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Panel outlines the advance of pro-assisted suicide laws and the heroic resistance from disability rights, church, and pro-life organizations

by | Jun 29, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

Left to right. Jennifer Popik, Alex Schadenberg, Lois Anderson, and Wayne Cockfield

The breakout session “Assisted Suicide: It’s worse than you ever imagine” had a distinctly international flavor, reflecting the relentless “Right to Die” movement.

Lois Anderson, executive director of Oregon Right to Life, reported on the “left coast” action. The way “Compassion & Choices”—formerly known as the Hemlock Society—manipulates language presents a formidable challenge to pro-lifers as they make abuse inevitable. Anderson pointed out how only 12% of the doctors who prescribe the lethal cocktail follow on with their “patients.”

Alex Schadenberg, a Canadian, is the Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, a man who travels the globe to lecture on euthanasia and assisted suicide. He explained that because so few physicians will participate in “assisting” a suicide, it is crucial for pro-assisted suicide forces to make it possible for physician assistants and nurses eligible to play a role.

Typically, Schadenberg said, proponents will work to pass a relatively “modest” law. But those are “trojan horses”: once the right is established, all safeguards are thrown out.

Jennifer Popik, JD, directs the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics and explained the actions taken at the federal  level.

Categories: Assisted Suicide