Locals debate assisted suicide: should it be legal?
Diane Coleman, President & CEO of Not Dead Yet, a national disability rights organization, discusses Brittany Maynard's tragic illness and the dangers of legalizing assisted suicide.
..."Where assisted suicide is legal there is a blanket, an immunity that covers all of that and there is no investigation, no questions asked and the door for that needs to remain open not closed. Because of the real risks that old, ill and disabled people face in this society."
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Physician-Assisted Dying: A Clinician's Perspective
Joshua M. Hauser, MD
September 25, 2014
Responding to Wishes for Hastened Death
Dying is unpredictable. These cases represent two phenomena which I believe are common in our care of dying patients: (1) how rapidly patients' wishes for hastened death can change; and (2) the unpredictability of the interventions that we use to address these wishes. Sometimes, despite all of the remarkable advances in palliative care that we have had over these past decades, we may not even know which specific intervention has made a difference.
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