February 22, 2011
Dr. Kenneth Stevens writes an article in response to the Doctor-Assisted Suicide Annual Report released by the Oregon Public Health Division. He voices his concern about the incomplete and unknown information in the report. Please read his article, Doctor-assisted suicide: Annual report raises more questions than answers.
January 27, 2011
Physician-Assisted Suicides in Oregon in 2010 – Even More Unknown Information
April 9, 2010
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition & Montana State Senator Greg Hinkle: Physician-assisted suicide is not “legal” in Montana; doctors and others participate at their peril.
March 10, 2010
Dr. Kenneth Stevens of PCCEF writes an Opinion Editorial for the Oregonian Online in regards to the latest statistics on physician-assisted suicide in Oregon. Please read his article, "Cornering the market on physician-assisted suicide".
PRESS RELEASE - March 5, 2010
Physician Assisted Suicide in Washington State, 2009 DOH Release of Information
PRESS RELEASE - March 4, 2010
2009 Annual Physician Assisted Suicide Report: “More Conspiracy and Control”
See this new brochure that outlines many of the issues involved in assisted
suicide. Please feel free to copy and distribute.
January 31, 2010
The article, Compassion not at core of euthanasia debate, discusses the varying views currently going on in Canada among both physicians and society.
October 30, 2009
PCCEF-WA Board Member, Dr. Linda Seaman, is honored by University of Kentucky College of Medicince for her contributions to and leadership in the field of medicine.
Read about Dr. Seaman's honors and accomplishments and the other awards receipients at this University of Kentucky site.
October 8, 2009
An article from the Telegraph in the U.K. Assisted suicide: the judges are playing a dangerous game, Telegraph View: It is not the role of the judiciary to change the law in this fashion.
September 4, 2009
Margaret Dore, J.D., M.B.A., an attorney in Seattle,WA, writes an article for the Washington State Bar News. In the article, "Death with Dignity: What do we tell our clients?" she discusses some of the problems of Washington's new Death with Dignity Act that lawyers should be aware of when adivising clients. It is an excellent article as it reveals many of the flaws and dangers of the Act.
PRESS RELEASE - September 2, 2009
Physicians Warn of Dangers of Physician Assistance of Patient Suicides
August 14, 2009
Dr. William L. Toffler and Dr. Frank S. Rosenbloom write an excellent 'Opposing view' response to the USA TODAY's pro physician-assisted suicide editorial. In the article they discuss how the Oregon law strips the dignity of patients and assisted suicide undermines trust in the patient-physician relationship.
July 29, 2009
The Second-International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide was a great success. The presenations and dialogues among participants was excellent . The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is currently making DVD's and a Synopsis of these informative talks and they will be available for purchase, please click Symposium for further information from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
June 22, 2009
Margaret Dore, J.D., M.B.A., an attorney in Seattle,WA, composed and presented a memorandum at the International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. Please read her work,'"Choice" is a Lie.'
May 14, 2009
PCCEF has filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in the case before the Supreme Court of Montana about Assisted Suicide. Please see Amicus Curiae Brief for a copy of the document.
March 13, 2009
PCCEF has concerns about the 2008 Oregon Assisted Suicide Report, please see comments by Dr. Ken Stevens, Vice President PCCEF.
PRESS RELEASE - March 4, 2009
2008 Annual PAS Report Press Release
November 24, 2008
A message from PCCEF President, Dr. Charles J. Bentz MD, FACP.
URGENT NEED: It is very important to voice your opinion about the Washington debate about physician assisted suicide. For the most recent updates, please visit the site www.noassistedsuicide.com.
October 23, 2008
Jean Echlin, the past vice president of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and a palliative care pioneer in Canada has written an excellent article entitled: "Death With Dignity or Obscenity". This article was specifically written with the hope that it is read by voters in Washington State. (Published 10/21/08)
September 25, 2008
Dr. Kenneth Stevens’ and Dr. William Toffler’s Opinion Article “Assisted Suicide: Conspiracy and Control” was posted on The Oregonian’s online editorial section “The Stump” on 9/24/2008. They comment on The Oregonian editorial of 9/20/2008 : “Washington state’s assisted suicide measure: Don’t go there”.
