March 23, 2020

Euthanasia Lobby Calls for "Teledeath" Euthanasia in Response to COVID-19

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In a recent fundraising email, Compassion & Choices President and CEO Kim Callinan took advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to suggest that the recent acceptance of telemedicine could lead to the availability of assisted suicide drugs over the telephone or internet.

"As always, we are responding quickly to the needs and opportunities of the times," she wrote. "As the workforce grapples with the pandemic, telehealth is gaining prominence as a critical mode of delivering medical care. This provides a unique opportunity to make sure health systems and doctors are using telehealth, where appropriate, for patients trying to access end-of-life care options. These efforts should improve access to medical aid in dying in the short and long-term."

If suicide drugs were made available via telemedicine, impulsive individuals in need of other help could possibly access death drugs without ever physically meeting with a psychologist or doctor.