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  • Opposition to Assisted-Suicide by Joe Lieberman
    not to administer drugs to end life Lieberman said I think we go over a line then Lieberman said doctors need to learn more about pain control and should be protected from prosecution if they prescribe pain killers that may increase the possibility of death so long as their specific intention was not to end life Source From a March 19 2001 article by Judy Holland Post Intelligencer Washington Bureau

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  • Senator Joseph Biden (D-NJ) on Assisted Suicide and the Pain Relief Promotion Act
    rule out the use of controlled substances to kill a patient Just as important it also urges doctors to educate themselves about pain management and palliative care and it makes clear that prescribing adequate pain medication is a legitimate use of controlled substances Currently too many doctors are afraid to give a patient a high dose of pain killers for fear that their actions will appear suspicious or for fear that the remedy may have the double effect of hastening death It is critical that doctors feel free to adequately manage pain so that patients do not suffer needlessly Now let me dispel a couple of myths and tell you what this bill will not do It will not have a chilling effect on pain management Critics have alleged that if this legislation passes the Drug Enforcement Administration will begin to investigate doctors more vigorously That is certainly not the intent of this bill And furthermore the DEA has stated that they have no intention of investigating doctors unless the doctor has admitted to using controlled substances to kill a patient or if state authorities have concluded that was the case The DEA has written Even if H R 2260 were enacted it is not feasible that DEA would devote its limited resources to investigate an allegation that a practitioner assisted a suicide unless either i the practitioner made a clear admission that s he dispensed controlled substances with the specific intent to assist suicide or ii competent state and local authorities concluded based on sufficient evidence provided to DEA that the practitioner dispensed controlled substances with the specific intent to assist suicide If you need proof just look at states which have passed measures similar to the one we are debating today There has been no chilling effect Iowa

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/biden.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Nat Hentoff on Euthanasia
    is John Hardwig s Is There a Duty to Die The author teaches medical ethics and social political philosophy at East Tennessee State University At the start Hardwig declares that modern medicine and an individualistic culture have seduced many into believing that they have a right to health care and a right to live despite the burdens and costs to our families and society Hardwig recognizes that there already is a legal right to refuse life prolonging medical treatment But he claims a duty to die can go well beyond that There may be a fairly common responsibility to end one s life in the absence of any terminal illness Indeed there can be a duty to die even when one would prefer to live After all the lives of our loved ones can be seriously compromised by caring for us There is a sense in which we fail to respect ourselves if in the face of illness or death we stoop to choosing just what is best for ourselves Years ago Michigan University law professor Yale Kamisar predicted that with the coming of assisted suicide precisely this kind of argument could well persuade vulnerable patients to let themselves slip into eternity rather than remain a burden Hardwig also makes the stern point that as we grow older the duty to die becomes more compelling because we will be giving up less we will sacrifice fewer remaining years of life Perhaps copies of Walter Huston singing September Song may ease the way Hardwig presses on To have reached the age of say 75 or 80 years without being ready to die is itself a moral failing the sign of a life out of touch with life s basic realities Will octogenarians who are not ready to die be publicly shamed

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/hentoff.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Free Ticket to Eternity By Nat Hentoff
    praised Oregon s Democratic Gov John Kitzhaber for rationing health care in the face of limited resources and observed that Oregon no longer pays for such treatments as efforts to fight the final stages of AIDS But now AIDS patients can be lawfully assisted to kill themselves thereby saving the state even more money Despite the recent defeat in Michigan of an assisted suicide proposal other states are likely eventually to allow doctors to provide patients the means to dispose of themselves Polls indicate much popular support for state aided death with dignity Many doctors agree Some are neutral like the Oregon Medical Association Yet in 1994 the New York State Task Force on Life and Law issued a report When Death is Sought Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Medical Context that warned doctors and patients of the dangers in the state s hastening of death This group created by then Gov Mario Cuomo consists of lawyers physicians and an ecumenical roster of religious leaders The task force pointed out that in light of the pervasive failure of our health care system to treat pain and diagnose and treat depression legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia would be profoundly dangerous for many individuals who are ill and vulnerable The risks would be most severe for those who are elderly poor socially disadvantaged or without access to good medical care The task force also noted that racism ageism bigotry against disabled people and issues of class and economic status would materially affect killing decisions The Supreme Court refused on June 6 1997 to declare physician assisted suicide a constitutional right but in the decision for a unanimous court Chief Justice William Rehnquist encouraged the states to explore ways of dealing with this rising issue Rehnquist emphasized that the lives of the

