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2019 Testimony at Senate Judiciary Hearing HB284
- My name is Bradley Williams. As a care giver and serving the legislature for a fifth session I want to share with you some of my findings. Montana is nimble enough to lead the Nation.
I represent everyone in Montana that stands first for the individual vs medical/governmental complex.
After 70 days of thousands of interviews at fair booths across Montana we learned that 60% of Montanans favor the concept of euthanasia as it is emotionally promoted as something for the individual.
Then 95% of that 60% change their mind when they learn that the laws are designed and written to benefit corporations, non governmental organizations and the Department of Public Health and Human Services over our individual choices. Empowering predators with instant immunity for all, then 95% of the 60% change their mind and say “I’m not for that!”.
After 10 years there is a huge body of work to examine. We have learned that 20% of the Oregon model policy deaths are likely forced euthanasia to satisfy their facilitators. It is time that the violating States close this dangerous gap in the safety net.
And they know exactly how to repair the damage…there are no excuses only oppressive intentions. Time to close the loopholes in Oregon model dying laws.
Meanwhile from what I have seen our best defense for us and our families moving forward is:
1) Do not post anything specific on your advance directives that you will be asked to complete by the social worker at the hospital. 2) Assign your power of attorney and tell them you trust them as specifics become apparent.
3)Should you encounter disagreement over treatment or lack of it quickly change facilities to avoid long delays in resolution.
This is the best defense for individuals in this climate of promiscuous medical standards.
Then this quote from a letter in the Missoulian
*”It is time to flip some tables and force the Governor to explain why he invited the global euthanasia monopoly to Montana in the first place. (This witnessed claim is based on an excited utterance by his peer when she saw our banner at the 2012 Democratic state convention.)” *1/24/19
Senate Judiciary Committee we respectfully ask for a “Yes” on HB284 to ban stealth euthanasia and its companions from Montana. “Yes” on HB284 to defend us individuals from predatory corporations and others.
The whole world is groaning for a “Yes” on HB284.
Montana is nimble enough to lead the way.
“The pervasive belief that these, or any, noxious drugs are guaranteed to provide for
a peaceful and painless death must be dispelled; modern medicine cannot yet achieve this. “
Erasmus MC & Duke University,m
Certainly some, if not most, executions and suicides have been complication-free, but this notion has allowed much of the general public to write them off as humane, and turn a blind eye to any potential problems. Executions or PAS have never been as clean as they appear, even with the US’s medicalization efforts during the 1980s.”
“investigation. Reporting and monitoring practices need fundamental improvements, and research must be ramped up.”
“Transparency is critical to knowledge exchange, and knowledge exchange critical to autonomy. Proponents and opponents of each practice alike need to encourage, not fight against, the call for more research into these practices and their implementation.”
Biosciences, 424–434 doi:10.1093/jlb/lsx028
Notes & Developments
Navigating the new era of assisted
suicide and execution drugs
Erasmus MC & Duke University,m
In 2007, after a series of questionable
executions, the Supreme Court imposed a nationwide moratorium on executions as
it granted cert to Baze v Rees, an Eighth Amendment challenge to Kentucky’s three-
drug lethal injection protocol. The court upheld the original three-drug protocol, and
created several influential standard. First, the first drug must render an inmate fully un-
conscious. Second, in order for a protocol to be constitutional, it must not pose ‘a sub-
stantial risk of serious harm’. This risk must be ‘very likely to cause serious illness and needless suffering. ….
ponents would view as a ‘botched’ execution—many believe that the condemned
should suffer a painful and torturous death as punishment for their crimes, while oth-
ers argue that the mere imposition of death by the states is itself immoral and uncon-
stitutional. Austin Sarat, author of Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and Amer-
ica’s Death Penalty, created an extensive review of all ‘botched’ executions in the past
120 or so years. Within it, he found lethal injection to be by far the most problem-
atic of all methods implemented, at a staggering 7.12% botched rate, compared to
other new and untested cocktails.
