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A Disabled Life Is a Life Worth Living

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  Ben Mattlin, an accomplished author, recently wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times entitled “A Disabled Life Is a Life Worth Living.” It’s a moving piece that explores living with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), including the regular struggle to overcome the physical and mental challenges he faces every day. Ben’s successes are...

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American Academy of Family Physicians Affirm Opposition to PAS

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Some great news this week: the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Congress of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to oppose a resolution that would have changed AAFP’s official position on physician-assisted suicide from opposition to neutrality. Impressively, more than 2/3 of the members voted to oppose the resolution. Their continued opposition to PAS is notable. AAFP is...

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O.J. Brigance’s Inspiring Words

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In a widely shared video from the Baltimore Ravens, Coach Jim Harbaugh recounts a recent email he received from former Raven and currently Senior Adviser to Player Engagement O.J. Brigance. The email from O.J. begins with a powerful statement: “We are being formed, shaped and fashioned through the fire of adversity.” While O.J.’s message was about...

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Why is the Media Glorifying Physician-Assisted Suicide?

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Over the last few months since California legalized physician-assisted suicide,there have been numerous media accounts of assisted suicide “parties.” According to articles like this on Yahoo news, people who have chosen to end their life under the assisted suicide law are gathering friends and family one last time to celebrate before taking the lethal prescription. There are...

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Caring for dying husband was “best seven months of my life.”

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A moving and thoughtful piece recently ran in the Washington Post in which the author describes the final months with her husband who had terminal cancer. It’s an important story that honestly explores what it’s like when a loved one is going through the last stages of life. The full article can be found by clicking here.    Perhaps not surprisingly, positive stories about the value of time...

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Physician assisted suicide faces legal challenge in California

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Almost a year after Governor Brown signed the bill legalizing the practice of physician-assisted suicide in the state, the law is now coming under fire from a group of doctors who are taking it to the courts. This past week a judge ruled that while he would not put the practice of physician assisted suicide...

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Maryland’s Palliative Care; One of the Best in Nation

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In August 2016, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released the 14th edition of their annual report measuring state activity to reduce cancer incidence and mortality, entitled “How Do You Measure Up?” This report not only measures how each state is  currently doing, but also includes ideas about how policymakers can help...

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This is Death with Dignity?

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A recent op-ed in the LA Times may read like a strong argument in support of the new physician assisted suicide law in California, but as the title hints, this law does not provide patients with a terminal illness any dignity. And as the author points out, perhaps inadvertently, the real-life implementation of this law...

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Study Examines Major Flaws in Assisted Suicide Laws

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An article in The Week examined a recent study on physician assisted suicide in the U.S. and across the world, writing about how the study paints a generally positive picture of PAS implementation. However, as the article notes, the study includes some very troubling findings that should not be ignored. First, the study which was...

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Call for New Yorkers to Reject Assisted Suicide

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New York State remains one of the most contentious battlefields in the fight against physician assisted suicide legislation. Proponents recently claimed that a bill will pass within the next two years – despite a recent ruling by the New York Court of Appeals upholding a New York law prohibiting assisted suicide. In that ruling the...

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