Category: End-of-Life

We Cannot Let Patients Kill Themselves

This article appears in the February 1, 2019 edition of the Catholic Free Press The Massachusetts legislature has once again introduced a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Deemed the “End of Life Options Act”, it seeks to make killing oneself just another end-of-life option to be provided by a doctor. It is a further…

Not So Subtle Coercion

The Guardian newspaper recently published an extensive and informative article on euthanasia and assisted suicide, Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far? I have written about how coercion is a subtle yet powerful thing–here and now in the United States. This vignette from the article demonstrates how all subtlety is lost after legalization and…

Witness For Life and Changes to the PAS Bill

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…

AMA 2016 Code of Ethics

The AMA is in the process of updating its Code of Ethics.  The preliminary documents are available online, including Chapter 5: Opinions on Caring for Patients at the End of Life. Based on this preliminary document, it looks as if the AMA will continue to stand against physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. In both cases, the document states…

Jerome Lejeune and End-of-Life Care

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,…

Don’t Sign Your Life Away with MOLST

  You will know a MOLST form when you see it by its bright pink color. (MOLST stands for Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.) If you are elderly or seriously ill, you are likely to see it soon. But will it really get you the care you want? Rather, choosing a health care proxy is…

Witness for Life Huddle

Huddle  An Invitation to Pro-life Leaders and Advocates on End-of-Life Issues Friday, May 20th 7:00 to 8:30 pm The Johnson Room at Christ the King parish 1052 Pleasant Street, Worcester Get connected with the work of the Witness for Life committee Learn the end-of-life issues of concern for pro-life advocates Physician-assisted suicide–MA legalization H. 1991…

Undying Love The Palliative Care Deception

Much is being made of palliative care these days, especially in the doctor-assisted suicide debate.  Prominent palliative care specialists such as Ira Byock and former assisted-suicide advocate Diane Meier  strongly oppose such legislation in our new era of palliative care. According to the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), headed by Dr. Meier, palliative care “is specialized medical…

Undying Love, Hope, and Communication

I received an early morning phone call from my aunt. “Your mother is very upset. She doesn’t know what to do. You need to stop pressuring her about treatment. Dick is dying and the doctors told her he doesn’t need all these tests. You should not go down to visit today.” Decision-making for caregivers has…