"In states that have legalized assisted suicide … health insurance companies are denying patients coverage for the care that they need and offering assisted suicide instead.…" - Kristen Hanson
It gets worse...
Legalized assisted suicide would require physicians to LIE on a patient's death certificate so that the life insurance isn't affected.
That's right. Assisted suicide would state that the death certificate “must list the underlying terminal illness as the cause of death," when in fact, assisted suicide was the cause of death. This protects physicians--and anyone in the patient's life who would benefit financially from their death--NOT THE PATIENT.
Assisted suicide offers zero accountability.
There is no accountability at the time of death to prove it was their last will. Physicians are required to lie on the death certificates in order to maintain good standing with life insurance policies. With major oversight and zero accountability, assisted suicide allows for legal murder. Without accountability there are HUGE opportunities for abuse and fraud. Even if the patient struggled at the time of death, there would be no way of knowing. This is not healthcare, this is murder made legal!
There is also no accountability for how the death drugs are taken or disposed of. Assisted Suicide policies say that the drug must be self-administered, but how can that be enforced? There are no witnesses required for when the patient takes his or her life and no provision that it must be done in a medical facility; it is only suggested that it should not be done in public (lines 198-199). What if the person is physically incapable of administering the deadly drugs? Who is then authorized to administer it on their behalf?
Furthermore, there is no way to track the disposal of the unused lethal drugs. What happens if they change their mind and decide not to take the pills? Once they are prescribed, they are essentially on the loose and can potentially be taken by another.
Assisted suicide has major possibilities to cause much more harm than the supporters argue it will help. We have to stop this legislation from becoming law!
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