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  • Fewer Doctors Support Assisted Suicide Poll Says
    report ASCO surveyed 3 200 oncologists for the report But while doctors are less willing to help end the life of terminally ill patients the majority of oncologists 64 percent said they have received requests for euthanasia or physician assisted suicide About 13 percent of oncologists surveyed said they had performed assisted suicide or euthanasia during their careers four percent in the past year The survey s results are more pronounced than a similar survey published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine last month The Journal s survey of doctors in all fields found that 18 percent of doctors received a request for assisted suicide and 3 percent of the total had acceded to the request About 11 percent had received a request for euthanasia and 4 7 percent acceded ASCO s survey also revealed that 56 percent of doctors have trouble obtaining nurses and care givers for the terminally ill Doctors said lack of insurance coverage for unskilled home care was the biggest obstacle in obtaining palliative care The less access physicians have to such services the more likely they are to grant requests for physician assisted suicide and euthanasia ASCO s President Dr Robert Mayer said

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  • 13,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Society
    schools media outlets and churches CMDS Executive Director Dr David Stevens who will be speaking throughout the state September 23 25 1998 asserts We now have advanced pain control technology which provides excellent alternatives to suicide We need to be teaching doctors how to provide quality end of life care not abandoning terminally ill patients in their most critical time of need Muskegon physician and CMDS member Dr John Mulder says it is curious and more than a bit frightening that dignity has been equated with suicide Mulder continues Hospice care offers dying with dignity fulfilling the true meaning of compassion coming alongside the sufferer The loving care of friends and family can bring immeasurable value to the lives of terminally ill patients Former Surgeon General and CMDS member Dr C Everett Koop notes At greatest risk are the poor elderly disabled disadvantaged and others without access to good medical care for whom the choice to die could become the duty to die Koop further adds Society must not allow doctors to be killers as well as healers CMDS will provide news media with a panel of local medical experts as well as a video news release featuring doctors and

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  • American Medical Association Delegates Vote on Assisted Suicide
    Eugene Ore I strongly oppose federal intervention but I m so opposed to physician assisted suicide that I support this action The House passed the Pain Relief Promotion Act in October in part because it had the backing of the AMA which represents 300 000 doctors Opponents of the bill had hoped the AMA would reverse its influential support before a Senate vote Among other things the bill requires the Drug Enforcement Administration to revoke the license to prescribe controlled substances such as barbiturates or morphine and to pursue criminal charges against doctors who assist the suicide of a terminally ill patient regardless of state law A majority of the nearly 500 AMA delegates voted to support the bill while also working to somehow address concerns about excessive regulation But the delegates also agreed to still support the bill as it is written The bill s supporters in the AMA say the concerns about government interference have been overblown by activists for assisted suicide They ve been borrowed by the euthanasia movement said AMA delegate Dr Rex Greene a cancer specialist from Los Angeles This is a substantial protection for physicians Greene said after today s voice vote and show of hands This is a good law The bill is not retroactive so doctors who have assisted suicides in Oregon would not be prosecuted the AMA says Last year 15 assisted suicides were reported to the Oregon health department Thomas R Reardon MD AMA President said The American Medical Association voted today to continue to support the Pain Relief Promotion Act which would prevent the use of controlled substances in physician assisted suicide while allowing physicians to aggressively treat pain The AMA also voted to work with state and national specialty societies to improve parts of the bill H R

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  • Brownback Introduces Bill to Fight Assisted Suicide
    practiced Several experts testified that in countries like the Netherlands and Belgium where assisted suicide is legal doctors have started experimenting with euthanasia and infanticide A September 2005 article in the U K medical journal The Lancet reported that half of the newborn babies who died in Flanders Belgium between August 1999 and July 2000 were helped in that regard by their doctors Brownback continued The American Medical Association and disability rights groups are strongly opposed to physician assisted suicide because it is antithetical to the doctor s role as a healer and it jeopardizes the ability of the infirm and helpless to defend themselves I doubt Americans want the government to decide when life is worth preserving and when life can be destroyed In Vacco v Quill and Washington v Glucksberg the Supreme Court unanimously upheld state prohibitions against assisted suicide ruling that it is not a fundamental liberty interest protected by the Constitution In an amicus brief filed in the Washington case the American Medical Association the American Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Association stated the following Once established the right to physician assisted suicide would create profound danger for many ill persons with undiagnosed depression and

