The Ethics of Euthanasia - Quantonics

"Courts have defined legal competence as the 'mental abilityto make a rational decision, which includes the ability to perceive,appreciate all the relevant facts, and to reach a rational judgmentupon such facts.' In the euthanasia context, legal competenceis the incurable's ability to understand that in requesting activeeuthanasia he is choosing death over life. Only clear and convincingevidence should suffice for a finding of an incurable's competence."(Wolhandler, p. 366-67)

Why is Euthanasia such a controversial issue

If euthanasia were legal, how would people think of doctors who practiced this form of homicide.

RS (Miss McAuther) Why is Euthanasia a controversial issue

Through the years, I've had calls from families whose loved one was found upon autopsy to never have had any cancer. They were placed in hospice because a surgeon told them the patient had "inoperable cancer" and died supposedly from that (nonexistent) cancer there very soon. The cause of death listed on the death certificate? "Lung cancer" or something like that. The real cause of death? Hospice care. Not Cicely Saunders' hospice care. Not pro-life hospice care, but Florence Wald's and Ira Byock's and Timothy Quill's type of hospice. The type of "hospice care" the Euthanasia Society of America would endorse. The type of "hospice care" the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (the Euthanasia Society's successor organization) would approve and says nothing about today.

Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide All sides to the issue

"NHPCO continues this work." Yes. That is exactly what they're doing. We've seen the direct connection between NHPCO and the Euthanasia Society of America, but NHPCO doesn't go back that far in their timeline showing the direct legal linkage to the Euthanasia Society. They show their connections going back to "Choice In Dying," something much more palatable to the public. To let the complete corporate "lineage" out would undo the results of decades-long public relations efforts that misdirect the public (selling them on Dame Cicely Saunders' vision while providing them with Florence Wald, RN's vision including the provision of assisted-suicide even for economic or social reasons). That they are using Third Way terminal sedation rather than "assisted-suicide" makes no difference. Legalization of assisted-suicide has resulted in dozens of deaths per year in Oregon for example. Terminal sedation and other means of imposing death have easily resulted in over 100,000 deaths per year. It's "bait and switch." Truth sometimes doesn't sell well when you've got a dirty secret to hide.

Book Review. (1990). Euthanasia: The moral issues. ColumbiaLaw Review 90:1445-1448.
Euthanasia is a complex issue in many underlying theological, sociological, moral, and legal aspects.

Euthanasia in India - Wikipedia

Ira Byock, MD is one of those promoting the use of palliative sedation to intentionally end life within hospice. It is no mistake that he is one of the founders of Partnership for Caring which had merged with the successor organization of the Euthanasia Society of America (Choice in Dying). He was head of the Last Acts Rallying Points Regional Center "Life's End Institute" in Missoula, Montana. He presents himself as promoting good end-of-life care. In fact, his major book on end-of-life care is entitled, "Dying Well." He wants to re-define what "dying well" means to Americans. He may agree with many good hospice professionals about much of the treatment needed at the end-of-life, but he adds in that push toward death called "terminal sedation." When he urges more people to fill out living wills or advanced directives, many would ask, "What's the problem with that?" The problem is that his brand of end-of-life care twists what the public thinks end-of-life care is into something completely different, a vehicle to impose death without formal euthanasia or assisted-suicide.

Vaux, K. (1989). The theologic ethics of euthanasia. HastingsCenter Report, January/February, p. 19-22.

Final Exit - Assisted Dying Information - Euthanasia Resea

So, when the hospice industry talks about expanding services for the non-terminal and providing them through hospice, I see "red flags" of all sorts. I think about what they're not saying. They are not talking about how the leadership has been infiltrated by those who believe in euthanasia of the terminal, the disabled, the chronically ill, those with dementia and other categories of illnesses. They are not mentioning that the ethics that will be used to provide these services will not be based on Constitutional law or rights, or based on the sanctity of life, but on secular utilitarian ethics. They will not reveal that the government officials are interested in culling the population of patients who have repeat acute hospital admissions; they don't want to pay for it.

While others believe that euthanasia is an immoral act and that legalising the deliberate killing of humans will undermine the legal system in the UK.

Old Age - A Study in the Scriptures

Patient "autonomy." "Patient Self-Determination." Haven't we heard that before? We have. Again, this is the language being used today to justify legalization of assisted-suicide, the "right to die," and has been one of the three principles of the federal ethics set forth by the Congressionally-created Belmont Commission in 1978.