They comment on the following two realities: first, the group controlling assisted suicide in Oregon is also the group controlling what the public is told; second, the claim that Oregon is a leader in improved end-of-life care because of assisted suicide is inaccurate.”
September 25, 2008
Further documentation for Dr. Stevens' and Dr. Toffler's Opinion Article "Assisted Suicide: Conspiracy and Control"
September 16, 2008
You can now go online and “Take the Pledge”
August 25, 2008
Dr. Kenneth Stevens comments on two ways physician assisted suicide adversely affects the health of our society. Here is a summary of how the issue of pain control is being used as a scare tactic by pro-suicide groups. Here are notes by Dr. Stevens on how the issue of inequality in healthcare needs to shape the way we think about assisted suicide.
Pain and Physician-Assisted Suicide – What is Going On?
Inequality in Society and Physician Assisted Suicide
Resurrection Catholic Parish - Health and Wellness Ministry presents,
"Comfort Care in the Final Stages of Life"
at Resurrection Catholic Parish on October 25, 2008 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
cost: $35 includes lunch
Please respond to Resurrection Catholic Parish
21060 SW Stafford Road
Tualatin, OR 97062
contact Kim Kiely or Mariam Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for further information.
July 24, 2008
PCCEF physicians in Oregon reflect on the local attitudes about physician-assisted suicide.
June 10, 2008
Oregon Rationing Cancer Treatment but Offering Assisted Suicide to Cancer Patients Paying to Die but not to Live
Imagine your health insurance company will not pay for the expense of beneficial cancer treatment, but will pay for the expense of physician-assisted suicide. Read Dr. Kenneth Stevens' article about two patients who face this dilemma.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL OREGON PHYSICIANS
OMA TO OFFER CME ON PAIN MANAGEMENT
Education Must Be Completed Before Jan. 2, 2009
To help members comply with this new requirement, the OMA will offer comprehensive workshops around the state, including some videoconferencing dates, to assist physicians in fulfilling this requirement before the deadline. Workshop details and locations will be available soon.
As a reminder, ALL licensees of the Oregon Medical Board, except lapsed, telemedicine and teleradiology licensees, MUST COMPLETE a two-part mandatory continuing medical education in the subjects of pain management and/or the treatment of terminally ill and dying patients as follows before Jan. 2, 2009:
- A one-hour pain management course specific to Oregon provided by the Pain Management Commission of the Department of Human Services (course available at http://whalespoken.org/DHS/pain/training.shtml); and
- A minimum of six CME credit hours in the subjects of pain management and/or the treatment of terminally ill and dying patients. Any combination of CME coursework focusing on pain management and/or treatment of terminally ill and dying patients may be used to fulfill this requirement.
For more information on this requirement and a set of Frequently Asked Questions, visit www.oregon.gov/OMB/topics.shtml#RULES_PAIN_MANAGEMENT. For further questions on the requirements, contact Paul Frisch, JD at email@example.com or (503) 619-8000. To be placed on a mailing list with dates and times of OMA’s program, email Jenn Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 16, 2008
PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE IN OREGON: A MEDICAL PERSPECTIVE
Hendin and Kathleen Foley
This Article, published in the Michigan Law Review, examines the Oregon
Death with Dignity Act from a medical perspective. Drawing on case
studies and information provided by doctors, families, and other care
givers, it finds that the seemingly reasonable safeguards for the care
and protection of terminally ill patients written into the Oregon law
are being circumvented. The problem lies primarily with the Oregon
Public Health Division (OPHD), which is charged with monitoring the law.
OPHD does not collect the information it would need to effectively
monitor the law and in its actions and publications acts as the defender
of the law rather than as the protector of the welfare of terminally ill
patients. This paper makes explicit suggestions and is a very thoughtful
review of the Oregon Experience.
April 23, 2008
It is a tragedy that none of the 49 physician-assisted suicide patients in Oregon in 2007 received a psychiatric evaluation.
