Life In Oregon Volume 20 • Number 2
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Obamacare funds abortion with new surcharge mandate by Alan Sears, Alliance Defense Fund When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was being debated in public and in Congress during 2010, Americans who supported life were told again and again that the legislation would not cover abortion. But, like so many other aspects of Obama’s health care overhaul, what was promised and what was received turned out to be two different things — especially considering that many legislators read the bill only after they signed it into law. The Obama administration has now made it clear that the individual mandate in Obamacare will contain a charge — an “abortion premium mandate” — to forcibly collect monies from millions of Americans who participate in state-administered “insurance exchanges” to pay for elective abortions. And nothing in the final rule that the Department of Health and Human Services issued March 12 concerning the establishment of exchanges required by Obamacare alters that in the least. The administration’s plan is to “collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer” once Obamacare goes into effect in 2014.
Or, to put it another way, Americans enrolled in federally-subsidized Obamacare plans will pay $1 a month to subsidize the abortion industry whether they are pro-life or pro-death, religiously opposed to abortion or religiously indifferent, morally outraged by killing children in the womb or morally obtuse on the matter. This means President Obama’s war on rights of conscience continues apace. But since Americans should not be compelled to pay for other people’s elective abortions, the Alliance Defense Fund joined the Bioethics Defense Fund in filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of numerous pro-life medical groups on February 13. The brief lays out the case by highlighting the “inescapable requirements upon all individuals who are, even unwittingly, enrolled in a health plan — either on their own or by their employer — that happens to include elective abortion coverage.” These “enrollees are compelled by the Act to pay a separate premium from their own pocket to the insurer’s actuarial fund designated solely for the purpose of paying for other people’s elective abortions.”
“The disclosure of abortion coverage can be provided only as part of the summary of benefits and coverage explanation, at the time of enrollment.” This provision seems designed for no other purpose than to ensure that many people who would not deliberately sign up for abortion-covering plans will do so inadvertently. Once a person is enrolled in an abortion-covering plan, he or she will be required to pay a defined monthly charge for the abortion coverage. This abortion surcharge is not optional.” National Right to Life Committee Legislative Director Doug Johnson Moreover, the requirement denies “enrollees the ability to decline abortion coverage based on religious or moral objections.” Sadly, it appears that, just as Congress passed Obamacare under the cover of night in March 2010, the aspects of the legislation tied to the abortion mandate were done in an underhanded fashion as well: “Due to the public uproar [over] elective abortion coverage, the drafters [of the Act] devised a scheme to avoid the direct federal funding of abortion. This goal of avoiding the use of taxpayer subsidies for abortion coverage was unfortunately achieved by a means that violates the First Amendment, namely, by compelling the taxpayer to personally pay a separate abortion premium.” There is too much at stake for Americans to simply look the
other way on this particular issue. The same president who issued a mandate in February to force most employers, including religious ones, to provide insurance that covers contraceptives and abortifacients for their employees, whether the employer has a faith-based objection or not, is telling Americans they will fund the elective, surgical abortions of other Americans. The First Amendment and our right of conscience are at stake. No less than freedom itself is threatened by this mandate.
[Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defense Fund. This column can be found at www. lifenews.com/2012/03/15/they-liedsaying-obamacare-wouldnt-fundabortions.]
