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HAT Forum: Dying with Dignity

HAT Forum
Date: Saturday, November 15, 11:00 AM
Place: 519 Church St.,
Topic: Dying with Dignity
Proposed by Camila Arroyo

1. Is there an ethical difference between passive DWD (ie withholding treatment with palliative care) and active DWD and are both equally acceptable?
2. What legal sanctions should be put in place to avoid abuse of DWD laws?
3. Is it posible to put this law in place without having abuse? What's the best possible way to avoid abuse of the system on elderly or those unable to afford treatment?
4. How does one determine who is mentally capable of making these decisions and what possibilities could there be for those deemed uncapable for making those decisions? Moreover, Should this only be for terminal illnesses? 
5. In one study, When palliative care was provided, a statistically significant amount of people chose to change their mind about assisted suicide (45%). Should this choice be exhausted before doctor assisted suicide?
6. What kind of training and education, if any, should doctors and nurses have in discussion of this topic to terminally ill patients? For example, should doctors and nurses be allowed to inform patients on that option first?
7. Should the law be open to more than "terminaly ill patients with life expectancy of 6 months or less"? Can this decision be made by proxy (ie. parent to child)?
8. How do we best use this law in situations where prognosis is more unpredictable?

Note: This will be a shortened Forum, so that we can all get to Dale Roy's talk afterward.

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HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.