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  • Abortion and Euthanasia Bringing about the Demise of Catholic Health Care: Prominent Catholic Obstetrician
    tragically high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity throughout the world through new initiatives of service training research and advocacy Speaking to LifeSiteNews com in Rome last week Dr Walley said that the conscience issue has been acute for 35 years Catholic ob gyns who adhere faithfully to the teaching of the church he said are being pushed out of the field all over the world I left England over precisely what we re seeing now I was told I had to do the abortions or I could quit the specialty or I could leave the country So I left the country And this message is being repeated around the world to Catholics in health care particularly in ob gyn specialties You can do the abortions or leave the profession Founded as a part of a high level conference sponsored by the Vatican on Catholic ethics and HIV AIDS MaterCare International organises pro life obstetricians and gynaecologists around the world The 5th semi annual conference in Rome last week hosted physicians ethicists and politicians from fifteen countries including Poland Australia Ireland Canada the US Britain Kenya and the Czech Republic MaterCare however is facing ongoing funding challenges Currently the organization is run by a staff of three on a fraying shoestring budget a situation that Dr Walley said must be remedied The field of obstetrics said Dr Walley is overwhelmingly committed to the idea that abortion sterilisation and artificial contraception are integral parts of women s health care The problem we re having with MaterCare is that we are challenging the status quo Therefore we have great difficulty getting the support of governments Surprisingly however he also said MaterCare has quite a lot of trouble getting support from Catholic organisations Although MaterCare was founded as a project of the Vatican

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/catholichealthcare.html (2016-02-14)
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  • ‘Right’ to be Dehydrated Key Right to Die Strategy
    costs of keeping dementia patients alive echoing the running eugenic theme of the conference in favour of euthanasia as a cost cutting measure Terman is the author of a book The Best Way to Say Good bye that explains how patients can ensure they will be dehydrated to death if experiencing dementia Terman with a number of other speakers pointed to Wesley J Smith the lawyer and writer on bioethics issues as a force to be reckoned with in the euthanasia debate He stated that if a patient wishes ensure that he will have food and fluids withdrawn then he needs to read his Terman s book If he wishes to prevent the withdrawal or withholding of food and fluids then he needs to read Wesley Smith s books Another major theme of the Right to Die strategy is the issue of autonomy as a criterion for deciding end of life questions Robert Raben a political organizer and advisor explained how the Right to Die movement was attempting to convince politicians that their position was politically positive Raben says he is convinced that their message must be Who Decides meaning that the decision to end or sustain life must be in the hands exclusively of the patient The autonomy issue he said will play well in the US culture of individualism and choice In modern bioethics thinking autonomy is often given as a key indicator in the determination of personhood Many bioethicists argued that because Terri Schiavo s disability had reduced her autonomy that she was in effect already dead Another speaker Steve Hopcraft the political organizer for the recent California campaign to legalize assisted suicide said that the movement must work to ban the word suicide from its lexicon Hopcraft explained the results of the polling data from the

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/dehydrated.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Dutch Study Shows Patients Requesting Euthanasia Likely Depressed
    Leiden the Netherlands wrote that they were uncomfortable with the idea that a request for euthanasia is a symptom of depression and that the patient s request for suicide should be deferred until his depression was treated The authors bias in favour of the Dutch euthanasia doctrine is clear The patient s wish to hasten death cannot be put on par with a well considered and persistent request for euthanasia in an environment where euthanasia is customary Our clinical impression was that such requests were well considered decisions thoroughly discussed with healthcare workers and family We thought the patients requesting euthanasia were more accepting their impending death and we therefore expected them to be less depressed To our surprise we found that a depressed mood was associated with more requests In public debate euthanasia advocates insist that euthanasia and physician assisted suicide PAS are moral equivalents to withdrawal or withholding of life sustaining treatments Unlike PAS or active euthanasia however in withdrawing or withholding medical treatment for a terminal patient the doctor does nothing to hasten or bring about the patient s death Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in which a physician prescribes a lethal does of drugs are intended deliberately to end a patient s life at his request The Dutch euthanasia law is often defended because of its safeguards one of which is establishing that the patient is of sound mind Paradoxically arguments are being more frequently made in favour of extending euthanasia as a relief to those who suffer from depression Recent research has shown that depression and emotional distress are common psychological complications of cancer 15 to 25 of cancer patients are depressed and approximately 80 of requests for euthanasia or PAS come from cancer patients When statistics on depression in cancer patients are combined with

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/depression.html (2016-02-14)
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  • US Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Physician Assisted Suicide Law
    expertise and incongruous with the statutory purposes and design Concerned Women for America CWA the largest public policy women s organization in the US responded The Attorney General did not act without consultation when he issued his ruling that assisting suicide is not a legitimate medical purpose said Jan LaRue CWA s chief counsel LaRue said the ruling is inconsistent Marijuana is a Schedule I drug that may not be prescribed Congress determination is based on the ethical rules of every medical association including the American Medical Association and the Oregon Medical Association which both opposed the Oregon law La Rue said Justice Antonin Scalia in the minority dissenting view wrote If the term legitimate medical purpose has any meaning it surely excludes the prescription of drugs to produce death The recently confirmed Chief Justice John Roberts was also in the dissenting minority in the decision in this his first ethics case The Liberty Counsel a nonprofit litigation education and policy group said the ruling further undermines the legal protection of the sanctity of life Mathew D Staver President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel said When a physician participates in a person s suicide by administering controlled substances the line between healer and executioner is blurred and the sanctity of life is lost America should not become like Sweden where patients wonder whether a physician with a syringe brings life or death Since controlled substances are regulated under federal law permitting such drugs to be used to end life compels all Americans to indirectly become complicit in euthanasia Staver said Proponents of the Oregon law claim that a series of safeguards similar to those in place in the Netherlands protect vulnerable patients The law requires that patients be in the final six months of terminal illness must make two

