Monday, May 22, 2017

Oregon Bill Allows Starving Mentally Ill Patients to Death

MURDER BY STARVATION - WE ARE LIVING IN DREADFUL TIMES!

We’re living through a time when there seems to be something new and alarming in the news every day. Our media cycle is dominated by the dramatic, and one consequence of this is that alarming events can unfold on the state and local level going unnoticed despite their ultimately national consequences.

One such example is before Oregon’s state legislature. First introduced in January, an alarming bill, SB 494, would radically change the meaning of healthcare in that state, with the potential for national ripple effects.

SB 494 would put countless medically vulnerable persons at risk of a premature and untimely death, wiping out existing law that mandates food and water access for all patients who can naturally receive nutrition and hydration. In simple terms, patients who are awake, conscious, and aware could nonetheless be denied food and water—even by cup or spoon.

Oregon’s SB 494 is radical because it would redefine food and water delivered by such basic means not as “basic and ordinary,” but as a regulated, physician-controlled form of “medical care.”

Indeed, it’s important to underscore that this bill is not about food and water delivered by means of “feeding tubes,” but rather basic utensils like spoons. Whether we’re sitting at our own breakfast table, or sitting with our mother in a hospital bed, food and water should be considering basic and ordinary.

It likely comes as no surprise to find out who is responsible for Oregon’s dangerous bill. Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life, recently explained that the most enthusiastic supporter of “regulating” food and water is the health insurance industry.

On a purely financial basis, one understands the motives of insurers who would prefer to avoid any lengthy healthcare obligations. On an ethical and moral basis, however, the decision to fatally deprive food and water from a patient simply due to cost or circumstance is reprehensible. . . . Read More

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6 comments :

Joel Turvey said...

Horrible. I emailed my legislators. Hope it helps. #prolife

Bill Smith said...

Joel,
Thank you for contacting your legislators.

Monica Heck said...

I don't see it - what I read on this was this is an advance directive form to replace an old advance directive form, so what is the problem?

Project Wildfire said...

Did you read the entire artice? It has nothing to do with advance directives. To quote, "SB 494 would put countless medically vulnerable persons at risk of a premature and untimely death, wiping out existing law that mandates food and water access for all patients who can naturally receive nutrition and hydration. In simple terms, patients who are awake, conscious, and aware could nonetheless be denied food and water—even by cup or spoon.

Oregon’s SB 494 is radical because it would redefine food and water delivered by such basic means not as “basic and ordinary,” but as a regulated, physician-controlled form of “medical care.”Indeed, it’s important to underscore that this bill is not about food and water delivered by means of “feeding tubes,” but rather basic utensils like spoons. Whether we’re sitting at our own breakfast table, or sitting with our mother in a hospital bed, food and water should be considering basic and ordinary.

It likely comes as no surprise to find out who is responsible for Oregon’s dangerous bill. Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life, recently explained that the most enthusiastic supporter of “regulating” food and water is the health insurance industry.

Monica Heck said...

Yes, I read the entire article and then I went and looked up and read the text of SB 494 (some of it anyway) and what I got from it was it's an advance directive for when someone becomes unable to make decisions for themselves. We call it a living will where I am from.

Project Wildfire said...

The mentally ill cannot make a living will for themselves. If we (or they at the time) being sound mind wish to make a living will ro "advanced directive" to allow ourself to be starved to death - that is one thing. But for the state to make that decison to starve you to death or another persona to death is another. Oregon continues to move toward an new age of barbarism. While it is true that some American Indian tribes would leave their old behind to starve to death, nothing compares to this action in the history of our country which was not subsequently condemned or where a law is passed to sanction murder by starvation. At present time, even Oregon is not even carrying out capital murder death sentences. Why should the state state authorize starving the mentally ill? Maybe it is because they have no one to stand "in the gap" for them to defend Life.