New York Against Assisted Suicide is a 501.c4 organization set up to protect the NY community from the bad policy, pending bills of Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia. This blog provides information to the pubic and is linked to the website: www.NYagainstAS.com.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK
This is not about pulling the plug.
By Dawn C. Eskew
One thing needs to be made very clear here. I have noticed that as I went around speaking and educating on the facts of New York's 2020 assisted suicide bill, so many people think this is about pulling the plug. Let me make this very clear here, assisted suicide bills are not about pulling the plug. In fact that case has been decided over 20 years ago through the federal Patient Self Determination Act, 1990. Assisted suicide bills are about receiving a lethal drug to commit suicide, or even euthanasia - which means a person killing another person with or without their permission. Now, this should begin to give you an indication of what is in assisted suicide bills. With that said, I will answer a few questions that I've been asked during the info campaign we've been on: What is this assisted suicide bill in New York? Why do we call it the "assisted suicide" bill and not the name the euthanasia society gives it? What is in the assisted suicide bill? What will it do? Why is it a bad policy bill? I will not mention names of organizations involved with pushing this agenda, because there are those people I have met who told me their heart breaking stories of losing their loved ones who went to those organizations. This is a hard topic to teach, but it needs to be known in order to protect all of you reading this. I'll begin with the facts that there are certain organizations which have been around for a number of years whose sole purpose was to assist a person's suicide, whether they were ill or not. The founder was very open about the purpose of his mission. However, after a few years, some people wanted to change the name of the organization in order to appear "nicer", more "acceptable" to the America Society. In order for them to now enter the realm of legislation, they needed a name for their bill that would also be appealing to non-knowing citizens. The name of the Bill in New York is called "Medical Aid in Dying". To un-informed individuals, this could sound like a nice bill. In actuality, it is very far from the truth and is historically a euphemism for euthanasia. In 2015, a law suit was submitted to NY State for the legalization to assist at a person's suicide. It is the outcome of this lawsuit which spelled out what this agenda is all about. Every court from the lowest court in New York to the highest court in New York denied legality to assisting someone's suicide. The highest NY Court -"The New York State Court of Appeals" - said that the plaintiff's request was absolutely about assisting a person's suicide (something that breaks statutory law: a felony). The judges voted unanimously against the plaintiffs. It is because these very intelligent and highly educated individual judges who investigated this case, who called the act "assisting a person's suicide", that we too call it assisting a suicide. Is this what New York needs while there is a suicide contagion within our youth these days? Absolutely not! The current assisted suicide bill (currently 2019 - 2020 Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia Bill NY State Assembly Bill #2694same as NY State Senate Bill #3947),contains many flaws. For one, even though the sponsors of the Bill say there are "safeguards" built in, how safe could a lethal drug be sitting in a person's home while an impatient heir - who has rights to the person's estate - can do unimaginable things to the person behind closed doors. One flaw is that there is no over-site. Plus, the person's death certificate would be signed by the doctor, "death by natural causes". How are valid statistics kept if the real cause of death is hidden? The set up of legalized assisted suicide is a "recipe for elder abuse" (Dore, 2012), increases suicide contagion (NCD, 2019), sends the wrong message to our youth (Jones, 2018), causes PTSD (Wagner, Muller, & Maercker, 2012) for those family members who observed their loved ones commit assisted suicide. These atrocities and a slew of other serious dangers can be found listed in this study from the United States Government:https://ncd.gov/sites/default/files/NCD_Assisted_Suicide_Report_508.pdf In short, "Medical Aid In Dying", a term historically used for euthanasia, poses a serious danger to the public, our youth and society. This statement is supported by many studies. Legalized assisted suicide/euthanasia is a tool that will destroy the academic excellence of research and science in the United States of America, as doctors forget how to treat illnesses or diseases. This is not about pulling the plug, but about giving the government, doctors, pharmacists, family members and friends, a license and the ability to kill an innocent person without consent, behind closed doors, while the heir to the estate and all others listed above are not held accountable if suspicion or error occurs. REFERENCES Dore, M. (2012). Assisted Suicide Laws Are a Recipe for Elder Abuse, Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/04/10/why-do-americans-balk-at-euthanasia-laws/assisted-suicide-laws-are-a-recipe-for-elder-abuse Jones, D. A. (May 2018), Assisted Dying and Suicide Prevention, Journal of Disability and Religion, Volume 22, 2018 - Issue 3: Special Issue on Disability and Euthanasia, Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/figure/10.1080/23312521.2018.1486773?scroll=top&needAccess=true Wagner, B., Müller, J., & Maercker, A. (2012). Death by request in Switzerland: Posttraumatic stress disorder and complicated grief after witnessing assisted suicide. European Psychiatry, 27(7), 542–546. doi: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2010.12.003 National Council on Disability (October, 2019). The Danger of Assisted Suicide Laws. Retrieved from https://ncd.gov/sites/default/files/NCD_Assisted_Suicide_Report_508.pdf