ASAN Statement on New Jersey Assisted Suicide Bill Hearing


December 9, 2014

Despite leading disability rights organizations’ long history of opposition to legalization of assisted suicide, the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee held a hearing yesterday on the state’s proposed assisted suicide bill without inviting any representatives of the disability community as witnesses. People with disabilities, who are often presumed to be better off dead than disabled, are particularly vulnerable to abuse under assisted suicide laws.

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Assisted suicide will not work in New Jersey


November 29, 2014

By H. John Witman III

Some problems we face in society have proven to be so complex that even if we can find a solution, it is unworkable or too difficult to administer. Racketeering statutes tend to fall into this category. The death penalty fell into this category. And assisted suicide falls into this category.

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Unmasked

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I don’t know why pain and suffering are part of our human condition. I do know that as individuals each of us is “a unique, unrepeatable being” which means that pain and suffering will manifest itself differently in each of our lives. I’m told my grandmother had a saying “If we all put our problems on the kitchen table, we’d take our own right back again.” This saying often comes to mind whenever I think about those dealing with difficult health issues – be it me, a member of my family, a friend, a neighbour or a person in my community. It was on my mind when I attended a bioethics seminar by Professor Margaret Somerville titled The Ethics of Physician-Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia: Understanding the arguments for and against legalization.

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Most Doctors Don’t Support Assisted Dying

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28 November, 2014

Most healthcare professionals do not agree with assisted suicide, a survey released today has shown.

Members and fellows of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) were asked about their personal opinions on assisted dying.

Many (57.5%) of those who completed the survey did not support a change in the law to permit assisted suicide and 62.5% believe that changes in palliative care should enable patients to die with dignity.

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Assisted Suicide Laws Empower Doctors to Prescribe Death

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November 26, 2014

By Derek Miedema

Brittany Maynard’s choice to kill herself thrust assisted suicide into headlines around North America. It’s horribly tragic for a beautiful, engaging, and active 29-year-old woman to face a painful death. Her husband, suddenly a widower, is grieving both her illness and death.

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