Gorsuch Evades Firm Answers On Aid-In-Dying, But Past Writings Offer Detailed Look At Views
Newly minted Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in his book "The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia" built a legal and moral case against the practice. Meanwhile, aid-in-dying has seen a steady, yearly increase since it has been enacted.
Physician-Assisted Suicide An Issue For Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has frustrated legislators on both sides of the aisle with his refusal to talk specifics on several major issues he could rule on if he's confirmed. But one matter on which his past writings offer a detailed picture of his views is medical aid in dying, sometimes referred to as physician-assisted suicide. In 2006, Gorsuch wrote "The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia," a 311-page book in which he "builds a nuanced, novel, and powerful moral and legal argument against legalization," the book proclaims on its back cover. Gorsuch also addressed questions on the polarizing issue during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings. (Tinker, 4/7)
Study: Oregon Patients Using Physician-Assisted Suicide Steadily Increase
The number of patients using the nation's first physician-aided suicide program, Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, has continued to grow since voters first approved the law nearly two decades ago. A new study shows a 12 percent yearly increase in lethal prescriptions from 1998 to 2013, with an unexplained jump of nearly 30 percent in 2015. The research doesn't include 2016 numbers, which haven't been released yet. (Terry, 4/6)