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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.
May 14, 2013 | By Michael Mello
Vermont is on track to become the fourth state to allow severely ill patients to end their lives under medical supervision. The state's House of Representatives voted 75 to 65 on Monday night to approve the “Patient Choice at End of Life” measure. The legislation, passed by the Senate in February, now goes to Gov. Peter Shumlin, who said he would sign it. If he does, it will make Vermont the first state to approve such a measure through state lawmakers. Oregon and Washington enacted their laws through a referendum, and a Montana Supreme Court decision made it legal in that state.
October 4, 2005 | Marcia Angell, MARCIA ANGELL is a senior lecturer in social medicine at Harvard Medical School and former editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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.
May 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
February 28, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
A Lodi woman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that she assisted in the suicide of her brother, a blues guitarist who was well-known in the Central Valley. Jimmy Hartley, 45, had been crippled by a series of strokes and other health problems. In constant pain, he had pleaded with his sister for help in killing himself for nearly a year, according to Randy Thomas, June Hartley's attorney.
April 4, 1999 | GEORGE RUNNER, Republican Assemblyman George Runner represents the cities of Lancaster, Palmdale and Santa Clarita
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.
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.
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.
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