Physician-Assisted Suicide in Hawaii Is an Attack on All of Us

By Monica Burke, Research Assistant, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation.

Earlier this month, Hawaii became the sixth state in the U.S. to legalize physician-assisted suicide.

Proponents of the law hail the move as a step toward “death with dignity,” but this could not be further from the truth. Physician-assisted suicide is a direct attack on human dignity.

Every human life has value, not because of what one does, but because of who one is—made for reason, freedom, to love, and to be loved. Physician-assisted suicide cuts at the heart of human dignity by dismissing some lives as not worth living.

The idea that some human beings are disposable shakes the very foundations of a free and equal society. Physician-assisted suicide sets off a chain reaction that extends well beyond the health care context. It harms all of society in a host of ways—it corrupts the practice of medicine, destroys relationships, and paves the way for even greater evils.

This practice of discarding human life turns the practice of medicine upside down: Instead of preserving the life and promoting the comfort of the patient, it prematurely ends the life of the patient.

In corrupting the meaning of medicine, physician-assisted suicide compromises the patient-doctor relationship. When medical healers are also agents of death, patients can no longer trust that their physician will be unilaterally committed to their life and health.

Physician-assisted suicide further damages the broader health care context by giving insurance providers perverse incentives to provide a “cheap fix” for patients who require additional, more expensive care.

Physician-assisted suicide also leaves patients vulnerable to pressure to end their lives, not only from their doctor or insurance provider but from family members. Families have intergenerational responsibilities to look after the young, the sick, and the aged. But the normalization of physician-assisted suicide destroys these intergenerational ties by encouraging families to view the elderly or disabled as burdens, a view which patients may then internalize themselves.

This weakening of the young’s obligations to the old harms culture on a grand scale. Communities are made up of families, and as individual attitudes shift away from providing care to relatives in need, so too our society shifts away from an attitude of compassion toward those who are suffering.

Even beyond these negative cultural effects, the laws themselves often come with gravely insufficient safeguards for patients.

For instance, Hawaii’s new law requires waiting periods, witnesses to written requests, and sign-offs from physicians, yet these do little to protect patients from the pressure to kill themselves and other forms of abuse.

When he signed the Hawaii physician-assisted suicide into law, Democratic Gov. David Ige said, “It is time for terminally ill, mentally competent Hawaii residents who are suffering to make their own end-of-life choices with dignity, grace, and peace.”

But why stop at the terminally ill? The mentally incompetent? When ending one’s life is considered a valid and even ideal option for those who are suffering, why deny that option to others who may be suffering less? Surely anyone who wants to die is already suffering to some degree. Why should they not have the same right to die?

Now that Hawaii has accepted the principle of physician-assisted suicide, there is a clear logical path toward extending it to more and more people—not just to those who choose to die, but also to those society or family believes should die. There is no natural, logical limit to who qualifies for physician-assisted suicide, and pretty soon, the “death with dignity” mentality will expand to include euthanasia.

This has already happened in many European countries that have legalized physician-assisted suicide. Examining the state of physician-assisted suicide in the Netherlands, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel wrote in Atlantic Monthly:

The Netherlands studies fail to demonstrate that permitting physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia will not lead to the non-voluntary euthanasia of children, the demented, the mentally ill, the old, and others. Indeed, the persistence of abuse and the violation of safeguards, despite publicity and condemnation, suggest that the feared consequences of legalization are exactly its inherent consequences.

You heard that right: Nonvoluntary euthanasia follows almost immediately upon physician-assisted suicide—perhaps even by design.

Wherever it is legalized, physician-assisted suicide sets a troubling precedent for public policy by undermining equality before the law. If our legal system treats a subgroup of people as eligible to be killed, it would seriously compromise the natural right not to be killed. Where might this disturbing legal precedent lead?

A lot is at stake in the debate over physician-assisted suicide. The immediate victims are the most vulnerable in society—the sick and elderly.

But that also means every last one of us is vulnerable: It is only a matter of time before each one of us ages and dies. How many years until our own lives are deemed less valuable?

Ultimately, we all suffer in a culture that fails to honor the dignity of every single human life. We do ourselves a disservice when we fail to empathize with those who are suffering, to do our duty by those entrusted to our care.

There is still time to reverse course. But we must act now before laws like those in Hawaii become the new norm.

*This article originally appeared in The Daily Signal.


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By Ian Snively, Member, Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Pro-life members of Congress have introduced legislation to protect health care providers from being compelled to provide abortions under threat of losing their jobs. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., held a press conference on the House Triangle outside the U.S.…

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Congress Could Soon Face a Budget Fight. Here’s How Lawmakers Can Rein in Spending.

