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  • Kentucky Supreme Court Unleashes Power of the State to Kill its Own Citizens
    wanted life supporting measures removed Richard Thompson Chief Counsel for the Thomas More Law Center commented This decision is another step down the slippery slope toward a culture of death where the government decides which lives are worthy to be lived Kentucky should protect the welfare and rights of all of its citizens especially those who are most vulnerable The state Supreme Court has now declared that the lives of some of its citizens are not worthy of protection The Thomas More Law Center a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor Michigan cooperating attorney Robert Cetrulo submitted an amicus brief to the Kentucky Supreme Court urging the Court to apply Kentucky s guardianship for disabled persons statute which would prohibit the state from authorizing the removal of a ward s life support without his consent A majority of the Kentucky Supreme Court disagreed with the Law Center s position and determined that the Kentucky Living Will Directive Act constitutionally permits the Commonwealth to authorize the withdrawal of life sustaining medical treatment from an incompetent ward of the state without any evidence of the ward s desires regarding such treatment Two justices of the Court however agreed with

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  • Voters Reject Assisted Suicide in Maine
    Life in conjunction with the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled mailed detailed information about the flaws and faults of the assisted suicide proposal to every household in Maine Many election experts are crediting that effort as one of the big reasons why voters rejected the initiative Michael Bowman vice president of government affairs for the Family Research Council which opposed the suicide measure lauded the outcome in what he called Maine s very hard fought campaign With the vote in Maine Oregon will remain the only state in the nation that allows assisted suicide Oregon approved the law in 1994 but because of legal challenges the Death With Dignity Act in Oregon did not become law until 1997 To date 43 persons have been killed in Oregon Michigan voters defeated a similar measure in 1998 They apparently were fed up with the exploits of Dr Jack Kevorkian who is in jail for assisting in the suicide of a man with Lou Gehrig s disease on Sept 17 1998 Randolph D Smoak Jr MD president of the American Medical Association made the following comments The American Medical Association AMA is pleased that Maine voters have endorsed physicians

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/mainevote.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Maine Assisted Suicide Proposal More Cunning than Caring
    worries include Does the patient get a prognosis or a sentence Does the patient know that terminal is an elastic term depending on conditions and circumstances A patient may have terminal end stage kidney disease and live 30 years on dialysis Does the patient know that incurable is not untreatable or in the case of the heart lungs liver pancreas kidney and bone marrow replaceable Is the doctor who writes the prescription the same one who directed the medical work up Will there be any death reviews autopsies quality assurances and how will compliance be monitored and funded The sponsors of this act can claim that these are medical details not the implementation responsibilities of a civil rights matter That may be but patients must be reminded that high standards of medical practice are in their best interest and a part of the trust physicians have earned Physicians for centuries have honored an oath that includes not betraying confidences seducing the vulnerable or poisoning the patient These prohibitions and the goal of human wholeness are what the doctor patient relationship is about not death options The doctor patient relationship is already threatened by cost restraints verging on rationing efficiency quotas fractionalized authority and liability threats without urging execution as a therapeutic privilege This act should be rejected yet again It has been rejected unanimously by the Judiciary Committee in the 119th session and 12 to 1 in the 118th session of the Legislature This citizens initiative is a last resort tactic with the sponsors hoping it will be treated with the impulsivity and spontaneity of a polling phenomenon In addition some might enjoy the vicarious thrill of trumping our elected legislators who studied it Rejection is not however restricted to the legislatures of Oregon and Maine The select committee of the House of Lords in England heard oral and written or written submissions from 61 different groups and did a project site visit to the Netherlands in their study of life prolonging brain dead life shortening death as a process rather than event issues The New York State Task Force on Life and the Law reviewed the epidemiology of suicide in the general population suicide in patients with cancer AIDS and the elderly clinical responses to pain and suffering extant law and ethical debate Both concluded that existing law not be changed to allow physician assisted suicide President Clinton signed HR 1003 the restriction act that prohibits the use of federal funds in connection with physician assisted suicide in virtually every program from Medicare to medical care in federal prisons One would think since the question has been rejected by every formal group that has seriously studied it the matter is settled permanently Not so for the proponents demanding a right to die and eliminating this remaining taboo in an enlightened society Relying on the fear of death the suspicion with which it is fashionable to regard health care providers and the instinctive sense of sympathy in voters they hope

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/maineas.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Assisted Suicide Vote Will Be On Maine Ballot
    has come from out of state donors The three PACs opposing the question have raised a total of 142 000 through the last reporting period In an interview with the Associated Press Tom LaPointe a spokesman for the assisted suicide effort said We re pleased with our position on the ballot Let the discussion about death with dignity begin Kate Roberts the spokesman for Maine s for Death With Dignity could not be reached for comment We re the underdogs in this said Edith Smith of the Maine Citizens Against the Dangers of Physician Assisted Suicide The State of Maine should not ever have physician assisted suicide It s not necessary and it s definitely dangerous Asked to describe why the measure is dangerous Smith pointed to an 11 page document issued in support of the question and required under the state s ballot initiative law There s a lot of fine print to this which is not included in the brief question It is fatally flawed Among other things it does not encourage family involvement The definition of who is a next of kin does not require that person to be a blood relative Smith said groups representing the disabled have also expressed concern They feel they will be next Passage of this measure will start a slippery slope The definition of who is terminally ill is very loose It doesn t have to be someone in the last six months of life According to Smith the Maine Legislature has defeated assisted suicide questions three times in the last several years Terminally ill patients need to work with their families doctors other care givers and clergy to be sure their final days are comfortable and to be told their lives are valuable With all the medicines available to regulate