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Supreme Court hears challenge to Obamacare In late March, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in one of the most controversial cases to come before the nation’s highest court in years, the Obamacare health care law. The three days of oral arguments was significantly more time than is usually devoted to oral arguments. The suit challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act law was brought by 26 states and led by Florida and the National Federation of Independent Business. Pro-lifers have called Obamacare the biggest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. While President Obama touts this law as his signature domestic policy accomplishment, numerous polls have shown that two-thirds of Americans oppose the law. Many see Obamacare mandates as an attack on constitutionally guaranteed liberty and individual freedom with regulations that violate the conscience rights of American citizens. There are many aspects of the legislation that have caused pro-lifers to oppose Obamacare. Of primary concern is the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. (See article concerning surcharges on page 1.) They are also concerned about taxpayer dollars being used to pay for drugs, such as ella, which can result in an abortion, contraception, and sterilization. (See the director’s column on page 2.) Apprehensions about eventual funding of embryonic stem cell research and after-birth abortion (see lifenotes on page 7) have been raised. As a senator from Illinois, Obama voted against a law that would have out-
lawed infanticide on a baby born alive during an abortion. Another concern surrounds the subject of “death panels,” committees of bureaucrats who decide what health care will be available to whom. Ken Connor, chairman of the Center for a Just Society explains, “Advisors to President Obama have advocated for a ëcomparative effectiveness’ principle in medicine, in which the most resources are directed to those deemed to be the ëbest investments’ from the perspective of potential benefit to society. Under the comparative effectiveness protocols, the very old, the very young, and the disabled aren’t deemed good investments.” The central challenge to the law concerns the individual mandate, the requirement that Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty. Critics say the mandate is unconstitutional, and that the federal government cannot force people into the insurance marketplace. The court also considered severability (whether all of Obamacare must be struck down if the individual mandate is found unconstitutional), whether the Medicaid expansion is constitutional, and whether the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) applies to this case. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin characterized the oral arguments as “a train wreck for the Obama administration” and criticized the performance of the administration’s attorneys. However, history has proven that trying to predict the outcome of the case based upon the justices’ questioning during
oral arguments is difficult. As usual, there is no lack of speculation as to how the high court will rule. Many assume that there are four justices on each side of the law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy being the swing vote. Following the hearings, President Obama warned against the possibility of the court overturning Obamacare. In a televised press conference he called that possibility “an unprecedented, extraordinary step,” characterizing it as “judicial activism.” He went further, questioning how “an unelected group of people” could overturn a Congresspassed law passed by a “strong majority.” Seriously? The House has 435 members. In March 2010, Democrats had a 75-seat majority and Obamacare passed by seven votes (219-212) following some last minute arm-twisting and backroom deals by the administration. Republicans immediately accused the President of trying to intimidate the court. People from across the political spectrum were caught off guard and surprised by his remarks, pointing out that judicial review has been an uncontroversial centerpiece of America’s constitutional system since the ruling Marbury v. Madison in 1803. Since then, the Court has overturned scores of Congress-passed laws. The court is expected to announce its decision in late June. A number of outcomes are possible. With the presidential election looming in November, the future of health care reform remains uncertain.
from the Director And then there were none “First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak out beGayle cause I was Protestant. Then Atteberry, they came for me and there Director was no one left to speak out for me.” Perhaps you remember this quote from Martin Niemoller, a German pastor during Hitler’s regime. Niemoller was lamenting that he did not respond to Hitler’s early edicts to the German church regarding the treatment of Jews. He realized too late that he should have spoken up against Hitler before he had his deadly grip on both the church and nation. Neimoller’s words were the first thing I thought of when I heard of Obama’s edict mandating all businesses and institutions, religious ones included, to purchase insurance that would cover contraceptives. As we know, Catholic doctrine opposes the use of contraceptives. While the Catholic Church itself is excluded from this mandate, any Catholic-run hospital, school, etc. is not. These Catholic institutions, operated by Catholics and under Catholic discipline, will soon be forced to participate in an activity completely contrary to their moral conscience and church teaching. This is a gross violation of their freedom of religion as guaranteed by the Constitution. This should terrify each one of us. Without freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, our other freedoms are not worth the paper they are written on and we are no longer a free people. Obama is attempting to make this mandate solely about contraception. Friends, it is not. It is about the government mandating that citizens violate their religious beliefs. It is about the government telling the church what it can and cannot do — just as Hitler did to the German church. And, just as in Neimoller’s quote, the government will not stop here. This original mandate covers a drug named ella, a so-called “contraceptive” that in reality is an abortifacient that aborts an embryo after implantation. This mandate deliberately sets the precedent for mandating that every insurance policy cover abortion. Have no doubts. That is what is coming next. And what will come after that? Once Obama “Director” continued on page 4
