Articles Worth Reading about Euthanasia, Asst'd Suicide and End-of-Life Issues
Assisted-Suicide: Not Legal in Montana; A Recipe for Elder Abuse and More
by Margaret Dore, Esq., July, 2011
Articles by Jane St. Clair against Assisted-Suicide
Stealth Euthanasia: Health Care Tyranny in America (Hospice, Palliative Care and Health Care Reform
by Ron Panzer, May, 2011: detailing how, why and when stealth euthanasia began to be practiced in the United States, how hospice has been infiltrated by those who do not respect the sanctity of life and casually kill for many reasons. With extensive references throughout the book, Stealth Euthanasia reveals how health care reforms already being put in place threaten the lives of the vulnerable disabled, elderly, chronically ill and others. This book reveals the most-censored story in America and how the changes being made will affect every family in America. Read it online here and let others know about this book so they can get the answers they are seeking.
Why Assisted-Suicide Should Not Be Legalized
Montanans Against Assisted Suicide, talking points, 2010-11
Aid in Dying: Not Legal in Idaho; Not About Choice
by elder rights attorney, Margaret K. Dore, 09/2010; The Advocate of the Idaho State Bar, Vol 53, No 9
"Self-Determination" or Imposed Death?
by Ione Whitlock 11/2009: P.O.L.S.T. is short for "Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment." It is a so-called "advance care planning" document; a page or two of medical instructions designed to follow a patient from one setting to another. .... The documents do leave the door wide open to an "autonomous" decision to hasten death. .... POLST is more apt to facilitate imposed death."
China's hi-tech 'death van' where criminals are executed and then their organs are sold on black market
"With more than 10,000 kidney transplants carried out each year, fewer than 300 come from voluntary donations. The British Transplantation Society and Amnesty International have condemned China for harvesting prisoners' organs. Laws introduced in 2006 make it an offence to remove the organs of people against their will, and banned those under 18 from selling their organs. But, tellingly, the law does not cover prisoners."
Resurrecting Nazi eugenics
by Professor Eamonn Keane, 11/2010
".... powerful influences [are] at work in our world that see in new reproductive and genetic technologies an opportunity for the human race to take control of its future by embracing eugenic practices. The protagonists of this 'qualitatively superior new humanity' as it were have forgotten an important truth of history, which is that when attempts are made to translate utopian ideas into social reality, rather than attaining to human progress, we end up instead with concentration camps, gulags and killing fields, or some similar murderous reality."
Do Your Organs Belong To The Government?
Paul A. Byrne, MD has explained how aggressive human organ procurement has gotten: now, "the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act ("UAGA") has already been enacted in almost all (46-48?) states. The UAGA presumes everyone intends to donate and presumes consent for every "measure" to keep organs in good condition until they can get consent [to take out the organs for donation] from a relative or a friend, or a coroner." The laws say that if procurement teams cannot "find" a relative, then they can ask "friends" or others who can give "consent." In other words, they'll keep asking until they get the answer they want.
Caring To Death: A Discursive Analysis of Nurses who Murder Patients
Over 50 cases of nurses from around the world, including the United States, who have murdered patients are discussed and include the profile of murderous nurses, types of murders, contexts in which murder takes place, factors that aid detection and apprehension, legal processes that guide charges, convictions and punishment, and reactions from the public, the profession, regulators and familis.
Study shows doctors affected by euthanasia practice
See Physicians for Compassionate Care 10/2006
Is hospice movement going beyond end-of-life care?
Daughter 'shocked' by dad's pro-death caregivers
Nurses Who Kill
World Assoc of Detectives News, Feb., 2006, Vo l . 57, Issue 1, page 11, written by Dr. Maurice Godwin and Bilan DeCarmine, discusses the cases of nurses who have killed their patients.
WHO LIVES, WHO DIES? Welcome to the brave new world of euthanasia, assisted suicide and 'futile care'
Whistleblower Magazine; May, 2005: This edition of Whistleblower shows how, despite America's many highly ethical hospice workers and nurses dedicated to life, the end-of-life industry has also been invaded by "right-to-die" activists.
"WHO LIVES, WHO DIES?" also reveals the perverse state of "medical ethics" – where some of the top ethicists espouse some of the most unethical views imaginable. It documents the dangers of "advance directives" or "living wills." And it exposes the scandalous classification of food and water provided by a feeding tube as "medical treatment" – thereby justifying the denial of basic sustenance to patients who had intended to forego "extraordinary measures" like heart-lung machines, but not be denied food. [This links to a single vitally important edition of the newsbreaking magazine, Whistleblower, and is for sale online.]
