We live in a world where not only the hope ridiculed, but money is seen as more important than the individual. My own painful experience of this is when I was expecting a baby with a birth defect. I was invited to abortion, but chose based on what I felt was right, to keep my baby. Today, just over 14 years later, I see continually the happy outcome of this election. Unfortunately, I also have experience of helping other women who also waited children with omphalocele, to support them in their decision not to have an abortion. They then both doctor and sometimes family members who are pushing for them to end their pregnancy.
The value of a life is not great in the eyes of the world, and it has also led to a state that Oregon has realized the economic benefits of offering assisted suicide for patients who are considered terminally ill. LDS magazine allows an oncologist tell us about the tragic decision that many sufferers feel that they have to - and the blessings it can give never to abandon hope.
Of course this is an extremely important topic. What if our Swedish country would suddenly be inspired by states like Oregon or the Netherlands. How important is it not with conscience? In Sweden, one must not act as a midwife if you do not agree to assist in abortions. When doctors must be forced to assisted suicide to retain the right to act as doctor ??
"Dr. Kenneth Stevens, Dy. is Professor Emeritus and former. Professor at the Radiological Oncology,Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon and President of Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation, www.pccef.org
The picture in the article represent Lauren Hill, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor inoperable and given only a few months left to live. She has just played a leading baskettboll tournament at Mt. St. Joseph University.
Physician-assisted suicide has recently flourished in the media on the occasion of Brittany Maynard, diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year, came to Oregon and died by suicide with an overdose of barbiturate on November 1 2014. The assistant suicide advocate organization, Compassion & Choices (ex. Hemlock Society), has arranged and portrayed a skilful media campaign about her story to support the further legalization of physician-assisted suicide.
She was attractive, young, newly married and diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Although she was very smooth and had the opportunity to travel to the Grand Canyon a few weeks earlier, so she felt beyond all hope. She ended her life prematurely a few days ago by an overdose of drugs.
My 47 years of experience in caring for cancer patients in Oregon has rich experiences of different patients. Since Oregon's assistant suicide stroke voted 1994, I have studied law, its effects and tried to fight it.
Brittany Maynard's story is right now in the media, but there are other stories about assisted suicide in Oregon.
The first time I became involved in assisted suicide was 1982, shortly before my 39-year-old wife died of brain tumor. We had just finished what would be her last visit to her doctor. When we left the clinic, so he said that he could give her an extra large dose of pain relieving medicine. She said she did it because she could not keep their pain under control. When I helped her into the car, she said to me. "Ken, he wants me to kill myself." She had suffered a lot in recent 18 months, but her doctor's statement caused the greatest suffering for her. It felt devastating to her that her doctor, her trusted physician, would suggest that she would kill herself. Two weeks later, she died peacefully, without pain and with dignity. We appreciated all of our time together, all the way from the natural end of her life on earth.
In 2000 so referred the 55-year-old Jeanette Hall to me by the surgeon with a diagnosis of lower rectal anal cancer that was not possible to operate. When I first met Ms. Hall so I gave her the news that she had a tumor, although it could not operate, could be treated with radiation and chemotherapy, which resulted in a great chance for cure. When she came to me with the diagnosis that it could not operate, so she felt hopeless and despaired. When she received her diagnosis of cancer and left the hospital, she was asked by hospital staff "have you arranged up your business, they have made up what to do with the funeral? They did not have much hope for her future.
She gave me the news that she did not have cancer, she wanted to have assisted suicide. "I voted for the law, and this is how I want it. I do not want to go through all the problems that the treatment entails, "she said. She was very confident in his decision to die through assisted suicide. She agreed to come and visit me after a week. During this week, so she met the surgeon again, and he informed her that without treatment she would die within 6-12 months. In Oregon, so people can choose assisted suicide if they have 6 months or shorter expected life left, so she was qualified for the law.
When I saw her the following week, she said: "Dr. Stevens, I have come here for the pills, why do not you give me the pills? Once again, I encouraged her to receive cancer treatment, but she continued to have a sense of hopelessness about their diagnosis. She refused cancer treatment, and was very determined to die through assisted suicide. She agreed to meet with me once a week. After the third or fourth visit, I began to ask more about her family. She had a son who was studying to police in Oregon. I said, "Ms. Hall, you would not like to see him take his degree, skule you do not want to be with when he married?" She began to understand that she actually had something to live for, her sense of hopelessness and despair were replaced by hope. She agreed and received radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which was very successful and the cancer melted away. Five years later, I saw her in a restaurant where she was accompanied by a friend, and she came over to me and said, "Dr. Stevens, you saved my life. If I had gone to a doctor who believed in assisted suicide, and had agreed to my decision to have assisted suicide rather than treatment, so I would not be here. I had been dead. "This happened to 14 years ago, she is still very functional and happy in his life, and constantly saying" it's wonderful to live! "She has been interviewed by the media many times. As a result, Brittany Maynard's story, so she and I have been interviewed in her home by the TV crew from Nippon Television and Fuji Television in Japan. It was to m a correspondent from Al Jazeera English video that interviewed me in a week.
