It’s ‘funny’ I should run across this news story regarding death with dignity.
It’s ‘tragic’ that I have an Aunt who is in hospice awaiting death. She has a few good hours but mostly can’t remember most anything else, has cancer and dementia and really wants to go “home”.
So I’m reading this from Channel 7 News regarding “The Right To Die” and it really did bring it close to home. The concern? Even though this legislation would have required dying patients to get two doctors to sign off on their verbal and written requests to end their lives. Then the patient would have to be found mentally competent, as well as, be able to administer the life-ending medication themselves. With all that the legislators some doctors and ‘religious’ groups say it facilitates suicide and ends a patient’s hope of a possible recovery.
People! If you are in your late 80’s with terminal cancer you don’t have ANY hope of recovery!!! These folks need to be allowed death with dignity! Come on!
So a Democrat says: “Pain medication and hospice care may successfully provide a very peaceful end, but for others who cannot find that relief from such interventions, we offer another chance, another choice,”
But OF COURSE the Republican says: “It’s well noted that the full frontal cortex in the brain is not fully developed in people until age 25. They’re not able to take a drink legally until they’re 21. Yet you have set the age in this bill at 18,”
And their point would be…….???????
In 2006 a survey showed doctor assisted suicide to be morally acceptable by 50 percent and not acceptable by 41 percent.
So, they prosecute the Doctor who helps a patient (because they can’t prosecute the patient!).
How bout some compassion and empathy? Put the rules in place, like Washington State has, and let the patient make their decision.
It is after all their life!
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