Get the real facts About Terri Schindler Schiavo Who was Euthanized in a Hospice
The Misuse of Terminal Sedation"
by Nancy Valko, RN
Why Medical Ethics?"
by Daniel Eisenberg, M.D., "The scientific community, and the medical community in particular, have
been the impetus for some of the most barbaric and immoral programs of the 20th century."
What People Mean When They Say They Want to Die
by William Toffler, MD, Nat'l Director for Physicians for Compassionate Care, 2005
Schiavo Case Tangled Web of Deception, Corruption Part II"
Schiavo Case Tangled Web of Deception, Corruption"
THE STORY OF A FATHER'S LOVE FOR HIS DISABLED SON: The Steve and Tony Sakac Story"
Judicial Murder: Terri Schiavo's crime was being disabled, voiceless, and at the disposal of our media..."
American Family Raped by Judicial Corruption"
March, 2005: "For many years, I had wondered to myself, how did they get away with marching all those innocent people into the gas chambers; why did no one stand up and try to stop them? I now have a clearer understanding how it was accomplished!" - Cheryl Ford, RN
In Love With Death"
March, 2005: The bizarre passion of the pull-the-tube people.
Once you "know" that--that human life is not so special after all--then everything is possible, and none of it is good. When a society comes to believe that human life is not inherently worth living, it is a slippery slope to the gas chamber. You wind up on a low road that twists past Columbine and leads toward Auschwitz. Today that road runs through Pinellas Park, Fla.
Managed Death: Hospice's 'Civil War'"
By Susan Brinkmann, CS&T Correspondent, March 2005: " The American hospice industry also differs from its British parent in that it’s founder, Florence Wald, M.S.N., is an open advocate of euthanasia."
Feeding Tube Decisions: The Hospice Language Barrier"
January 12, 2005 By Barbara Olevitch, PhD Catholic Exchange: "Families might think that the hospice nurses' determination that their relative is in the "dying process" is a rigorous medical diagnosis and that his death is imminent and inevitable. However, this may or may not be the case. It could mean that his energy is fading and he has no appetite because of his pain-killers, and since at their hospice they may not believe in "artificial feeding," the staff is simply predicting that under their regimen he will soon die."
Engineering Evolution: The Alchemy of Eugenics"
By Phillip D. Collins January 10, 2005 NewsWithViews.com: "In the dark past of human civilization, the ruling class controlled humanity largely through religious institutions and mysticism. However, the turn of the century witnessed the epistemic transformation of the elite's religious power structure into a "scientific dictatorship."
Noxious Nitschke Euthanasia advocates work to make suicide
November 15, 2004 By Wesley J. Smith National Review "Once one
accepts the noxious notion that killing is an acceptable answer to the problem of human suffering, how can it
possibly be limited to the terminally ill?"
Now They Want to Euthanize Children" The Weekly Standard Sept 13, 2004 Wesley J Smith, JD:
"In the Netherlands, 31 percent of pediatricians have killed infants. A fifth
of these killings were done without the "consent" of parents. Going Dutch
has never been so horrible."
"FIRST, Dutch euthanasia advocates said that patient killing will be limited to
the competent, terminally ill who ask for it. Then, when doctors began
euthanizing patients who clearly were not terminally ill, sweat not, they
soothed: medicalized killing will be limited to competent people with incurable
illnesses or disabilities. Then, when doctors began killing patients who were
depressed but not physically ill, not to worry, they told us: only competent
depressed people whose desire to commit suicide is "rational" will have their
deaths facilitated. Then, when doctors began killing incompetent people, such as
those with Alzheimer's, it's all under control, they crooned: non-voluntary
killing will be limited to patients who would have asked for it if they were
by Sean Murphy, Administrator, Protection of Conscience Project: "There are different kinds of ethics. The term 'bioethics' is frequently used as if it denotes a single ethical system. In fact, bioethics is simply a branch of ethics,1 and the term is frequently used as an imprecise label for a range of ethical theories in medicine and medical research. Thus, the title 'bioethicist' is not much more descriptive than 'religious believer'. Ethical differences between one theory of bioethics and another may be quite as dramatic as doctrinal differences between religions, though, like religions, there are also similarities."
The Bioethics Mess"
05/01; by Dianne Irving, PhD; "As bioethics supplants traditional ethics before our very eyes, few seem to question its underlying premises. But we should know it for what it is: a form of extreme utilitarianism in both its theoretical and practical forms."
