LFC Comments by “A Watchman on the Well”:
Remember that evil works in incremental steps. A great deal of legislation is usually passed as “helping” the people, but over time it fits someone’s evil agenda. With assisted suicide it is all about saving medical costs and population control. The Demonic Democrats are in control, and legislators in the Democrat ‘Lite’ party are complacent and complicit.
Washington pushes bill to let non-doctors participate in assisted suicide
By Wesley J. Smith | January 25, 2021 , 07:41am
(National Review) When selling the legalization of assisted suicide, activists always promise that strict guidelines will protect against abuse.
Excerpts from the article:
After legalization, these protections are rebranded as “obstacles” or “barriers” that prevent patients from getting what they want. As soon as activists think they can get away with it, the law is loosened.
That process is unfolding in Washington State, where a new bill would let non-doctors be part of the assisted suicide bureaucratic process. From HB 1141 (my emphasis):
“Attending ((physician)) qualified medical provider” means the physician, physician assistant . . . or advanced registered nurse practitioner who has primary responsibility for the care of the patient and treatment of the patient’s terminal disease . . .
If the attending medical provider is an M.D., nurse practitioners and physician assistants can also be the second opinion “consulting” medical professional, who can even be employed by the attending physician. If the attending provider is not an M.D., the second opinion would have to be an M.D.
Add in this fact. Sometimes, these consultations are done virtually over Zoom or Skype!
In other words, a patient who receives a lethal prescription might have only known the prescriber and the consulting provider for a very short time, both of whom only saw the patient — either in person or the consulting by Zoom — for the purpose of ending life.
The mental-health providers who would be allowed to clear patients thought to have a mental issue for death would also be loosened so that he or she need not be a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist:
“Counseling” means one or more consultations as necessary between a state licensed psychiatrist ((or)), psychologist, independent clinical social worker, advanced social worker, mental health counselor, or psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioner and a patient for the purpose of determining that the patient is competent and not suffering from a psychiatric or psychological disorder or depression causing impaired judgment.
That’s the point with assisted suicide/euthanasia: Make death as easy to obtain as possible for as many people that the cultural circumstances of a given society will allow.
Bottom line. Once assisted suicide or legalization is legalized, whatever “protective guidelines” are put in the law to protect against abuse will erode over time. It isn’t a matter of if, but when.