What Wesley J. Smith, JD means by the "Compassion & Choices" organization wanting to become the "Planned Parenthood of assisted suicide" is clear when you consider that Planned Parenthood "took in $2.02 billion from government grants and programs" from 2002 - 2008; and recognition as a "legitimate national player" and the consequent expanded role in our society. Societally, Compassion & Choices, a pro-euthanasia, pro-assisted suicide, pro-Third-Way medical killing organization would never be accepted as a "legitimate" player on the national scene by a large majority of the American people, especially those of faith. Yet, they're just a Congressional decision away from being funded by the federal government!
In 1980, euthanasia advocate Derek Humphry founded the Hemlock Society of America in Santa Monica, California. It grew to over 50,000 members with 90 U.S. chapters. Humphry's group provided substantial financing for physician- assisted suicide legislation, including the eventual enactment of Oregon's 1997 law. But to advance euthanasia nationwide, a more subtle approach would be needed.
Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) – A Research Paper
Any discussion of terminal or palliative sedation would not be complete without mentioning Timothy Quill, MD and Ira Byock, MD. Both are experts in palliative care and are well-respected leaders in the industry. In the early 1990s, Byock voiced his opposition to legalization of assisted-suicide, but his writings and actions indicated he was not a friend of Cicely Saunders' vision of end-of-life care. He created the Partnership for Caring organization to promote changes to society and how the hospice industry operated in America, and had Choice in Dying (the successor organization of the Euthanasia Society of America) merge with the new organization. Why would he choose to merge his organization with the successor to the Euthanasia Society if he was truly against assisted-suicide and euthanasia?
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Euthanasia and assisted-suicide proponents lie just the same. And there are many who tell people to place their elderly parents in hospice so that "they will get better care," and "access to a wide range of services." Well, that is true in some hospices, but many families who have called me have reported they didn't get better care or a wide range of services. They report that once their loved one was enrolled in hospice, his or her death was hastened even when death was not expected in the near future.
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"Holy Redeemer's team approach addresses all of a patient's needs, so that "patients are able to die comfortably," Mirsch said. "They are able to die with dignity, and don't feel the need to request interventions such as assisted suicide and euthanasia."
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"stated that a statutory ban on assisted suicide does not infringe any constitutional privileges because the "right to commit suicide" is not a fundamental liberty interest and thereby not protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."