What Is Bioethics"
06/00; by Dianne Irving, PhD; "Much as we have tried to "distance" ourselves from and "deny" the eugenic atrocities of the Nazi era and similar more recent eugenic events, our official "silence" on eugenics in the academy and elsewhere has served only to blind us to its creeping acceptance in principle in the corridors of academe and government. Has "an Eugenic Age" indeed finally arrived, or is it still just the stuff of sci-fi novels? One only has to hear the many voices of many of the current leaders of the bioethics community around the world, as referenced above, to ascertain an accurate answer."
Are Euthanasia Advocates Taking Over America's Hospice Industry?"
12/19/03; by Kathy Dial; LifeNews.com Staff Writer; "If all the dead bodies from the hospice homicides were piled in one place, it would resemble a Nazi death camp-because the Holocaust is already here in America," Panzer said. "You don't see it because they've figured out if they kill one at a time, they can get away with it."
Futile Care: The Terri Schiavo Case"
10/17/03; by Diane Alden; NewsMax.com; The various "right to die" organizations apparently are setting us up to accept the notion that it is our responsibility to end our agony at some point - particularly if we become a burden to the system, depressed, old or inconvenient. This particular right will be given to us by a doctor, nurse, medical institution, judge or relative who makes it their mission in life to dispose of us for a host of "humane" reasons.
"Legalized Murder: Terri Schiavo and Death by Starvation""
Disabled Woman Would Cry 'Help Me,' Caregivers Claim"
09/03/03; Terri Schiavo's caregivers report significant responses from Terri Schiavo; yet husband seeks to kill her in hospice to get rich!
Letter from Governor Bush Intervening To Save Terri Schindler-Schiavo"
08/26/03; Read Governor Bush's Letter to the Judge, asking Judge Greer to appoint independent guardian ad-litem and investigate all the facts of the case again; to err on the side of life, not death!
Forced sterilization in Germany was the forerunner of the systematic killing of the mentally ill and the handicapped. In October 1939, Hitler himself initialed a decree which empowered physicians to grant a "mercy death" to "patients considered incurable according to the best available human judgment of their state of health." The intent of the so-called "euthanasia" program, however, was not to relieve the suffering of the chronically ill. The Nazi regime used the term as a euphemism: its aim was to exterminate the mentally ill and the handicapped, thus "cleansing" the Aryan race of persons considered genetically defective and a financial burden to society.
Erring On the Side of Death"
08/19/03; San Francisco Chronicle; by Debra Saunders who says she supports "abortion rights," but also supports the effort to keep Schiavo alive. Saunders says the idea that Terri is on "life support" is misleading. "When you think 'life support,' you think big, noisy, invasive machine. For Terri, 'life support' means: food, delivered through a tube to her abdomen." Saunders also quotes the family's attorney, Patricia Anderson: "If you decided to starve your
dog, do you know what would happen to you?" COMMENT: Unless courts intervene, Terri Schiavo will die of starvation. Please pray for Terri, and for her parents who are fighting for her life.
01/10/03 by Judie Brown, Pres. of American Life League "Many people have had an elderly relative or a friend who has been cared for in a hospice setting or received hospice care in the home. But rarely do we read of someone who has had a tragic experience with hospice. So what a shock it was when reports came my way that there are a growing number of reported cases of patient abuse being carried out by hospice-related health care providers. ..."
Local Las Vegas Doctor Accused Of Assisting A Suicide"
Las Vegas, Nevada, Dec. 23; A local doctor is accused of prescribing a deadly dose of morphine to a patient who tried but failed to commit suicide.
'Angel of Death' talked of easing patients suffering"
New Hampshire Union Leader: 01/16/03; Prosecutors allege the 26-year-old registered nurse deliberately killed patients with morphine injections by giving morphine intravenously to patients rather than subcutaneously or intramuscularly...thereby increasing the effect of the dosage given. The physician had not ordered the medication to be given intravenously, and giving such a medication intravenously can even double the dose the patient experiences from the injection.
Lorain woman indicted in death of her invalid father [with hospice morphine used]"
A Lorain woman killed her elderly father with morphine because he was a burden to her, prosecutors claimed yesterday. Patricia Heiland administered large doses of the drug to her 73-year-old father during five days last year when he was a hospice patient in her home, said Robert Corts, chief counsel in the Lorain County
Life, death tug of war in Florida courtroom"
Family fighting husband's efforts to disconnect wife's feeding tube
Final chapter of Terri Schiavo case is underway"
[10/12/02-A BayNews9.com article about Terri Schiavo, who is being held in a Florida hospice although she is not terminal; husband seeks to have her killed.
Wish You Were Here - Not!"
