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Summary:
  • ​Who defines "terminal?" Assisted Suicide doesn't specify if a "terminal" disease is also an untreatable one, meaning that the current bill allows something as easily treatable as diabetes to be considered as “terminal." 
  • ​Suicide should NOT be defined as a medical treatment for pain relief and suffering!!! 
  • ​Lawmakers should be striving for everyone to know about and have access to excellent care and pain management instead of offering them lethal doses for suicide. 
  • ​In states that have legalized assisted suicide, health insurance companies are denying patients coverage for the care that they need and offering to cover the lethal pills for assisted suicide instead. It is cheaper to die than live and be treated. 
  • ​This legislation forces physicians falsify medical records.
  • ​Assisted suicide permits the government and insurance companies to decide whose life has “dignity” and is worth living. This is not a decision for either the government or insurance companies to make.
  • ​Assisted Suicide can only offer window dressing safeguards that are unenforceable.
assisted suicide is Not Medical Care or Treatment for Suffering! 
Doctor prescribed death involves a host of participants, including a doctor, a pharmacist, and the state. It's a public act that requires medicine, law, and society to approve a lethal prescription that crosses the line between caring and killing.

Assisted Suicide is NOT a private personal act.  

The American Medical Society is opposing assisted suicide legislation, along with the Medical Society of Delaware, the Delaware Health Care Association, Saint Francis Healthcare, and advocates for persons with disabilities.

Legalized assisted suicide lacks adequate and enforceable safeguards to protect persons with disabilities, the elderly, and those suffering from mental illness. Once lethal drugs have been prescribed, this law has no requirements or real safeguards for assessing the patient’s consent, competency, or willingness. 

The bottom line is this: the financial motivation in killing off the vulnerable and the sick allows them to be ignored. It is cheaper to kill you or a loved one, than it is to value your life and provide care. 
"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!

Do you have a story to share about a wrong diagnosis or outliving a terminal diagnosis? We need to hear your story! Please email Nicole@DelawareFamilies.org if you are willing to share your story with us. 

Medical associations in Delaware do not support Assisted Suicide legislation. It would change the entire ethos of medical care in Delaware. How could it not? Studies show that the doctors who do assist in the death of patients become calloused and are more willing to prescribe this course of action for other patients. 

Here is what these leading national medical associations have to say:

The American Medical Association: "[A]llowing physicians to participate in assisted suicide would cause more harm than good. Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks. 
Instead of participating in assisted suicide, physicians must aggressively respond to the needs of patients at the end of life. Patients should not be abandoned once it is determined that cure is impossible." 

The American College of Physicians: "The College does not support legalization of physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia. After much consideration, the College concluded that making physician-assisted suicide legal raised serious ethical, clinical, and social concerns. Physicians and patients must continue to search together for answers to the problems posed by the difficulties of living with serious illness before death, neither violating the physician's personal and professional values, nor abandoning the patient."
 
The American Nurses Association: "The American Nurses Association (ANA) prohibits nurses’ participation in assisted suicide and euthanasia because these acts are in direct violation of Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements..., the ethical traditions and goals of the profession, and its covenant with society. Nurses have an obligation to provide humane, comprehensive, and compassionate care that respects the rights of patients but upholds the standards of the profession in the presence of chronic, debilitating illness and at end-of-life."
 
The American Academy of Medical Ethics: "The relaxation or eradication of the historical prohibitions against healthcare professionals' deliberate killing is unethical, places unnecessary and inappropriate power in the hands of fallible human beings, and will result in the corruption of medicine as an enterprise worthy of individual and public trust. Medical killing by any name turns healthcare professionals into killers."
“Every time they ask a physician to prognosticate on life expectancy... it's usually wrong." 
-Dr. Bescia, Kidney Disease Expert and 
Co-inventor of Cimino-Brescia Fistula Hemodialysis
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