The right-to-die advocacy organization, Exit International, publishes a handbook,
3.12% for hanging and 1.92% for electrocution.
Abolitionists have used these statis-
tics in an attempt to rip off the veil over the supposed humanity of execution via lethal
injection—but a closer look into each individual execution shows that Sarat employed
an exceedingly low threshold for an execution to qualify as a botching. At least 23 out of
75 of the supposed lethal injection botched executions seem to qualify as ‘botched’ for
only one reason: the process took longer than 10 minutes—there remains no evidence
PAS has more rigid definitions, as few would argue that any level of pain is accept- able. But there remains the difficult task of qualifying what counts as a complication when the final expected result is death, and when the alternative is typically a patient’s…
Bring transparency to euthanasia laws
Bring transparency to euthanasia laws | Letters | missoulian.com
The realization that induced premature deaths are not peaceful nor rapid 25-72% of the time, quantified in the study by Bill Gallerizzo, is a call for amendments — amendments to ban the use of …
On the (Feb. 7) article promoting euthanasia in Peru: Doctor-assisted suicide remains a homicide in Montana, where no one has immunity from prosecution like in the states where it is legal.
It is timely that we address the pitfalls of Oregon-type death laws.
The mandatory falsification of death certificates skews the public medical data base unnecessarily.
The realization that induced premature deaths are not peaceful nor rapid 25-72% of the time, quantified in the study by Bill Gallerizzo, is a call for amendments — amendments to ban the use of drugs deemed cruel for death row, for official assisted suicides where applicable and unofficial hastened deaths.
That would stir the backwaters of stealth euthanasia currently escaping scrutiny.
There are other amendment needs, like provide for a witness to our choice of the “self-administration.” As it is, with no oversight, 17-21% of the subjects experience forced premature deaths to satisfy their facilitators.
These three amendments would bring much needed transparency to the administration of the public policy.
Is Candidate Bullock’s ableist mind set prevalent among his peers?
Re: “Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Let’s protect Montana’s aging population” by Kimberly Dudik (June 14).
Representative Dudik has done an excellent job on elder abuse and human trafficking at our Legislature but has ignored the wide path of abuse established by covert Oregon model assisted suicide laws.
Longtime Not Dead Yet disability activist Mike Reynolds condemned the signing of “An Act To Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act” by Gov. Janet Mills: “This is a terrible day in the history of Maine that will lead to the untimely deaths of disabled people due to inevitable mistakes, coercion and abuse.”
Candidate Dudik, please pay attention to the concerns of our disability rights community, which candidate Steve Bullock has also purposely ignored in his Suicide Prevention Plan, see HJ14 of 2017.
ps: These statements are part of the public record of the Montana Legislature 2015 and 2017 sessions. HJ14 was a formal request to include the voice of disability rights in our Strategic Suicide Prevention Plan. Montana Governor Bullock’s DPHHS and his Democratic Caucus rejected the language in HJ14
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2017/billpdf/HJ0014.pdf that included a specific recommendation to “address . . the mistaken assumption that suicide is a rational response to disability.” Ableist mindset displayed for all to see.
This is not an isolated display. Consider Bullock’s knee jerk response to needed budget cuts in 2018 where “Montanans with true disabilities, who utilize state services and service providers, are being devastated.” See expose’ link
The answer is sadly yes.
Don’t duped by the global euthanasia monopoly by promoting their concept while ignoring the dangerous reality of all Oregon model death laws.
Potential for abuse abounds with laws allowing euthanasia.
There are many documented cases of abuses in the Oregon model death laws. The problem cases only come to light through media and medical or legal journals, but many are in documents on the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund website.