[04/16/2001-A WorldNetDaily.com article by Barbara Simpson. " .... doctors in this country are killing patients too -- their own form of secret mercy killing under the guise of medicine. As one doctor told me, it's called "benign neglect." Just don't treat and lookee there -- the patient dies! Interesting, isn't it? The Dutch law allows an act that societies and religions across history have held is the ultimate immorality and then has to provide legal
protection for a professional who commits the crime. Whatever happened to the medical oath of 'first, doing no harm'?"
I'm Your Doctor and I'm Here to Kill You!"
[02/19/2001-A WorldNetDaily.com article by Barbara Simpson. " .... you and your loved ones are now more in danger of having your life ended by doctors ... in having it extended artificially. "
A Question of Homicide - CBS 60 Minutes II with Dan Rather"
[06/18/99- An article that gives the account of alleged hospice killings in Florida. 19 were being investigated, with morphine overdosage as the cause. Independent forensic scientists determined the deaths were homicides; the government investigators ruled all "natural."
Assisted Suicide No Act of Compassion"
[05/10/02-An editorial article from the Indianapolis Star detailing how far euthanasia in the Netherlands is progressing and why it is not an act of compassion.
originally posted at: www.indystar.com/article.php?editsuicide10.html
"Bee Becker testifies before U.S. Senate Committee on Aging about Murder of Helen Becker Straukamp"
03/04/02: Murder in a nursing home is not prosecuted and almost never is! [Note from HPA: murder must be considered one form of euthanasia if it is accepted and not prosecuted by the district attorneys of our nation!].
"Euthanasia and assisted suicide: The Myth of Mercy Killing"
[By T. Chun and M. Wallace; 12/1701; Concerned Women for America website] -- ".... Fundamentally, assisted suicide and euthanasia are issues concerning morals and ethics. Indeed, the so-called right to die" mantra has become the "duty to die."
"Former nurse won't face murder charges" "Prosecutors lack evidence to place woman who admitted overdosings in e-mail on trial "
[The Detroit News, 4/10/01, by Joel Kurth: WATERFORD] -- "The confession is blunt: "Yes. I did kill those people. Three innocent women, defenseless from my nursing care and misuse my skills." "But a 1 1/2-year probe couldn't find enough other evidence to bring charges against Anne M. Nicolai, a former nurse from Davison who allegedly wrote an e-mail admitting a "fascination with death" led her to intentionally overdose three critically ill patients in 1996 and 1997."
JAMA Right-to-Die Piece Was a Fake
If you ever thought that the Eskimos of the Arctic abandon their elders to the ice flows, it is a false belief perpetrated by non-Inuits who do not understand the culture. The Inuit people deeply value the elderly in their community and do not send them off to die on ice flows! The right-to-die movement will use whatever they can to advance their agenda, even outright lies and fabrication.
According to N Gregory Hamilton, MD of Physicians for Compassionate Care, (9/26/01): "True to the tradition of a long line of liars in the right-to-die movement, Shetal Shah, M.D., presented [in the JAMA vol: 284:1897-1898] as fact his fantasy about what death could be like in the arctic. He spun a yarn that a Siberian Yupik elder presented at a remote village clinic with the chief complaint of "uselessness." Shah then proceeded with a rambling, romanticized saga of events that never happened. At the end of [Shah's fabricated] story, the elder, rather predictably, stepped out onto the frozen Arctic Ocean and walked to his death.".... "As Dr. Swenson, who actually knows something about the people with whom he works, pointed out, Shah's claim "perpetrates a falsehood that has never been true among the Inuit [sometimes called "Eskimos"] of Alaska" (Swenson, 2001, p. 919). As in all Inuit cultures, elders among the Siberian Yupik are held in "very high esteem," because they are "intrinsically valued," "just because they are the elders" (p. 919)."
10 Dirty Tricks Your HMO Doesn't Want You to Know
by Robert D. Finney, Ph.D., M.S.W. - HMOs don’t want patients to know that they force doctors to play a game called HMO HARDBALL that wrongly denies medical tests and treatments" .... "A quick death is a cheap death." .... " HMO profits are protected, not the rights of scared, sick, or potentially sick patients."
Nancy Valko, RN Explains Living Wills,
Advanced Directives and Their Dangers
[2001: "Of Living Wills and Butterfly Ballots"
"Now, the "right to die" mentality has so thoroughly permeated health care that even Catholic medical ethics committees discuss "futility guidelines", designed to overrule families or patients who want care continued when a patient is deemed to have a poor quality of life. Some prominent ethicists now recommend rationing health care and denying many routine medical treatments to patients over a certain age. "Living wills" are often interpreted by doctors and nurses as meaning the patient would rather die than live with a significant disability. Families are encouraged to make non-treatment decisions as soon as possible after illnesses such as strokes and asked "would your mom really want to live like this?" Coupled with the current cost-containment mania in health care, the "right to die" is fast becoming the "duty to die."
