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  • Lethal Drugs For Physician-Assisted Suicide
    terminal illness is only the tip of the iceberg We can see what happened in the Netherlands In 1981 a Dutch court said that under certain conditions a doctor could assist a terminally ill person s suicide In 1982 another court extended that to elderly people who were not terminally ill but in chronic bad health a decision upheld by the Dutch Supreme Court in 1984 In 1986 the Dutch Supreme Court said that people with disabilities could be killed In 1989 Holland moved from voluntary assisted suicide to nonvoluntary euthanasia when the Supreme Court said that doctors could give lethal injections to children born with Down syndrome In 1991 a Dutch court legitimized killing a 25 year old woman with mental illness and in 1994 the Supreme Court said that a woman with no physical illness or disability but who was depressed because of the death of her last remaining child could be killed Once you accept the view that death is a solution to human problems it becomes very hard to draw lines Gradually it will be seen as an answer to more and more problems for less and less weighty reasons We in America must not start down that road My colleagues from Oregon argue that Congress has no business in this area that it should be left entirely up to the state of Oregon They miss the point that we are talking about federally controlled drugs Under existing federal law it is generally illegal to dispense or distribute these drugs unless you have a special license or registration from the federal government If you are a medical practitioner or pharmacist you are granted that federal registration to prescribe certain of these federally controlled substances for a legitimate medical purpose Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act in

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  • Assisted Suicide Laws By State - July 1998
    Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Dakota Oklahoma Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Dakota Tennessee Texas Virginia Washington Wisconsin District of Columbia Source 7 6 98 USA Today Compliments of The Pro Life Infonet is a daily compilation of pro life news and educational information To subscribe send the message

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  • ASSISTED SUICIDE LAWS STATE BY STATE
    Idaho Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Nevada South Carolina Vermont West Virginia THREE states have abolished the common law of crimes and do not have statutes criminalizing assisted suicide North Carolina Utah Wyoming In Ohio that state s supreme court ruled in October 1996 that assisted suicide is not a crime In Virginia there is no real clear case law on assisted suicide nor is there is a statute criminalizing the act

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  • Attorney General: Controlled Substances Cannot be Used For Assisted Suicide
    dangerous drugs for the purpose of assisted suicide and euthanasia Only 29 felt federal law should allow such use a spread of 38 points with two thirds opposed 4 said they didn t know or refused to respond 3 1 margin of error The Ashcroft decision effectively reinstates the original determination by the Drug Enforcement Administration DEA On November 5 1997 then DEA Administrator Thomas Constantine had announced that since assisting suicide is not a legitimate medical purpose prescribing a controlled substance with the intent of assisting a suicide violates the federal Controlled Substances Act On June 5 1998 Attorney General Reno agreed that adverse action under the CSA might be warranted where a physician assists in a suicide in a state that has not authorized the practice under any conditions or where a physician fails to comply with state procedures in doing so However she decided to allow federally controlled drugs to be prescribed to kill patients when legal under state law as in Oregon Burke Balch Director of the National Right to Life Committee s Department of Medical Ethics said Americans overwhelmingly agree the federal government should not be facilitating euthanasia and assisting suicide with federally controlled drugs

