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  • Largest U.S. Organization of Latin Americans Opposes Assisted Suicide
    Luevano state director of California LULAC in a press release Once again the Latino community doesn t want Assisted Suicide The Disability community does not want Assisted Suicide The poor and uninsured do not want Assisted Suicide The California branch of LULAC had requested the vote from the national board in solidarity with Californians efforts against the assisted suicide bill California Assembly Bill 651 under consideration in the state A

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/latinamerican.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Doc Knows Best" -- Will He Choose to Save Your Life?
    rules in place that permit medical staff to withdraw treatment over a family s objection True when there is a dispute families and patients have a right to a hearing in front of a hospital ethics committee But that isn t much solace Such committees could easily become more stacked decks than dispassionate decision makers mostly comprised of well meaning people who either are part of the institutional culture or who have been trained to believe that futile care theory is the right thing to do According to the Courier report if patients lose the right to receive treatment in the ethics committee they have two choices First they can find another hospital But this would be no easy task given that patients refused treatment are likely to be the most expensive to care for With the coming of HMOs and the Medicare Diagnosis Related Group DRG capitated payment system hospitals now generally lose money on patients requiring intensive or extended care Thus getting another hospital to accept a patient that a current hospital doesn t want to treat anymore may be a near impossible task That leaves the courts and filing a lawsuit to force the hospital to sustain the patient s life That could work but it is no sure bet There have been lawsuits filed in various parts of the country over refused treatment but the results have gone both ways Moreover no definitive case has yet been litigated to the appeals court stage Thus there are no legal precedents governing the legality or permissible scope of these quickly spreading futile care policies But even though a lawsuit could be successful in theory it might very well prove utterly impracticable to pursue These are not the kind of cases that lawyers accept on a contingency basis This means that if you try to legally force a hospital to continue treatment you would probably have to pay your lawyer by the hour Lawyers often charge hundreds of dollars an hour meaning that a fully litigated case even without appeals could cost literally tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars On the other hand having very deep pockets the hospital administration would not be concerned in the least about the cost of their lawyers If fully unleashed the hospital s corporate lawyers could file enough motions take enough depositions and pursue every possible appeal to the point that you quite literally could litigate yourself into bankruptcy Beyond the financial impracticalities of suing a hospital one of the primary reasons for crafting futile care protocols has been to improve the chance that the hospital would prevail in court Indeed an article in the Fall 2000 Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics explicitly advised hospital bioethicists to put these protocols in place as a way to prepare for the litigation bioethicists presume would be filed by people furious at having wanted medical treatment refused As the authors of The Cambridge Quarterly article opined Hospitals are likely to find the legal

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/care.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Admiral Nimitz Suicide
    Admiral Nimitz Suicide The Sad Suicide of Admiral Nimitz Media Coverage of the Nimitz Suicide Elderly Murder Suicides Indicate Desperation Not Compassion Study Shows Return to the Euthanasia Home Page

