By Margaret Dore
To read my legal/policy analysis against SB 128, (click here). To viewsupporting documentation, (click here).
Key points include:
People "eligible" for assisted suicide/euthanasia may have years, even decades, to live, i.e., if they don't die of assisted suicide/euthanasia under SB 128. The bill encourages people with years to live to throw away their lives.
The thrust of SB 128 is to protect doctors and other participants in a patient's death, including family members - not patients. This is done in three ways:
- Taking the teeth out of patient protections;
- Requiring the death certificate, which is the official cause of death, to reflect a natural death; and
- A near complete lack of transparency - in Oregon, similar confidentiality provisions preclude disclosure to law enforcement
The bottom line, patient choice and control is not assured. SB 128 is, instead, a recipe for patient abuse. Other problems include steerage to suicide by healthcare providers and the risk of suicide contagion.
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