Friday, July 10, 2015

We must not give doctors license to kill people

This letter was published on July 10 in the Cap Cod Times.

On July 7 the California Legislature rejected an assisted suicide bill, joining other states like Connecticut, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire and more in bipartisan defeats this year.

Massachusetts should continue to reject proposed legislation that would remove important safety protections against fraud, coercion, discrimination and much worse. Many of us know people who have outlived a dire but wrong prediction. Many friends, neighbors, children, the lonely, depressed and abandoned will feel pressure to throw away their lives. There is a malpractice industry testament to doctor mistakes. They must not be licensed to legally help kill people.

Let’s continue to expand care and comfort at the end of life, including cutting-edge pain treatment, increased access to hospice care and attendant care.

Leslie Wolfgang


Ronald Donaldson said...

Doctors already have a quasi license to kill especially in states like California with small malpractice damage caps.

Thanks to Euthanasia Prevention Coalition for their efforts to protect patient lives and rights. Another danger to patient lives and violation of patient rights is occurring in hospital emergency departments throughout the country.

The highly deadly mandatory clot-buster TPA drug given in the ER for a non-life threatening moderate ischemic stroke has a history of deadly failed test trials and controversial if any benefit modest benefit. This stealth euthanasia drug is now starting to be delivered to home's after a 911 stroke call. There are much safer and more effective alternatives to stroke TPA but stroke patients are not getting a chance to make that decision. Search: AAEM TPA position, The NNT TPA stroke, or in ER emergency blogs or for the stroke TPA drug controversy.

Please considering having your organization take a position on stroke TPA by calling for a pre-stroke TPA decision that is stored in the Advanced Care Directive that can be accessed by the ER. Thank you.

LSmith said...

Too often, patients aren't even the ones making the decision.