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Religious leaders oppose contraception mandate In February, President Obama, through the Department of Health and Human Services, mandated that all religiously-affiliated universities, hospitals, and charities carry health insurance that covers sterilization and contraception, including so-called “contraceptives” which abort a developing embryo (such as the “morning-after” pill, ella). Recognizing that this mandate is an unprecedented assault against the First Amendment, which has protected the religious freedom of Americans since the foundations of the country, leaders of churches and church-affiliated organizations of all faiths have responded in unison. “Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their consciences. This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Over 500 heads of various churches and religious organizations have signed a letter in strenuous opposition to the HHS mandate. Many will also testify in Congress. Following are some quotes from those leaders: “We deem this recent government mandate as an infringement upon the
beliefs and practices of various religious communities . . . We add our voice to the long list of those who have championed their God-given right to freely exercise their religious beliefs according to the dictates of their faith and to provide compassionate care and clear Christian witness.” Reverend Dr. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod “The policy is an unconscionable intrusion by the state into the consciences of American citizens. Contrary to portrayals in some of the popular media, this is not only a Catholic issue. All people of faith — and even those who claim no faith — have a stake in whether or not the government can violate the consciences of its citizenry.” C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University “In refusing to extend religious liberty beyond the parameters of what the administration chooses to deem religious conduct, the administration denies people of faith the ability to define their religious activity . . . also, the administration impedes religious liberty by unilaterally redefining what it means to be religious.” Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, Yeshiva University “When Thomas Jefferson talked about
a wall of separation between church and state, he was opposing persecution of people for their beliefs, but that is exactly what this mandate does. Simply put, this mandate forces people to violate their conscience. A government that will force its citizens to violate their consciences has stepped over a critical boundary.” Craig Mitchell, Ph.D. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary “Today, the administration is trying to force us to provide our employees with abortion-causing drugs. And, it tries to avoid the obvious constitutional problems with the mandate by deciding that we are somehow not religious enough for protection. If the government can force Catholic monks to dispense birth control, what can’t it do? If the government can decide that East Texas Baptist University is not religious enough to have the right to religious liberty, what can’t it do? If this administration can decide that religious beliefs are less important than its chosen policy goals, what can’t it do? Dr. Samuel Oliver, president, East Baptist University “Governments do restrict and do deny freedom of religion. But, those that do are not called free democracies. They are called authoritarian dictatorships.” Chuck Colson, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
uses the power that was given to him via the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), there is no way to stop him. After his original statement about the health care mandate, Obama proclaimed a “compromise.” In reality, he did no such thing, and his original declaration has since been codified. Now, according to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in an interview with MSNBC, repealing this contraceptive mandate would set a dangerous precedent of religious rights trumping the right to be insured. So, one week Americans enjoy the 200-year-old constitutional right of freedom of religion, and the next week this right is trumped by the newly-declared “right to be insured.” How quickly we are losing our most important freedom! I am grateful for the good Catholic bishops who are rebelling against this outrageous grab for power and trashing of the U.S. Constitution. I am grateful for the Protestant leaders of different denominations who are joining them. This is a grave situation and one that should terrify every one of us, no matter what faith we hold, as we see Obama destroying one of the very basic freedoms upon which our country was founded, the freedom of religion. What can we do? Like Paul Revere, we must warn our fellow Americans. We must VOTE to ensure that Obama does not have a second term. All Republican candidates in the presidential race are pro-life. All have promised to undo Obamacare, which is the root of this travesty. We must do all we can so that we do not have to echo Neimoller’s sad words.
40 Days for Life saves 772 babies this spring and 5,817 total
Jackson County pro-lifers regularly picket the Planned Parenthood clinic in Medford. Their picket takes place at a busy downtown intersection, which gives them good visibility. Planned Parenthood’s clinic is near Rogue Community College buildings, giving the pro-lifers many opportunities to talk with students.
The 40 Days for Life campaign reports saving the lives of 772 unborn babies during their spring campaign from February 22 through April 1. Organized in 2007 by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life is a campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism to bring an end to abortion. Since the beginning, ten campaigns have been held in the fall and spring. A total of 440 cities across the U.S. and Canada, as well as cities in Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belize, Denmark, England, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Poland, Puerto
Rico, and Spain have hosted events. More than 500,000 people have participated in these life-saving efforts and a total of 5,817 unborn babies lives have been spared — and those are just the ones we know about. Since 2007, 69 workers in the abortion industry have quit their jobs and 22 abortion facilities have shut down during or following 40 Days for Life campaigns outside their doors. To learn more about 40 Days for Life and how to participate in the next campaign, visit www.40daysforlife.com.