March 20, 2008
Commentary on recent article published about physician-assisted suicide in Oregon
UPCOMING SPECIAL GUEST LECTURE
Speaker: O. Carter Snead IV, JD
Topic: Healthcare Providers: Conscience and Coercion
Two opportunities to attend in Portland Oregon: April 3 and April 4, 2008
CME Credit available
March 18, 2008
Limited Information Regarding Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon for 2007
February 22, 2008
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International calls for action on euthanasia movement in Luxembourg
January 24, 2008
PCCEF announces a "Take the Pledge" campaign
December 27, 2007
Five Oregonians to Remember:
Five Oregonians for whom the tragedy of doctor-assisted suicide was all too real
November 20, 2007
PCCEF has serious concerns about the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Board of Director's recent position statement regarding "Physician-Assisted Death."
October 31, 2007
10-years of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon - commentary by Dr. Kenneth Stevens.
September 10, 2007
PCCEF Concerned About Oregon
August 9, 2007
Assisted suicide legalization is failing: Three major failures of the assisted suicide movement in 2007. Assisted suicide in Oregon remains an anomaly.
The International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide:
Current Issues Future Directions is November 30th - December 1st, 2007 in Toronto, Canada. Plan now to attend this important event. (link to flyer information) (link to website)
July 10, 2007
Nursing board becomes part of the shroud of secrecy enveloping assisted suicide in Oregon.
June 11, 2007
A review of the final report on the 2006 Winston Churchill Fellowship experience of end of life care and assisted suicide in the Pacific Northwest. Please see the PCCEF summary and the original report: "Physician-Assisted Suicide vs. Palliative Care: A Tale of Two Cities" by Dr. David Jeffrey FRCPE.
June 6, 2007
Update on "Dr. Death"- See recent editorial by Rita Marker and Wes Smith about the parole Dr. Kevorkian.
For more information about Dr. Kevorkian (link to website)
May 14, 2007
An article written
by Chris Weinkopf , the LA Daily News' editorial-page editor regarding the persistant efforts of California legislator Levine to pass a physician-assisted suicide bill in California.
April 30, 2007
A letter by Dr. William Petty recently submitted to the editor of NEJM in response to a recent article (Curlin et al.) about physician conscience and controversial clinical practices.
March 8, 2007
Physician-assisted suicide in Oregon has become an unspeakable act: comments on the DHS annual report
February 5, 2007
Letter of testimony to the Hawaiian Legislature.
Dr. Bentz submits a letter of testimony to the State of Hawaii's Legislature, specifically the House Health Committee hearing on the Physician-Assisted Suicide bill (HB 675)
January 29, 2007
letter to the California State Legislature by Rabbi Feldman regarding inconsistency in State Assemblyman’s support of physician-assisted suicide while advocating a Holocaust Memorial Week.
December 5, 2006
Dr. Charles Bentz, MD, FACP, president of PCCEF, recently submitted this letter to the editor of the Oregonian.
In an effort to educate the physicians in Oregon regarding the dangers of participating in physician-assisted suicide, PCCEF recently sent abstracts of these two articles to all physicians in Oregon.
October 23, 2006
Last week the Oregon Department of Human Services reported the they will no longer use "physician assisted suicide" to reference Oregonians who have killed themselves under the Death with Dignity Act.
PCCEF is very concerned regarding the influence that proponents of physician-assisted suicide have on the Oregon State Department of Human Services. Read more on our response...
Here are two short articles which PCCEF agrees with in response to this decision.
Oregon Department of Human Services Against Assisted Suicide!
Changing names, changing perceptions.
September 21, 2006
Physicians for Compassionate Care applauds Senate Bill 3788: The Assisted Suicide Prevention Act of 2006
Senator Brownback's introduction letter
Assisted Suicide Prevention Act 2006 S.3788 - a copy of the bill
Click here to view a template for a letter to your Senator
August 30, 2006
Physician-Assisted Suicide - Oregon - an anomaly; not a harbinger
An editorial paper written by Drs. Stevens, Toffler and Bentz discussing the recent defeat of physician-assisted suicide bills.
July 17, 2006
Dr. William Toffler and Dr. Kenneth Stevens response to the article entitled "The final choice" (Hospital Doctor, 1 June 2006) by Ms. Ann Jackson, Executive Director of the Oregon Hospice Association.
