The Future of Euthanasia in the United States with Wesley J. Smith

Award -winning author and world-renowned anti-euthanasia expert Wesley J. Smith joined me last weekend to discuss trends in the healthcare field and why we should reject euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide at all costs.

Seven Months of Ready to Stand radio

So with last Saturday being Holy Saturday, I did not do a new show. Rather, I took the opportunity to go back over seven months of shows and pick out my favorite clips and compile them into one show. It seems a bit presumptuous to call it a “best of”, but it was fun to go back and listen to some of these clips again!

Oregon Proposes Outright Legalization of Euthanasia

The state of Oregon has long since been ground zero for radical, end-of-life ideology and legislation. It was the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide two decades ago, and since that time, the practice has grown in both social acceptance and legislative momentum. Sensing a momentum toward a more universal acceptance of physician-assisted suicide, and building on the success of the “right to die” movement, advocates are setting their sights on the as-of-now prohibited practice of euthanasia. To that end, legislators in Oregon have introduced two new bills, Senate Bill 494 and Senate Bill 893, that would create ambiguity in their end-of-life statutes and allow for legal euthanasia in some cases. This is not a surprising development, but for those who thought euthanasia would never rear its ugly, loathsome head in the United States, it’s here. I wrote a post for Crisis Magazine explaining these two bills and why they are dangerous, and why we should think long and hard about espousing the values of the culture of death.

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Assisted Suicide Laws Neglect Mental Health Problems

Oregon recently released in annual end-of-year report on physician-assisted suicide. The report documents that of 133 patients that received prescriptions for life-ending medication in 2016, only 5 of them were referred for counseling beforehand. The rates are about the same in the most recent report from Washington state. The laws themselves do a dreadfully poor job of prescribing protocol for handing mental health problems in patients with terminal illness, and doctors are under no obligation to request a mental health assessment unless they see fit. I wrote a post for Crisis Magazine discussing the failure of physician-assisted suicide laws to address mental health problems both in the laws themselves and in practice.

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Often Steals the Autonomy It Promises to Deliver

Autonomy is the rallying cry for advocates of physician-assisted suicide. But for every story of someone whose autonomy is enhanced by this practice, there is another story of someone whose autonomy was taken away. I wrote a post for the Washington Examiner on the false promise of autonomy and the dangers of making death a medical option.

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Legalizing Assisted Suicide Is A Terrible Idea, But Let’s Do It Anyway

10806297_10155125086050363_7097865279357644478_nThe wave of support for physician-assisted suicide is quickly enveloping the country.

Several states have already proposed bills this year, with more sure to follow. Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers, the same guy who sued God, is introducing the bill to the Nebraska Unicameral, while Colorado is proposing a similar bill. Both bills are written to mirror Oregon’s “Death With Dignity Act.”

 This is indicative of the growing sentiment among many Americans encouraging doctors to ignore the healing element of their professions in order to fit a culture of death agenda.

Meanwhile, the American Medical Association continues to oppose the practice.

Obviously, allowing doctors to terminate the lives of their patients compromises the care they provide to sick patients under the oath they took to do no harm. Helping patients kill themselves is the antithesis of the medical profession, but apparently the number of Americans who recognize this is dwindling.

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