Assisted Suicide – Press Releases

 

This page offers an assortment of press releases by organizations and individuals that oppose physician assisted suicide.  Though they offer many views, they all have one thing in common.

They seek to protect our historical,  national and medical traditions against suicide, and the vulnerable patients in hospitals and hospice (including the chronically ill, disabled, and elderly) who are very dependent.  They rely on their doctors to nurture them back to health, or if not possible, to provide best practices in comfort, caring and medical treatments of their bodies and of their minds.  They and their loved ones do not expect doctors to reach out to them, in a place they had come to believe was life giving, with an offer to sign up for physician assisted suicide.

These press releases seek to not only protect these patients, the vulnerable, but to preserve what we have all come to expect of our hospitals and doctors, and support existing national and medical traditions that emphasize healing and have served us well for centuries.

[Note:  As you read these article, or better yet — before read them — you may find it helpful to review “Why Patients Ask for Suicide?” on this site at http://connrlc.org/?page_id=245It is illuminating.]

 

Who Can Best Judge “Quality Of Life”?
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1705248/pdf/canmedaj01476-0019.pdf
Philip G. Ney, M.D., Clinical Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, Unv of British Columbia Vancouver, BC

 Physician-assisted Suicide:  The Wrong Approach to End of Life Care
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/assisted-suicide/to-live-each-day/physician-assisted-sucide-wrong-approach.cfm
F. Michael Gloth, Ill., M.D.

Connecticut Judge Rules Assisted Suicide for
“Humanitarian Reasons” a Crime
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive//ldn/2010/jun/10060806

Suicide at Life’s End is a Slippery, Messy Slope   (About the Death and its Horror)
http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/hc-op-wolfgang-false-promise-assisted-suicide-1216-20130111,0,3077331.story
Peter Wolfgang, Exec Dir, Family Institute of Connecticut

Block Laws for Assisted Suicide
http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2013/03/18/commentary/711104.txt
Eileen Bianchini, Chairperson, Connecticut Right to Life Corporation

Read “Death with Dignity” and Death with Dignity: A recipe for Elder Abuse http://choiceisanillusion.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/barnews2009.pdf and http://www.margaretdore.com/pdf/Recipe_for_Elder_Abuse.pdf
both by Attorney Margaret Dore

Legalize Assisted Suicide, Not So Fast
http://www.ct.gov/OPAPD/cwp/view.asp?A=3862&Q=452674
Thoughts from Jim McGaughey, Executive Director,Office of Protection
and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

Assisted Suicide Shouldn’t Be an Option
http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-igbrflets0522.artmay22,0,1107533,print.story

Opinion:
Physician Assisted Suicide – Patients Mistakenly Lose Years or Life
http://hartfordfavs.com/ethics/death-and-dying/physician-asisted-
suicide-patients-mistakenly-lose-years-or-life

Eileen Bianchini, Chairperson, Connecticut Right to Life Corporation

Review the articles at the site: USCCB To-live-each-daywith-dignity
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/assisted-suicide/to-live-each-day/#facts

Mickey Rooney Warns of Financial Abuse Against Seniors in Senate Hearing
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-02/mickey-rooney-warns-of-financial-abuse-against-seniors-in-senate-hearing.html

Kennedy Widow Says “No” on Assisted Suicide – a must read!http://bostoncatholicinsider.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/kennedy-widow-says-no-on-assisted-suicide/

Belgium Euthanasia to Expand to Minors, People with Disabilities,
Mental Illness, and Alzheimers
http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/335952/belgian-euthanasia-expand-minors#

State Better off Without Suicide Law
http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2013/07/11/commentary/731375.txt
Eileen Bianchini, Chairperson, Connecticut Right to Life Corporation

(See this article below with its sources – for your additional information.) 

On March 20, a hearing was held by the Public Health Committee, Hartford, CT, bill HB 6645 to legalize physician assisted was defeated.  This is a process in which a doctor provides the means and/or information for a patient to commit suicide.  It has been passed into law in only three states, Oregon (1997), Washington (2008), and Vermont (2013).