July 12, 2006
MORE ON THE DEFEAT OF CALIFORNIA ASSISTED SUICIDE MEASURE
The recent defeat of the California Assisted Suicide Measure (AB 651) was due to many factors, most notably the efforts of courageous men and women from all corners of Californian society. Many testified before the legislature, and we have included a link to the testimony of Wesley J. Smith, JD, an articulate advocate in opposition to assisted suicide.
June 30, 2006
Vermont Wins A Major Victory in the Battle Against Physician-Assisted Suicide
June 30, 2006
Another Defeat for the Pro-Suicide Movement in California
May 17, 2006
Dr. Miles Edwards, late PCCEF board member, recently published article- Opiods and Benzodiazepines Appear Paradoxically to Delay Inevitable Death After Ventilator Withdrawal.
This article, published in the Journal of Palliative Care, (Vol 21:4/2005, pages 299-302) is one of the first trials showing that appropriate use of morphine in critically ill patients can prolong life as well as provide palliation and is an important contribution to the medical literature
May 16, 2006
Congratulations to the United Kingdom
May 9, 2006
For an excellent discussion of the discrepancy between the official reporting
and what is actually happening in Oregon, please see the Report
by the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
May 8, 2006
"First do no harm" a clear line in law and medical ethics An excellent article on Assisted Suicide in the United Kingdom by Professor Ilora Finalay, President Elect of the Royal Society of Medicine. Reprinted from JR Soc Med 2006 99:214-215
May 5 - 7, 2006
- UPCOMING CONFERENCE
The Central California Guild of the Catholic Medical Association announces its
inaugural event, End of Life Care: A Christian Perspective. Brochure...
April 10 , 2006
Emotional and Psychological Effects of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia on Participating Physicians. This article, published in Issues in Law & Medicine, Vol 21, pages 187-200, Spring 2006, is a review and evaluation of medical and public literature regarding the reported emotional and psychological effects of physician assisted suicide and euthanasia on the involved physicians.
March 27, 2006
The board and members of Physicians for Compassionate Care celebrate the life of Miles J. Edwards, MD (1930 - 2006) More...
March 9, 2006
Oregon's Assited Suicide Law: The "Medical Killing" of Vulnerable Patients Continues
January 23, 2006
Physicians for Compassionate Care responds to Supreme Court decision More...
October 11, 2005
The Consequences of Physician-Assisted Suicide an oral and written presentation of Dr. Stevens at a Community Conversation Panel at the the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon on October 11, 2005
October 5, 2005
Why is Oregon Special?, by Kenneth R. Stevens, M.D., regarding the Oregon issue before the U.S. Supreme Court, as published in USA TODAY, October 5, 2005
June 27, 2005
N. Gregory Hamilton and Catherine A. Hamilton,
Competing Paradigms of Response to Assisted Suicide Requests in Oregon, Am. J. Psychiatry, Jun 2005; 162: 1060 - 1065.
June 14, 2005
A written copy of an invited presentation given by Dr. Kenneth R. Stevens, Jr., M.D. to the British House of Lords on June 14, 2005.
June 11, 2005
An amicus brief was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Physicians for Compassionate Care Educational Foundation entitled Gonzales v. Oregon, U.S. No. 04-623 (2004):363-364
April 25, 2005
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) physicians have corrected a previously reported erroneous claim that the rate of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon is lower than in other states. Drs. Stevens and Toffler have set the record straight...
April 14, 2005
A written copy of the oral testimony presented by Dr. Kenneth Stevens, M.D., on April 14. 2005, to the Vermont House Human Services Committee Hearing on H-168, a proposal to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Vermont.
February 11, 2005
Testimony of Dr. Kenneth Stevens, M.D. to the Joint Hearing of the California Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-term Care and the Assembly Judiciary Committee on February 4, 2005.
February 5, 2005
A written copy of the oral testimony presented by Dr. William Petty, M.D., on February 5, 2005, to the Hawaii House of Representatives Committee on Health Hearing on HB 1454.
February 5, 2005
An expanded written copy of the oral testimony presented by Dr. Kenneth Stevens, M.D., on February 5, 2005, to the Hawaii House of Representatives Committee on Health Hearing on HB 1454.