EdT

A Welcome Passing

2022: A Year to Forget Good riddance to 2022!! No social or political movement advances in a straight line.  There are always bumps in the road.  Whenever a dynamic effervescence of a progressive development seems to be upsetting years if not generations of tradition, there will be pushback from those uncomfortable with the Brave New …

A Welcome Passing Read More »

Federal Court Rejects Challenge to MAID Self Administration Requirement Under A.D.A.

California Federal District Court Rejects Challenge to MAID Self-Administration Requirement Sandra Morris and Husband Joe A California Federal District Court has rejected a challenge, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to the State’s End of Life Option Act’s (EOLOA) requirement for self-administration of the prescribed medicine.  This case had the potential of dramatically changing …

Federal Court Rejects Challenge to MAID Self Administration Requirement Under A.D.A. Read More »

Kligler & Steinbach v Healey: A game changer for NC

Dr Roger Kligler In a long-awaited decision, on Dec 19, 2022, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts rendered a shattering opinion essentially dismissing a 6-year struggle by Dr Roger Kligler, a retired Cape Code-based physician diagnosed with metasatic prostate cancer, to have MAID recognized under the State Constitution as a fundamental right.  Dr Kligler was …

Kligler & Steinbach v Healey: A game changer for NC Read More »

A Movement in Search of a Name

Since its first largely academic references in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the procedure of requesting lethal medicaiton from a physician to hasten an inevitable dying process has struggled to find a universally accepted appelation.  If one consults the medico-legal journals of yesteryear, “physcian assisted suicide” or “PAS” was universally embraced. Shortly thereafter, when …

A Movement in Search of a Name Read More »

DRNC Issues Press Release on Poll Findings Among NC GOP Voters

NC Republican and conservative voters overwhelmingly believe that competent, terminally ill adults “should have the legal option to take life-ending medication prescribed by a doctor,” also known as medical aid in dying (MAiD).

Constitutional Challenge to Vermont’s residency requirement gives hope for North Carolinians

A constitutional challenge by a 75-year-old terminally-ill Bridgeport, Connectiut woman, Lynda Bluestein, and a Middlebury, Vt doctor specialising in hospice and palliative care, to the residency requirement of Vermont’s Medical Aid in Dying law, could make all the difference for people in North Carolina.  The lawsuit, filed by lawyers for Compassion and Choices, reprises a …

Constitutional Challenge to Vermont’s residency requirement gives hope for North Carolinians Read More »

Murder-Suicide in Orange County

The story is all too familiar:  on July 13, a 77-year old man telephoned 911 to report he had killed his suffering 71-year old wife in a mercy killing. “I shot my wife. She’s very ill, and I’m going to shoot myself,” he told the 911 operator before the call was disconnected.  He noted she …

Murder-Suicide in Orange County Read More »

MAID By The Numbers

When MAID legislation was first proposed in the late 1990s, there were dire predictions that “physician assisted suicide” (as it was commonly called back in the day), would take off like a rocket, resulting in an obscene numbers of participants.  Justice Neil Gorsuch, in his pre-SCOTUS book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia relied …

MAID By The Numbers Read More »

A Preventable Tragedy

It was all too foreseeable; all too common; all too tragic. A 64-year old Florida veteran Thomas Schultz, acting as caregiver simultaneously to his terminally ill 80-year old wife and his cancer-stricken 50-year old stepdaughter, called 911 to report he was overwhelmed by the double burden and had resorted to murdering both women before turning …

A Preventable Tragedy Read More »

Medical Paternalism on the Brink

Medical Paternalism on the Brink Doctors have always enjoyed an undeniable prestige, an almost mystical clairvoyance and Solomonic judgment in the eyes of their patients.  Doctors know the truth.  Doctors know best.  Doctors decide. And  yet a movement has been bubbling along for a generation or so, questioning their omniscience.  Too many times, doctors have …

Medical Paternalism on the Brink Read More »