April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As assisted suicide
failed to pass in state legislatures across the country this year, a new Marist Poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus found that a majority of Americans do not support assisted suicide
and that strong majorities harbor deep concerns over such proposals.
After years of focus group-tested blather from the political wing of the euthanasia movement claiming that legalizing assisted suicide
would be strictly limited to the terminally ill, we finally have a clearer picture of where the right-to-die crowd wishes to take America.
By adding assisted suicide
to the suite of treatment options available, it becomes the cheapest option available and makes it easier for implicit and explicit pressure to be levied on the most vulnerable.
In a 2002 speech in Oregon, Scalia addressed the issue of assisted suicide
and seemed to make it clear that he regarded the assisted suicide
law as an issue of states' rights - and one he had no desire to see come before the high court.
Essentially, these proposals would eliminate current laws banning assisted suicide
and create procedures, protocols, and safeguards to regulate its careful application to certain qualified, terminally ill people.
Furthermore, although a significant proportion of nonassisted suicides involve chronic or terminal illness, especially in those older than age 65, the available evidence does not support the conjecture that legalizing assisted suicide
would lead to a reduction in nonassisted suicides.
Coalition coordinator Tim Rosales followed, "Throughout the country we have seen assisted suicide
proposals begin with very high approval ratings only to go down to defeat.
Patients with low health insurance were denied cancer treatment and instead offered assisted suicide
Oregon's death rate from legal assisted suicide
is the equivalent of more than 1,000 cases a year in England and Wales.
The program, called "Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die" has caused a stir among critics who are saying the program "romanticized" assisted suicide
Yet it is Kevorkian and his "suicide machine," not Oregon's law with its careful limitations, that became the dominant image of assisted suicide
Euthanasia and assisted suicide
are the antithesis to what should be at the heart of human civilization: trust, respect, concern and solidarity, based on reverence for all human life," the archbishop wrote in a July 17 letter to his fellow Canadian prelates.