A Conversation About Assisted Suicide

JOIN LIFE LEGAL for a webcast featuring Bishop Robert Barron and Pastor Rick Warren discussing why assisted suicide is wrong and how to cope with difficult end of life circumstances in a way that respects human dignity and the sanctity of life. Noted psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Kheriaty and Life Legal attorney Steve Larson will also…

Life Legal Files Lawsuit to Stop Assisted Suicide Law

The Life Legal Defense Foundation filed a lawsuit today challenging California’s physician-assisted suicide law, the “End of Life Option Act.” The lawsuit was filed in the California Superior Court in Riverside County. The civil rights lawsuit alleges Equal Protection violations of individuals labeled terminally ill and was filed by five physicians in southern California and…

5 Problems with the End of Life Option Act

California’s End of Life Option Act does not require a psychological evaluation prior to receiving a prescription for aid-in-dying drugs. This lack of basic psychological evaluation and treatment constitutes medical negligence. The Act puts vulnerable individuals at risk. We can’t ignore the economic factors at work in medicine. For example, patients in Oregon have been…

Do Assisted Suicide Laws Promote Suicide?

Assisted suicide laws communicate the message that under especially difficult circumstances, some lives are not worth living. This message will be heard by not only those with a terminal illness but also any person struggling with the temptation to end his or her life. Suicide rates constitute a public health crisis. According to the Centers…

A Disabled Life Is A Life Worth Living

Author Ben Mattlin has written a profound article on the value of life with a disability, partly in response to the suicide of Jerika Bolen, a 14-year-old Wisconsin girl who ended her life by refusing medical treatment. Mattlin has Spinal Muscular Atrophy–the same disability Bolen had. “I dare not judge Jerika Bolen. I don’t know the…

Partial Victory in Assisted Suicide Lawsuit

Life Legal attorneys, led by Katie Short, appeared in court this morning to argue for a preliminary injunction that would block implementation of California’s assisted suicide law. The following issues were ruled on by Judge Daniel A. Ottolia at this morning’s hearing: “Standing”: VICTORY! The judge held that our plaintiffs, six physicians and a nationwide…

Life Legal Fights Medical Murder

Last week, Life Legal had the opportunity to meet three heroes in the fight against the legalization of assisted suicide: 30-year-old former U.S. Marine JJ Hanson, his wife Kristen Hanson, and Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, a psychiatrist with the University of California at Irvine’s Neuropsychiatric Center. In 2014, both Brittany Maynard and JJ Hanson were diagnosed…

End of Life Option Act Lacks Accountability

Though California’s assisted suicide bill has gone into effect, pro-life attorneys are preparing for another court date to halt the measure. The End of Life Option Act legalizes doctor-assisted suicide, although questions remain about its legality and ethics on the part of lawmakers in how it was passed. Read more about Life Legal’s challenge to…

Stephanie’s Journey

“I can’t sit and watch that happen without having something to say about it, I can see solutions. It’s not easy, but life isn’t meant to be easy.” Stephanie Packer, a 32-year old mother of four, diagnosed in 2012 with a terminal diagnosis, shares her reasons for opposing assisted suicide. Featuring Dr. Aaron Kheriaty. When…

How One Woman Chose Assisted Suicide…Then Survived

In 1994, Jeannette Hall, a resident of King City, Ore., voted in favor of Ballot Measure 16, which for the first time in the United States, would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives through physician-assisted suicide. “I thought, hey, I wouldn’t want anyone to suffer,” Hall told The Daily Signal. “So I…

How Has Assisted Suicide Worked in Oregon?

In Oregon, fewer than 6% of individuals who have died by assisted suicide were ever referred for psychiatric consultation to rule out the most common causes of suicidal thinking. This lack of basic psychological evaluation and treatment constitutes medical negligence. The first woman to die by assisted suicide in Oregon was initially refused a prescription for…