Monica Burke, Research Assistant at the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation, in an Apr. 16, 2018 article, "Physician-Assisted Suicide in Hawaii Is an Attack on All of Us," available at, stated:

“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.”

Apr. 16, 2018