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27. Listing and description of failed assisted-suicide proposals.

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20th & 21st Century  of Voluntary Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide (1906-2012)
Documentation of physician-assisted suicides relies on doctors’ self-reporting. There is no requirement that the actual taking of the lethal overdose be witnessed by a medical professional or anyone else. This means that there is no safeguard against medical complications, coercion by family members, or other problems.

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17. Orentlicher D. Physician participation in assisted suicide.  ;262:-
Physicians were asked whether they themselves might be willing to participate in physician-assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia if the practices were legalized. Fifty-two percent said they would not; 13 percent said they might participate only in assisted suicide; 22 percent said they might participate in both practices; 10 percent were uncertain; and 2 percent preferred not to answer (). In the 1995 survey, physicians who said they would not participate were asked, “Even though you would not participate, would you be willing to refer the patient to such services?” Of the 186 physicians who would not participate in either practice, 43 percent said they would refer patients; 38 percent said they would not; and 19 percent were uncertain.


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The unwillingness of many physicians to write lethal prescriptions led one HMO to issue a plea for physicians to facilitate assisted suicide.
The 1995 survey of physicians included three separate forms, one presenting only Plan B, one presenting Plan A first and then Plan B, and one reversing that order. The latter two forms included the question: “Assuming physician-assisted suicide were to be legalized, which do you think would be the better plan for doing so, Plan A or Plan B?” If we combine the results for those two forms to balance any order effects, then 42 percent of the physicians preferred Plan B, 27 percent preferred Plan A, 26 percent selected the response “I am unwilling or unable to state a preference because I think all physician-assisted suicide should be banned,” and 4 percent were uncertain (264 physicians responded; 95 percent confidence intervals, ±6 percent or less).

16. Clare Dyer, “Lords back bill to legalise assisted suicide,” British Medical Journal, vol. 331 (Nov. 19, 2005), p. 1160.
Coombs Lee’s promotion of assisted suicide and euthanasia began prior to her involvement with the Death with Dignity Act. As a legislative aide to Oregon Senator Frank Roberts in 1991, she worked on Senate Bill 114 that would have permitted euthanasia on request of a patient and, if the patient was not competent, a designated representative would have been authorized to request the patient’s death. (26)

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As Canada moves toward legalizing assisted suicide, our special series looks at the places it is already happening. William Toffler is one of the few medical doctors in Oregon still concerned enough — and willing — to speak against the state’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), legislation that opened the door to physician-assisted death in North America when it was passed two decades ago.

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Our results may have several policy implications. On the one hand, given the overall stability of our findings at a time when assisted suicide was widely debated in Michigan, it appears unlikely that any new plan for legalization could win over large numbers of heretofore reluctant physicians, voters, or legislators. On the other hand, it is already the case, among both Michigan physicians and the state's adult population in general, that those who support the carefully defined legalization of physician-assisted suicide clearly outnumber those who support a total ban. Moreover, many in the state would also support voluntary euthanasia, especially for patients unable to act for themselves. These complex issues should not be decided by opinion polls, of course, but neither should medical ethicists or political decision makers ignore the strongly held views of those who will be most affected by legislative decisions on the question — physicians and their potential patients.

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Upon passage of the Oregon law in 1994, many assisted-suicide supporters were certain that other states would immediately fall in line. However, that did not occur. Between 1994 and mid-2006, assisted-suicide measures were introduced in state after state.(27) Each and every proposal failed. All of the proposals were assisted-suicide-only bills and, with one exception, (28) every one was virtually identical to the Oregon law.