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Compassion & Choices: Now Encouraging Suicide in Colorado

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Remember the tagline of those old Hair Club for Men advertisements, “I’m not just the president of Hair Club for Men, I’m also a client!”? We were reminded of those cheesy 80’s TV commercials when we saw this story out of Colorado last week: Proponents of successful medical aid-in-dying initiative push ahead with implementation. After Compassion...

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This Truly is Assisted Suicide

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With the Iowa State Legislature likely to debate legislation in 2017 that would legalize physician-assisted suicide, the state’s largest newspaper, the Des Moines Register, thoroughly examined how the practice of PAS plays out in states where it is legal. What they found is not surprising: the implementation of PAS is nothing like Compassion & Choices...

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It’s Either Assisted Suicide for Everyone or for No One

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Last week, Vox.com ran a very interesting piece about physician-assisted suicide titled “Everyone should have the right to assisted suicide — or no one should.”  In it, a philosophy professor from Brown University explores the moral and logical arguments about so-called “death with dignity” laws in the U.S. Although she never takes a position on...

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It’s Not a Slippery Slope When It’s Really Happening

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Something truly shocking happened after California legalized physician-assisted suicide in 2015. It’s a clear example of “slippery slope” arguments coming true. No longer can proponents of PAS argue that scare tactics are being used in an attempt to stop the legalization of physician-assisted suicide.    As first noted by Wesley Smith in the First Things blog, California recently issued...

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“What Latinos Should Know About Assisted Suicide”

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In an op-ed published in the U.S. News & World Report recently, Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie explores how physician-assisted suicide laws put Latinos disproportionally at-risk. As an example, Dr. Christie cites a recent example of a California woman who is denied life-saving treatment and instead is offered assisted suicide by her insurer. Dr. Pozo’s arguments...

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Is Compassion & Choices Actively Misleading Legislators about PAS?

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“It’s almost never about pain” This quote in a recent Washington Post article about the debate over physician-assisted suicide instantly dispels one of the main arguments from proponents about why physician-assisted suicide should be legalized. What’s more, the quote is from a doctor who prescribes lethal prescriptions under California’s PAS law. The data backs up...

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Does Physician-Assisted Suicide Further Discriminate Against African Americans?

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African American residents of Washington D.C. who were interviewed last week by the Washington Post about the D.C. Council’s consideration of a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide are contending that physician-assisted suicide would unfairly treat minority communities in D.C. While that accusation may seem shocking at first, their perspective and reasoning is sound. In...

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Denver Post: Aid-in-dying measure lacks proper safeguards

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This week, the Denver Post published a powerful editorial that asked voters to reject Proposition 106, a ballot question that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Colorado. This is the same editorial board that supported similar legislation in the past but now changed their opinion based on significant concerns about the ballot question’s language. The editorial reiterates...

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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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