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  • IF MERCY KILLING BECOMES LEGAL
    voluntary active euthanasia in any way alarming But two things should give us pause First as a soon to be published Canadian study will show most health care professionals who work with the dying endorse the patient s right to refuse medical treatment but oppose legalizing active euthanasia The professionals recognize that if pain is controlled as it can be in virtually all cases very few terminally ill people ask to be put to death Second experience in Holland tells us that voluntary Euthanasia can quickly become involuntary euthanasia DUTCH EXPERIENCE WITH EUTHANASIA Holland is widely regarded as one of the world s most civilized countries Active euthanasia is legal there but for the past decade the government has not prosecuted doctors who report having assisted their patients to commit suicide A recent Dutch government investigation of euthanasia has come up with some disturbing findings In 1990 1 030 Dutch patients were killed WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT And of 22 500 deaths due to withdrawal of life support 63 14 175 patients were denied medical treatment WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT Twelve per cent 1 701 patients were mentally competent but were NOT CONSULTED These findings were widely publicized before the November 1991 referendum in Washington State and contributed to the defeat of the proposition to legalize lethal injections and assisted suicide The Dutch experience seems to demonstrate that the right to die can soon turn into an obligation This concept is dangerous and you could find yourself the victim if Euthanasia becomes legal in North America We have all heard and some of us have experienced moving stories of elderly people in great pain unable to perform even the most basic human functions who have asked to die or have perhaps brought about their own deaths What these stories overlook is that today in almost all cases it is possible to kill pain without killing the patient When someone s pain is relieved that person usually wants to go on living We need to reflect carefully on the consequences of legalizing active euthanasia If we enshrine the absolute right to die will it then become illegal to intervene to obstruct would be suicide Will pharmacists be obligated to sell a lethal dose of hemlock to anyone who is temporarily depressed POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE We need to think of the potential for abuse if mercy killing becomes legal What if someone stands to inherit one million dollars when Aunt Gladys dies Might the heir not find it tempting to nudge her in the direction of accepting a lethal injection Or if she didn t get the hint to make her miserable enough to want it If voluntary euthanasia is made legal for persons of sound mind there will inevitably be tremendous pressure to provide it for those who would request it if they were able to the mentally ill or handicapped the senile etc Finally despite genuine compassion for the suffering of dying people does there not also lurk in many hearts a

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  • Against University of Minnesota's Invitation to Peter Singer
    This is a disgusting and outrageous display of racism prejudice and open hostility to people with disabilities that attend the University of Minnesota and the entire population of people with disabilities in the State of Minnesota As a certificate student at the University of Minnesota s School of Public Health a Registered Nurse and the mother of a child with disabilities I am both disappointed and disgusted that the U of MN would tolerate such hate speech and discrimination against a population of people already marginalized by society If this were any other group of people who have been the victims of hate racism prejudice and discrimination this would not be tolerated Why does the University of Minnesota promote such hate filled intolerant views against people with disabilities Sincerely Katheryn J Ware RN BSN PHN kitkat24 comcast net warex024 umn edu Voluntary Euthanasia A Utilitarian Perspective Peter Singer Bioethics Volume 17 5 6 2003 The idea that it is always wrong to kill an innocent human being gains its strongest support from religious doctrines that draw a sharp distinction between human beings and other sentient beings Without such religious ideas it is difficult to think of any morally relevant properties

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  • Protest Against Peter Singer at the University of Minnesota, March 23rd, 2006
    Against Peter Singer at the University of Minnesota March 23rd 2006 Click here for a letter to the Minnesota Daily Singer s opinions dehumanize and disgust Return to the Euthanasia

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  • muscular dystrophy patient and euthanasia
    Elsner says And my husband said This is why we don t want assisted suicide It makes it too easy Elsner was stricken with muscular dystrophy at age 8 Few victims of the disease live past their mid 20s and Elsner at 48 is an unusual survivor Her doctor is a personal friend who has declined to estimate how much longer she might live He s never put a date on it she says The core of Elsner s belief is that life is a gift no matter what the person s situation Assisted suicide sends the opposite message she believes If someone becomes an inconvenience or a bother we throw them away It s a Pandora s box We don t have a clue about what this is going to do in the future To some it might seem Elsner has little to live for Besides her crippled legs her arms have become shriveled and bent When I got married I could do everything but walk I could do dishes cook reach for things fold laundry Basically all I can do now is sit here she says A woman comes to the family s modest home in east Portland each morning to help Elsner into her wheelchair and to wash dishes and do other household chores Elsner spends afternoons alone and in bed During that time she often thinks about her daughter a senior at Portland Lutheran High School One recent day when a visitor comes to call Elsner is busy looking over college application materials for her daughter She becomes tearful as she remembers Vanessa s premature birth with the nurses in the infant care unit painstakingly feeding Vanessa baby formula one drop at a time to keep her alive I really feel that life is all we

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