The California media are atwitter with my state’s new assisted suicide law. And they are touting a death doctor named Lonny Shavelson who is opening a practice in suicide prescribing–for only $2000, if one decided to obtain the prescription.
Shavelson is a coward who once witnessed the murder of a disabled man by a Hemlock Society zealot and did nothing. Media misses that entirely.
But here’s the point. Shavelson has been a part time or contract ER doctor for his medical career. He is not a specialist in cancer, ALS, or other terminal conditions.
Would anyone in their right minds go to an ER doctor to treat his cancer, palliate pain or symptoms, or determine a proper medical course for kidney failure? Of course not!
But that isn’t what death doctoring is about. It’s just the legal ability to write a lethal prescription.