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  • The Culture of Death Angels
    Center in Northampton Gilbert is accused of injecting her patients with adrenalin to make their hearts race fatally out of control As these words are written the jury is deliberating Gilbert s fate The seeming increase in the number of medical professionals accused of killing their patients in recent years may be a mere coincidence Then again it may be the beginning of a trend We have actually gotten to the point where the predominate opinion in bioethics holds that people with a lower quality of life have less moral value than normal adults This isn t idle speculation The sanctity of human life is under as intense attack in this country as we have seen since those bad old days when the likes of Sen John C Calhoun promoted slavery as a positive good Indeed our country is currently steeped in a culture of death in which dying and even killing are promoted by bioethicists and assisted suicide advocates as acceptable answers to the individual difficulties associated with serious illness and disability the emotional and financial hardships sometimes generated by family care giving responsibilities and the crisis in health care resources We have actually gotten to the point where the predominate opinion in bioethics holds that people with a lower quality of life have less moral value than normal adults These death culture attitudes lead to actual medical policies that hurt real people Most famously Oregon has legalized assisted suicide where studies show that most who swallow prescribed poison do so in order not to burden their families Meanwhile beneath the media s radar futile care protocols are being quietly implemented in hospitals across the country that arrogantly give doctors and ethics committees the right to refuse wanted life extending treatment unilaterally if the doctor believes the patient s quality of life is insufficient to justify the cost of care At the same time cognitively disabled patients both conscious and unconscious are made to die slow deaths by dehydration in all 50 states by having their tube supplied food and water withheld or withdrawn on the basis that their lives are no longer worth living In such a cultural milieu is it really surprising that some medical professionals would take the extra step of mercy killing dying elderly and disabled patients or that a few evil psychopaths would use compassion as a front for the fulfillment of their homicidal obsessions We need only look to the Netherlands for proof that widespread acceptance of the culture of death leads inexorably to non voluntary euthanasia The Netherlands has permitted doctors to kill patients who volunteer to die since a court decision essentially decriminalized the practice in 1973 Since then Dutch doctors have skied down the steepest of slippery slopes normalizing medicalized killing in the process Today Dutch doctors lethally inject dying people who ask for it chronically ill people who ask for it disabled people who ask for it depressed people who ask for it and disabled babies whose parents ask

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/deatha.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Status of the Assisted Suicide Movement
    for the Yes on Question 1 campaign came from outside Maine Many of the nation s best known assisted suicide proponents including Oregon governor John Kitzhaber strove to persuade Maine voters to make it legal for doctors to write lethal prescriptions Initially public support for the measure was high 70 percent according to the Bangor Daily News of February 17 2000 But as the campaign progressed and voters considered assisted suicide in the context of HMO cost cutting the potential for abuse and coercion and the problems reported in Oregon despite the secrecy surrounding the practice there public support steadily waned When the final tally was made the initiative lost by almost 20 000 votes The same pattern of early support for assisted suicide initiatives dwindling to eventual defeat at the polls occurred in Washington state 1991 California 1992 and Michigan 1998 Even in Oregon where the initiative passed support shrank from nearly 70 percent at the beginning of the campaign to just 51 percent in the final tally The euthanasia movement moreover has also been stymied in the courts and legislatures In 1997 its advocates failed to persuade the U S Supreme Court to issue an assisted suicide Roe v Wade The vote in Washington v Glucksberg was unanimous a rare achievement for our often divided high court Only a few months later the Florida Supreme Court refused to rule that assisted suicide was a right under the privacy guarantee in the Florida Constitution And in 1999 a court in Michigan sentenced euthanasia s most notorious practitioner Jack Dr Death Kevorkian to 10 to 25 years in prison for the murder of Thomas Youk Thus ended a macabre career that had helped eliminate some 130 people and made kidneys removed from one disabled victim available to the public on a first come first served basis Kevorkian had outworn the patience of law enforcement by arrogantly providing a videotape of his crime for airing on the program 60 Minutes As for the legislative arena not one of the many euthanasia bills introduced at the state level has had a realistic chance of passage A robust coalition came together to fight these bills In addition to the constituencies mentioned by Rita Marker this alliance includes hospice professionals religious organizations pro lifers and medical associations all of them willing to set aside their differences on other controversial issues in order to unite against the proposition that doctors should have license to kill their patients The only prospect euthanasia advocates have for gains in the immediate future is in Alaska where a lawyer for the misnamed Compassion in Dying Federation has sued under the privacy guarantee of the state constitution to overturn the state ban on assisted suicide The suit failed in the trial court and was recently argued before the Alaska Supreme Court where the justices noted the Florida high court s refusal to legislate from the bench The Alaska decision is expected next year Whatever happens in Alaska assisted suicide won

