13 Feb

Freedom of Faith vs. Doctor Assisted Suicide Laws

“Even in my suffering I was comforted because your promise gave me life.  Psalm 119:50

Freedom of Faith vs. Doctor Assisted Suicide Laws:

Vermont:  Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have filed suit  in federal court against Vermont Board of Medical Practice, etc. on behalf of doctors who fear that state agencies are construing Vermont’s assisted suicide law as requiring them, regardless of their conscience or oath to “do no harm”, to counsel patients on doctor-prescribed death as an option.  According to state agencies, only doctors may refer patients to others for assisted suicide counseling.  However, these health care professionals contend it is unethical for them to counsel for, refer for, or in any way participate in suicide.

“The government shouldn’t be telling health care professionals that they must violate their medical ethics in order to practice medicine,” said ADF Senior Counsel.  “These doctors and health workers deeply believe that suffering patients need understanding and sound medical treatment, not encouragement to kill themselves.  The state has no authority to order them to act contrary to that sincere and time-honored conviction.”  (adflegal.org, 7/21/16)

California:  The insurance company for terminally ill Stephanie Parker, wife and mother of four, denied her a different chemotherapy drug after California’s End of Life Option Act was passed in 2016.  She was told that while chemotherapy was denied, suicide pills were covered under her plan.  “As soon as this law was passed … patients fighting for a longer life end up getting denied treatment, because this (suicide) will always be the cheapest option,” she said.  (washingtontimes.com, 10/20/16)

Hippocratic Oath:   “… I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing.  Neither will I administer poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course.”