In a major and in some respects surprising development, last week, the American Medical Association affirmed the recommendation of its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs that the influential AMA remain opposed to assisted suicide
targeted Aurelia Brouwers and Roger Foley But once you legalise assisted suicide
or euthanasia - even if restricted, to begin with - incremental extensions are inevitable.
David Goodall, 104, an Australian man, plans to end his own life with the option of a medical assisted suicide
The latest court to so rule is in New York, which has a long history of criminalizing assisted suicide
. (8) The New York Court of Appeals recently addressed claims brought by three terminally ill individuals, several medical providers, and a nonprofit entity seeking a declaration that New York's "assisted suicide
" statutes exclude physicians from prescribing a lethal dose of drugs to terminally ill, competent patients.
WASHINGTON * More states are considering assisted suicide
legislation, although few seem to be making inroads in adding themselves to the five states and the District of Columbia where it is legal.
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
: Global Views on Choosing to End Life
About two-thirds of Americans say they support the concept of assisted suicide
. Given the momentum of the legal victories won by proponents, it's safe to say the practice will become more widespread.
The measure had been introduced earlier in the year, buoyed by the well-publicized death of Brittany Maynard, the fatally afflicted California woman who had moved to Oregon to avail herself of that state's assisted suicide
In June Tennessee lawmakers discussed changing state law so that some terminally ill patients believed to have less than six months to live could legally participate in assisted suicide
. Seventeen other states have introduced 31 bills related to some form of assisted suicide
A SENIOR doctor yesterday told of the "nightmare scenario" where people will be offered assisted suicide
. because it is cheaper than other drugs.
At age 89, Carter travelled to Switzerland, where assisted suicide