There may be financial motives for assisted suicide. In Oregon, so the combination of legal assisted suicide and priority medical care based on the forecast created a danger to patients in the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). Firstly, there is a financial incentive for patients to commit suicide: the plan covers the cost of assisted suicide. Second, it will not necessarily plan to cover the costs of treatment. As an example, cancer patients refused life-prolonging treatment if they are considered to have "less than 24 months average survival by treatment" and meets other criteria. Some of these patients, the treatment, live for many years; as much as five, ten or twenty years, depending on the type of cancer. This is because there are always some people who go against the odds. Yet the plan covers only the cost of their suicide.
Barbara Wagner's story was published in Oregon 2008. She gave me the news that the Oregon Health Plan insurance will not approve and pay for her lung cancer medicine, but they can pay for the comforting care (comfort care), which includes assisted suicide. She told TV reporters "They pay me to die, but would not pay for me to live." See story on http://www.katu.com/home/video/26119539.html.
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, medical ethicists, have suggested that inadequate medical resources should be given to those between the 15 and 55 years; and he sees no reason that he should live in more than 75 years. To legalize assisted suicide brings with it economic consequences.
When a person expresses a desire to take his own life, society acts by protecting the person from committing suicide. But in the case where assisted suicide is legalized, then provide community assistance for the person to commit suicide. This is especially true for those who are seriously ill or have a disability - they have lost the protection of society against suicide. How ironic is not it?
Another group that is against doctor-assisted suicide are those with disabilities. When people say there are some things worse than death, it seems they often describe people with disabilities. Some of those who have disabilities have created a group called Still not dead (Note Deas Yet) to argue that they choose to live. There is also a problem with people who suffer from depression, they do not get the psychiatric evaluation and treatment they deserve, but instead be given the opportunity to physician-assisted suicide.
Oregon has a high suicide rate (not including assisted suicide) is 140% of the US national average, and it has not diminished when legaliserandet of assisted suicide conducted.
I am concerned that media coverage of Ms. Maynard may result in further suicide. There are serious problems with that suicide is contagious when the media by reporting about suicide encourages other suicides. There are guidelines for the media that has not complied with when it has reported Ms. Maynard. The risk of a självmordsvåg is real and includes children. See also: http://www.margaretdore.org/2014/10/the-brittany-maynard-case-illustrates.html
The legalization of assisted suicide does not give new rights to patients. The aim is to completely legally protect doctors who write prescriptions for lethal drugs. The strategies and methods of organizations of pro- assisted suicide is to use euphemisms. In his book from 1993 "Lawful Exit" (lawful Exit "), is Derek Humphry, founder of the Hemlock Society, devoted a chapter entitled doubletalk (Double Peak) on the importance of language. You can call it "compassion" or "care", but assisted suicide is suicide.
People who receive a fatal diagnosis is not necessarily dying, it does not mean that they necessarily will die. A friend of mine was told that he had 2004 13 tumors in the liver, over 70 tumors in his lungs, and his doctor told him he would be dead within a month and a half. Within two weeks after his diagnosis, he sold, and his wife of their stuff in a garage sale and gave away ungeför tools and belongings for $ 20,000 so he wife would not feel the burden of his things and help her prepare for life without they sold him his things ten cents when they were worth a dollar and prepared for burial in another state. They contacted for about a broker and sold almost house.
But then he realized that despite all these tumors in the liver and lungs as he felt not bad, and he infrågasatte his fatal diagnosis. His doctor looked back on his medical status and saw that his tumor was not malignant (lethal). He's still alive ten years later, without having received any specific cancer. After the initial diagnosis of a fatal tumor, he and his wife have taken much oövervägda decision financial cost them much. Because he lives in Oregon, he would have been qualified for assisted euthanasia. Had he chosen assisted suicide before he got an accurate diagnosis, he could have ended his life prematurely. See http://www.pccef.org/resources/documents/PRCUpdate_2011_4pg4-5.pdf
There are many raporterade cases where patients have survived their deadly diagnoses given to them by their doctors. The legalization of assisted suicide lowers and shortens the lives of vulnerable people.
It is sad that Ms. Maynard developed a brain tumor. It is tragic that she ended her life prematurely and that her family and friends had the opportunity to spend more memorable time with her. We value not the time with those we love? Why shorten the time? Medications have the value of taking care of patients' symptoms and help them pallitativt.
Map Ms. Maynard's story as a contrast to 19-year-Hook Hill, a basketball player at the College who have a tumor inoperable. Despite the diagnosis, and only a few months left to live as she lives her life fully and increase the public's awareness of childhood cancer. She tries not shorten his life by assisted suicide. She is a true hero when he plays for his basketbolllag in Indiana now the November 2 2014.
We as a society should focus on hope and faith, and not to lose hope and despair. Physician-assisted suicide is wrong and dangerous.
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