly that seeks to legalize the practice of physician assisted suicide. These bills – House Bill 399 and Senate Bill 311 – which are often referred to as “Death with dignity” or “aid in dying” by its proponents, are similar...

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Physician Assisted Suicide Bill for 2019 Coming Soon

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It’s official: legislation is about to be filed in the Maryland General Assembly that seeks to legalize the practice of physician assisted suicide. These bills –which are often referred to as “Death with dignity” or “aid in dying” – are being by pushed by the same out-of-state interests that failed to get bills passed in...

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PAS Movement Gearing up Nationwide

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Physician Assisted Suicide opponents in several states throughout the nation are gearing up to protect patient rights as proponents are already sending signals that they plan to make a strong push to legalize PAS this year. In Virginia and Delaware, lawmakers have signaled they will be filing legislation to legalize PAS, while advocacy groups in...

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No Change to AMA’s PAS Opposition…for Now

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This past week at an Interim Meeting, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates debated the Association’s official position on physician assisted suicide (PAS). The AMA has long upheld its opposition to PAS, but in June of this year, Delegates voted to reject the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) thoughtful recommendation...

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Updates from New Jersey

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UPDATE FROM NEW JERSEY: The New Jersey Assembly’s Judiciary Committee heard testimony on a PAS bill. Advocates on both side of the PAS battle came out to make their case, but proponents of the dangerous legislation may have the advantage this session. Already the bill’s sponsor is claiming the Assembly could vote in favor of...

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The Economist Tackles PAS

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This past month the Economist did a series of stories analyzing both sides of the debate surrounding physician-assisted suicide. The Economist has editorialized in support of physician-assisted suicide in the past saying falsely and dangerously that: “In a secular society, it is odd to buttress the sanctity of life in the abstract by subjecting a...

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Update: PAS Supporters are Back in Maryland

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This year supporters held off on a push for legislation to legalize physician-assisted suicide (PAS) due to the contentious political landscape. With a contentious election year, PAS advocates determined that the controversial bill – with widespread opposition- could hurt their key champions as they run for re-election. All advocacy efforts from supporters were quiet while...

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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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