February 14, 2014 |
The Belgian government this week approved new measures allowing the euthanasia of terminally ill children, a decision that on first reading would make most of us gasp. It is a distressing concept, and the idea of helping a child die sounds incredibly cold and morally and ethically unsound - until you dive into the issue. While it raises painful and conflicting emotions, and choices, the Belgians - who have pushed assisted suicide to the edge before - are on the right, groundbreaking track.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1996
Two philosophy instructors at Pierce College will debate today the controversial issues of whether physician-assisted suicide is morally right and whether it should be legal. Arguing against physician-assisted suicide will be associate instructor Betty Odello. Taking the other side will be instructor Nicholas Habib. Odello, who teaches a course in bioethics and works part time as a nurse, said the issue is a critical one.
March 7, 1996 |
For the first time in U.S. history, a federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled 8-3 that a mentally competent, terminally ill adult has a constitutional right to utilize a doctor's assistance in hastening his death. Stepping boldly into "a controversy that may touch more people more profoundly than any other issue the courts will face in the foreseeable future," the U.S.
May 25, 2002 |
The Justice Department said it will fight a judge's ruling that banned the department from interfering with an Oregon law that allows doctors to help terminally ill people kill themselves. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft challenged the law last November but was rebuffed by a judge who ruled in April that the Justice Department lacks the authority to overturn the state law, the only one of its kind in the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1999 |
An earnest debate has begun in the state Legislature over physician-assisted suicide with the introduction of Assembly Bill 1592 by Dion Aroner (D-Berkeley). Unfortunately, although this measure is born out of a sincere desire to help suffering people, it does so in the worst possible way. AB 1592 not only leads our society down the dangerous slippery slope of euthanasia but undermines California's accomplishments in addressing individuals suffering from pain.
January 8, 1997 |
Hundreds of thousands of Americans end their lives in sorry shape: stranded in a hospital ward, in pain, sustained by machines, or treated by doctors who zealously preserve life unaware of patients' wishes to forgo invasive life-sustaining measures. This new plague is known to researchers as "prolonged dying," and many health experts believe that it is the larger problem behind today's Supreme Court hearing on the constitutional right to have doctors help people kill themselves.
March 8, 1996 |
The landmark federal court ruling lifting the ban on physician-assisted suicide was hailed by many physicians Thursday for granting terminally ill patients much-needed control over their fate. But it also revealed deep divisions within the healing profession, with some doctors worrying that it might touch off a wave of unnecessary and perhaps grisly suicides abetted in the name of mercy. "Doctors are not in the business of speeding people on their way out of their lives," said Dr.
October 22, 1999 |
Congress is looking to stymie the nascent movement in the states to make doctor-assisted suicide legal for the terminally ill. The House is set to approve legislation today that effectively would nullify Oregon's law allowing physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients--the only such law in the country. The bill also could serve to dampen support in California and a few other states with legislative committees that are considering laws similar to Oregon's.