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HALO MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization is to promote, protect, and advocate for the rights of the medically vulnerable through direct patient and family interactions; through community education and awareness programs; and through promotion and development of concrete *"life-affirming healthcare"* alternatives for those facing the grave consequences of healthcare rationing and unethical practices, especially those at risk of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

*"Life-affirming healthcare" is defined as medical care in which the paramount principle is the sanctity of life, which means that the life and safety of each person come first and each person receives medical care across their lifespan based on their need for care and never with an intention to hasten death, regardless of their abilities or perceived "quality of life."

WELCOME TO HALO


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By Mary Merritt


It is likely that many of you have “stepped outside the box" sometime in your life. If so, it probably was neither an easy nor a comfortable experience. However, when embarking on a new venture, having a goal keeps a person focused, trusting and persevering, especially when it involves the work of God’s Kingdom.

Last month, a group of us stepped out in faith, forming the Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization (HALO). The HALO board officers are people whose names many of you will recognize: Julie Grimstad, President; Jo Tolck, Vice President; Mary Merritt, Secretary (as well as Executive Director); and Ann Olson, Treasurer. It is our prayer that many of you, individuals and organizations, will support HALO and join with us to accomplish the mission of promoting, protecting and advocating for the rights of the medically vulnerable.

The dictionary lists a number of synonyms for the word support: advocate, uphold, assist and help. “Support” means "to promote the interests; to serve as a foundation; to hold up; and to keep going." We, the founders of HALO, wish to express our gratitude for support already received and for assistance HALO will receive to keep going and growing.

1.  We are grateful for the support of dedicated, knowledgeable, experienced and well-respected individuals who are serving on HALO’s board of directors.

2. We are also thankful for the leaders of important ministries and individuals with specific expertise who generously said “yes” when asked to share their wisdom and talents as member of HALO’s advisory board.

3. We appreciate and are indebted to family and friends who encourage and accompany us on this journey.

4. To everyone who has asked to receive the HALO Monthly newsletter because you desire to become better informed on the issues, we express our gratitude. Please share this newsletter with others. You are invited to be our grassroots supporters who help educate others, contribute articles, and donate time and talent.

5. Funding is often the first thing to be associated with support. HALO definitely has financial needs and goals. We appreciate donations of any amount.

6. We mention last the most important help—prayer support! Prayer is vitally important. Please ask God to keep us focused and faithful to our mission. Pray for our board of directors, our board of advisors, their organizations and their families. Pray for more individuals and organizations to join with us to assist the medically vulnerable and their families. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. Already we have had answers to prayer. Doors are opening before us. In future issues of the HALO Monthly, we will keep you informed about how our prayers are being answered.

In the past two months, we have done a number of things to lay a solid foundation for HALO. We are incorporated and have filed for 501(c)(3) tax status so donations will be tax-deductible. Julie Grimstad just completed a video on “Patient Advocacy.” We’ll let you know when it is available on our YouTube channel. And our website will soon be ready to launch.

We call your attention especially to the inspired design of the HALO logo. It includes the Greek letters alpha and omega, signifying the First and the Last, a name the Scriptures apply to God and His Son, Jesus (see Isaiah 44:6 and Revelation 22:13). It is fitting that we acknowledge and honor God in our logo since we are trusting Him to guide us and bless our work. However, there is a double meaning. The HALO logo also symbolizes our recognition of the common dignity shared by all human beings, from the first moment to the last moment of each person’s life on earth.

None of our progress would have been possible if it weren’t for the various types of support I’ve listed and then some. To all who have helped and all who will help us, we humbly say, "Thank you for assisting us to take that big, high step outside the box!”

