Hospice Patients Alliance: Consumer Advocates


Addresses for Letter Writing Campaign
To Protest Murders/Euthanasias of Patients




The purpose of this letter-writing campaign is to bring public attention to the practice of euthanizing (killing) patients in hospices, whether in a facility or home situations. Research shows that many patients not only do not wish to be euthanized, in many instances, patients are euthanized without their knowledge or permission! Angels of death terminate patients in hospices without any consequences! Hospices have become the killing fields of our nation, with a unofficial "license to kill."

To date, there has not been one prosecution of a hospice physician or staff person for killing a patient, though it is commonly done. Those who write in to the government officials merely seek enforcement of the laws against murder already on the books, because euthanasia without permission is not "assisted suicide" but murder. We are talking here about the killing of patients who are not actively dying at the time they are killed in a hospice.

Hastening the death of a patient for whatever reason, against his or her will, is the ultimate violation of patient rights. The American value placed on freedom and justice for all requires that the practice of involuntary euthanasia be stopped.

Our great President Abraham Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg and said:
".... we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Of course, President Lincoln had been speaking of those who died on the battlefield. We believe that a government "of the people, by the people, [and] for the people," cannot be one that allows federal and state taxpayer dollars to be used to finance hospices who take away the Liberty of any individual, and should certainly not be an instrument of trampling the rights and freedoms of the people of our nation by actually killing them in a hospice! There is no greater trampling of citizen's freedoms and rights than the taking of their life.

Patients are literally dying an untimely death on the battlefield of health care changes set into motion many years ago. Laws against killing are not being enforced in the hospice environment by those entrusted to investigate and prosecute such crimes. Families repeatedly report that local district attorneys and prosecutors have not been following through with in depth investigations of such untimely deaths.

When people become patients due to the unfortunate circumstances of an illness, they remain citizens of our great nation. While we understand that the police should not be micro-managing the physician's or hospice's patient care, the police must be involved to stop the actual killing of patients who are not dying at the time. These patients still have the right to be treated with total respect and dignity. They deserve to be cared for, not killed. Caring for, not killing, is the mission of hospice. Killings in hospices need to be investigated by the government.

We urge you to contact our government officials. If you really wish to make this campaign truly successful, we urge you to ask others to write and have them tell others who also tell others. Tell them about this list of addresses. We pray that all our efforts together will prevent the horrible deaths of patients who are not actively dying and who are terminated against their will.

For your information and to give an idea of how these involuntary euthanasias can happen, we present examples in the families' own words (modified to maintain confidentiality):



Involuntary Euthanasia Case 1
Lucid, Poor, Elderly Veteran Euthanized Against His Will

Involuntary Euthanasia Case 2
HMO Hospice Commits Medicare Fraud, Kills Patient and Falsifies Death Certificate

Involuntary Euthanasia Case 3
Hospice Kills Family's Mother with Morphine Overdose

Involuntary Euthanasia Case 4
Hospice Kills Parkinson's Patient by Dehydration, Terminal Sedation
and Morphine Overdose

We urge you to write. Even if you only write to the President, that would be a great help. Please consider helping out!






To help prevent future untimely deaths, please write to the following government representatives:

  • President George W. Bush
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    (Also, it may be helpful to also write a separate letter to First Lady Laura Bush at The White House.)


  • Vice-President Dick Cheney
    c/o The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500


  • The Honorable John Ashcroft
    Attorney General of the United States
    Department of Justice, Room 4400
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20530-0001
    email: web@usdoj.gov


  • Director
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
    Office of Diversion Control
    600 Army Navy Drive
    Arlington, VA 22202


  • Tommy Thompson, Director
    US Dept. of Health and Human Services
    200 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20201


  • House Majority Leader
    The Honorable Representative Dick Armey (TX)
    301 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-7772 Fax: (202) 226-2028
    Web: armey.house.gov


  • House Minority Leader
    The Honorable Representative Richard Gephardt (MO)
    1236 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-2671 Fax: (202) 225-7452
    E-mail: gephardt@mail.house.gov
    Web: www.house.gov/gephardt/


  • Senate Majority Leader
    The Honorable Senator Thomas Daschle (SD)
    509 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    E-mail: tom_daschle@daschle.senate.gov
    Web: daschle.senate.gov
    Phone: (202) 224-2321 Fax: (202) 224-7895


  • Senate Minority Leader
    The Honorable Senator Trent Lott
    487 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    E-mail: senatorlott@lott.senate.gov
    Web: lott.senate.gov
    Phone: (202) 224-6253 Fax: (202) 224-2262


  • The Honorable Senator Jim Jeffords
    Chairman, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
    428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224 - 5375 Fax: (202) 228 - 5044
    Web: www.senate.gov/~labor


  • The Honorable Senator Charles Grassley
    Chairman, Senate Special Committee on Aging
    G31 Dirksen Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224 - 5364 Fax: (202) 224 - 8660
    Web: www.senate.gov/~aging


  • The Honorable Senator Orrin Hatch
    Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
    224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224 - 5225 Fax: (202) 224 - 9102
    Web: www.senate.gov/~judiciary


  • The Honorable Representative Henry Hyde
    Chairman, House Judiciary Committee
    2138 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225 - 3951 Fax: (202) 225 - 7682
    E-mail: Judiciary@mail.house.gov
    Web: www.house.gov/judiciary


  • Senator Don Nickles
    133 Senate Hart Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510-3602
    Phone: (202) 224-5754
    Fax: (202) 224-6008
    Email: senator@nickles.senate.gov
    URL: http://www.senate.gov/~nickles/


  • Senator Joseph I. Lieberman
    706 Senate Hart Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510-0703
    Phone: (202) 224-4041
    Fax: (202) 224-9750
    Email: senator_lieberman@lieberman.senate.gov
    URL: http://www.senate.gov/~lieberman/





Please feel free to write to others whom you believe may be able to help, and ask others whom you know to write as well. If you feel comfortable speaking on talk radio, we encourage you to call in to your local and national talk radio hosts and bring up the topic of involuntary euthanasias for discussion.

