Massachusetts now has both a House (H.1926) and a Senate (S.1208) version of the PAS bill. Where do the Worcester County state legislators stand on this issue at this point? I have created both maps and lists of the Worcester County state legislators and labeled them as Opposed to, Undecided on, or Co-sponsors of the…Read more »
Public testimony provided by Kris Correira, PA-C addressed an issue changed in the legislation filed in 2019. It eliminated the attack on religious freedom. In both 2017 and 2018, I publicly testified before the legislature regarding the dangers of the assisted suicide bill. In particular, I alone focused on the attack on religious freedom not…Read more »
In Australia, a judge has ordered that a pregnant teenage who is a Jehovah’s Witness receive a blood transfusion should she need one when being induced to deliver her baby. Why? “The court heard from experts who said that while the teenager had been very clear and consistent in her wishes she was influenced by…Read more »
Italy recently passed a law permitting citizens to create living wills, a type of advance directive, with differing perspectives reported in the New York Times and The Tablet. The law specifically allows refusal of nutrition and hydration, the basics human care, before someone is actively dying. When we are convinced that this is allowable, then…Read more »
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I first saw this tactic in the mid-1980s when Missouri was considering a “living will” law to allow a person to refuse “death prolonging procedures” if a person became terminally ill and unable to speak for himself or herself. Some of us warned about a broader agenda, citing court cases involving…
In 1969, Jerome Lejeune became the 5th recipient of the William Allan Award of the American Society of Human Genetics, the highest honor a scientist can receive in the field of genetics. He earned this honor for discovering Trisomy 21, the cause of Down Syndrome. His discovery, rather than leading to a greater insight and acceptance of Down Syndrome,…Read more »
DNR orders are often misinterpreted by healthcare professionals to mean comfort care only instead of full care. Read the full post here. Doctor-prescribed suicide would lead to even more care denied to patients that need it.