Here are the facts:
MAID improves end-of-life care.
Studies show palliative (“comfort”) care actually improves for both
patients and families in states with medical aid in dying. Medical aid
in dying helps far more people than those who ultimately choose to use
MAID gives patients complete autonomy.
The patient is always in charge. They apply for the process. They
request the medication. They take it. And they can change their mind at
Doctors support MAID.
A December 2018 Medscape survey reported that more than half (58%) of
U.S. physicians support the practice — up from 46% in
2010. Medscape is the leading online global authority for
physicians and healthcare professionals.
The American public wants MAID.
About 7 in 10 Americans favor laws making MAID legal. That is the
consensus of three highly respected national surveys: May 2018 Gallup
poll, September 2016 LifeWay Research poll. and November 2014 Harris
poll. The practice also claims majority support among people who attend
church, people of all ideological views (conservatives, moderates and
liberals), people from both political parties and all races and
Arizonans support MAID.
In the most recent survey conducted by the Behavior Research Center of
Arizona, residents favor right-to-die legislation by 56% to 31%.
MAID laws include more than a dozen safeguards.
Two doctors must confirm that the patient has six months or less to live
— due to terminal illness, not because of age or disability. Two
doctors and two independent witnesses must attest that no coercion
exists. MAID has been safely practiced in authorized jurisdictions for a
combined 40 years. Not a single case of abuse or coercion nor any
criminal or disciplinary charges have ever been filed. Not one.
MAID includes strict eligibility requirements.
A patient must be an adult, have six months or less to live, be able to
make an informed health care decision and be able to take the
prescription medication themselves.
MAID does not place any demographic at risk.
The Journal of Medical Ethics reports that, “Rates of assisted
dying in Oregon...showed no evidence of heightened risk for the elderly,
women, the uninsured...people with low educational status, the poor,
the physically disabled or chronically ill, minors, people with
psychiatric illnesses including depression, or racial or ethnic
minorities, compared with background populations.” MAID does not
endanger the weak or the vulnerable.
Welcome, Democrats of Greater Tucson
Arizona End-of-Life Option (AZELO) extends a warm welcome to
members of Democrats of Greater Tucson who, effective with this edition,
join our ever-expanding statewide newsletter network. The group was
invited to share in communications related to medical aid in dying
following a recent Zoom webinar presented by AZELO President Dr. Dwight
Moore and moderated by Larry Bodine, President of Democrats of Greater
For those who have not seen Dr. Moore's straightforward,
fact-packed presentation, it is now available here.
In addition, a schedule of upcoming webinars, plus a wealth
of information about the concept of medical aid in dying (MAID)
is available on our website.
Facebook stops French man
from streaming his dying days
Paris (CNN) Sept. 6
-- Facebook has prevented a French man with an incurable illness from
streaming his own death on the social media site, according to a company
Alain Cocq, 57, from Dijon in eastern
France, has a rare incurable medical condition that causes his arteries
to stick together. He estimates he will only have days to live
after stopping all medication, food and drink, which he planned to do on
Friday evening, Sept. 4.
Cocq had intended to broadcast his
dying days on Facebook to raise awareness about France's laws on
assisted dying. In a statement, Facebook said the live stream was
prevented to avoid promoting self-harm.
"Our hearts go out to Alain Cocq for
what he's going through in this sad situation and everyone who is
personally affected by it," the company said in the statement.
"While we respect Alain's decision to
draw attention to this important issue, we are preventing live
broadcasts on his account based on the advice of experts that the
depiction of suicide attempts could be triggering and promote more
Cocq previously lobbied French
President Emmanuel Macron to allow him to die by "active medical
assistance" but was unsuccessful.
is illegal in France. French law also dictates that deep and continuous
sedation, which can hasten a person's death and render them unconscious
until they die, is not legal unless under specific
circumstances set out by the 2016 Claeys-Leonetti Law, which also
requires a person's death to be imminent. But French citizens do have
the right to stop medical care, and under French law there is no
prosecution for suicide.
who is confined to a wheelchair and founded an organization to
improve the lives of disabled people, wrote a letter to Macron dated
July 20 asking the President to allow him to die "with dignity,"
describing his "extremely violent suffering."
"I would like to make it clear to you that
on this day I find myself in a situation of having on sound mind,
confined in a dysfunctional body, crippled by suffering," he wrote in
the letter, which has been seen by CNN.
"Would you withstand, Mr President,
having your intestines emptied into a pouch, having your bladder emptied
into a pouch and that you are fed by a pouch, that a third party must
bathe you, to be crippled by unbearable pain?" Cocq wrote in the letter.
Cocq urged Macron to review French
laws that prevent health care professionals from hastening the deaths of
their dying patients with medicine.
"I simply ask to leave with dignity,
with active medical assistance, because my dysfunctional body prevents
me from doing so surrounded by my family and my friends," he wrote.
"Some use the term 'active
euthanasia' or 'assisted suicide,' but for me the term most suitable is
'end of life with dignity with active medical assistance,'" he wrote.
Writing in response, President Macron said he was "moved" by Cocq's letter and
admired the "remarkable willpower" he had shown in fighting "incessant
battles" with the illness. However, he said he could not comply with the
request because he is "not situated above the law" and could not ask
someone "to overstep our present legal framework."
In an interview with CNN, Cocq said
that he expected Macron would not be able to comply with his request but
that he appreciated the "compassion" he had shown him in his letter.
"Today, I am full of plenitude. I
took the decision to end my life on June 26, which is when I asked my
medical assistant to type the letter I later sent to the President. It
was a brutal decision, but I can tell you I haven't felt that good in a
long time," he told CNN.
"I know I am about to endure pain for about five to seven days," he said.
Of the attempt to live-stream his
death via video he said on Friday: "I am not doing this for voyeurism. I
want to inform people about something we all know but refuse to talk
"I chose to show this pain," he said.
"The basis of a democracy is that citizens have a free choice. Death
should be democratic."
Cocq also said that, as a Christian,
he did not believe what he was doing was anti-religious. "God is love,
and God will not let his people suffer unnecessarily," he said.
It's unclear whether anyone assisting
him would be prosecuted or whether authorities are planning to
intervene. CNN has reached out to the Elysee and the health ministry for
Sophie Medjeberg, vice president of
"Handi mais pas que!" (More than just disabled), is a friend of Cocq.
She told CNN she believed French people were "ready" for a debate about assisted dying.
"He started talking about it about
two years ago. It took me time to understand it, to accept it. I am also
ill, as I am myself suffering from multiple sclerosis," she said.
"I cried yesterday, but Alain is the
one who cheered me up. He is very serene in his initiative," Medjeberg
Speaking to CNN, Philippe Lohéac,
executive director of the French association for the right to die with
dignity (ADMD), criticized France's assisting dying laws, claiming they
do not "take into consideration sick people whose life has become a
nightmare, whose life has become nothing but survival."
He said the law needed to be changed so people could choose how they died.