ADVANCE DIRECTIVES FOR HEALTHCARE -- PART ONE: THE BEST ADVANCE DIRECTIVE IS A MEDICAL POWER OF ATTORNEY

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By Julie Grimstad
Advance directives are legal documents by which individuals express their wishes regarding medical treatment in the event they become incapable of making health care decisions for themselves. Part One of this two-part article addresses two types of advance directives: the Medical Power of Attorney and the Living Will. Next month, Part Two will address an advance directive called a POLST form. POLST stands for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. (POLST may have a different name and acronym in your state.)
The title of Part One gives away HALO’s preference. In this article, I will explain why we promote only the Medical Power of Attorney (MPA) and are even very particular about the kind of MPA document we advise people to use.
At first glance, advance directives don’t appear problematic, but consider their origin. In 1967, the Euthanasia Society of America (later renamed the Society for the Right to Die and a succession of other names) introduced the first advance directive, the Living Will, as a step toward social and legal acceptance of euthanasia.i Unfortunately, due to the relentless efforts of the “right to die” movement, society has largely lost sight of the difference between allowing natural death and intentionally causing death. Every state’s advance directives law now permits the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures—including basic measures such as providing food and fluids by tube or intravenously—even when their omission will be the direct cause of death.
Living Wills are fatally flawed
A Living Will (often called a Directive to Physicians) directs physicians to use or not use certain treatments and/or tube-feeding in the event of a future illness or injury. It is impossible to foresee what you may want or need in a future situation. Thus a Living Will, which is a legally binding document, is based on mere guesswork. This is dangerous.
A case in which I was involved in 2005 illustrates this point. A young soldier suffered a severe brain injury while serving in Iraq. Before going to Iraq, he had signed a Living Will in which he had checked a box indicating that he would not want artificially provided nutrition and hydration (tube-feeding) in the event he became terminally ill or permanently unconscious. His wife insisted that nutrition and hydration be withdrawn and a doctor mistakenly determined he was permanently unconscious. This young man was admitted to a hospice for “comfort care” while being starved and dehydrated to death. A family member called me, desperately asking what they could do to save her loved one’s life. She said that, while he was in a rehabilitation facility, he would squeeze a ball with his hand. When he dropped it, he would pick it up by himself and continue with therapy, showing a determination to get better. His best friend told a reporter that he was responding “yes” or “no” to questions and nodded “yes” when asked if he wanted to live. But because, before he was injured, he had checked a box in his Living Will indicating no tube-feeding, his fate was sealed.
It is never wise to specify conditions under which you would rather be dead. Anything you write or say in that vein can lead to the premature ending of your life. If you refuse treatment, you risk tying the hands of a physician whose skills could restore you to health. Also, it is surprisingly difficult to state treatment wishes accurately and understandably. You may think you are clearly stating your preferences, but the terms used in advance directives often have legal and medical meanings that are quite different from what many people think they mean. When you are hospitalized, physicians may be strangers who do a poor job of interpreting your written wishes, particularly if they do not share your values.
Living Wills are fatally flawed.

