Skip to comments.SUICIDE; RIGHT TO DIE; EUTHANASIA
Posted on 10/16/2003 6:50:46 PM PDT by Calpernia
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Only the state of Oregon permits physician-assisted suicide, "Death with Dignity Act".
38 states, including Connecticut, explicitly criminalize assisted suicide through statute, this includes Florida.
Courts have held that the defendant may be convicted of murder or manslaughter, or for assisting suicide
"Death by Philanthropy
A recent episode illustrates the role of foundation funding in promoting Futile Care Theory or protecting us from it. Dr. Donald J. Murphy, a Colorado physician and ethics consultant, a prominent proponent of medical futility, believes that the community should define when and under what circumstances it is inappropriate for doctors to provide medical treatment.
Murphy once headed a nonprofit organization, the Colorado Collective for Medical Decisions (CCMD), dedicated to crafting formal guidelines it hoped would come to govern when lifesupporting medical treatment would be withdrawn from patientswhether or not the patient or the patients family wanted the treatment to continue.
To promote his organizations agenda, Murphy approached the Colorado Trust, a philanthropic foundation dedicated to funding projects designed to promote accessible and affordable healthcare programs.
The Trust granted CCMD $1.3 million to develop its guidelines. It was a unique grant, says Nancy Baughman Csuti, senior evaluation officer for the Colorado Trust. It was not done in response to a Request For Proposals. Dr. Murphy just came in as the leader of his organization and made a strong presentation asking for the money.
CCMD used the Colorado Trusts donation to convene community focus groups intended to determine-and mold-the publics attitudes towards end-of-life care. Murphys purpose was to generate so much public agreement with CCMDs proposed guidelines that hospitals, HMOs, and physicians would be emboldened immediately to begin the widespread withholding of inappropriate care. To Dr. Murphys chagrin, the community generally rejected Futile Care Theory. It became clear that people believe that they should be in control of their own care, Csuti says.
Seeing the writing on the wall, the Colorado Trust ceased funding CCMD and used the information gleaned from the focus groups to help craft a new Palliative Care Initiative, by which it hopes to promote better and more humane medical treatment at the end of life-a program not based on a coercive model.
Why the change? Says Csuti: Our foundation believes that the community must buy into new approaches to medicine. It became clear that the guidelines would not fly. So, the foundation is now pursuing a different path.
In an ironic postscript to the story demonstrating that groups that live by philanthropy can also die by philanthropy, the loss of the Colorado Trusts funding dealt a deathblow to CCMD. Dr. Murphy has moved on to new endeavors and the organization is no longer active.
The moral wreckage of the eugenics movement should serve as a warning sign against embracing discriminatory policies as proper solutions to social and medical problems.
When making their funding decisions, donors would thus do well to ponder whether their support for a specific bioethical activity would be likely to move the nation forward to a more just and accessible medical system or would, in the name of progress, actually undermine the cornerstone principle of universal human equality. With foundation-funded bioethicists leading us incrementally in the direction of a new eugenics, due diligence demands nothing less."
We shall see.
The Netherlands is the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia, giving terminally ill patients the right to end their lives.
Strict conditions apply, with regional review committees made up of legal, medical, and ethical experts reviewing each patient's request.
From what I have read - and I read a lot on this topic - old and sick people in the Netherlands are regularly killed WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT. So this "request" thing is a screen for just plain old regular murder. And so it will be here. Already is.
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