.... "As a former hospice nurse and current ICU nurse, I can attest that there is a very real difference between allowing natural death and hastening or causing a person's death."
"Sharon J. Arkin,Esq. Testifies Before the Subcommittee on Health of the House Committee on Ways and Means"
April 24, 2001: Vital testimony revealing the deadly policies of HMOs which routinely deny legitimate claims and benefits to enrolled patients, resulting in their deaths.
"Hospice Nurse admits in e-mail
To dosing Alzheimer patient with morphine"
"Oakland medical examiner concludes death by poisoning" story by Jennifer Chambers - The Detroit News: WATERFORD TOWNSHIP -- "After finding God, Anne Nicolai wanted to make peace with herself and the world. So, the hospice nurse wrote an e-mail to her boyfriend in which she detailed how she killed three elderly patients under her care, each with a fatal dose of morphine .... "
"Netherlands Legalises Euthanasia"
THE HAGUE (Reuters, April 10, 2001) - The Netherlands has become the first country in the world to officially legalise euthanasia after its Senate defied thousands of protesters to vote in favour of mercy killing. The 75-seat chamber voted 46 to 28 in favour of the law, recognising a practice that has already been tolerated in the Netherlands for over two decades.
"Mask of Old Age Hides Killings;"
"Studies Lead Police, Hospitals to Alter Investigation Methods"
(Wash Post article 12/31/2000 - by Susan Levine 12/31/00 P.A1)
Reveals that homicides of elderly persons are routinely ignored or not even detected by law enforcement agencies for various reasons. Some government agencies are studying the problem of homicide of the elderly. Dr. Bennett Blum, MD, a California forensic psychiatrist has "testified nationally on elderly financial exploitation and homicide," and said, "everywhere I go, people have stories about deaths they were sure were homicides but couldn't prove, or the DA who wouldn't take on a case because of a bias that the victim was an old person."
"Dutch General Practitioner Found Guilty of Murder Faces No Penalty "
Britis Medical Journal: 2001;322:509 (3/03/01 by Tony Sheldon, Utrecht) A Dutch GP, found guilty of murdering a dying 84 year old patient, has not been penalised for his action. The Amsterdam court that tried him said that Dr Wilfred van Oijen had made an "error of judgment" but had acted "honourably and according to his conscience," showing compassion, in what he considered the interests of his patient...."
"Licensed To Kill"
February 26, 2001; (Washington Times - Nat Hentoff - "... In a prophetic article in the July 14, 1949 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Alexander examined the initial causes of the Holocaust. The beginnings, he wrote, were merely a subtle shift in emphasis in the basic attitude of the physicians. It started with the acceptance, basic in the euthanasia movement, that there is such a thing as "life not worthy to be lived."
"Dial M(edicare) for Murder"
(Washington Times and TownHall.com), 2/19/2001 by Paul Craig Roberts available for $1.95 from archives) "...Some people are obliged to die because they cost more to care for than they are worth to society. Insurance companies, HMOs and government budgeters force doctors to ration care according to the patient's worth and prospects. ... Pay incentives and red tape associated with treatment approvals force doctors to treat patients with regard to cost. This means expensive procedures and treatments are rationed and that the most efficacious treatments are often denied until it is too late. The destruction of the doctor-patient relationship and erosion of the Hippocratic oath are direct consequences of do-gooders who think they can help people by having government subsidize medical care. The unintended consequence is euthanasia." .... "Anyone who thinks his life is going to be respected as he grows old can wise up by reading The Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America by Wesley J. Smith."
"Hungarian Police Arrest Hospice Nurse in Euthanasia Case"
Saturday, February 17, 2001; BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A Hungarian hospice nurse suspected of performing euthanasia on more than 30 terminally ill patients was formally arrested in the first such case known in Hungary.
"Australia's 'Dr Death' Plans Euthanasia Ship In International Waters"
(June 1, 2000 - The Indian Express) Australia's "Dr Death" said he plans to bypass national law by performing euthanasia on a "hospice ship" anchored in international waters. [Please note: Australia's Dr. Death calls the ship a "hospice" ship. However, hospice is about caring, not killing. Take note that those who advocate hastening death through euthanasia are openly representing hospice as the location for their euthanasia practices.]