The wiser choice: a Medical Power of Attorney

A much better choice is a Medical Power of Attorney in which you appoint a trusted family member or friend to be your “agent” (called a “proxy” in some state advance directive laws). Your agent will make medical decisions for you in the moment of need if you are unable, either temporarily or permanently, to do so for yourself.
Your agent will endeavor to honor your values and wishes while basing medical decisions on current information—your medical condition, treatment options, and likely outcomes—provided by medical professionals. Research is constantly producing new treatments that reverse serious conditions. You cannot know today what treatments will be available tomorrow. This is just one reason why appointing an agent to make your medical decisions in a future situation may save your life.
It is important that you discuss your wishes and principles with your agent when you sign your MPA and periodically thereafter. Your perspective may change as your circumstances change. For instance, it is not unusual for healthy people to imagine that certain medical treatments would be intolerable, but then change their minds when faced with life-threatening conditions. ii On the other hand, some people, when their health is declining, may wish to limit or forgo medical treatment that they previously said they would want.
A Medical Power of Attorney is a necessity for anyone who is 18 years old or older. To be certain a person you trust will make medical decisions for you if you become incapacitated due to an accident or illness, you must specifically name that person in a legal document.
The standard MPA, however, presents problems because it uses the same language as does a Living Will and it permits an agent to make decisions that will directly cause a person’s death. Both documents can be interpreted to mean “I don’t want to live” under certain circumstances, which may not be what you meant when you signed your advance directive or what you’d want in the event you are unable to communicate your wishes.
Safeguard your life
Should you become seriously ill or injured and unable to speak for yourself, your greatest advantage will be a tenacious agent committed to protecting your best interests. Your next of kin may not be that person. If you haven’t spoken to someone you would trust with your life about being your medical decision maker in a time of crisis, consider having that conversation today.
Do your best to choose an agent who (1) genuinely respects human life and is capable of making morally sound decisions, (2) will ask questions in order to base decisions on the best medical information and advice available, (3) will seek a second expert opinion, spiritual counsel or legal advice when necessary and (4) will not be easily intimidated by medical professionals or medical terminology.
Next, choose a Medical Power of Attorney document that is carefully worded to ensure that no one, not even your agent, has the authority to approve the direct and intentional ending of your life. The Protective Medical Decisions Document (PMDD), drafted by the Patients Rights Council, fits this description and is the MPA that HALO most often recommends. iii
The PMDD states, “I direct that food and water (nutrition and hydration) be provided to me unless death is inevitable and truly imminent so that the effort to sustain my life is futile or unless I am unable to assimilate food and fluids.” This document also directs “that my life not be ended by assisted suicide” or “by euthanasia.” And, to preclude misinterpretation of your directions, the PMDD specifically states that the meanings of words used in this document are “those which I have discussed with my agent.” When you sign a PMDD, you are giving your agent sole authority to interpret what you mean by the words used in it.
The wording of a Medical Power of Attorney is critically important and must comply with the laws of your state. The PMDD is available in state-specific versions, which is another reason HALO endorses it.
Be prepared
When a patient is admitted to a health care facility, they are asked if they have an advance directive. If the answer is “no,” they are offered one then and there. Being admitted to a health care facility is often a stressful event and there are many papers to sign and questions to answer. This is not an ideal circumstance for scrutinizing a legal document with life and death consequences. It is wise to plan ahead so you have your own thoughtfully prepared Medical Power of Attorney in hand when you arrive at the emergency room or admission desk.
Filling out a PMDD takes only a few minutes—a few minutes that may mean the difference between life and death.
i Euthanasia means an act or omission which causes the death of a sick, elderly or disabled person so that suffering and other difficulties may be eliminated.
ii “Why do patients often deviate from their advance directives?” Jerome Groopman, MD and Pamela Hartzband, MD, Physician, 9/24/2012
iii HALO’s preferred MPA, the Protective Medical Decisions Document (PMDD), is a state-specific document available from the Patients Rights Council, P.O Box 760, Steubenville, OH 43952; phone 740-282-3810 or toll-free 1-800-958-5678. For Wisconsin residents HALO also endorses the Wisconsin Protective Power of Attorney for Health Care, which can be downloaded free at www.prolifewisconsin.org , or ordered by calling toll-free 1-877-463-7945.

A WARNING TO CHOOSE YOUR HEALTHCARE AGENT CAREFULLY

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By Kellie Fourten

My uncle, we'll call him John, was the high-functioning co-owner of a large company which he and his partner had built from the ground up. He remained very hands-on. Fair, generous and well-liked, John was the type of boss who would not ask employees to do anything he wasn't willing to do. When he began to have memory issues, John’s partner accommodated him by overseeing his work in order for him to remain active in the business for as long as possible.

Ultimately, John took up residence in an assisted living facility where he lived for three years. When he was no longer able to meet the requirements for that facility, he moved to a memory care unit in another location.

Since John's son was a young father with many responsibilities at home, we cousins took turns visiting John at different times each week in order to cover as many days and times as possible.

One day while I was visiting, I learned that John's son had been advised that his father needed to be in hospice. I questioned the nurse regarding the need for hospice since John was already in a memory unit. The nurse eventually turned his back on me and walked away. John’s son obviously didn't know the questions to ask when hospice was suggested and I had no authority to intervene. Nevertheless, I made it a point to visit at an unexpected time and encountered the hospice nurse. Upon questioning her regarding their services, I concluded that, other than a harp player, no services would be provided by the hospice that were not already being provided by the memory care unit’s staff.

As my uncle’s condition continued to decline, another cousin and I kept vigil the best we could and were the people most present, given my young cousin's responsibilities at home. I witnessed the confusion of two CNAs over medication they were supposed to administer. These CNAs were members of the memory care unit’s staff. Hospice staff members were not there to administer medications, check on his positioning hourly as they said they would do, or visit him. John was prescribed Haldol, which was contraindicated due to his age and dementia.* I observed that this drug caused him to hallucinate -- not a pleasant way for one’s life to end. Although the hospice charged for services, they did not deliver.