There is no oversight or assurance provided by the Oregon model death policy that can prevent wrongful deaths due to:
1. A wrong diagnosis.
2. A wrong prognosis.
3. When unaware of available treatments.
4. When there is no access to pain management.
5. When denied funding for medical treatment.
6. When the mentally ill are at risk (a huge possibility).
7. When there is ableist judgement of “better off dead” which is a prevalent medical and social bias.
8. When there is undetected bullying or coercion.
9. When there is a killing after changing their mind or while resisting. This is likely in 20 percent of assisted suicides, according to an extrapolation from Oregon statistics.
10. When the social contagion of suicide is involved (likely in 5-12 percent of cases, as per the Centers for Disease Control).
11. When the death is not a rapid or peaceful death (likely 25-72 percent of the the time according to a study by Bill Gallerizzo).
While doing my research in Europe, some stats came out of Netherlands indicating a relatively higher failure rate than publicly indicated by advocates. There were mixed numbers ranging between 25-72% often based on eyewitness reports as opposed to gov’t official stats. With intake of sufficient quantities to cause death of anything poison to the system, there is almost always some kind of rejection reaction by the body, regardless of personal intention (regurgitation, anaphylaxis, etc.). It is uncontrollable for the most part. It is a physiological norm to sustain life by the body, to rid itself of what causes damage. The act of inducing death “prematurely” may not be seen as a violent act by some definitions of violence. But the body reacts to reject the forced destruction of itself. Thus PAS is a violent act in a physiological definition of trauma.
I think for PAS advocates, wishful melodrama takes charge instead of reality. Deaths by poisoning are not as often devoid of trauma than they profess. Natural death has a far greater chance of peaceful passing, but that is not what is depicted in movies and TV shows. Drama sells publicity. Hence the desire to avoid the pain of death is misdirected and inaccurate.
Philosophical note: why they chose Hemlock as an inspiration is not clear unless they look up to Socrates (probably the most famous death by Hemlock), and that was a court ordered execution, not his choice. Hemlock ingestion deaths are often ugly and fraught with regurgitation, and not always immediate. Usually the death is by asphyxiation on regurgitation from the rejection reaction. Bad news.
Deacon Bill Gallerizzo
Think Gideon…..it is happening…Montana is nimble enough to lead the Nation.
We are the third hearing of the day. Toggle across to 10:05:12 for start.
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Video HB284 House floor debate and passage type in to your youtube search if it doesn’t pop up:
Montanans Against Assisted Suicide – 2-14
Note that Rep Keogh’s testimony was “copy and paste miss information” from the global euthanasia monopoly including the lie that there has never been documented abuses in the Oregon style euthanasia policy.
The Thomas Middleton case demonstrates how lacking the Oregon policy is in any sort of oversight.
See this description from Diane Coleman:
“The person who took Middleton’s property was prosecuted by other authorities for that, and for mistreatment of an elderly person. But the Oregon Health Division did nothing to investigate or report on the assisted suicide aspect of the case. The state has issued a release clarifying that they do not investigate any of the self reporting done by prescribing doctors under the assisted suicide law. The Oregon data is not verified, and the state admitted in the earlier reports that they have no way to assess non-reporting or non-compliance with the law’s requirements. Once the prescription is written and lethal drugs are in the home, there is no process for assuring self-administration, or uncovering instances of administration by others with or without consent. It’s not like family members will turn themselves in. There’s nothing transparent about it. The problem cases only come to light through media and medical or legal journals, but many are in documents on the DREDF policy page on assisted suicide.
Diane Coleman, JD, MBA
Not Dead Yet
497 State Street
Rochester, NY 14608”
Vote Yes on HB284 to preserve our individual rights from predatory corporations, NGOs and others.
House Judiciary Committee Hearing HB284 to Ban Euthanasia January 29, 2019 the 10th Anniversary of the flawed Baxter v Decision 2009. We have done our due diligence these 10 years on this issue and yes we are a laboratory of the Union. It is time for the our nimble Legislature to speak and led the Nation banning euthanasia in spite of the medical industrial complex. The medical complex funds the euthanasia monopoly.
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