Doctor-assisted suicide poses very real risks
August 16, 2014 at 5:54 AM
We write in response to The Times’ editorial “Death with dignity for the terminally ill proposal includes critical safeguards” (Aug. 10).
The assisted suicide bill, Death with Dignity for the Terminally Ill Act (A2270), has not been passed because of dangers it poses, brought to public attention by an alliance of disability rights advocates, medical professionals and palliative care and hospice specialists.
Assisted suicide is structured in a way that presents very real risks of abuse by greedy heirs and caregivers. We don’t all live in “Leave-it-to-Beaver” households. Who would know if an elderly person is pressured into suicide?
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N.J. assisted suicide proposal ignores wrong diagnoses of terminal illness
on August 24, 2014 at 6:27 AM
Virtually every state’s chapter of the American Medical Association is opposed to assisted suicide, the reasons for which were absent from The Times’ recent editorial, “Death with dignity for the terminally ill includes crucial safeguards” (Aug. 10).
Studies show that diagnoses of terminal illness are very often wrong. A doctor may know someone has an illness, but determining how quickly it might kill the patient or even if it will kill him or her is difficult to determine. A wrong prognosis can easily lead patients into a spiral of hopelessness and to give up on treatment unnecessarily, thereby prematurely ending their lives.
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