"Physician Confirms Threat to Good Patient Care is Euthanasia"
by N. Gregory Hamilton, M.D. - President of Physicians for Compassionate Care
(The Washington Times, 9/29/2000) A large HMO gave Kate Cheney, an elderly Oregon woman with dementia, a lethal overdose resulting in her death. According to the Oregon Death With Dignity Act (which allows physician assisted suicide in certain cases) Mrs. Cheney was determined by a psychiatrist to not be eligible for assisted suicide because she was not mentally competent to make that decision ... the health maintenance organization got around the so-called "safeguard" of mental competence by shopping until they got the medical opinion they wanted from another physician. [So, if the HMO wants to euthanize the patient, they will find a way to justify the act. This is the future of American health care if the euthanasia movement is not stopped.]
Oregon Hospice Association Pres. Denies Serious Problems
With Euthanasia In Oregon
In an interview conducted 2/16/01 Oregon Hospice Association President Anne Jackson denies serious problems in hospice industry...says complaints are overblown.
Oregon Physician Reveals Dangers of Legalized Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide: warns of threat to hospice mission
2/19/2001: - Dr. N. Gregory Hamilton, President of the Physicians for Compassionate Care, warns that patients in Oregon are beginning to fear entering hospice, not knowing whether they will be cared for or killed. Dr. Hamilton warns that allowing physician assisted suicide into hospice may destroy hospice itself.
"Physicians for Compassionate Care Testify Before US House"
June, 1999: Physicians for Compassionate Care (along with many other patient advocacy organizations) hopes for passage of the Pain Relief Promotion Act which encourages good pain management while retaining the prohibition against using narcotics to euthanize patients. The Pain Relief Promotion Act has still not been passed in Congress. We urge you to read this testimony and write to your representatives in government supporting passage of this vital Act which will preserve quality hospice care and help stop the killings.
"'Angel of Death' Charged with Murder In Serial Killing of Six Patients"
Police said a former respiratory therapist, Efren Saldivar, at Glendale Adventist Hospital was arrested Jan. 9, 2001 in the killings of at least six patients. "Saldivar, accused of killing elderly patients possibly through drug injections, had been dubbed the "Angel of Death" after he confessed to killing as many as 50 patients at the hospital." ... from CNN.com
"Family Denies Complicity in Death"
By David Reardon, November 29, 2000, The Age Newspaper, Australia
This is an excellent example of how it is done in hospices! Many times a family member working together with a nurse or doctor may conspire to medically kill a patient. It is reported that the patient wanted to die, however, how are we or anyone to really know for sure? Interestingly, everyone of course denies any accountability (just like hospices in the USA), but the woman died within two hours of entering the hospice! You decide what happened. Hopefully, with further investigation the complete facts will be reported.
"Why We Shouldn't Legalize Assisting Suicide - Part I"
"Suicide and Mental Illness," by B. Balch, J.D., and R. O'Bannon, M.A. - Under the banners of compassion and autonomy, some are calling for legal recognition of a "right to suicide" and societal acceptance of "physician-assisted suicide." Suicide proponents evoke the image of someone facing unendurable suffering who calmly and rationally decides death is better than life in such a state. They argue that society should respect and defer to the freedom of choice such people exercise in asking to be killed.
- Accepting a "right to suicide" would create a legal presumption of sanity, preventing appropriate mental health treatment.
- Almost all who commit suicide have mental health problems.
- Persons with mental disorders make distorted judgments.
- Most of those attempting suicide are ambivalent; often, the attempt is a cry for help.
- The disorders leading many to attempt suicide are treatable.
- Few of those rescued from suicide attempts try again.
"Why We Shouldn't Legalize Assisting Suicide - Part II"
"Pain Control," by B. Balch, J.D., and D. Waters: "Proponents of euthanasia argue that "mercy-killing" is necessary because patients, particularly those with terminal illness, experience uncontrollable pain. They argue that the only way to alleviate the pain is to eliminate the patient. But is there a better way? We have the technology and the medicine effectively to control pain. While there do exist some barriers to the implementation of that medicine and technology, efforts are being made to remove those barriers. Instead of trying to legalize the killing of patients in pain, the public should be making sure that doctors are taught, and use, effective pain management."
"Why We Shouldn't Legalize Assisting Suicide - Part III"
"What About the Terminally Ill?" by B. Balch, J.D., and R. O'Bannon, M.A: Proponents of physician-assisted suicide frequently begin by advocating its legalization for those who are terminally ill, although they have moved far beyond that category. But, as this article will demonstrate, 1) treatable depression, rather than the terminal illness itself, usually accounts for such a patient's expression of a wish to die; 2) after a diagnosis of terminal illness, a person normally goes through a series of stages of coming to terms with impending death and resolving unfinished business in his or her life, a valuable process that is cut short by acceding to a depression-induced request for assistance in suicide; and 3) given growing pressures to contain medical costs and prevailing social attitudes, if assisting suicide is legalized, many terminally ill patients will be led to feel they are burdens and have a duty to die.