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  • House Again Approves Pain Relief Promtoion Act
    Senate pro assisted suicide Sen Ron Wyden D OR has used legislative maneuvering to tie up the pro life bill on the Senate side Wyden is mulling his options following the House vote said Josh Kardon Wyden s chief of staff All 43 people who died under Oregon s first in the nation assisted suicide law since it took effect in late 1997 used federally controlled drugs banned by the legislation Maine voters will consider legalizing assisted suicide during the November 7th election Pro life House Majority Leader Dick Armey R TX said in a statement that the bill will guarantee that no American suffers the indignity of an agonizing death while also insuring that America does not start down the path toward euthanasia Pro life Sen Don Nickles R OK authored the Pain Relief Promotion Act Armey inserted it in the tax relief bill which next goes to the Senate Clinton s letter to Republican leaders threatening the veto did not mention the assisted ssue But White House spokesman Elliot Diringer said Thursday that Clinton has concerns about the legislation and said it should be considered on its own and not as part of a larger bill Supporters say the bill makes it clear that aggressive pain treatment is a legitimate medical practice even if such treatment increases the risk of death The bill would authorize 5 million in annual grants for medical schools to teach doctors better ways to treat pain The bill has lopsided support in both houses said Douglas Johnson legislative director of the National Right To Life Committee The only reason this bill didn t go to the president separately is that Wyden was able to gum it up with unrelated issues Doctors who deliberately aid a patient s death would lose their license to

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/painbill.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Reno allows assisted suicide law to proceed
    licenses to prescribe drugs After nearly seven months of review Reno decided Constantine was wrong a Justice Department official said While physicians are licensed by the states to practice medicine the DEA registers doctors to prescribe drugs and the agency is responsible for enforcing that federal law Reno concluded that the federal law does not authorize the prosecution of a physician who complies with the Oregon law She said in a statement that such prosecutions would be beyond the purpose of the federal law which provides criminal penalties for physicians who dispense controlled substances Despite the Justice Department s position in the Oregon case Reno said Clinton still maintains his longstanding opposition to assisted suicide and any federal support for it So far at least three known cases of physician assisted suicide have occurred in Oregon Reno s decision removes concerns that led one leading medical group in the state to urge doctors to wait until she made up her mind The U S Supreme Court a year ago upheld state laws that banned doctor assisted suicide but left open the question of whether states may adopt laws that allow the practice But in Congress opponents of assisted suicide vowed to fight Reno s decision There will be a massive bi partisan effort in Congress to reinstate the DEA s position that Janet Reno has erroneously and radically overturned Congressman Christopher Smith a Republican from New Jersey said SECOND ARTICLE HOUSTON June 5 PRNewswire Attorney General Janet Reno announced today that the Justice Department would permit federally controlled dangerous drugs to be administered for lethal prescriptions by physicians to assist suicide This decision overturns a ruling that the Drug Enforcement Agency DEA Administrator Thomas Constantine announced last November which stated that the DEA had been persuaded that delivering dispensing or

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  • Anti-Assisted Suicide Bill Introduced
    and campaign finance reform there seems little time left in this session of Congress for a battle on this touchy subject Hyde said his committee already is busy with the Child Custoy Protection Act and the federal partial birth abortion ban We have a very full plate in the social issues category Hyde said The assisted suicide bill is a serious bill We ll get to it in time but I don t know when that will be Meanwhile both sides want to be ready when the debate hits The National Right to Life Committee has made the Hyde Nickels bill a priority and has deployed three staff members to promote it Lori Hougens a lobbyist with the group said Right to Life has contacted 150 Congress members about assisted suicide since late last year If the mix of members is any indication so far I can t imagine how we would lose Hougens said A pro assisted suicide group called Oregon Death With Dignity who opposes the bil has retained a public relations firm and sought the help of Oregon s congressional delegation Pro assisted suicide Sen Ron Wyden D Ore has said he intends to speak for a

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  • Anti-Assisted Suicide Bill Moves in Congress
    is worth Hyde added Psychiatrist Herbert Hendin medical director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention told the subcommittee that depression often leads patients to become suicidal Medical illness plays a role in 25 percent of all suicides and those patients may change their minds if they receive treatment for depression he said These patients are not significantly different than patients who react to other crises with the desire to

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