MONTREAL, Oct. 25, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Coalition of Physicians for
Social Justice presented a doctor and his patient from Oregon where
assisted suicide is legal.
Dr. Kenneth Stevens is a practicing cancer doctor with more than 40
years' experience. He is also a Professor Emeritus and a former Chair
of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Oregon Health & Sciences
University,Portland, Oregon. He has treated thousands of patients with
Jeanette Hall, Dr. Stevens' patient, is thrilled to be alive 13 years
after he talked her out of "doing" Oregon's law, i.e., killing herself with a lethal dose of barbiturates.
In 2000, Jeanette was diagnosed with cancer by another doctor and told
that she had six months to a year to live. This was without
treatment. The other doctor had referred her to Dr. Stevens for
radiation and chemotherapy. Jeanette, however, had voted
for Oregon's law. She had made a firm decision to go forward
with Oregon's law instead.
Dr. Stevens did not believe in assisted suicide. He also believed that
Jeanette's prospects for treatment were good. He convinced her to be
treated instead of doing Oregon's law.
Dr. Stevens talked about how the mere existence of legal assisted
suicide steered Jeanette Hall to suicide. He also talked about how
financial incentives in Oregon's government health plan also steer
patients to suicide. Dr. Stevens warned that if assisted suicide or
euthanasia is legalized in Quebec, then the Quebec government health
program could follow a similar pattern—that is, to pay for people to
die, but not to live.
Dr. Paul Saba, a family physician and co-president of the Coalition of
Physicians for Social Justice explained how Québec's proposed
euthanasia law would encourage people, including young adults with
treatable conditions, to agree to euthanasia and throw away their
lives. The Coalition's position against euthanasia is supported by the
World Medical Association representing nine million physicians.
For additional information and references including videos visit coalitionmd.org.
Image with caption: "Jeanette Hall (CNW Group/Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131025_C7128_PHOTO_EN_32564.jpg
Image with caption: "Dr. Kenneth Stevens (CNW Group/Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131025_C7128_PHOTO_EN_32566.jpg
SOURCE: Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice
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Dr. Paul Saba