October 17, 2014
by: Lani Candelora
Did you know that many assisted suicides experience complications? Assisted suicide is wrongly marketed to the public as a flawless, peaceful escape from suffering. It can be a painful and scary death. It can include gasping, muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, panic, confusion, failure to produce unconsciousness, waking from unconsciousness and a failure to cause death.
Read more: Assisted suicides often involve pain, suffering
by Catherine Frazee
October 14, 2014
At the heart of this debate, we must choose between competing visions of our social fabric. Shall we uncritically submit to the voracious demands of individual liberty no matter what the social cost? Or shall we agree that there are limits to individual freedom, limits that serve all of us when we are vulnerable and in decline?
Read more: A raw view of assisted suicide from a woman living with a disability
Disability Rights advocate Diane Coleman discusses Brittany Maynard's tragic illness as well as the broader affect assisted suicide has on society.
..."Where assisted suicide is legal there is a blanket, an immunity that covers all of that and there is no investigation, no questions asked and the door for that needs to remain open not closed. Because of the real risks that old, ill and disabled people face in this society."
Read more: Locals debate assisted suicide: should it be legal?
October 15, 2014
Opponents of the Death with Dignity law say assisted dying raises a number of serious and potentially dangerous issues.
“When you combine assisted suicide with a profit-driven health system, that’s a deadly mix,” said Marilyn Golden, a senior policy analyst at the Berkeley-based Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.
Golden gives the example of Oregon cancer patient Barbara Wagner, who she says was refused costly doctor-prescribed chemotherapy by her insurance company. But Golden said insurance did cover the $300 cost of the lethal drug.
“Insurers are under pressure to deny life-sustaining treatments that could cost thousands of dollars when they have this much cheaper option,” Golden said.
Read more: Death with dignity?