End of Life Issues / Suicide
Who Assists with Suicide
The exhausting effort to legalize assisted suicide is like so many other ill-conceived notions of our times. The persuasive forces of video and social media advocates for “aid...August 10th, 2017
AI on Our Side
When I speak about artificial intelligence (AI), I suspect I sound alarmist. Some of what I read about AI development is concerning. Yet, I have long felt that technological advancements...July 27th, 2017
Trained to Live Forever: End-of-Life Resuscitation Orders
People don’t want to talk about dying. In 2015, according to the Funeral and Memorial Information Council, 69% of adults over the age of 40 indicated they would prefer to pre-arrange...July 7th, 2017
Q&A on Assisted Suicide and Quality of Life
QUESTION: Why are you so worked up about assisted suicide? If I don’t want to live when my quality of life is gone, why should you have the right to tell me I don’t have...June 28th, 2016
Clueless Oregon Health Officials Lament High Suicide Rate While State Permits Suicide Facilitation
Oregon’s suicide rate is going through the roof. Government health officials are suitably alarmed. From the Oregon Health Authority (that sounds vaguely totalitarian, doesn’t...September 10th, 2010
They Shoot Horses... - A Look at Compassion at the End of Life
True Confessions: Forty years ago I took a first date to see the movie, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”Based on a 1930s novel, the movie was technically well done...June 18th, 2010
Proper Palliative Sedation Not Same as Assisted Suicides Terminal Sedation
The assisted suicide movement is ever about blurring vital distinctions and deconstructing crucial definitions. One target has been the proper pain control technique known as...May 11th, 2010
Burdens and Christian Optimism
A Michigan man recently justified killing three teenagers because, in his words, “I have no hope. I have no future.” The coldness with which he gunned down these unsuspecting...July 12th, 2009
Q&A on Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide in the U.S.
QUESTION: Although I don’t live in Washington state, I’m concerned about the voter decision to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Are my concerns valid?ANSWER: Most certainly...July 12th, 2009
Assisted Suicide: The Wind in Their Sails
Between 1994 and last Tuesday, the assisted-suicide movement in this country was moribund. After Oregon passed Measure 16 (the Death with Dignity Act) in 1994 and saw it go into effect...November 10th, 2008
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