Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Dore Letter Opposing HB 160

I am an elder law and guardianship attorney in Washington State where assisted suicide is legal.  Like HB 160, our law is modeled on a similar law in Oregon. I urge you to not make our mistake. 

I have three points:

Death Certificate Falsification Requires Defeat of SB 160

Kirk Allison, PhD, MS
Dear Legislators:

I directed the Program in Human Rights and Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health from 2006-2016 and am a past chair of the American Public Health Association's Ethics Special Primary Interest Group (now Ethics Section).

While working on my dissertation I was a visiting preceptor (research rotation) at the Hennepin County (Minnesota) Medical Examiner's Office. It was greatly impressed upon me the need for scientific accuracy in the medico-legal documentations of death.

Compassion & Choices Is a Successor Organization to the Hemlock Society

Theresa Schrempp
Dear Editor:

I am a lawyer in Washington State where assisted-suicide is legal. 

Your readers should know that Compassion & Choices is a successor organization to the Hemlock Society, originally formed by Derek Humphry. In 2011, Humphry was the keynote speaker at Compassion & Choices’ annual meeting here in Washington State. In 2011, he was also in the news as a promoter of mail-order suicide kits from a company now shut down by the FBI. This was after a 29 year old man used one of the kits to commit suicide.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Assisting Persons Can Have an Agenda

Michelle Carter assisted boyfriend's 
suicide,"wanted sympathy, attention"
By Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA

Persons assisting a suicide or performing euthanasia can have an agenda. Consider Tammy Sawyer, trustee for Thomas Middleton in Oregon. Two days after his death by assisted suicide, she sold his home and deposited the proceeds into bank accounts for her own benefit.[1]

In other states, reported motives for assisting suicide include: the “thrill” of getting other people to kill themselves; a desire for sympathy and attention; and “want[ing] to see someone die.”[2]

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Session Ends With No Floor Vote On HB 160

House Chambers
Delaware's legislative session ended with no floor vote on HB 160, which had sought to legalize assisted suicide, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia as those terms are traditionally defined.

The bill had previously cleared a House committee with only one actual "favorable" vote.

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to get this great result.

Friday, June 30, 2017

HB 160: Proposed Amendments Are a Sham

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HB 160 seeks to legalize physician-assisted suicide, assisted suicide and euthanasia as those terms are traditionally defined. Assisting persons can have their own agendas: An adult child wanting an inheritance; a financial predator seeking financial gain; or a doctor wanting to hide malpractice. The bill is, regardless, stacked against the individual and must be rejected.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vote "No" on HB 160: Bullet Point Highlights

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• HB 160 legalizes assisted suicide and euthanasia as those terms are traditionally defined.

• The bill applies to people with years or decades to live.

• Assisting persons can have their own agendas: an adult child wanting an inheritance; a financial predator seeking financial gain; or a doctor wanting to hide malpractice.