April 11, 2013 |
A majority of Americans support the idea of allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives with the help of their doctors. For instance, 55% of people questioned for the NPR -Truven Health Analytics Health Poll last year said they were in favor of legalizing physician-assisted suicide. A BBC World News America/Harris Poll from the year before found that 58% believed that physician-assisted suicide should be a legal option for patients who request it. It's one thing to endorse physician-assisted suicide in principle.
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.
October 28, 1999 |
The Republican-controlled House on Wednesday voted to ban physician-assisted suicide, in its strongest effort yet to turn back a fledgling social movement aimed at ending the suffering of terminally ill patients. The Pain Relief Promotion Act included a host of noncontroversial provisions encouraging doctors to ease the pain of dying patients without killing them, but there was fierce debate over the bill's effort to invalidate Oregon's groundbreaking law permitting physician-assisted suicide.
October 4, 2005 |
ON WEDNESDAY, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of Gonzales vs. Oregon, the culmination of the Bush administration's long fight to overturn Oregon's popular Death With Dignity Act. The outcome will have far-reaching effects, particularly for Californians. The Oregon law, like a bill before the California Assembly, permits doctors to write prescriptions for a lethal dose of sleeping pills or similar drugs that dying patients can take if they find their suffering unbearable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1996 |
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that in its upcoming term it will hear arguments on physician-assisted suicide. The issue has been building in this country during the last few years as authorities in Michigan have tried unsuccessfully to convict assisted-suicide proponent Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Meanwhile, some other countries have opened the door to letting patients determine when and how they will die.