End of Life Issues / Suicide
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
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
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 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...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
Declaring a 'Right to Suicide'
I have become so sick and tired of the baloney that swirls around assisted suicide advocacy like gruel in a blender. Assisted suicide is not really about the rare case when nothing...August 10th, 2008
Oregons Euthanasia Law - Its About Far More Than the Number of People Dying
In 1994, Oregon voters approved the (DWDA) by a vote of 51 percent to 49 percent. It became effective in 1998, surviving court challenges and a repeal effort, to make Oregon the first...August 31st, 2007
First, Do No Harm - A Betrayal of the Hospice Movement
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine has just released a position statement on the issue of physician-assisted suicide, in which it abdicates its core professional...March 9th, 2007
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