Please contact your local newspapers, writing letters to the editors and also, visit your local police chief, county District Attorneys and tell them that you would like them to investigate complaints of involuntary euthanasias (murders) in health care settings (if any citizens come to them for assistance), and that it is something to be taken quite seriously.

When family members complain to a hospice that their loved one had been killed in the hospice (through various means), families report that the hospice directors tell families "you're obviously having a difficult time coping, can we provide a counselor?" It is not simply a case of families having a difficult time grieving. These families instinctively and objectively know what happened, even though they may not have been fully informed by the hospice staff of the hospice staff's intentions. They see morphine or sedatives being given when there may be no justifiable medical need. They question that, and especially when there is no pain, they are rebuffed with platitudes.

(When writing to a committee's Senators or Representatives, it is more effective to write to a Senator or Representative who represents your State, if a committee has a member from your state. Otherwise, you can pick any of the members of the committee.) For Senators or Representatives who do not have an email address listed, you can sometimes submit email via the web address listed for that Congressional Representative.

The following names, addresses and links are provided so that you can also contact other influential government officials if you wish. The members of some of the Congressional committees listed are especially knowledgeable about healthcare and work on committees that do address issues related to end-of-life care and hospices specifically.




Find your US Representatives along with their addresses.

Find your US Senators along with their addresses.





US SENATE - HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR AND PENSIONS COMMITTEE
Jim Jeffords - Chairman (VT), Edward Kennedy - Ranking Member (MA), Judd Gregg (NH), Christopher Dodd (CT), Bill Frist (TN), Tom Harkin (IA), Mike DeWine (OH), Barbara Mikulski (MD), Michael Enzi (WY), Jeff Bingaman (NM), Tim Hutchinson (AR), Paul David Wellstone (MN), Susan Collins (ME), Patty Murray (WA), Sam Brownback (KS), Jack Reed (RI), Chuck Hagel (NE), Jeff Sessions (AL), Hillary Clinton (NY)


You can write to the members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee at:

The Honorable _______________
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224 - 5375 Fax: (202) 228 - 5044
Web: www.senate.gov/~labor





US SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
Orrin Hatch (UT), Patrick Leahy (VT), Arlen Specter (PA), Edward Kennedy (MA), Strom Thurmond (SC), Joseph Biden (DE), Charles Grassley (IA), Herb Kohl (WI), Jon Kyl (AZ), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Mike DeWine (OH), Russell Feingold (WI), Robert Torricelli (NJ), Charles Schumer (NY), Jeff Sessions (AL), Maria Cantwell (WA)

You can write to the Senate Judiciary Committee at the following address:

The Honorable Senator _____________
Senate Judiciary Committee
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224 - 5225 Fax: (202) 224 - 9102
Web: www.senate.gov/~judiciary





US HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:
Henry Hyde (IL), John Conyers (MI), F. James Sensenbrenner (WI), Barney Frank (MA), Bill McCollum (FL), Howard Berman (CA), George Gekas (PA), Rick Boucher (VA), Howard Noble (NC), Jerrold Nadler (NY), Lamar Smith (TX), Robert Scott (VA), Elton Gallegly (CA), Melvin Watt (NC), Charles Canady (FL), Zoe Lofgren (CA), Bob Goodlatte (VA), Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX), David Vitter (LA), Maxine Waters (CA), Steve Chabot (OH), Martin Meehan (MA), Bob Barr (GA), William Delahunt (MA), William Jenkins (TN), Robert Wexler (FL), Asa Hutchinson (AR), Steven Rothman (NJ), Edward Pease (IN), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Christopher Cannon (UT), Anthony Weiner (NY), James Rogan (CA), Lindsey Graham (SC), Mary Bono (CA), Spencer Bachus (AL), Joe Scarborough (FL)

You can write to these members of the House Judiciary Committee at:

The Honorable ________________
US Representative
HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225 - 3951 Fax: (202) 225 - 7682
E-mail: Judiciary@mail.house.gov
Web: www.house.gov/judiciary





SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING
Charles Grassley (IA) Chairman, John Breaux (LA) Rnk. Mem, Jim Jeffords (VT), Larry Craig (ID), Conrad Burns (MT), Richard Shelby (AL), Rick Santorum (PA), Chuck Hagel (NE), Susan Collins (ME), Michael Enzi (WY), Jim Bunning (KY), Tim Hutchinson (AR), Harry Reid (NV), Herbert Kohl (WI), Russ Feingold (WI), Ron Wyden (OR), Jack Reed (RI), Evan Bayh (IN), Blanche Lincoln (AR), Jean Carnahan (MO), Thomas Carper (DE), Debbie Stabenow (MI)


You can write to these members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging at the following address:

The Honorable Senator ____________
G31 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224 - 5364 Fax: (202) 224 - 8660
Web: www.senate.gov/~aging





Find the names of all US Congressional Committee members here.

Find the names of House standing committees here.
This is for the 106th Congress which is just finishing up, but most of the committee member names will remain the same. The names for the 107th Congress committee names have not yet been posted at this website. After January 20th, you could go to the following site to find the new listing of committee member names: http://clerkweb.house.gov/107/mbrcmtee/cmtees/standing/sc.htm (as soon as they post the names on the web).


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