Educating for Life The mammography myth Apparently, if you have a reputable position, appear downto-earth and compassionate, and can scapegoat the people who have exposed the truth, you can get away with proclaiming something as true even when it’s not. Especially if you repeat it Kate Ewald enough times. ORTLEF Enter President Director Obama, who seems to be testing the theory that if you repeat something often enough, people will believe it’s true. He continues to insist over and over again that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms. When pro-life LiveAction phoned Planned Parenthood facilities all around the country, they couldn’t even find one that offered mammograms. Instead, the abortion giant refers women to other organizations that do. When LiveAction uncovered the fact that Planned Parenthood clinics do not provide mammograms, followed by the dust-up regarding the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization maybe (or maybe not) pulling their funding of Planned Parenthood, it seems that America’s largest abortion provider came to the conclusion they needed to make their own positive PR. This became even more of a priority when polls consistently showed that the new health care law, which Planned Parenthood stands to profit from, is unpopular with voters. In addition, certain states decided to continue funding women’s health care but refused to fund Planned Parenthood. A friend of mine who considers herself pro-choice (but is actually fairly pro-life) found a lump in her breast. Since her job at the time either didn’t provide health insurance or didn’t provide adequate insurance, she went to Planned Parenthood for the very services they’re always telling everyone they provide. She was understandably surprised and upset when they told her they couldn’t help her. I guess that’s why I find it so amazing that after the “mammogram myth” has been debunked, the president continues to get away with perpetuating it. He could have — and should have — clarified his remarks, but he didn’t. Why not?
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Life Notes Obama to end funding of ‘snowflake’ embryo adoption The Obama administration will end funding for a program that provides funding for adoption awareness of “leftover” unborn babies in fertility clinics potentially slated to be destroyed for use in scientific research. The program’s name comes from the “snowflake” babies, who are born after adoption as embryos, each one unique, like snowflakes. This decision is one more example of the pro-abortion commitment of this administration. Mailee Smith, staff counsel at Americans United for Life, asks, “Why would the Obama administration cut $2 million [per year] for embryo adoption awareness, but keep $1 million a day for Planned Parenthood?” President George W. Bush installed the snowflake baby adoption program. Bush stood with the families of several snowflake babies when he vetoed a bill forcing taxpayers to pay for destructive embryonic stem cell research. Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) says, “Assertions that leftover embryos are better off dead so that their stem cells can be derived is dehumanizing and cheapens human life. There is no such thing as leftover human life. Ask the snowflake children — cryogenically frozen embryos who were adopted — their lives are precious and priceless.” There are an estimated 400,000 frozen human embryos in fertility clinics across the country. [www.lifenews. com/2012/03/05/obama-end-funding-for-snowflake-embryoadoption-program]
Abortion has claimed 17 percent of Americans The roughly 55 million children aborted since 1973 equals about 17 percent of America’s 312 million population. This number is roughly equivalent to the combined populations of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Arizona. Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon of the National Right to Life Committee calculated 54,559,615 abortions since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision using statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute, formerly Planned Parenthood’s research arm. Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan administration and president and CEO of Alliance Defense Fund, laments that figure, saying, “Nearly one-fifth of us, simply taken out of the equation . . . the equation being our culture, our communities, our daily interactions, our myriad accomplishments as a people. How many of those aborted had within them the one-of-a-kind vision that might have accomplished peace, rolled back poverty, broken down racism, staved off tyrants and terrorists, or translated, transformed, and transcended some aspect of our civilization in a way no one ever had before?” [www.lifenews.com/2012/01/24/abortion-has-claimedthe-lives-of-17-percent-of-americans; www.lifenews. com/2012/01/23/54559615-abortions-since-roe-vs-wade-decision-in-1973]
