Letters suicide may be researched with treating cancer patients in the drug(s). There are other safeguards, including the fact mind, but it never stops there. In addition, people who can- that the patient must make 3 different requests for lethal not advocate for themselves such as patients in coma situa- medication, and that 2 physicians must certify that he or she tions or with severe intellectual disabilities are put at risk is competent and understands the ramifications of that when hospitalized because a physician may judge that their request. There is no opportunity under the law for even the pain and low quality of life makes them a candidate for most misguided physician or family member to involuntarily involuntary euthanasia. This is a breach of the trust rela- force MAID on a patient. tionship between patient and physician that society cannot Finally, Ms Sperling’s statement “it never stops there” is afford to accept. incorrect. Under the law, MAID is exactly where it stops. There are no risks to “patients in a coma,” those with intellectual or Sarah K. Sperling, BA psychiatric disabilities, or patients with nonterminal condi- tions. It is illegal for a physician (or anyone else, for that
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Published: May 22, 2018
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