Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Praise the Lord for continuing victories in the battle against Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS)!!

  1. American Academy of Medical Ethics (AAME) achieved a hard fought victory in Vermont when Compassion & Choices, a pro-suicide group, elected to drop its appeal of a federal court's decision to affirm that a Vermont law cannot be interpreted to force pro-life health care professionals to counsel or refer patients about PAS.  Because C&C chose to stand down, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit dismissed the appeal which ends the case!! 
  • Many thanks to the attorneys of the Alliance Defense Fund for all their hard work on behalf of CMDA and the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare. 
      2.  A second reason to rejoice and thank God comes from Maine's legislative body which today effectively killed their PAS bill. 

Prayer is still needed for Nevada where PAS legislation has passed the Senate and is moving to their Assembly for a public hearing and committee vote.  Pray that these victories will continue in the Silver State.  

Despite the times we live in, and the trend to moral relativism, these continuing successes on a variety of ethical fronts demonstrate that God is on the throne and we are to be bold, moving forward with complete faith in Him and without fear of man.  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Physician Assisted Suicide is now law in our nation's capital!!!  All because a Congress, that should have had the votes to reject it, allowed the deadline to pass before voting no.

Actions like this just underscore the reason so many Americans voted to make a substantial change in the system.  Things don't change until drastic measures are taken and even though some of these measures have been taken, the entrenched power brokers don't give up without a fight - even those we think are on our side.  

One cannot ignore the message that gets sent when the nation's capital enacts such dangerous legislation.  

Stand fast, don't back down.  The same armor we need for battling the enemy in Ephesians 6 is necessary for the hand-to-hand fighting that is necessary to win the battles.  The war has been won by Jesus Christ, but the battles are still necessary to win.
1 Samuel 17 reminds us that the battle belongs to the Lord but He still used David to accomplish the victory, just as he uses us to achieve success.  

We pray as if it all depends on God, and work/fight as if it all depends on us.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Physician assisted suicide(PAS) bills are currently being considered in 15 states.  Proponents of this dangerous societal move have stepped up their activity on multiple fronts but a couple states deserve special mention.
Opponents of PAS have always had concerns about methods for vetting potential suicides, along with the profound lack of proper reporting procedures, but two states have taken it to a new level.
  • New Mexico’s PAS bill would allow physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to diagnose terminal illness and prescribe life-ending medication the same day with no second opinion!   It also would require the death to be listed as something other than suicide.

  • Hawaii has five physician assisted suicide bills submitted with one not requiring a second opinion to confirm a terminal illness before prescribing a lethal dose of medication. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

A couple of interesting and important events have taken place in the last few days that serve to impact the physician assisted suicide(PAS) debate in the US.
  • On December 8th, the Ohio Senate approved House Bill 470, which would make assisting a suicide a felony in the state of Ohio.  This is an excellent preemptive move in a state that currently has no law allowing PAS.
  • This last weekend the American Psychiatric Association gave a final approval to a policy statement about their ethical involvement in PAS or euthanasia.  Below is the statement:

The American Psychiatric Association, in concert with the American Medical Association’s position on Medical Euthanasia, holds that a psychiatrist should not prescribe or administer any intervention to a non-terminally ill person for the purpose of causing death.

While it may seem that this statement doesn't impact the PAS issue - at this time - the truth is that history has shown in other countries the slippery slope that starts with terminal disease and then progresses to non-terminal illnesses and mental health disease.  Voluntary euthanasia extends to involuntary euthanasia.  
Those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Australian Medical Association reaffirmed its opposition to physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.  Bravo to them!!

Hope that the American Medical Association takes note and follows suit.  In the article it states that a small number answered the survey so they didn't know what the true feeling was of Australian physicians.  

A similar parallel exists in the US.  Only about 17% of American physicians belong to the AMA but it is always looked at as speaking for the medical establishment.  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

If it's one thing that human beings do, it is to frequently forget the lessons of history, and then make the same mistakes again.  After we have demonstrated our amnesia, or maybe it's carelessness, then we again face the consequences of our actions.

Consider again the path we are taking with regard to physician assisted suicide.  Read the recent article about the California decision.

Is history repeating itself?  I would submit to you that, examining a parallel historical period, we are at risk of making grave mistakes.  In California, one can foresee the regulations and policies, that govern who is allowed to commit suicide, to be extended to include mentally ill humans who have been deemed terminally ill.

After the Nazis came to power in Germany in the 1930s, it started out "innocently".  The first concentration camp was started in Dachau for political prisoners.  It then evolved into a death camp for thousands of Jews.  But it didn't stop there.  Eventually Hitler decided that there were groups of people who just didn't fit into his warped viewpoint of an acceptable Germany.  These groups included artists, Gypsies, the physically and mentally handicapped and homosexuals.  We all know that many more concentration, death, camps were built to exterminate Jews and these other unacceptable elements of society.

Eventually, society, or the powers that be, will begin to place value on the lives of others.  We actually have already seen that trend with the holocaust of over 50 million babies aborted since 1973's Roe v. Wade.  They were deemed not worthy of living for a variety of reasons.

So where does it stop?  Who has the moral authority to decide who is eligible for assisted suicide? When will it extend to voluntary euthanasia and then to involuntary euthanasia?

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".  George Santayana

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I posted this on Facebook this morning:

"We've prayed hard for this election that God, who is really in control, would bring into office those who would be on the side of the unborn, respect the right of conscience for health care professionals and others, and maintain a more conservative Supreme Court. 
For the first time since 1928, a Republican president comes into office with a Republican Congress. 
But with great power comes great responsibility, so let us continue to pray for the new president and congress to fulfill that responsibility to the glory of God."

In Connecticut, as we look at the likelihood of physician assisted suicide(PAS) coming back around in 2017, I'm grateful that the makeup of the state house and, especially, senate also looks promising to see this turned back again. A number of senators and representatives that were in opposition to PAS appear to have been re-elected and this is encouraging.

The Connecticut State Medical Society is re-evaluating its' previous statement opposing PAS and we pray that they will maintain the opposition rather than taking a neutral stance.