"Why We Shouldn't Legalize Assisting Suicide - Part IV"
"The Need for Civil Remedies to Prevent Assisting Suicide," by B. Balch, J.D. and D. O'Steen, Ph.D.: On May 2, 1994, a Michigan jury acquitted Jack Kevorkian of charges related to his publicly proclaimed assistance in the suicide of Thomas Hyde. The verdict points up the way in which the pathos of individual cases often leads criminal case juries to react emotionally, failing to give considerate attention to the general effects on older people and people with disabilities of signaling societal acceptance of death as the solution to human problems.
As this article will show, there are strong reasons why more states should follow the lead of Minnesota, Tennessee, and North Dakota, all of which have recently enacted "civil remedy" statutes that, entirely apart from criminal remedies, allow private parties to obtain injunctions against those who assist suicides. Injunctions are granted by judges, without juries, and a judge can punish violators with sanctions for contempt of court.
"Doctors Eager to learn to Terminally Sedate Patients"
"Death without Dignity" (Salon.com April 19, 2000) article presents a striking account of how eager doctors are to learn about sedating patients into a medically-induced coma. Dr. Carlos Gomez, director of the palliative care program at the University of Virginia, stated "While some terminally ill patients may die under such sedation," Gomez writes, "this is generally [emphasis added] because they were imminently dying already." Obviously, if the word used is "generally," then some patients were NOT imminently dying already. Otherwise, Gomez would write that "in 100% of the cases the patients were dying already; he did not. In cases where patients are not already dying, terminal sedation is one method of euthanasia.
"Prominent Hospice Doctor Supports Pain Relief Promotion Act"
Pain relief should be nonpartisan By Eric Chevlen, M.D. Expert in Hospice Care believes that federal government may be acting to create license to kill in hospice situations ... advocates need for better pain control while maintaining laws against killing patients with narcotics ...
"UK doctor may have killed 297"
January 5, 2001. Harold Shipman, a former British physician serving a life sentence for murdering 15 patients may have killed scores more during his 24-year career, according to an official report...Dr. Shipman routinely obtained drugs [used to kill the patients], altered medical records and arranged for most of his victims to be cremated without post-mortem examinations.
Former Nurse Convicted of Deaths of 6 Patients
Oct. 17, 1999: The Associated Press article: Former nurse Orville Lynn Majors, 38 was found guilty of murdering six patients in the mid-1990s with fatal injections... from ABC News...
"Legalized Euthanasia for U.S.A.?"
by Jane Chastain, December 4, 2000: ... Holland's lower parliamentary house legalizes euthanasia and ... "medical schools in Holland have stopped training doctors to treat people with chronic pain and hospice care has all but disappeared." In the U.S.A. with "more spending. This could lead us further down the road of limiting health care to one that actively promotes euthanasia."
"Criminal Act or Palliative Care?
Prosecutions Involving the Care of the Dying "
by Prof. Ann Alpers, posted at the website of
The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Doctors "help kill one in 10 Belgians"
The BBC of England reports that thousands of patients are killed without their consent, and much more. Friday, 24 November, 2000
Former link was at: http://www.lineone.net/express/99/12/07/features/fcolcomment2euthanasia-d.html
We are working on getting this article to post, since it was deleted from the internet at some time back.
"When did we decide to execute our old and frail?"
In a Dec. 7, 1999 article in the Daily Express newspaper (United Kingdom), Gerard Greaves reported that prosecutors in Great Britain are investigating 60 cases of involuntary euthanasia/murder, and that many more patients are thought to have been killed by doctors and nurses in hospitals, hospices and nursing homes. Greaves points out that killing the patient is cheaper than treating an illness, even for a terminally ill patient. Note: If you want to see your loved one again, it is wise to know exactly what medications are being given, when they are being given, what dosages, and why.
" Statement from Senator Don Nickles on Pain Relief Promotion Act"
which would encourage good pain control but maintain illegality of using narcotics to kill patients ... acknowledges need to prevent use of narcotics being used to kill patients. This bill was not made law in 2000.
"Words, Words, Words"
by Rita Marker, JD and Wesley J Smith, JD: "Today, as the debate over what has become known as the "right to die" is taking place another type of harm can result from words. That harm can be deadly."
"Words that sound familiar - like treatment, compassion, comfort care, and terminal - now may mean something far different than they did only a few years ago. Those words, as they are currently used, may do more than hurt. They may kill."
