This month marks the ten year anniversary of Oregonians passing their physician aid in dying law. The Pew Forum has a report out that confirms this is still quite controversial. Hallelujah! The day doctors assisting in death becomes mainstream is the day I want my lethal prescription! This survey, from 2005 shows split views. Some two years later, people still have mixed views on supporting this ‘practice’. I’ve always said that euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, physician aid in dying, or whatever euphemism you want to attach to it, is the ultimate in patient abandonment. Yes, people do get sick and die however, we should not promote the intentional ending of life and then cover it up with words like ‘compassion’ and ‘dignity’. Palliative care – YES Killing – NO
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.