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/smith2000.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Foundations Keep the Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide Movement Afloat
    Reilly editor of Foundation Watch a CRC publication that documents the activities of non profit grant making institutions Such donations exponentially extend the reach and mainstream credibility of organizations like the pro suicide Hemlock Society a group that was once considered by most Americans to be on the creepy fringe For example it was in part a Gerbode Foundation grant that enabled the Hemlock Society to avert a 1997 voter challenge to Oregon s pro assisted suicide Death With Dignity Act That law which permits physicians to assist the death of competent adults with less than six months to live is now the legislative battering ram pro suicide activists are using in their state by state assault on all laws preventing self termination In 1998 foundation grants funded the release by Oregon Death With Dignity and the Death With Dignity National Center San Mateo Calif of a national poll designed to hamstring a congressional vote on the 1998 Lethal Drug Abuse Prevention Act The bill sponsored by pro life Senator Don Nickles R OK and pro life Rep Henry Hyde R IL and approved by both the House and Senate judiciary committees would have required the Drug Enforcement Administration to revoke the drug prescribing privileges of doctors who assist in suicides According to Mr Reilly the poll which erroneously claimed that 80 percent of Americans agreed that Congress should respect the wishes of pro suicide Oregonian voters helped kill a congressional floor vote on the Nickles Hyde bill And far from simply fueling high blown legislative debates foundation funding is helping pro death groups cart their assisted suicide message to those who they hope will do the assisting doctors Several foundations fund education programs designed to train medical personnel in pro euthanasia newspeak And the Gerbode Foundation has footed the

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  • Results of Governor's Races - November 1998
    pro life x George Ryan GOP 1 681 319 51 percent pro life IOWA x Tom Vilsack Dem 497 729 52 percent pro abortion Jim Ross Lightfoot GOP 442 473 47 percent pro life KANSAS Tom Sawyer Dem 163 502 23 percent pro abortion x Bill Graves GOP i 529 208 73 percent pro abortion MAINE Thomas Connolly Dem 46 541 12 percent pro abortion James Longley GOP 73 291 19 percent pro abortion x Angus King Ind i 226 067 59 percent pro abortion William Clarke UST 13 171 3 percent pro life MARYLAND x Parris Glendening Dem i 826 609 56 percent pro abortion Ellen Sauerbrey GOP 662 554 44 percent pro life MASSACHUSETTS Scott Harshbarger Dem 862 193 48 percent pro abortion x Paul Cellucci GOP i 918 861 51 percent pro abortion MICHIGAN Geoffrey Fieger Dem 1 122 275 38 percent pro abortion x John Engler GOP i 1 868 191 62 percent pro life MINNESOTA Hubert Humphrey III Dem 565 461 28 percent pro abortion Norm Coleman GOP 693 448 34 percent pro life x Jesse Ventura RP 745 307 37 percent pro abortion NEBRASKA Bill Hoppner Dem 236 670 46 percent pro abortion x Mike Johanns GOP 277 312 54 percent pro life NEVADA Jan Laverty Jones Dem 181 344 42 percent pro abortion x Kenny Guinn GOP 222 698 52 percent mixed NEW HAMPSHIRE x Jeanne Shaheen Dem i 209 626 66 percent pro abortion Jay Lucas GOP 97 802 31 percent pro life NEW MEXICO Martin Chavez Dem 205 888 46 percent pro abortion x Gary Johnson GOP i 240 180 54 percent pro life NEW YORK Peter Vallone Dem 1 458 563 33 percent pro abortion x George Pataki GOP i 2 395 176 54 percent pro abortion OHIO Lee Fisher

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  • Don't Allow Federally Controlled Drugs For Assisted-Suicide
    the eve of a scheduled House vote on a bill that would allow the Drug Enforcement Administration to lift a doctor s license to prescribe drugs if the doctor prescribes fatal doses for the purpose of suicide was conducted for the committee by the Wirthlin Worldwide polling group Among respondents 64 percent said federal law should not allow the use of federally controlled drugs for assisted suicide or euthanasia 35

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/survey.html (2016-02-14)
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