By Romina Boccia, Deputy Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and Grover M. Hermann Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. Two thousand seventy-five dollars. That’s every American’s personal share of the fiscal year 2017 budget deficit. The total deficit? Six hundred sixty-six billion dollars. It’s the American people…

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The Ethanol Mandate Promotes Swamp Dominance, Not Energy Dominance

By Nicolas Loris, Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy, Center for Free Markets and Regulatory Reform at The Heritage Foundation, and Samantha Block, Member, Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Washington is known for political arm-twisting. There’s a good reason for that. It too often works,…

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How Tax Reform Would Simplify Taxes for Tens of Millions

By Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow, Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation. Lawmakers have long championed a system that allows Americans to fill out their tax returns on a postcard. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act proposed by Republicans in Congress could help turn that vision into a reality for most…

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5 Ways to Improve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would provide tax relief to millions of Americans, and has the potential to facilitate significant economic growth. The proposal is pro-growth and pro-worker, but leaves much of the…

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Solid Ideas in all Three Treasury Reports — Here Are A Few More

By Norbert Michel, Director, Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation. Treasury has now released three of the four reports due under President Trump’s Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System. The first covered depository institutions. The latest reports address (1) capital markets and (2) asset management and insurance companies. The…

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PRESS RELEASE: HOUSE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL TAX REFORM PLAN

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 Washington — This morning, the House Ways and Means Committee released preliminary legislative text of a sweeping overhaul of America’s long outdated tax code. Similar to the framework announced in September, the plan would slash the corporate and pass-through rates by 15 percentage points each, simplify the individual…

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VIDEO: Dan Holler on FBN’s “Varney & Co.” talking about the GOP tax plan

Dan Holler, Vice President of Heritage Action for America, joined Fox Business Network Stewart to discuss tax reform on November 2, 2017. The House Ways and Means Committee released it's preliminary legislative text of a sweeping overhaul of America’s long outdated tax code earlier that day. *To view this video on…

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GOP’s Top Tax Writer Says Obamacare Mandate Could Be Repealed in Tax Plan

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal. The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says Republican’s tax plan unveiled Thursday could potentially include a repeal of the individual health care mandate in Obamacare. “The president feels very strongly about including this at some step before the…

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The Ugly Consequences of Single-Payer Health Care

By Robert Moffit, Senior Fellow, Center for Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The late, great Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman said it best: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Friedman’s pithy proverb reminds us that there is also no “free health care.” It’s a timely reminder, as Sen.…

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Small Business Owner in Trump Country Explains Why Tax Reform Will Help the 99%

By Kelsey Harkness, Senior News Producer at The Daily Signal. SEDALIA, Mo.—As Republicans prepare to unveil the details of their major tax reform proposal this week, a small business owner in America’s heartland is speaking out about how her and her employees could benefit. “The 1 percent that keeps being…

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How Keeping the Property Tax Deduction Could Backfire on the Middle Class

By Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation. On the eve of the release of their tax reform proposal, GOP leaders are considering keeping the property tax portion of the state and local tax deduction as part of their plan. This “compromise” could end…

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Keeping the Death Tax Would Make No Sense at All

By Kevin Dayaratna, Senior Statistician and Research Programmer, Center for Data Analysis, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation, and Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Congress is set to unveil more details of its tax reform proposal…

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ICYMI: Professional Legislative Strategy Call 10/19/17

Earlier this month, conservatives working in the business and real estate community all came together for our monthly Legislative Strategy Call. During the call, we heard from Heritage Action’s Wesley Coopersmith, Policy Manager, and Matt Lauer, Grassroots Director.  Wesley walked through updates on tax reform. Matt provided action items for Sentinels on legislative…

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VIDEO: Michael Needham on GOP Tax Plan

Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham discusses the Republican party and their tax reform proposal on Fox News Sunday.…

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Why Trump Should Keep NAFTA’s Investment Protection Provisions

By James M. Roberts, Research Fellow, Economic Freedom and Growth at The Heritage Foundation. President Donald Trump’s trade representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, stirred up some controversy last week when he called for a five-year “sunset” provision to be included in the North American Free Trade Agreement. He asserted that investor-state dispute settlement features in U.S.…

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Tax Reform Means Higher Pay for Americans, Council of Economic Advisers Predicts

By Casey Ryan, Member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Lowering the corporate tax rate will spur economic growth and encourage business owners to invest more in their businesses,  leading to higher wages for employees, according to a new report from the president’s Council of Economic Advisers.…

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The Senate Voted to Protect Banks, but It’s Actually a Win for You

By Norbert Michel, Director, Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation. January marked the start of the first serious effort at federal deregulation in decades. Yet the massive pile of Dodd-Frank rules has remained largely untouched—until last week. On Tuesday night, the Senate exercised its power under the Congressional Review…

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Conway, McMorris Rodgers Tout Tax Reform to Minority Entrepreneurs

Casey Ryan, Member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. A counselor to the president and the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference told a gathering of minority entrepreneurs that the GOP tax reform plan would have “real people impact” and ease the burden on employers, enabling them…

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Why Adding a New Top Income Tax Rate Is a Bad Idea

By Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation. One of the most critical ingredients in “pro-growth” tax reform is lowering tax rates for everyone. Conservatives have championed this goal for a long time. But now, as tax reform approaches nearer and nearer, some Republican lawmakers…

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