The point I want to make is the importance of choosing the right health care agent. It isn't enough to choose someone who loves and cares about you. It must be someone who is knowledgeable, will ask appropriate questions, and is firm enough to stand up for your rights and protect your wellbeing. Although I fit both categories, I was not named as John’s agent and had no legal authority to intervene.

Do not let what happened to John happen to you or your loved ones. Choose health care agents carefully.

DO SOMETHING

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It’s one thing to talk about human suffering and another thing to do something about it.

Are we so caught up in our own lives that we have no time to help anyone else? A friend? A neighbor? An elderly person? A lonely person? A sick or injured person? A suffering person?

Most of us are familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). A man is beaten and robbed and lies on the side of the road. The priest and the Levite pass him by, but the Samaritan stops and tends to the wounded man and even goes the extra mile to take him to a safe haven, an inn, and promises to pay for whatever he needs.

The Samaritan is the hero in this story. Perhaps the first two passersby were so busy going about their business that they thought they did not have time to help the injured man. It takes time, effort, energy and sometimes money to be compassionate, to love another person as we would like to be loved.

The only way we can effectively change the culture is to first change ourselves, to show the world what sincere respect and compassion for every human being looks like in action.

It is really simple. Stop passing up the opportunity to make a difference in the world. Be a hero.

MOM’S FINAL JOURNEY: A PROMISE KEPT

By Margaret Pole

Shortly before my beloved father died (see “Just to See Him Smile” in the June 24, 2016 PHA Monthly at prolifehealthcare.org), I promised him that I would care for Mom at home just as I had cared for him. I hope that, by sharing my experiences as my mother’s caregiver, others will be encouraged to care and advocate for their own elderly or disabled loved ones. You’ll never regret the time and attention you lavish on them. Love demands no less.

When I moved back to our family home to care for my elderly parents in March 2013, Mom could still walk unassisted around the house and used a rollator walker for walks around the block. By the time of Dad’s funeral in March 2016, she was using a very basic walker in the house, with great effort, and a wheelchair when she went outside the house.

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Mom on her 90th birthday, Mom at table

Mom had very humbly and quietly put herself “on the back burner” while we focused on Dad’s multiple health travails during his last 15 months of life. And yet her own health was seriously declining. In September 2015, she came through emergency gallbladder surgery with flying colors, despite being 88 years old.

Once Dad left us, I moved Mom into “the hospital room” where we had cared for Dad. By this time, she really needed the hospital bed and easier access to a bedside commode. I also took her for a thorough checkup with her primary care physician, a kindly woman who had cared for my parents for many years.

Mom had a long history of asthma, so I frequently used a pulse oximeter to check her oxygen saturation level. She was now just barely within the normal range. When I asked the doctor to order an oxygen concentrator to have on hand in case of emergency, she said she couldn’t do this without detailed documentation of Mom’s oxygen levels and a lot of red tape, in order to qualify for Medicare coverage.

I didn’t suspect any hidden, sinister agenda on the part of this devout Catholic doctor. I think she wasn’t convinced that Mom’s respiratory health was as tenuous as it was, because she exhibited no obvious signs of distress. Thus the doctor was perhaps reluctant to deal with a bureaucratic procedure that might prove unnecessary. But her response reinforced my perception that the medical establishment sometimes makes it hard to provide quality medical care at home.

Keeping Mom safe

Mom became very unsteady on her feet and was at great risk of falling. When she used her walker around the house, I fastened a gait belt around her abdomen and held onto it from behind. To prevent falls between her bed and her bedside commode, I positioned the large, sturdy wheelchair we had used for Dad between the bed and the commode, allowing just enough space for her to stand up and move from the bed to the commode and back. It also functioned as a grab bar that she gripped to pull herself up from the bed and the commode and move between them.

It was increasingly hard for Mom to get up from a normal chair, so, as her chair at the dining room table we used a large, high, portable commode we had used for Dad. This chair had high handles on the sides that she used to pull herself up and a sturdy lid that worked well as a seat. We put a thick cushion on it and covered it with a decorative throw if we had guests. Mom relished being at our large dining room table for our family gatherings and activities.