Obama appoints Roe v. Wade architect to Ninth Circuit Court In early March, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to approve Andrew Hurwitz’s appointment to the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals, the most liberal appeals court in the country based in San Francisco and covering laws approved in western states. The National Right to Life Committee had urged members of the committee to vote no. However, three of eight Republican senators voted to send Hurwitz to the Senate floor. The appointment has drawn fire from pro-lifers because Hurwitz takes partial credit for drafting opinions as a law clerk that the Supreme Court would later use to frame its landmark Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion in 1973. Hurwitz’s nomination now heads to the full Senate, but it could be stalled there by a debate over recess appointments. [www.lifenews.com/2012/01/31/obama-appoints-architect-ofroe-v-wade-to-appeals-court; www.lifenews.com/2012/03/02/ senate-cmte-votes-to-put-architect-of-roe-on-appeals-court]
Professors promote “after-birth abortion” In an article titled “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” in the Journal of Medical Ethics, two professors from the Universities of Milan and Melbourne maintain that fetuses and newborns “do not have the same moral status as actual persons” and make their case for what they call “afterbirth abortion,” arguing that infanticide is morally permissible. Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva justify their proposal by claiming that the moral status of a fetus and an infant are equivalent, that neither is a “person” in a morally relevant sense, and that it is not possible to damage a newborn by preventing her from becoming a person in the morally relevant sense. They add, “Merely being human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life.” The authors justify their position by saying, “On these grounds, the fact that a fetus has the potential to become a person who will have an (at least) acceptable life is no reason for prohibiting abortion. Therefore, we argue that, when circumstances occur after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.” They add, “We claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be.” Apparently, if reasons such as stress, inconvenience, family issues, and financial factors are good enough to justify an abortion, they’re good enough to justify infanticide. [http://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2012/03/01/medethics-2011100411.full; www.lifenews.com/2021/03/23/refuting-the-afterbirth-abortion-philosophers; www.lifenews.com/2012/03/05/ obamacares-next-gift-after-birth-contraception]
Obama pulls funding for Texas Women’s Health Program The Obama administration followed through on its threat to pull funding for the Texas Women’s Health Program that serves the state’s most disadvantaged, low-income women because the state passed a law saying the program won’t fund businesses that provide abortions. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius traveled to Houston to make the announcement that Medicaid funding had been cut and to confirm that the temporary waiver that Texas had previously been given was rescinded. Last June, the Texas legislature overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 7 which prohibits the state from contracting with entities that “perform or promote elective abortions or affiliate with entities that perform or promote elective abortions.” The
votes were 21-9 in the Senate and 96-48 in the House. This did not sit well with the Obama administration, which threatened to cut federal funds to the program that serves approximately 130,000 low-income women in Texas and provides screenings for cancer, hypertension, and diabetes, along with STD testing, and family planning and other health services. Governor Rick Perry responded to the president’s decision by vowing to search for ways to continue funding the program. Perry said, “I will not allow these services to be denied by your administration’s political agenda and opposition to enacted Texas law.” Perry pointed to the president’s willingness to axe the program despite the fact that Planned Parenthood represents only two percent of the 2,400 enrolled providers. Family Research Council Action expressed disgust at Obama’s decision saying, “President Obama made a vow when he was running for president that he would stand by abortion giant Planned Parenthood — and he has done that time and time again. He has peppered his administration with radical pro-abortion officials, and just last year he threatened to shut down the whole government if one dollar of federal money was halted to the billion-dollar organization. Now, he is willing to risk the health of 130,000 low-income women unless the harbingers of death at Planned Parenthood get their share. This administration needs to stop using women and the unborn as pawns in funding President Obama’s radical allies. Some on the left have said there is a war on women.’ They are correct, and its lead general is President Barack Obama.” [www.lifenews. com/2012/03/12/obama-cuts-women-health-program-afterplanned-parenthood-dropped; www.lifenews.com/2012/03/08/ planned-parenthood-wrong-about-obama-texas-fundingbattle]