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/maine2000.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Maine: Battle Against Assisted Suicide Heightens
    on the statute approved by Oregon voters would allow terminally ill patients to request a prescription for medication to commit suicide A 15 day waiting period is required between a patient s first request for the drugs and the time the pills can be obtained from a pharmacist Before a prescription can be written two doctors have to determine the patient has less than six months to live The patient also must be mentally competent and not depressed To force a referendum on the proposal PRO 916 must collect voter signatures amounting to 10 percent of the total vote cast in the November race for governor The legislature has the option of enacting initiated bills but traditionally chooses to leave the decision to voters Assisted suicide was rejected by voters in Washington and California Voters in Oregon supported it twice once by a narrow margin and the second time by a margin of roughly 3 2 Shell said her group anticipates that the campaign in Maine will generate plenty of interest Marc Mutty spokesman for the Diocese of Portland said the church will oppose the measure through its participation in the Coalition for Compassionate Care of the Dying made up

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  • Euthanasia suicide mercy-killing right-to-die physician assisted suicide living wills research
    Articles Netherlands Articles Belgium Articles Organizations Against Euthanasia Religious Statements Articles Statements by Individuals Groups Other Organizations Helping People Living Wills Other Contacts MICHIGAN ARTICLES Michigan Proposal B Defeated Assisted Suicide Alternatives in Michigan Michigan Assisted Suicide Supporters Launch Ads Michigan Campaign Against Assisted Suicide Michigan Governor Signs Bill Making Assisted Suicide a Felony Michigan Hospice Statement Michigan Anti Assisted Suicide Campaign Begins a monster of so frightful mien As

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  • Euthanasia suicide mercy-killing right-to-die physician assisted suicide living wills research Vermont
    2010 Governor Shumlin Working to Legalize Assisted Suicide 2010 Vermont Gov Candidate Vows to Legalize Assisted Suicide if Elected 2010 Vermont House Rejects Assisted Suicide 2007 Suicide Bill Goes Down in House 2007 Vermont Panel OK s Bill on Aided Suicide 2007 Vermont Heathcare Professionals Speak PDF file Vermont Assisted Suicide Bill Likely Won t Go Far This Year 2006 Vermont Takes Up Assisted Suicide Bill Again 2005 Vermont Legislative

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/page19.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Euthanasia suicide mercy-killing right-to-die physician assisted suicide living wills research Washington State
    Patients 2013 Assisted Suicide in Washington Oregon Leads to Elder Abuse 2013 Case Against Assisted Suicide Oregon Washington Massachusetts 2012 Assisted Suicide Deaths Increase By 40 in One Year in Washington State 2012 Washington State Assisted Suicide Report Lacks Consent Information 2011 State Wants To Cut Medicaid Funding For Hospice Care 2011 Washington To Cut Hospice Funding 2010 ObamaCare High School Reading Writing and Suicide Assistance 2010 Washington s Assisted Suicide Statistics Revealed 2010 Washington State Citizens to Protest Assisted Suicide Law Friday 2010 Washington Support Group Speaker Promotes Assisted Suicide 2010 Washington Says 28 People Have Requested Assisted Suicide Drugs Since March 2009 Death with Dignity What Do We Tell Our Clients 2009 Washington When the Right to Die Becomes a Duty 2009 Opponent of Assisted Suicide Saddened by Sequim Woman s Death 2009 Edmonds Man Waiting to Use Death with Dignity Law 2009 Woman First to Die Under New Suicide Law 2009 Washington Assisted Suicide What Do We Advise Our Clients 2009 In Washington State The Doctors of Death Await 2008 Funding Behind Successful Pro Assisted Suicide Effort 2008 Audio Interview on Washington Suicide Bill 2008 Health Care Providers in Washington State Refuse to Perform Assisted Suicide 2008 Washington Becomes Second State to Legalize Assisted Suicide in Election Vote 2008 New Washington No on I 1000 Ad Features Woman Who Was Offered Assisted Suicide by Insurance Company 2008 Former Washington Governor John Spellman I 1000 Could Remove Personal Choice 2008 Message to Washington Oregon Assisted Suicide is NOT Abuse Free 2008 Oregon Euthanasia Activists Empty Coffers to Pass Washington State Assisted Suicide Bill 2008 Analysis Of Washington Assisted Suicide Initiative 2008 Backers of Assisted Suicide Play with Words 2008 Suicide as a Medical Treatment Planned for Washington State 2008 Groups Voice Opposition Against Assisted Suicide Initiative 2008 Physician

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