Legalizing Assisted Suicide Will Remove Treatment Options from Patients Based on Cost Effectiveness, New Report Finds
Contrary to claims by euthanasia advocates, assisted suicide laws tend to remove treatment choices from patients, a new report by the National Council on Disability finds.
“Assisted suicide laws are premised on the notion of additional choice for people at the end of their lives, however in practice, they often remove choices when the low-cost option is ending one’s life versus providing treatments to lengthen it or services and supports to improve it,” Neil Romano, chairman of the NCD, told the Christian Institute.
The report, released Oct. 9, is part of a five-part series produced by the council, which has long opposed assisted suicide. The new report builds on findings it originally made in 1997. In the original report, “Assisted Suicide: A Disability Perspective,” the NCA outlined its opposition after concluding that the evidence indicated the limited amount of beneficiaries from such a law were “heavily outweighed by the probability that any law, procedures, and standards that can be imposed to regulate physician-assisted suicide will be misapplied to unnecessarily end the lives of people with disabilities.”
Since then, seven states have legalized physician-assisted suicide: California, Colorado, Oregon, Hawaii, New Jersey, Vermont and Washington. Maine will begin the practice in January. Washington D.C. also permits it.
The report found that Oregon—which in 1997 became the first state to allow assisted suicide—has made assisted suicide options available to those with “disabilities that, when properly
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