Pharmacists were twice as likely as medical GPs to endorse the view that "if a patient has decided to end their own life then doctors should be allowed in law to assist". Legality of euthanasia Voluntary euthanasia was legalized in Colombia in the Netherlands inBelgium inLuxembourg in and Canada in
That part, he is at peace with. Almost three years ago, after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 abdominal cancer, Smith and his wife hosted a picnic in the backyard of their Bethany home.
A five-piece band played "old time music" for the 50 or so friends and family who gathered for what Smith considered an alternative to a funeral. The marker for his cemetery plot is complete, except for the date of death. At 86, retired from a career in social work, Smith says he has no regrets.
But he anticipates that he will feel severe pain when the cancer reaches its final phases, and when that happens, he wants a doctor to be able to prescribe him a lethal dose of medication that he can use to end his life peacefully. They asked the court to declare that the law would not apply to a doctor who provides "aid in dying" to a mentally competent, terminally ill patient facing a dying process that the patient finds unbearable, because it is not suicide.
The doctors, Gary Blick and Ronald Levine, said in court filings that dying patients had asked them for prescriptions that would allow them to die peacefully, but that fear of prosecution stopped the doctors from obliging.
The doctors disagreed, arguing that their fear of prosecution is concrete, not abstract, and that they have an interest in providing medical care without being incarcerated. A hearing is scheduled Monday. State law prohibits physicians from intentionally helping their patients die, even if the circumstances are sympathetic, Assistant Attorney General Jane Rosenberg wrote in court documents filed on behalf of the defendants.
Allowing it, the group argued in its request to the court, could harm not just terminally ill people but those who are elderly, lonely, despondent, grieving, alienated or marginalized. The state law at issue is the one governing manslaughter in the second degree: But uncertainty exists because no court has interpreted the word "suicide" in the context of the law, their lawsuit argued.
In sworn statements filed in court, Levine and Blick described patients in the final stages of terminal illness.
One was a former bank president, another was a former Broadway costume designer, another a former law firm chairman accustomed to control and autonomy. They had been reduced to trying to avoid "horrific suffering" as they approached death.
The patients asked for help so they could die peacefully, when they chose to, surrounded by loved ones, the doctors said. For these patients, already facing death, survival was a matter of days or weeks, not longer, and allowing death to come peacefully would not be suicide, Levine said.
But he and Blick said they do not do so because of the chance they could be prosecuted for it.Should Physicians Help Terminal Patients Die? of whether physicians should be allowed to assist patients in ending their lives.
physician-assisted suicide, has been a divisive issue among. May 24, · Those who believe doctors should be allowed to assist in their patients' suicides say that terminally ill patients have a right to choose death over the torment of the final stages of their disease.
The Economist asked Ipsos MORI to survey people in 15 countries on whether doctors should be allowed to help patients to die, and if so, how and when.
Russia and Poland are against, but we find. The Economist asked Ipsos MORI to survey people in 15 countries on whether doctors should be allowed to help patients to die, and if so, how and when. Russia and Poland are against, but we find.
Thus, the real issue to be addressed is whether terminally ill patients should have the right to physician-assisted suicide when their desire for a hastened death is based on depression and hopelessness. OPINION - Should doctors assist in suicide CMI 68 July In the news: A 24 year old woman who suffers from depression (and is otherwise healthy and is not terminally ill).