Recent Press Releases:
Chemotherapy can make cancer worse, study finds
Steve Lopez: After a 'barbaric death,' a call for change
Information on our recent work:
Medical and Professional Research
Hastings Center Report: Hospice and Physician Assisted Death:
A study by the Hastings Center on the use of Death With Dignity in Oregon hospices. Full Study>>
Study: Feeding tube use is independently associated with nursing homes’ fiscal, organizational, and demographic features.
You can read a Providence Journal story here
, quoting the author of the study, Dr. Joan M. Teno, as saying she is concerned that Catholic hospitals may be trying to override the wishes of patients when they insist on feeding tubes. The full study, "Feeding Tube Placement in Nursing Home Residents," can be found here: Full Study>>
Study: End of life discussion benefits patients and families.
The study, "Associations Between End-Of-Life Discussion, Patient Mental Health, Medical Care Near Death and Caregiver Bereavement Adjustment," can be found here: Full Study»
Study: All patients using Oregon Death With Dignity Act were mentally competent to make informed choice
The study, published in the British Medical Journal also found that patients who received prescriptions under the Act were less anxious or hopeless than those who did not.
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Right to Die: Is it too easy to remove life support? Congressional Quarterly Researcher, May 13, 2005
Read the Article (PDF)»Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Conservative Critique of Intervention, Daniel E. Lee, Hastings Center Report.
Read the Article (PDF)»Professional Organizations’ Position Statements on Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Case for Studied Neutrality, Timothy E. Quill and Christine K. Cassel
Read the Article (PDF)»Promoting Good Pain Management in California, Kathryn Tucker, California Health Law News, Summer 2004.
Read the Article (PDF)»Report to Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell from the Committees on the Attorney Generals Initiative on End of Life Care, 2004.
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The Oregon Law
An open letter from Professor Daniel Maguire to the Catholic Legislators in California
Read the Letter (PDF)» A Bishop Speaks: John Shelby Spong, “Assisted Suicide: A Christian Choice and a New Freedom”
Read the Story (PDF)»Visit PhysicianAidinDying.com, a new website addressed to the religious community advocating the legalization of physician Aid in Dying in limited circumstances with strict safeguards
Visit the Web site»Unitarian Universalist Association 1988 General Resolution
Read the Resolution»