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State Should Not Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Dr. Stanley Bukowski Legalization of physician-prescribed lethal medication for terminal patients, even on request, is bad medicine. This is eliminating the sufferer, not the suffering. It is both unnecessary and dangerous. Twenty years’ experience in Oregon shows that “Inadequate […]

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State Should Not Let Doctors Become Suicide Enablers

By Philip Reed Earlier this year, the American Medical Association voted to uphold its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide. The AMA says assisted suicide is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, […]

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Letter: Assisted Suicide Column Contains Disputable Points

By Kristen Hanson Several claims about assisted suicide that were made in an opinion piece published Nov. 21 were dangerous and inaccurate. The author of the piece, who belongs to a national organization pushing for the legalization of assisted suicide across the […]

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Former State AG Vacco Hasn’t Changed Stance Against Assisted Suicide

By Dan M. Clark New York’s former top attorney remains opposed to efforts to allow terminally ill people to end their own life nearly a decade after he defended the state’s ban on the practice at the U.S. Supreme Court. […]

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Our Problem With Assisted Suicide: Why Disability Advocates Worry About Making It Easier For Physicians To Help New Yorkers Die

By Meghan Parker Proponents of New York’s physician-assisted suicide bill seem perplexed by the strong opposition from disability activists. But doesn’t the bill only apply to adults who are expected to die within six months so they can control when […]

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Study Says Assisted Suicide Rife With Dangers To People With Disabilities

By Michael Cook The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a scathing analysis of the effect of assisted suicide laws in the United States on people with disabilities. It finds that safeguards are ineffective and that there is little oversight of […]

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Assisted Suicide Activists Commence 2020 Assault

By Jimmy Vielkind Two groups have written letters to Gov. Andrew Cuomo urging him to put a law allowing medical aid in dying on his priorities for the 2020 legislative session. Both the League of Women Voters, a civic group, […]

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When The State Incentivizes Suicide

One of the many serious concerns about the potential legalization of physician-assisted suicide is that by covering lethal drugs but refusing to cover expensive treatments, insurance companies could indirectly steer terminally-ill patients toward suicide. Sadly, that is exactly what happened […]

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The Slide To ‘Rational Suicide’

By Stephen P. Hayford Thankfully, physician-assisted suicide has not become legal in the State of New York. In fact, legislation that would allow some patients—specifically, terminally-ill persons whose physicians have informed them that they will likely pass away within six […]

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