CONCERNS

  • There is a growing tendency to promote “mercy killing” as a solution to suffering, pain, aging, mental or physical challenges, social ills, rising health costs and cost containment.
  • Sanctioning of euthanasia and assisted suicide (as in the Netherlands) has led to increased use of euthanasia without consent, circumvention of the law, and abuse of the vulnerable.
  • Advances in hospice/palliative care and pain management methods are threatened when euthanasia and assisted suicide are sanctioned as a means of relieving pain and suffering.
  • The medical profession need more instruction and the public needs more education regarding hospice/palliative care and effective pain control.
  • Depression is the most common factor in requests for assisted suicide.  Depression can be diagnosed and treated successfully.  Requests for assisted suicide is a call for help.

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