Assisted Suicide: News & Commentary

Below are recent articles offering news and commentary on the push for assisted suicide and the concerns about and impact of these dangerous trends.

The good news so far has been the success in many states to reject efforts to legalize assisted suicide.  Unfortunately, Canada received a negative high court ruling and has since fully legalized assisted suicide.

In the USA in 2017 through August, bills to legalize assisted suicide have been stopped in 22 states! Kudos to the coalitions against assisted suicide that worked so extremely hard and have been so successful. Pro-assisted-suicide bills were defeated, died from inaction, stalled or were withdrawn in Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming,

 

Inspiring: How a woman with cancer put assisted suicide advocates to shame   10/11/17   by Fr. Mark Hodges

 

Assisted Suicide is No Peaceful Death. Some Patients Regurgitate, Have Seizures, or Wake Up Days Later   10/9/17   by Michael Cook

 

Court Rules There is No Constitutional Right to Assisted Suicide   09/7/17   by Wesley Smith

 

Medical error is the third leading cause of death. Should legal euthanasia concern you?   08/23/17   by Alex Schadenberg

 

It’s a Culture War, Stupid   08/22/17   by George Weigel

 

More People are Committing Suicide Because Legalizing Assisted Suicide Glorifies Killing Yourself   08/22/17   by Wesley Smith

 

Canada’s Assisted Dying law – one year later, more deaths than expected   06/22/17   by Alex Schadenberg

 

One Year of Legalized Assisted Suicide in California, Countless Unanswered Questions   06/8/17   by Dr Jacqueline H. Abernathy

 

Nevada Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide Dies Without a Vote   06/8/17   by Nevada Right to Life

 

Vermont Assisted Suicide Law Can’t Force Doctors to Refer Patients for Suicide   05/23/17   by Alliance Defending Freedom

 

Michigan Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide has No Chance of Passing   04/11/17   by Right to Life of Michigan

 

Hawaii Defeats Dangerous Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide   03/24/17   by Alex Schadenberg

 

Maryland Pro-Life Advocates Stop Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide   03/8/17   by Dave Andrusko

 

Assisted Suicide Deaths Can be Horrifyingly Slow and Painful   02/27/17   by Alex Schadenberg

 

Oregon Assisted Suicide Deaths Hit Record High in 2016 as Abuses Continue   02/21/17   by Alex Schadenberg

 

Minnesota appeals court upheld conviction for assisted suicide   12/19/16   by Alex Schadenberg

 

Ohio passes bill making assisted suicide a felony   12/9/16   by Alex Schadenberg

 

Newspaper Uncovers Abuse of Assisted Suicide Laws and Pressure to Euthanize Patients   11/29/16   by Alex Schadenberg

 

Proposition 106 passes, assisted suicide now permitted in Colorado   11/9/16   by Jennifer Popik, J.D.

 

Colorado Proposition 106 is Dangerous, Here’s Why Voters Should Not Legalize Assisted Suicide   10/24/16   by Rachel del Guidice

 

Assisted suicide deaths increase by 31.7% in Washington State (2015)   8/15/16   by Richard Egan

 

California assisted suicide law is unconstitutional… Killling is never medical care   7/25/16   by Alex Schadenberg

 

Court case filed to protect Vermont physicians and patients from coercion in assisted suicide   7/20/16   by Alex Schadenberg

 

New Mexico Supreme Court decides that “aid in dying” is assisted suicide and there is no right to assisted suicide   6/30/16   by Alex Schadenberg

 

‘Me Before You’     6/17/16   by Catherine Daub

 

You Before Me is Better than Me Before You     5/31/16   by Stephanie Gray

 

Victory: New Hampshire assisted suicide study bill defeated     5/12/16   by Alex Schadenberg

 

New York Court Rules There is No Right to Assisted Suicide     5/6/16   by Not Dead Yet

 

U.S. suicides are increasing at alarming rates: assisted suicide advocacy is at least partly to blame       4/26/16    by Wesley J. Smith

 

A LETTER TO MY DOCTOR NOT TO KILL ME   4/16/16     by Mark Davis Pickup

 

Minnesota Euthanasia Advocates Fail to Pass Bill Legalizing Assisted Suicide   3/17/16    by Bill Poehler

 

California’s assisted suicide law to go into effect this summer    3/14/16     by Lisa Bourne

 

Assisted suicide corrupts medicine   3/6/16   by Ryan T. Anderson

 

Colorado Once Again Defeats Bill to Make It The 5th State Legalizing Assisted Suicide        2/24/16     by Steven Ertelt

 

Why assisted suicide is a poison pill   2/23/16     by John Stonestreet

 

Study: Over 50% of assisted suicide patients could have been treated   2/16/16     by Fr. Mark Hodges

 

Oregon Death With Dignity Act: 2015 Data Summary   2/4/16   Issued by Oregon Public Health

During 2015, 218 people received prescriptions for lethal medications under the provisions of the Oregon DWDA, compared to 155 during 2014.  As of January 27, 2016, the Oregon Public Health Division had received reports of 132 people who had died during 2015 from ingesting the medications prescribed under DWDA (compared to 105  in 2014 and 73 in 2013).

Similar to previous years, the three most frequently mentioned end‐of‐life concerns were: decreasing ability to participate in activities that made life enjoyable (96.2%), loss of autonomy (92.4%), and loss of dignity (75.4%).  During 2015, only five patients were referred for psychological/psychiatric evaluation.

 

The insane message legalizing ‘death with dignity’ sends to the suicidal     11/16/15     by Jonathon Van Maren

 

Why Disabled People Like Me Fear Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia    11/12/15    by Stephanie Woodward