Why are they trying to make us kill our patients?

California doctor argues that assisted-suicide law violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause
Dan Diaz, the husband of Brittany Maynard, watches a video of his wife, recorded 19 days before her assisted suicide death. In the video, Maynard asked California lawmakers to adopt an aid-in-dying law. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

Dan Diaz, the husband of Brittany Maynard, watches a video of his wife, recorded 19 days before her assisted suicide death. In the video, Maynard asked California lawmakers to adopt an aid-in-dying law. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

The following comes from a July 24 Wall Street Journal opinion piece by Philip B. Dreisbach. Dr. Dreisbach is the director of the Desert Hematology Oncology Medical Group at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

I am an oncologist/hematologist who has been practicing in California, primarily at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, for 39 years. It has been my privilege to have treated and cared for more than 16,000 patients with cancer or blood diseases and to have provided pain relief and comfort for the dying.

I am also one of six concerned physicians who, along with the American Academy of Medical Ethics, have sued in a California Superior Court to try to block as unconstitutional the state’s Physician Assisted Suicide law, which went into effect on June 9.

Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown and voted against by every elected Republican member of the state legislature, California’s radical measure is part of an organized, nationwide, social-engineering campaign, heavily funded by big donors such as the leftist George Soros.

Our state’s physician-assisted suicide law instantly removes penal-code protections from a vulnerable segment of the population deemed “terminally ill.” The law allows anyone labeled as terminally ill to request assisted suicide—but it also accepts heirs and the owners of caregiving facilities to formally witness such requests, even though the probate code does not even accept “interested” parties as witnesses to a will.

The law does not require an attending physician to refer the patient for psychological assessment. It thus does not allow for screening for possible coercion, or for underlying mental conditions that could be behind the suicide request—unless the patient has signs of mental problems, which may not be visible to a suicide-specialist doctor they may not even know. In these and other ways, the law devastates elder-abuse law and mental- health legal protections, and it deprives those labeled as terminally ill of equal-protection rights that all other Americans enjoy.

All of us in the practice of cancer care have seen patients, diagnosed with so-called terminal illness, who have experienced a marvelous remission of disease. Very little is absolute—except death itself.

And why must it be the physician who facilitates self-murder? Why not make the agent of death a non-physician who is given special permission to order and administer a regimen of lethal drugs? No, the advocates want to exploit the respect and trust accorded to the “good doctor” so that drug-induced deaths are viewed as “compassionate.” It is part of the marketing scheme for a small but influential necro-political movement.

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  1. Kristin says:

    In a word, it’s money. Cheaper to give a fatal shot or a death pill to a sick or elderly person than to actually care for them through their passion unto their natural death.

    Culture of Death folks, it keeps looking for more victims, and with the help of Obama and Hillary, will find many more. And the Supreme Court will declare it legal, a right, just as with abortion.

    And for those of you who raised so-called “pro-choice” children, better sleep with one eye open when you get old or sick…

    • Gratias says:

      From The Hippocratic Oath back when doctors were real men: “I swear……. I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.”

      Patient killing started June 8, 2016. Courtesy of the Democratic Party of Jerry Brown and Hillary Clinton. On that very day UCLA opened a facility separate from the main hospital to proceed with the Euthanasia, as announced by the Director of UCLA Ethics in an email to all medical personnel. There is eagerness to do the…

    • Gratias says:

      Kristin is right that one should sleep with one open if your own children stand to gain, for example if you own a home in California. Even if your children love you, your doctors and nurses and physician assistants will pressure you to save money for their precious Obamacare that the American Medical Association, to their great shame, did so much to pass. If you are old and infirm, better stay out of hospitals. Coming next, Death Panels as Sarah Palin foretold.

    • FromThePew says:

      Death panels = culture of death= population control = UN = globalism= BO = HC & FREE ABORTION plans = most of the DEATH-o-cratic party = few Elites hiding in the GOP party ? = Obama care = assisted suicide = free birth control = Terri Shiavo = euthanasia = whatever comes next…….like pressure from your doctors, hospitals, care facilities, to meet a quota (already in UK health care) or save money. Isn’t that a crock? Save MONEY when this POTUS has expanded the ‘budget’ (Trillions now) more than all the previous presidents combined? Save money, haha. While military funding goes down. And yet we have people ignorant of all the above who vote them in. GOD help us!

    • Brian McNally says:

      Canada and the Liberal Party of Justin Trudeau have already done this.
      Killing of the sick and elderly is now legal.
      Adloph Hitler started doing this, then it was the mentally ill, handicapped, then the Jews, etc. etc. etc.
      Who will be next? Politicians who oppose the ruling Party?

  2. I seem to recall that in the oath taken by all new doctors they promise to “first do no harm” Then why is the California Supreme Court trying to legislate that doctors violate their sacred oath by helping their patients to commit suicide? If patients know that they will be kept comfortable with appropriate pain medication I believe they will be less inclined to take the drastic measure of killing themselves.

  3. CALCATH DAILY readers need to read the entire piece as published in the Wall Street Journal—and give it to their local priest.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-are-they-trying-to-make-us-kill-our-patients-1469395442

    • Jim C. when I follow that link, WSJ says that I need to either “subscribe or sign in” in order to read the article. And to do either, it looks like one has to pay money. Or is there something I’m missing? I’d love to read the article. Also, if I want to print it out and give it to my local priest, is that in accord with WSJ’s copyright rules? Thanks

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