Mom still enjoyed relatively good health when we celebrated her 90th birthday in July 2017 (see “Don’t Hesitate to Celebrate” in the September 25, 2017 PHA Monthly at prolifehealthcare.org). During her last year of life, she lost most of her mobility, so we brought her to the table in the wheelchair.

Every day Mom expressed her gratitude for my care. This gave me great joy.

The many dimensions of dementia

Mom’s dementia, which was very slight when Dad left us in 2016, gradually worsened. By mid-2017, she frequently forgot that he had died, believing that he was away on a trip and would be coming home soon. From a guidebook written for family caregivers, I learned the DARE rule: Do not argue, reason, or explain when a dementia patient exhibits irrational thoughts or behavior. Insofar as possible, try to just “go with the flow.” For example, if Mom asked if Dad had come home last night, I usually gently said, “No, not yet,” and then changed the subject.

In the evening, Mom occasionally announced that she was going to sleep in her old bedroom. Sometimes I succeeded in distracting her by suggesting that we have supper or dessert first. But if she was especially insistent, I had to emphatically tell her that this wasn’t safe for her, just as one would with a small child. She sulked for a few minutes afterward, and then the episode was soon forgotten.

Some aspects of dementia can actually be a blessing. I believe my father would have suffered much more during his last year of life if he had been fully aware of his circumstances. His very experienced hospice nurse affirmed my observation. I believe Mom’s forgetfulness significantly eased her deep grief over losing Dad. At my aunt’s recent funeral, one of her granddaughters said her grandmother’s dementia had revealed her soul. She described the way my aunt began speaking openly about how much she loved Jesus and Mary, as a small child would. Similarly, a close friend of mine who had tried for many years to evangelize her anti-religious mother, told me that God reached her mother through her dementia.

Opposition to beneficial treatment

In early May 2018, we made two trips to the emergency room, one week apart. After the second visit, Mom was hospitalized for a few days with a primary diagnosis of acute respiratory failure. When the hospitalist called to give me her diagnoses, she rambled on and on, repeating that “your mother has advanced dementia” and “aggressive care is not appropriate.” This seemed to be her main concern, rather than Mom’s serious physical problems. Due to Mom’s frailty, certain forms of “aggressive care” probably wouldn’t have been appropriate at this stage, but I greatly resented this doctor’s repeated insinuation that Mom wasn’t worth treating because she had dementia.

I figured that the doctor would at least give us an order for an oxygen concentrator to use at home, but she balked at this request, citing some bureaucratic requirement that supposedly hadn’t been met—despite the fact that Mom had continuously received supplemental oxygen from the time the paramedics put her in the ambulance for the second ER visit. I agreed to the doctor’s recommendation for hospice care, largely because it was then the only way to rapidly get an oxygen concentrator for her.

On the advice of a trusted home health care agency, I chose a different hospice organization than the one we had used for Dad. The hospice case manager (also a nurse) gave me a POLST form* to fill out and sign. Using a POLST is voluntary, but when I resisted, the hospice case manager said, “Well then, you’re not ready for hospice. If I had known this, I wouldn’t have agreed to sign up your mother.” My “plan B” was to sign the form, but also select the options for “trial period of full treatment” and “trial period of artificial nutrition, including feeding tubes.” The case manager objected: “You’re not ready for hospice!” I responded, “Are you saying that if I mark these choices on the POLST form, my mother can’t receive hospice services?”

The bottom line for receiving hospice care is that resuscitation won’t be attempted if the patient has no pulse and isn’t breathing. Mom didn’t want resuscitation at this point, so she met that requirement, but that wasn’t enough for this nurse. I explained to her that we probably wouldn’t end up using the trial options, but I wanted to keep them available because I wasn’t sure how Mom’s situation would evolve over time. Mom was then nowhere near the active dying phase. The exasperated nurse then went outside to call and confer with the hospice doctor. A few minutes later she returned and consented to my choices on the POLST form.

