Saturday, October 29, 2011

Not Dead Yet Applauds PBS Documentary "Lives Worth Living"



Not Dead Yet, a national disability organization that opposes legalization of assisted suicide, applauds the documentary “Lives Worth Living” which begins airing October 27 on PBS. Produced and directed by Eric Neudel, “Lives Worth Living” combines rare historical footage with interviews of individuals with disabilities who led the development of the disability rights movement. Read more

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Elder Caregiver: We need Aloha, not “Death by Prescription”

Published in Hawaii Free Press, October 25, 2011


Dear Editor,


I am an experienced caregiver to elderly, disabled, and seriously/terminally ill patients.


Suicide activist and physician Robert Nathanson is preying on the very people who need us most. By participating in and instigating suicide among the vulnerable, Nathanson is committing acts that are illegal, unethical, and disgraceful to the medical profession. Physician assisted suicide constitutes the worst form of medical abandonment and is a recipe for abuse of the elderly, handicapped, and helpless.


We must not become complacent in vital matters that would allow a small minority of euthanasia advocates to infringe upon our right to life. Rather than believing the lie that we somehow “need” to institutionalize death by prescription, let’s get with it and begin sharing our unique gift of aloha with those in need.


By offering life-affirming support and compassion to those in difficult circumstances, we can promote an island community that values and respects even the most defenseless members of our human ‘ohana.


Mahalo,
Janet M. Grace
Waikiki, Oahu

Mainland Suicide Activists Push Agenda on Hawaii


by Karen DiCostanzo President, Aloha Life Advocates


Hawaii is under attack! Once again, suicide activists from the mainland are here to push their deadly agenda using smoke and mirrors. The editorial board at Honolulu Star-Advertiser is doing its part to help promote this agenda, including posting an online poll today. Please take a moment to vote NO to the question: Should Hawaii's laws be amended to clearly allow physician-assisted suicide or "death with dignity?".


As you may know, euthanasia proponents have been unsuccessful in legalizing assisted suicide despite trying for several years. They have now switched tactics, claiming that an obsolete law passed in 1909 regarding palliative care somehow "legalized" suicide in Hawaii. Of course, if that were really true, there would be no need to legalize it again!


Want to know the truth about assisted suicide? (Hint: it's not legal!) We encourage you to visit the following links:
Abortion activists successfully passed legislation in Hawaii over 40 years ago and changed our state forever...let's not make another deadly mistake by allowing euthanasia proponents to legalize death by prescription! Help us keep suicide out of Hawaii: make a tax-deductible donation now, then contact us to find out how you can join the fight at 808.92.ALOHA (922.5642).

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lawyer: Hawaii Assisted Suicide is Not "Already Legal"

Hawaii Free Press
by Margaret Dore, J.D.

Kathryn Tucker, Director of Legal Affairs for Compassion & Choices, claims that physician-assisted suicide, which she terms "aid in dying," is already legal in Hawaii.[1]

Her claim, based in part on a 1909 statute, fails for the reasons set forth below.

A. Hawaii's Manslaughter Statute Applies Tucker argues that Hawaii's manslaughter statute, providing that an individual commits manslaughter if "[t]he person intentionally causes another person to commit suicide," does not apply to "aid in dying" because aid in dying is not "suicide."[2]

Just last year, in Blick v. Connecticut, Tucker made a similar argument that was summarily rejected by the trial court.[3] The trial judge stated: "[T]he legislature intended the [manslaughter] statute to apply to physicians who assist a suicide . . ." [4]

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Pro-Assisted Suicide Advocates Falsely Advertise Suicide as Legal in Hawaii

National Right to Life News Today
October 20, 2011

By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics

Earlier this month, Hawaii Death With Dignity, a group which promotes doctor-prescribed death, held a meeting at their state capital announcing Hawaii was the fourth state to legalize assisted suicide. This is flat-out incorrect on several grounds.

First, assisted suicide has been specifically legalized in only two states– Oregon and Washington. In addition, due to a 2010 court decision in Montana, a physician there who aided in a suicide would, at a criminal or civil trial, be allowed to try to claim that the victim consented.

Second, despite well over one hundred legislative efforts, pro-assisted suicide forces have yet to be successful in any state legislature. They have come close to victory many times, even in Hawaii, but have thus far only been successful using two ballot initiative campaigns. So why would Hawaii Death With Dignity announce the state had suddenly legalized doctor prescribed death?

Surely the group was not referring to its huge loss in 2011. A Hawaii legislative panel unanimously voted down a bill that would have legalized physician-assisted following 4½ hours of testimony overwhelmingly against the proposal – mainly from disability rights advocates. Further, if physician assisted suicide is “already legal” in Hawaii, why have suicide law proponents been trying to pass this kind of legislation in the state for well over a decade? There was no legislative victory; there was no ballot initiative. What they relied on was an over 100-year-old arcane statute dealing with pain relief options. Read more