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Assisted suicide should be banned Assisted suicide in the U.S. • Oregon <Oregon Death with Dignity Act> • Washington <Washington Death with Dignity Act> • Texas <Texas Futile Care Law> • Montana Case judged legal by the court Abused assisted suicide • Non-reported euthanasia cases • No mechanism to determine whether all such cases were reported • Give doctors the right to murder the patients • No protection on patients under the Texas Futile Care Law in Texas state Unreported euthanasia cases • Nearly half of all euthanasia deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium were not reported • 41.3% of unreported cases were done by a nurse alone • (British Medical Journal, 2010) Mechanism on determining suicide • In Oregon and Washington states Law requires the physician to lie on the death certificate. • Death listed – √ illness (eg. cancer) – × the cause of death (eg. suicide) • (British Medical Journal, 2010) True story in Texas • Baby born with fatal defect – life support was removed – against his mother's wishes • Lawful under <Texas Futile Care Law> • (Hopper L. Houston Chronicle, 2005) Insurance companies involved • Patients first, money second? • Pay for the compensation after assisted suicide? Assisted suicide encourages suicide • Dying patient – √ Assisted suicide – × Fighting with disease • Depressed patient – √ Assisted suicide – × Psychologist • Financial difficulties Say NO to legalized assisted suicide! •Hopper L. (March 15, 2005) Baby born with fatal defect dies after removal from life support. Retrieved from http://www.chron.com/news/ •Oregon State (1994). Oregon's Death with Dignity Act (ORS 127.800-995). Retrieved from http://www.leg.state.or.us/ •Schadenberg C. (January 21, 2011) Legal euthanasia under-reported, open to abuse. Retrieved from http://www.theinterim.com/ •Smets T, Bilsen J, Cohen J, et al. (October 5, 2010) Reporting of euthanasia in medical practice in Flanders, Belgium: cross sectional analysis of reported and unreported cases. Retrieved from http://www.bmj.com/ •Friedenberg R M. (October 11, 2001) "Euthabasia." Radiology. Retreved from http://radiology.rsna.org/
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