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And while curative measures are no longer effective, there is much that good end-of-life care can do to help the patient live more fully and comfortably till the end comes. This is what has made the idea of hospice and palliative care so appealing to many. As the days pass, the patients and families may become very attached to the hospice professionals who spend time with them. There are many opportunities for staff and patients or families to speak, share stories and get to know each other. All present share a very intense, intimate and special period in their lives. Patients and family alike often have their "guard down" and speak openly about all sorts of things that normally, they'd never share with anyone. It is a time like no other, and people know that. In many societies, there is the idea of "keeping vigil" with the dying, being there for him or her, supporting them as they make the transition from this life to the next.


Whether we consider end-of-life care or health care in general, how care is delivered can be shaped by worldviews that may not be in harmony with our U.S. Constitutional values. Health care reform efforts being made today in our country are very much influenced by models of health care in place (and trends) in the United Kingdom, Canada, France and other nations. And with that influence comes much talk about health care rationing, legalization of euthanasia and assisted-suicide and other problems. Health care rationing is directly linked with the end-of-life care industry, yet this connection has not been appropriately explored. Perhaps it is because those who cannot access care, who may be denied treatment, will be placed in end-of-life care clinical settings or at home, even if they are not "terminal" in the sense we have come to understand.

While the leaders of what I call "rogue" hospices withhold the truth from the public, we do reveal what is going on: the good and the bad. We think it is necessary to reveal the truth. If people are given the necessary information, they are empowered to make the best decisions for themselves and their loved ones. They are also empowered to understand what is really going on with health care reform, end-of-life care and what their own family will face soon if our nation remains on this course. Of course, we've been attacked by those who wish to hide the changes seeping into end-of-life care. We've also been attacked by pro-life hospice leaders and staff who adhere to the original mission we also support. They don't want to admit that any problems exist in the industry or that it has been heavily infiltrated by culture of death professionals with an agenda contrary to the mission they support. These professionals feel threatened by the truth and find ways of explaining away the repeated accounts of wrongdoing at the end-of-life.

Euthanasia - New World Encyclopedia

In 2007, Belgium research showed patients have been killed ("euthanized") often without their knowledge or permission. "Researchers found that a fifth of nurses admitted being involved in the assisted suicide of a patient." Of those, one-half admitted that the so-called "assisted suicide" was "without consent." If there is no consent, no permission, no knowledge on the part of the patient, how can you call that "assisted suicide?" It's involuntary medical killing, plain and simple, and 10 percent! That's where euthanasia is legal, but has "safeguards" for its strict practice only under professional guidelines. We see how effective those "safeguards" are.

Welcome to Exit (the Scottish Voluntary Euthanasia Society)

We can say that "Hitler did this" or "the Nazis did that" and people just turn off and say, "that was then," "what they did was unheard of before and will never be heard of again," or, "that's not to be compared with what is going on now." "Hyperbole!" Well, eugenics is eugenics. Euthanasia is euthanasia. They did it then; they're doing it now. Instead of piling bodies up in mountains or mass graves or incinerators, they're separately handled one-by-one, sometimes with color-coordinated decorating at the facilities. So, if medical killing is done one-by-one, in a cheerful and relaxing setting, then it's not the same medical killing? Today, the justification is given that it's all being done for the good of the suffering patient. Guess what? The Nazis use exactly that language!

Euthanasia, A Quality of Life Choice | benheis

But, the Euthanasia Society of America changed names after repeated failures to legalize euthanasia from 1939 through 1975. They became "Society for the Right to Die." The Euthanasia Society proposed killing the unfit to live, those deemed defective. "Society for the Right to Die?" That's a completely different approach. The change of names effectively confused Americans, so the euthanasia society members could operate in stealth mode, to work "under the radar" and subvert the traditional American respect for life.

Principle of double effect - Wikipedia

Regarding end-of-life care within the health care system, as we shall see, the nation's most prominent hospice physicians (such as Joanne Lynn, MD and Ira Byock, MD) are proponents of terminal sedation to hasten death. Willard Gaylin, MD, co-founder of the Hastings Center is a proponent of euthanasia who applauds the efforts to expand the definition of "death" in order to overcome obstacles to legally performing euthanasia. Gaylin is widely accepted in the mainstream media and policymaking circles, and the Hastings Center is one of the organizations that has most influenced the modern American hospice industry to betray its original mission to care, not kill.