Physicians could be ordered to help patients commit suicide if a district court judge's opinion pending before the state Supreme Court is affirmed.
Robert Baxter filed the lawsuit along with four physicians in the state's district court system. They were aided in the case by the assisted suicide advocacy group Compassion & Choices, formerly known as the Hemlock Society.
Baxter told the organization's magazine that society already provides death when animals are suffering. "I just feel if we can do it for animals," Baxter said, "we can do it for human beings."
We kill animals when they are suffering because they are not worth the effort in providing palliative care. Humans have an enormous value, this is why we should never kill them but provide palliative care when they suffer.
M. Casey Mattox, a lawyer with the CLS said the decision to create a constitutional right to 'obtain assistance from a medical care provider in the form of obtaining a prescription for lethal drugs' threatens the rights of healthcare professionals. Medical professionals should not be coerced to violate the Hippocratic Oath in order to practice.Source
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