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  • Pain Relief Promotion Act
    American Medical Association which supports the bill The changes say states not the federal government will continue to regulate medical practices and that there must be clear and convincing evidence doctors were trying to aid in a patient s death before losing their licenses Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Director Susan Armacost said This important legislation would prevent the prescription of federally controlled drugs for assisted suicide or euthanasia while

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/senbill.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Medical Textbooks Lack Info on End of Life Care
    Pain goes untreated primarily because the focus is on extending life Lack of adequate pain control and palliative care training on the part of doctors nurses and other medical personnel has been cited as one reason some use to justify assisted suicide Textbooks covering surgery AIDS and oncology were the worst offenders researchers said Textbooks with the highest percentage of helpful end of life care content such as social and spiritual issues and ethics were in family medicine geriatrics and psychiatry Textbooks are especially important because they help establish the standard practice for health care Rabow said In addition for being used to train medical students and residents textbooks also are a reference for more experienced doctors Rabow and his colleagues reviewed 50 best selling medical textbooks from a variety of specialties including several diseases that often lead to death They assessed the information available in the textbooks in 13 areas including pain management psychological issues ethics and physician roles They rated the material in each textbook as helpful minimal or absent Overall the researchers found helpful information in about one fourth of those 13 categories No information was found in half of the categories Textbooks with the least end of life content included those on infectious diseases and AIDS 70 percent of the expected content was absent and oncology and hematology 62 percent of the content was missing Primary care medicine and psychiatry had the highest percentage of helpful content 34 percent Dr Nicholas Christakis who was not involved with the study and specializes in hospice and palliative care at the University of Chicago said the study confirmed that Americans die needlessly bad deaths Textbooks are not the only problem or the magic bullet that will solve it but it s an important step he said The authors did

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/textbook.html (2016-02-14)
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  • 79% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE DOCTORS SHOULD NOT VETO A FAMILY CHOICE FOR LIFE SUPPORT
    patients themselves request it even if the doctor thinks the patient s quality of life is too low to merit life support Only 14 say the doctor should be able to withhold life support in such cases while 2 don t know These results reflect a random sampling of 1 007 telephone interviews with adults 18 years of age or older living in the continental United States The survey was conducted February 5 8 1999 and is projectable to the entire population within 3 08 percentage points in 95 out of 100 cases The question wording as it was asked to respondents is detailed below A seriously ill patient is unconscious and has never expressed a desire for or against life support should they require it but their family wants life support for the patient The doctor thinks that the patient s quality of life is too low to merit life support Which of the following best describes your opinion 79 The family member of the patient should be able to get life support for their family 19 The doctor should be allowed to withhold life support from the patient 2 Don t know refused A seriously ill patient has

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/lifepoll.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Oregon: State to Pay for Assisted Suicide
    the state s assisted suicide law including the Oregon Catholic Conference and the national organization Not Dead Yet Ric Burger with American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today said the fact that the state of Oregon will not properly fund our personal attendant services yet will pay for us to die amounts to nothing less than cultural genocide Officials say the state health plan would pay less than 45 for the

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/oregpay.html (2016-02-14)
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  • British Doctors Reject Euthanasia Proposal
    to oppose the proposal after a lengthy debate Only about 20 doctors wanted a change in the law Others rightly see us saving life not embracing death We should not do anything to betray that trust in our essential vital function BMA chairman Sandy Macara said I ve been faced by patients requesting assistance in ending their lives and I ve received their thanks in not having done so another

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  • Study: Doctors Ignore Guidelines on Euthanasia
    who asked to end the patients lives a finding the study called most worrisome Rita Marker executive director of the International Anti Euthanasia Task Force called it obscene The study also found several doctors who did not actually administer a lethal dose of medication but left instructions for their nurses to do so One of the researchers Brian Clarridge said it was difficult to pin down the actual prevalence of euthanasia and assisted suicide Oncologists in the survey were questioned only about their most recent case not about how many cases they had seen But it is an important number and the issues surrounding it are important said Clarridge of the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Clarridge said the results show that doctors and patients need to communicate better about the end of life before crucial decisions need to be made People don t just go to bed one night and die in their sleep usually he said More often than not we re dealing with the medical establishment in one way or another and we could be doing a better job Further Clarridge and others not involved in the study said oncologists need to learn to treat pain better and to recognize when patients need psychiatric help Oncologists often look at someone in severe pain and say There s nothing more I can do when in fact if that doctor cannot do anything he or she should find one who can Marker said Karen Kaplan executive director of Choice in Dying said the study showed how few people are really interested in euthanasia or suicide even when facing terminal illness That number would shrink even more she said if society paid better attention to caring for people near the end of life When we start

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/doctors.html (2016-02-14)
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  • HUNGARIAN PHYSICANS' ATTITUDES TOWARDS ADVANCE DIRECTIVES
    majority also agreed with the use of advance directives but when they are actually used the idea is rejected because the patient doesn t know what is good for him what is for his benefit and it is the physican s duty to make decisions Informed consent is not considered necessary by physcians Almost 79 would reject the written wishes of the patient on the grounds that it contradicts professional

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/hungr.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Do No Harm - Euthanasia Article
    is ethical for physicians to withhold all means of life prolonging treatment from people in irreversible comas even if death is not imminent The AMA included food and water as medical treatment thereby supporting physicians who would starve comatose people to death Another frightening problem with this ruling is that no one can predict with absolute certainty the outcome of a particular medical condition Numerous patients such as Sgt David Mack of Minneapolis have awakened from what physicians diagnosed as irreversible comas 2 Pro euthanasia organizations like Concern for Dying and the Society for the Right to Die formerly the Euthanasia Society of America are increasing support for the pro death mentality In addition to other educational efforts Concern for Dying holds seminars for medical theological and law students to expose them to the goals of the euthanasia movement The Society for the Right to Die focuses on influencing politicians to vote for pro euthanasia legislation It also files briefs in court cases dealing with the issue A more radical pro euthanasia group is the Hemlock Society whose co founder Derek Humphrey assisted his cancer stricken wife to commit suicide The Hemlock Society distributes a how to suicide manual and has proposed legislation in California Arizona Florida and Washington that would allow physicians to kill terminally ill patients by lethal injection 3 State legislators and judges have focused on three legal mechanisms which further erode the presumption to treat a Living will legislation has already been passed in a large majority of states and the District of Columbia Although the laws vary basically a living will is a directive in which a person authorizes a physician to withhold or withdraw medical treatment or care should he or she become incompetent Like the AMA ruling many of these laws define even food and water as medical treatment Because living will legislation is vague and the directive is often signed in advance of the diagnosis of a particular disease or medical condition the door is left open for serious abuse b Durable power of attorney statutes have passed in some states These laws allow a person to appoint someone else to make medical decisions should he or she become comatose or incompetent Since the only limitation on the appointee s power to refuse treatment is that it be done in the patient s best interest durable power of attorney statutes can be very dangerous This is especially so in view of the belief of many that the seriously ill and the elderly are better off dead c Some courts have invoked the so called doctrine of substituted judgment in order to withdraw beneficial medical treatment from incompetent patients in states where there are no durable power of attorney statutes In these cases someone authorized by the court determines what the patient would request if he or she were to become competent for a moment Again the appointee has nearly unlimited power to remove all care including food and water from the patient

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