Promoters of HB 6645, who are backed by billionaire funds, say it is a ‘medical treatment’ intended to help the terminally ill in severe pain, when in actuality, it targets them, shortens opportunities for a cure, and hastens death. We expect promoters of this bill will be back in 2014.

As the current Legislative Session closes this June, the Connecticut Right to Life Corporation thanks everyone who helped defeat this bill possible — our alliances, members and friends who gave testimonies and attended and filled the halls of the Hartford Legislative Office Building and wearing our white stickers, and Waterbury residents who were there in numbers! You were awesome!  We would like to give special thanks to the Connecticut and New York doctors, nurses, and hospice staff personnel.  Testimonies expertly refuted misinformation and were largely responsible for bringing the win home!!! All testimony arguments were secular, drew on professional medical experience over decades, offered facts from the Oregon Department of Health (DOH) Annual Reports from 2007 to 2012, and talked about well published medical case studies in Oregon. They were compelling and clearly communicated strong concerns for patients and for the State of Connecticut.  Applauds must also be given to members of the Public Health Committee who carefully listened to all testimonies and responded with well thought out questions that led to insightful dialogues.

Concerns for patients aligned with the ramifications of assisted suicide publicized by Judge Julia Aurigemma who in 2010 when she prevented an attempt then to legalize suicide. She warned that an assisted suicide law threatens the most vulnerable in society; incentivizes physicians and insurers ‘away from vitally important tasks such as identifying and treating depression’ and providing ‘end-of-life pain control and palliative care’; compromises the physician-patient relationship and the integrity of the medical profession; and even may open up the possibility of ‘involuntary euthanasia,’ which has been documented in the Netherlands.”

Several medical testimonies and Oregon DOH reports refuted the “good death” pictured in ads.  They disclosed that the Oregon DOH shows that some patients vomited, had convulsions, woke up instead of dying, and wait times between the time of ingesting the dose and death averaged from 4 minutes to 48 hours. In a Netherlands study, “Patients vomited 7% of cases; in 15% patients either did not die or took a very long time to die – hours, even days; in 18% doctors had to intervene to administer a lethal medication converting a physician-assisted suicide into murder.  What horrors would this law have impose on our vulnerable patients?

A major concern for Connecticut was the possibility of increased Connecticut suicide rates as happened in Oregon.  Since assisted suicide became legal, its suicide rates climbed to  41% above national levels in 2010 (not including patients who died through physician assisted suicide).  For teens, suicides rose from being the third leading cause of death to the second leading cause of death.  In Connecticut reducing suicide rates is a top priority.  It was proposed that we should seek ways to prevent suicide, not enable it.

How can any state call suicide a “medical treatment” and effectively lower suicide rates at the same time.  

It is anticipated that there will be another attempt to pass this type of suicide bill in 2014.  You can help us, by beginning to educate your local legislators now – they need time to do their own further research. Feel free to share with them information at the Connecticut Right to Life Site  http://connrlc.org/ . Ask them to continue to block all attempts to propose such a bill again, and thank them for help they gave in this last session.

Sincerely, Eileen Bianchini, Chairperson, CT Right to Life Corporation, http://connrlc.org/ 

Sources:

http://www.patientsrightscouncil.org/site/failed-attempts-usa/
http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/
InjuryFatalityData/Documents/NVDRS/Suicide%20in
%20Oregon%202012%20report.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/suicide-datasheet-a.PDF  – US – pg 2.

http://countytimes.com/articles/2012/04/30/news/doc4f9e70f650cf6057647156.txt
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2008/09
/assisted_suicide_conspiracy_an.html

http://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/
EvaluationResearch/DeathwithDignityAct/Pages/ar-index.aspx

http://www.4lawschool.com/conlaw/gluck.shtml

“The American Medical Association” in its Opinion 2.211 Column, entitled “Physician Assisted Suicide”

http://www.pregnantpause.org/euth/amagomez.htm