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Top Reasons to Oppose Assisted Suicide


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Some polls indicate that the public is receptive to assisted suicide. But the same polls show that people’s views shift when they learn about its dangers -- especially the dangers for those who are poor, elderly, disabled, or without access to good medical care. Consider that, in Oregon and California, some patients’ health insurance offered to pay for assisted suicide but not treatment. And in states where assisted suicide is legal, often no psychiatric evaluation or treatment is required. Additionally, assisted suicide fosters discrimination by creating two classes of people: those whose suicides spend millions of dollars to prevent and those whose suicides we assist and treat as a positive good.

This is a summary of a USCCB Respect Life Program article by the same name 
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