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New Report from Oregon Shows Dangers of PAS

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A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association included some disturbing findings on the realities of physician-assisted suicide (PAS), or physician-aided dying (PAD) as it’s referred to in the report, in the state over the past 18 years since it was legalized. The study reviewed publicly available data from Oregon Health Authority reports...

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The Fight Against PAS Around the Country

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The fight against physician-assisted suicide is heating up around the country. Most recently we have seen the debate on PAS in Nevada and Maine surrounding proposed legislation. Not surprisingly, the legislation filed in these states is very similar to the dangerous language that we have seen in Maryland and many other states.  Last week in...

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Why We Won in Maryland

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The coalition was excited to announce this month that because of our combined efforts in opposition to physician-assisted suicide (PAS) legislation in Maryland, this dangerous legislation had failed. After a strong group of our coalition members testified at the House hearing, it was apparent that neither the House nor the Senate had the votes in...

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Doctors in Canada are Backing Away from PAS

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In a widespread reversal of opinion, doctors in Canada are backing away from supporting and implementing physician-assisted suicide. According to the National Post, in Ontario, one of the few provinces to track this type of information, 54 doctors have asked to be either permanently removed or put on temporary hold on a voluntary list of...

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New Death with Dignity Drugs: Zero Dignity; No Safeguards

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Over the last few years, the price of the most commonly prescribed “death with dignity” drug, Seconal, rose significantly and currently costs approximately $3,000 per prescription. Doctors who support physician-assisted suicide argued this was too expensive for most patients. A group of those doctors came together informally to create a new lethal drug cocktail designed...

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O.J. Brigance Speaks Out Against PAS Legislation

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Statement the Judicial Proceedings committee Re: Senate Bill 354 – “End-Of-Life Option Act” Tuesday, March 7, 2017 OPPOSE Good afternoon Chairman Zirkin and distinguished members of the Judicial Proceedings committee. My name is O. J. Brigance and I am submitting written testimony in opposition to Senate Bill 354, the End-Of-Life Option Act. I am compelled...

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The Danger from PAS Prescriptions is Real

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We’ve written before about how physician-assisted suicide actually plays out and how undignified it really is for patients. In that piece, we detail the typical prescription a patient receives to kill themselves – between 90-100 pills (9-10 grams) of a barbiturate called Seconal. For a drug that is normally prescribed in doses of 100 mg...

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In Violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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The fact that no major nationwide disability rights group supports physician-assisted suicide should be a clear sign that there are significant problems associated with the legislation that’s been filed in Maryland. In many cases, people with disabilities have faced systemic discrimination in the healthcare system, often with healthcare professionals and other caretakers who do not...

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Here’s How “Death with Dignity” Really Happens

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As the General Assembly again debates legislation (HB 370/SB 354) to legalize physician-assisted suicide, it’s crucial for legislators to understand exactly how “death with dignity” really happens. For most, it is not at all what they expect at first consideration. In fact, once they learn more about the process, it’s clear PAS is anything but...

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Officially Filed for 2017

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Here’s how to help right now Last week, legislation was filed in the Maryland General Assembly that seeks to legalize the practice of physician-assisted suicide. These bills – House Bill 370 and Senate Bill 354 – which are often referred to as “Death with Dignity” or “Aid in Dying” by its proponents are almost exactly...

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  • Chair of the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs told Delegates that the Associations code opposing PAS “… https://t.co/kjgywpnchE

  • The AMA did not change its official opposition to PAS, but the past two meetings have shown a clear shift in opinio… https://t.co/svRAiusfLu

  • Dr. Kevin Donovan joined his fellow Delegates at an AMA Interim meeting last week to urge the association not to be… https://t.co/K6lnwLVhDL

  • AMA delegates met last week to debate their long held opposition against PAS, but failed to adopt a report which re… https://t.co/IRPuocRmWE

  • The AMA is voting TODAY on PAS! We need supporters in the medical community to urge their AMA Delegates to maintain… https://t.co/dbdTB0akX4