From the start of Mom’s hospice care and at every subsequent visit, this same nurse suggested that I stop using the oxygen concentrator, insisting that Mom “looks very comfortable.” When I explained to her that Mom had no obvious signs of respiratory distress when we went to the ER and yet the paramedics had immediately given her oxygen and so did the hospital, she replied, “Well, they have rules they have to follow.” I also explained that Mom was able to take short breaks from using the machine, but within an hour she began to experience discomfort. This fact didn’t seem to faze the nurse. A few weeks later, another of our three hospice nurses began to do the same at each visit, because Mom “seems comfortable.” Fortunately, they couldn’t force me to remove the oxygen.

Good nursing care and a good ending

Otherwise, I felt that Mom received very good nursing care. Especially helpful were the detailed dosing guidelines this agency provided for administering medication, particularly morphine. Another plus was the extremely helpful grief support I received during Mom’s care and am still receiving from the agency’s “spiritual counselor,” who is a clinical therapist.

A few days before Mom died, I had to move her to a nursing home due to a nearby wildfire that knocked out electric power and threatened our neighborhood. She then entered the active dying phase. The facility’s nursing care was excellent, but the doctor there suggested that I remove Mom’s oxygen, claiming they could keep her comfortable with increased pain medication. Fortunately he didn’t force it. I was very grateful for the moral support of my sister who works in a secular hospital. She explained that the hospital routinely provides oxygen as a comfort measure in end-of-life care.

Mom could no longer speak, but she could still hear. We asked her to squeeze our hand or raise her eyebrows if she needed more pain medication. She was aware of visitors and used body language to react to other stimuli. When my brother, who is a priest, called her on the morning of July 10 and told her she would be meeting Jesus soon, she smiled beautifully and died a few minutes after the call ended. It was a beautiful end to a beautiful five-and-half year journey with my parents. And if I had to, I would gladly do it all over again.

Margaret Pole is a freelance writer and editor.

*Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form; see “POLST: What is it and why does the PHA oppose it?” at prolifehealthcare.org to learn about the dangerous aspects of this form.

EXPANDING ASSISTED SUICIDE/ NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Law Journal endorses Canadian-style Euthanasia law, saying Assisted Suicide is not enough.

By Nancy Elliott, Chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA
October 2, 2018

The New Jersey legislature may be voting in October on whether to legalize Assisted Suicide. While this would be a sweeping change to the medical landscape, there are others who want this law to have even more power to end people’s lives. The New Jersey Law Journal’s Editorial Board on September 3, 2018 [1] wrote they do not think bill #A-1504 and S-1072 go far enough. The bill for Assisted Suicide has not even been passed yet and these lawyers want it to include more. What they are looking for is the bill to include Euthanasia. That is pretty scary stuff, to think that a doctor or nurse could come at their patient with a lethal injection. It has not worked out that well in the Netherlands. They had a case of a doctor having the family hold down a struggling woman who did not want to be euthanized, while the doctor injected her with the lethal dose.[2] 

Not only do these lawyers want Euthanasia, they want people who are not fatal to be included in the definition of who can be euthanized. They mention people who may have as long as 20 years to live. They also say people with “no quality of life” should be candidates for Euthanasia. My question is who will be making these decisions? People with disabilities, who fear these laws, will be pushed toward Euthanasia just like in Canada, where they do not want to give a disabled man the help he needs, but have suggested Euthanasia for him.[3] 

One thing I thought strange was that lawyers were asking for this expansion. What is their motivation? It brings me back to when lawyers were asking someone close to me to sign an Advance Directive to limit care saying, “Do you want your estate eaten up?” This is the way many lawyers think. It is about the money, but that is not the way to have the best medical care. Where Assisted Suicide or Euthanasia become law, rationing follows. If Euthanasia is the “cure” for a certain ailment, then everyone with that ailment should have Euthanasia.
I hate the term “slippery slope” but that is what happens with this kind of law, it is constantly expanding. In the Netherlands and Belgium they now euthanize children. They also euthanize otherwise healthy depressed patients. Once we go down that road it is ever expanding. One may say, who am I to tell someone they can’t commit suicide? By saying no to this bill you are not; anyone can commit suicide. Saying no just stops doctors and nurses from killing their patients and keeps the government out of saying who is worthy to die and who is not.

Reprinted with permission of the author.

Source: http://www.euthanasiausa.org/new-jersey-law-journal-endorses-canadian-style-euthanasia-law-saying-assisted-suicide-is-not-enough/
 

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