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/hent99.html (2016-02-14)
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  • IF MERCY KILLING BECOMES LEGAL
    for a person to take their own life The person who dies is then able to enable their demise by the push of a button or turn of a valve The fourth type is called Involuntary Euthanasia A person is killed in opposition to their wishes Blatantly is called murder The issue of euthanasia is not the type that may be used but the justification of the act on the basis of autonomy Autonomy is derived from the Greek meaning self law Autonomy is being used as an appeal to society in order to promote the right to control ones body and life The freedom to exercise this right brings about another issue the right to die From this we are entitled to the right to choose This allows humans to die with dignity Humans can proclaim it is my body it is my freedom it is my life and I have control It is possible with this self centered mindset if one becomes institutionalized depending on machines to sustain our existence euthanasia is a choice available when the feeling of control has been lost In today s society we accept and let people do their own thing Euthanasia becomes a greater social issue especially now as it is being reviewed and legalized in some States and countries When legalized euthanasia then becomes a civil liberty justified for the common good Just like the right to bare arms we now have the freedom and right to kill and the freedom and right to kill ourselves These provide a good death Suicide is already a legal act With legalized euthanasia the option for the terminally ill person mentally ill or physically limited person can exercise their right to suicide I find justice in all this for the selfish human being But lets look at how we obtained this life in the first place Doesn t that entity deserve justice also For me I see that God and His gift to us is being treated unfairly and the whole euthanasia issue is unjustified in God s plan Most religions believe that the life we are given is a gift from God so in turn this life can only be taken away by God Not only human life but all life in the universe The human life we are given then becomes our responsibility to care for it and cherish it Human suffering is a part of this life In our world today we have the medical means to relieve the pain and treat the depression that we may encounter during life We as humans are able to come together is crisis to support and sustain each other This is what I call the quality of life Our responsibility for life is found in stewardship not ownership We are able to grow and support each other for we have a responsibility not only to ourselves but also to each other In ones suffering relief may come in the form of another s care

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/lisa.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Physician-Assisted Suicide: For Pain Elimination or A Right?
    Clinics 2 The right to physician assisted suicide is really the right to kill another person because that other person agrees to be killed There will always be plenty of psychotics around who enjoy killing weak helpless confused senile people who agree to be killed In the United States state courts have ruled that if competent people have a right the Equal Protection Clause of the U S Constitution s

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/williams4.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Forbes Comments on Kevorkian Conviction
    from better more progressive treatment toalleviate pain as well as the opportunity to choose where to spend their final days Most would like to be among loved ones where possible every American should have that choice We have the technology to do more to ease suffering We must now develop the empathy and understanding throughout the medical community to do this Advances made to ease the suffering of the terminally

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/forbeskev.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Putting Pressure On Nursing Home Residents
    completely dependant on the caregivers the doctors the nurses and the support staff of these institutions It takes no effort for me to imagine a situation where these people are placed in a society where they are expected to die if they reach a state where they cannot care for themselves or where they are eating up their life savings to the point where their relatives will not receive an inheritance Try one possible senerio an elderly woman who was brought up to believe that she would be damned for all eternity if she commits suicide which belief is probably shared by the great majority of our population I can imagine the staff treating her with disdain or worse because she will not do what other people in similar circumstances are doing namely allowing doctors to kill her In a society where this right becomes the norm this type of thing will happen over and over again in the privacy of our thousands of nursing homes It brings great sadness to me to imagine these people spending their last days in a society where they are expected to approve their own deaths I am talking about someone s right to kill an elderly person when the latter is pressured to say yes or the latter is not fully capable mentally and their family who will inherit money will make the decision I can think of so many more such scenarios I have seen and spoken with hundreds of these people they are weak they are confused they easily misunderstand what people ask them they easily agree with things they only partially understand They have operations and are temporarily out of it and a few weeks later are back to their old selves They are depressed and feel they are a

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