CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON EUTHANASIA BILL MAY BE CRUCIAL IN FALL.When Congress returns to Washington after Labor Day Labor Day, holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on the first Monday in September to honor the laborer. It was inaugurated by the Knights of Labor in 1882 and made a national holiday by the U.S. Congress in 1894. , there are likely to be key committee votes and very possibly a floor vote on whether federally controlled drugs will continue to be used to kill patients through assisted suicide assisted suicide: see euthanasia. . All of the deaths so far officially reported as a result of Oregon's legalization LEGALIZATION. The act of making lawful.
2. By legalization, is also understood the act by which a judge or competent officer authenticates a record, or other matter, in order that the same may be lawfully read in evidence. Vide Authentication. of assisting suicide have been caused by such federally controlled substances.
The Pain Relief Promotion Act currently has 154 co-sponsors in the House and 26 in the Senate. It would both provide new measures to enhance palliative care palliative care (paˑ·lē·ā·tiv kerˑ),
n an approach to health care that is concerned primarily with attending to physical and emotional comfort rather and pain management as an alternative to euthanasia and restore the Drug Enforcement Administration's position (reversed in 1998 by Attorney General Janet Reno Janet Reno (born July 21, 1938) was the first and to date only female Attorney General of the United States (1993–2001). She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1993, and confirmed on March 11. ) that since federally controlled drugs may be prescribed only for a "legitimate medical purpose" they may not lawfully be used to kill patients.
On July 20, the Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee Judiciary Committee may refer to:
In addition to the Judiciary Com-mittee vote, favorable consideration by the House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health and Environment and then the full Commerce Committee is required before the bill can come to the House floor. At press time, 14 members of the Commerce subcommittee (including the ranking minority member, Representative Sherrod Brown of Ohio) and 23 members of the full committee (including Chairman Thomas Bliley of Virginia) had co-sponsored the bill.
Beyond those who have co-sponsored to date, two additional members of the subcommittee and four additional members of the full committee would have to support the bill for it to pass each level by majority vote.
S. 1272, the companion Senate bill, whose principal sponsor is the assistant majority leader, Senator Don Nickles of Oklahoma, has been referred to the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee chaired by Senator Jeffords of Vermont. Under Senate rules, one or a small minority of senators may "filibuster filibuster, term used to designate obstructionist tactics in legislative assemblies. It has particular reference to the U.S. Senate, where the tradition of unlimited debate is very strong. It was not until 1917 that the Senate provided for cloture (i.e. " a bill by endlessly speaking against it.
Oregon's Senator Ron Wyden has publicly vowed to filibuster to prevent passage of the Pain Relief Promotion Act. A filibuster may be limited by adoption of a "cloture The procedure by which debate is formally ended in a meeting or legislature so that a vote may be taken.
Cloture is a means of terminating a filibuster, which is a prolonged speech on the floor of the Senate designed to forestall legislative action. " motion, which requires 60 votes.
Even if the bill doesn't come to the Senate floor this fall, the HELP Committee could have a fall vote, which would advance the prospect of the bill coming to the Senate floor early next year.
The vital importance of passing the Pain Relief Promotion Act to stem the tide Stem The Tide
An attempt to stop a prevailing trend. Sometimes referred to as "stop the bleeding."
If a stock is continually falling, stemming the tide would be an attempt to halt the free fall and change its direction.
See also: Reversal, Trend of euthanasia was recently underlined by the remarks of the leading "legal Dr. Death," Oregon's Dr. Peter Rasmussen. A July 19 article in American Medical News notes that while there are drugs other than federally controlled substances which can be used to assist suicides, they require injections by the doctor rather than simply prescriptions that can be taken by the patient, and only the latter are allowed by the Oregon law.
The article noted Rasmussen "said he supposed a physician could `play games' and put in an IV and just leave -- and the patient could self-administer a lethal dose lethal dose
n. Abbr. LD
The dose of a chemical or biological preparation that is likely to cause death. of a non-controlled substance. `But that defeats the whole purpose of the law,' Dr. Rasmussen said, which `allows a comfortable, predictable death with the assistance of a physician.'"
The director of NRLC's Department of Medical Ethics medical ethics The moral construct focused on the medical issues of individual Pts and medical practitioners. See Baby Doe, Brouphy, Conran, Jefferson, Kevorkian, Quinlan, Roe v Wade, Webster decision. , Burke Balch, commented, "Rasmussen's statement points out the crux of the issue. Is euthanasia to become an institutionalized in·sti·tu·tion·al·ize
tr.v. in·sti·tu·tion·al·ized, in·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·ing, in·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·es
a. To make into, treat as, or give the character of an institution to.
b. , commonplace, and expected medical management option, seamlessly integrated into the fabric of contemporary medical practice?" Despite their occasional rhetoric to the contrary, Balch said, "the advocates of legalized euthanasia are not seeking solely a last resort measure for a small number of desperate cases. Their objective is rather the `mainstreaming' of chosen -- or imposed -- death whenever the `quality of life' is deemed too low, whenever life's `benefits' are considered outweighed by its `burdens.'"
"Sadly," Balch continued, "no law can completely prevent all suicides, or even all doctor-aided suicides, any more than the law can completely prevent all burglaries, rapes, or murders. What the law can do is prevent the institutionalization Institutionalization
The gradual domination of financial markets by institutional investors, as opposed to individual investors. This process has occurred throughout the industrialized world. of legalized killing, which would massively increase the total numbers of deaths while creating enormous pressures on the vulnerable and tragically diminishing the incentives for more difficult and costly efforts to meet their needs."
Adoption of the Pain Relief Promotion Act, Balch concluded, "would both significantly advance the positive alternatives of good palliative care and pain management and put a major wrench in the works of the euthanasia juggernaut."