People with diabetes and arthritis are being encouraged to undergo assisted suicide in the USA, a report has warned.
The National Council on Disability’s (NCD) report highlights how instead of expanding ‘choice’, assisted suicide laws “often remove choices”.
Assisted suicide is currently legal in eight states and Washington DC, where lethal drugs can be administered to patients who are deemed to have six months or less to live.
The report shows that assisted suicide in Oregon has gradually become available to those with “disabilities that, when properly treated, do not result in death, including arthritis, diabetes, and kidney failure”.
NCD hit out at “purported safeguards”, finding that: “Insurers have denied expensive, life-sustaining medical treatment, but offered to subsidize lethal drugs, potentially leading patients to hasten their own deaths”.
Chairman Neil Romano added: “Assisted suicide laws are premised on the notion of additional choice for people at the end of their lives, however in practice, they often remove choices when the low-cost option is ending one’s life versus providing treatments to lengthen it or services and supports to improve it”.
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SOURCE: The Christian Institute