[Ed. – The evidence is always there beforehand. If doctors aren’t given a choice of whether to assist in suicides, how long do you think patients will have choice? Consider also that for many patients in difficult and vulnerable circumstances, it would be psychologically and emotionally traumatic to be “counseled,” as if it’s morally necessary, that they have the option of ending it all. Some if this is as disingenuous as it gets, moreover. Who needs to be “informed” that he has the “option” of voluntarily starving himself to death? A reminder that the moral deformity of advocating for assisted suicide and euthanasia is boundless.]
And now, Compassion and Choices — again, which has included conscience protections in laws it sponsored as a necessary predicate to passage — has come out strongly against a proposed Trump-administration office in HHS to protect medical professionals from forced participation in procedures against their consciences and/or religious beliefs. From an email sent to its supporters (my emphasis):
The new division marks one of the greatest threats we’re facing to the future of the end-of-life choice movement and patient-centered care.
Under the HHS proposed rules, providers who object to various procedures could impose their own religious beliefs on their patients by withholding vital information about treatment options from them — including options such as voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, palliative sedation or medical aid in dying.