"Physicians for Compassionate Care Testify Before US House - 1998 "
Physicians for Compassionate Care President N. Gregory Hamilton testified in July of 1998 in favor of the Lethal Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 1998 (H.R. 4006). Written testimony is reproduced here.
Inside Info on Lack of ethics in HMOs
Testimony of Linda Peeno, M.D. before U.S. House of Representatives on Unethical Practices of the Managed Care Industry: how for-profit motives corrupt health care in general. Explains how profit motive results in severe violations of standards and medical killings of patients, similar to practices in Nazi Germany ... from 5/1996.
In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak up, because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Catholic. Then they came for me... and by that time, there was no one to speak up for anyone. -- Martin Niemoeller, Pastor, German Evangelical (Lutheran) Church
In America, the pro-euthanasia groups now say (publicly) they favor the legalization of euthanizing the terminally ill who are willing and want to commit suicide (also called "Physician Assisted Suicide"). But in private, in their own seminars and organizational meetings, they advocate legalizing the euthanasia of the elderly, Alzheimer's patients, disabled and others who may find life difficult or have lost the sense of the meaning of their life. Many euthanasia advocates favor the legalization of euthanasia for the chronically ill and weak.
Euthanasia advocates also favor legalizing the euthanasia of the congenitally "defective" newborn who may have deformation of the body or mental retardation, even children with Downs syndrome, some of which have enough intelligence to go through high school and college with passing grades. Many families who have children with disabilities from birth know all too well how hospital staff (doctors, nurses and others) often advise them to let their babies die by withholding needed care.
Withholding needed care is a form of euthanasia. Those families with disabled children love their children and do not find their children's lives to be "meaningless." Who should get to decide who lives or who dies? Should the nurse or doctor at the bedside be allowed to become "judge, jury and executioner" all in one?
HMOs and health care corporations (in general) who provide care to patients have a financial incentive to favor the legalization of euthanasia for those patients who are not terminal, not elderly, but simply have the misfortune of having an expensive illness to treat. If euthanasia is legalized for patients in many categories, HMOs and health care corporations will be able to more easily euthanize anyone who is judged to be unworthy of life, defective in their judgment, or expensive to treat. Medical records are routinely falsified to cover up what is already going on. Think it's not possible? Families report that it has happened to their loved ones, against their wishes, right here in the USA.
If euthanasia advocates have their way with the laws of our nation, and people can be euthanized for so many reasons, our nation will no longer be the land of the free, but a land of people in fear of entering a hospice, hospital or nursing home. Illegal euthanasias of such patients are already being performed in our nation, quietly, behind the scenes, in the isolation of the nursing home, hospice and oncology wards in the hospitals.
The real news is not that one "angel of death" is prosecuted; the real news is that there are hundreds and thousands of angels of death in our nation, working quietly "underground," so to speak, and physicians and nurses know this is going on. The news is that many patients who are not actively dying are being killed, not cared for, in hospice agencies.
If you or your loved ones enter a hospice, hospital or nursing home, how will you be able to know that you or your loved one will not be euthanized? How can we trust the health care professionals ... nurses, doctors and aides, if some of them are quietly euthanizing patients against their will? When this practice is condoned (privately of course) by health care corporations and agencies, entering the health care system becomes a risk when it should be a place of compassion and caring.
Just as the press in Germany did not announce what the Nazis were doing at Auschwitz and other concentration camps, those who do euthanasias without the permission of the patient do not announce what they are doing; they cover it up and falsify medical records.
Involuntary euthanasias are similar to the deaths caused by the Nazis, except that they are done one by one and not all in one location. They are done where the public has no way of knowing that a patient was murdered, and families who cry out for help are mainly being ignored by the local District Attorneys and federal government. If all these patients were transferred to one location and exterminated against their will in one location, it would be called a massacre, and rightly so. Not only is killing patients against their will reprehensible, when patients are hastened to an untimely death in a hospice, it makes all hospices and their staff look bad. These untimely deaths must be stopped!
Something to think about: When commenting on proposition 161 which was a failed attempt at legalizing euthanasia in California in 1992, California's then Attorney General Daniel E. Lungren stated,
"This measure would result in some unknown savings due to decreased utilization of the state Medi-Cal program and other public programs, including county programs."
Yes, killing the patient does save money for the HMO, the hospice, and the government. Hospice care is less expensive than acute care services in a hospital. Real hospice care is humane. Killing the patient involuntarily is monstrous, but any form of euthanasia saves money as then Attorney General Lungren noted. Does this have any significance regarding widely reported inaction on the part of governments in prosecuting many medical killings which occur in hospices?