Virginia Governor McDonnell signs ultrasound bill despite Planned Parenthood’s lies In early March, Virginia joined 22 other states that have laws requiring an ultrasound prior to an abortion. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed the bill after modifications were made. The House approved the bill 61-35; the Senate vote was 21-19. Planned Parenthood ran a deceitful campaign in an attempt to derail Virginia’s ultrasound bill providing mothers an opportunity to view real-time images of their unborn children before they choose abortion. The organization railed against a particular procedure (trans-vaginal ultrasound) not required by the bill, comparing it to rape. Their argument was disingenuous. A study published in the medical journal Contraception in 2003 showed that 99 percent of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities do ultrasounds prior to abortions. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony Life, praised the signing of the bill, saying, “Women across Virginia are thankful for legislators on both sides of the aisle who refused to be bullied by the abortion lobby. The fierce national debate surrounding this bill showed that the abortion lobby is more concerned about protecting their bottom line than they are about trusting women. Women should be trusted with more information, not less.” [www.lifenews.com/2012/03/01/virginiasenate-ultrasound-bill-heads-to-gov-mcdonnell; www.lifenews. com/2012/03/07/virginia-gov-mcdonnell-signs-abortion-ultrasound-bill]
Oregon assisted suicide report shows more suicides, more secrecy by Jonathan Imbody, Chritian Medical Association Assisted suicide proponents argue that getting the government to sanction medically induced death results in patient autonomy. Of course, they may be the only people nowadays who believe that increased government involvement results in increased individual autonomy. They would also have us believe that bureaucrats in a state like Oregon, which sanctions medical killing, are going to be forthcoming about problems with the assisted suicide law the state has adopted. The law actually mandates secrecy, which of course prevents any patient protections that might otherwise result from transparency and public media insight. The Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation recently issued the following critique of the Public Health Department of Oregon Health Authority’s report for physicianassisted suicides for the 2011 year, noting: • There were more prescriptions and deaths than in any
previous year; the number of prescriptions written for lethal doses of barbiturates increased from 97 in 2010 to 114 in 2011, and the reported deaths from assisted suicide increased from 65 to 71. This is indicative of an increase in hopelessness and despair among a vulnerable population with serious illness. • Sixty-two doctors wrote 114 prescriptions, with some writing up to 14 prescriptions each. Some doctors knew the patient for only one week before writing the prescriptions. It is known that some doctors are prominent prescribers of lethal barbiturates for assisted suicide. • As has occurred in prior years, not all who attempt to take the drugs will die. Two patients ingested the medication but failed to die. Each regained consciousness and died more than a day later, 30 hours and 38 hours respectively, of their underlying illness; they were not considered to have died from the ingested drugs. These are not easy drugs to take, they
are bitter and foul-tasting, and vomiting does occur despite anti-emetics. • As in previous years, there was virtually no formal evaluation for underlying depression, anxiety or other serious mental health issue. Only one of the 71 patients was referred for psychiatric evaluation. OHSU researchers in 2008 reported that 25 percent of patients requesting assisted suicide were considered to be depressed. • As in previous years, pain has not been a major concern; only one-third of patients had inadequate pain control or concern about it. The most commonly expressed concerns of those dying from physician-assisted suicide were unchanged from previous reports: less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable, losing autonomy, and loss of dignity. • In only six cases was the prescribing physician present at the time of ingestion. In three other cases, another provider was present. Thus, very little is known or reported regard-
ing events at the time of ingestion of the medications. For 62 patients there was either no provider present or the information regarding presence of a provider was unknown. Physicians appear to be disengaged with patients at the end. • In essence then, complications were unknown for 59 patients, and any information regarding minutes between ingestion and unconsciousness and death was unknown for 63 patients. • The shroud of secrecy sur-
rounding assisted suicide is heavier than ever. With each passing year, Oregonians know less and less about what is really happening with assisted suicides in the state.
[Jonathan Imbody is the vice president of government relations for the Christian Medical Association. He is also a spokesman for the Freedom2Care coalition, an ad hoc group of organizations promoting ethical science. His essay was posted at www.freedom2care.blogspot. com on March 25, 2012.]
Psychiatric referrals Reasons for Victims:
475 Losing Autonomy
Number of Victims for Each Reason 100 175 250 325 400 475
459 Decreasing Participation in Activities 333 Loss of Dignity
294 Losing Control of Bodily Functions 184 Burden on Family and Friends 111
Fear of Inadequate Pain Control Figures from 2010. Total number of patients over 13 Years = 525.
In 2008, Oregon Health Sciences University researchers reported that 25 percent of patients requesting assisted suicide were considered to be suffering from depression. Yet, it has now become routine to give patients requesting assisted suicide a lethal dose of drugs without a psychiatric exam.