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/supremecourt2006.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Euthanasia Campaigners Infiltrating Hospice Movement
    Nurses Social Workers Chaplains Home Health Aids and Volunteers and to support Euthanasia Assisted Suicide and Self Deliverance Alex Schadenberg Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition said Any attempt by the Right to Die Movement to ally itself with hospice is an attempt to take over the hospice movement Nancy Valko a hospice nurse warns that Hemlock and other pro euthanasia groups have been trying to change the tried

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/infhospice.html (2016-02-14)
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  • The futile-care revolution
    defenseless people to intentionally caused deaths by dehydration even if they had previously signed an advance medical directive stating that they would want their lives maintained This is all very ironic It wasn t much more than 20 years ago that withdrawing tube supplied food and water from a patient due to cognitive disability was virtually unthinkable in clinical medicine Indeed it would have been a crime in many jurisdictions However by the early 1990s in the wake of the Nancy Cruzan case virtually all states permitted families to decide to withdraw tube supplied nutrition and hydration as a matter of the right to die Today throughout the country conscious and unconscious cognitively disabled people are intentionally dehydrated to death almost as a matter of medical routine when families consent The bioethical principle justifying the ending of profoundly brain damaged people s lives by dehydration until now has been autonomy Patients and their families should be able to make this difficult and intimate decision free from having the values of others imposed upon them But proponents of futile care often the same bioethicists who argued for allowing families to refuse tube feeding are now telling us that doctors should be allowed to refuse tube feeding based on their personal values even if families want the care continued This makes no logical sense unless the goal all along has actually been to make sure that profoundly brain damaged people die Seen in this light the seeming paradox disappears If choice gets the dying done great However if the wrong decision is made futile care theory will be imposed Either way in the culture of death it is heads we win tails you lose While brain damaged patients receive most of the attention in discussions of futile care theory they are not the only ones being refused treatment In the 26 futile care policies reviewed by the Cambridge Quarterly treatment of patients who have a permanent dependence on life support only available in the ICU is denied in eight treatment for end stage illnesses in six and treatment for severe dementia patients in four Some futile care policies don t even identify the maladies for which treatment will be refused but leave it to doctors to decide on a case by case basis But what happens if the patients or families object to the denial of care Many futile care policies establish review procedures under which hospital ethics committees originally established as mediating bodies to help families and physicians negotiate the proper approaches in difficult cases are given adjudicatory authority to determine whether patients receive treatment or have it terminated This is the approach adopted in 1997 by the Alexian Brothers Hospital of San Jose which has since been sold to Columbia HCA those currently in effect in many Houston hospitals as described in the Journal of the American Medical Association and at the Mercy hospitals based in Philadelphia whose futile care policy was reproduced in the July August 2000 edition of

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  • Cancer Specialists' Support for Assisting Suicide, Euthanasia Drops By Half in Four Years
    only some of the care needed by their dying patients Those who reported having sufficient time to talk to dying patients and those who believed they had received adequate training in end of life care were less likely to have performed euthanasia or physician assisted suicide The study authors Dr Ezekial Emanuel and seven others wrote that the date end some support to the concern that inadequate access to palliative care might make euthanasia and physician assisted suicide attractive alternatives The study with 3 299 participants founds 22 5 of oncologists supported physician assisted suicide PAS compared with 45 5 in 1994 The shift was even more dramatic with regard to euthanasia here understood to mean the doctor killing the patient as by lethal injection instead of providing the patient the means to commit suicide as in PAS Only 6 5 supported it compared to 22 7 in 1994 Of doctors who had actually performed PAS 10 8 18 had done so five or more times Additionally 3 7 had performed euthanasia 12 of whom had done so five or more times The significant decline in cancer specialists who support euthanasia demonstrates that the answer to pro euthanasia activism is

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/onco.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Physicans Support Pain Relief Promotion Act
    how challenging the problems Regarding your more overextended statements it seems strange to refer to the effects of a law that protects life as pernicious promote the right to use controlled substances to terminate life because some patients and physicians often have exaggerated fears of addiction and characterize theological considerations as toosimplistic when in a pluralistic society all viewpoints should be considered with respect and our system of jurisprudence is strongly influenced by religious ethical principles As it happens the editorial s most disturbing and truly pernicious message is its endorsement of the notion that entities such as the laboratory of the states or even the Supreme Court are free to legalize practices that are intrinsically unjust Other examples of legalized but clearly unethical practices would have to include anti Semitic laws in Nazi Germany Jim Crow laws in the United States and quasilegal euthanasia in the Netherlands Oswaldo Castro M D Victor R Gordeuk M D Fitzroy Dawkins M D Howard University Washington DC 20059 References 1 Angell M Caring for the dying Congressional mischief N Engl J Med 1999 341 1923 5 To the Editor You make two important mistakes in your editorial You state that the House of Representatives voted to amend the Controlled Substances Act to make it a federal crime punishable by 20 years in prison for doctors to prescribe drugs for terminally ill patients to end their lives The Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999 does not change the penalty for this shameful activity anywhere outside of Oregon Even if this act does not become law it will remain illegal in 49 states for a practitioner to prescribe a controlled substance with lethal intent You go on to state that the passage of the act would have a chilling effect deterring doctors from providing

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