Sunday, May 10, 2009

Physicians in Montana could be facing "kill-on-demand" orders from patients who want to commit suicide

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.

Links to similar articles

Euthanasia, not the way to go...Palliative care alleviates the fear of a painful death

Kym Bonython asks for the “right to die”

What About the Right to Die?


Aussie Therese said...

Why do people insist that we are just like animals? Don't they think that human life has much more value?

RD said...

Oh my goodness!
I can't believe they are comparing the value of human life to an animal!

beetlebabee said...

This is just bizarre. I can't believe that Montana would go for something this off the wall. Life is precious, even to the end.