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The deadly and dangerous practice of assisted suicide
is now legal in five states (Oregon, Washington, Vermont, California, and
Colorado) and the District of Columbia, our nation's capital.1 With new momentum and lots
of money, assisted suicide proponents are pursuing an aggressive nationwide
campaign to advance their agenda through legislation, ballot measures, litigation,
and public advertising, targeting states they see as most susceptible to their
Some polls indicate that the public is receptive to the general concept of assisted suicide. But the same polls show that when the public learns about the dangers of assisted suicide, especially for those who are poor, elderly, disabled, or without access to good medical care, their views shift against the practice. The following dangers are among the top reasons to oppose assisted suicide.
 Montana's highest court, while not officially legalizing the practice, suggested in 2009 that it could be allowed under certain circumstances.
 Susan Harding, "Health Plan Covers Assisted Suicide But Not New Cancer Treatment," KVAL News (published July 31, 2008, updated Oct. 30, 2013) (noting that the Oregon Health Plan will pay for coverage for chemotherapy that cures cancer, but not for chemotherapy drugs that can extend life); Jennifer Popik, "Terminally Ill Oregon Patients Denied Treatment but Reminded They Can Choose Physician-Assisted Suicide" (July 2008), available at http://www.nrlc.org/archive/news/2008/NRL08/Oregon.html.
 Bradford Richardson, "Assisted-Suicide Law Prompts Insurance Company to Deny Coverage to Terminally Ill California Woman," Washington Times (Oct. 20, 2016), http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/20/assisted-suicide-law-prompts-insurance-company-den/.
 In one case, a woman with cancer committed suicide with a doctor's assistance even though she had dementia, was found mentally incompetent by doctors, and had a grown daughter described as "somewhat coercive" in pushing her toward suicide. Hendin & Foley, Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon, supra at 1626-27.
 Lachs, Mark S., M.D., M.P.H., and Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. "Elder Abuse." Edited by Edward W. Campion, M.D. The New England Journal of Medicine 373 (November 12, 2015): 1947-1956. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1404688. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra1404688
 H. Hendin, M.D., Seduced by Death: Doctors, Patients, and Assisted Suicide (New York: W.W. Norton, 1998): 34-35.
 Or. Rev. Stat. § 127.825; Wash. Rev. Code § 70.245.060.
 See H. Hendin and K. Foley, "Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon: A Medical Perspective," 106 Michigan Law Review 1613-45 (2008) at 1623-4; available at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwDPETL1NPnAMmFjZTNjNzctOGU4NS00MTUwLTgxZjAtM2I4NDhlMjA2OTFj/edit?hl=en&pli=1.
 "Vermont VNA
Seeking to Identify Causes of State's Low Hospice Utilization Rates," Hospice and Palliative Care News, April
29, 2015, at http://healthrespubs.com/hospice-and-palliative-care-news/2015/04/29/vermont-vna-seeking-to-identify-low-hospice-utilization-rates/. J. Ballentine et
al., "Physician-Assisted Death Does Not Improve End-of-Life Care," Journal of Palliative Medicine 19 (2016): 1-2.
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