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In January, a district court in New Mexico authorized doctors to provide lethal prescriptions and declared a constitutional right for “a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying.” Last May, the Vermont Legislature passed a law permitting it, joining Montana, Oregon and Washington. This spring, advocates are strongly promoting “death with dignity” bills in Connecticut and other states ...
About 3,000 patients a year, from every state, contact the advocacy group Compassion & Choices for advice on legal ways to reduce end-of-life suffering and perhaps hasten their deaths.
Giving a fading patient the opportunity for a peaceful and dignified death is not suicide, the group says, which it defines as an act by people with severe depression or other mental problems.
...Remember the Charlton Heston movie - Soylent Green?? Remember the 'assisted death' centers that were in the movie? We viewers were supposed to see them as awful or something. I thought they were brilliant.
And before someone says it ... no I don't see this as any kind of 'slippery slope'. I see it as compassion and common sense.
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...choosing death to escape life prematurely is wrong, in my opinion.
You probably won't get a satisfying answer.
It isn't like an arbitrary rule or judgement, ultimately it is, like almost everything we do in life. A choice.
IMO trust the academics and they have been saying for years that we should have passed this legislation.
There is more to consider than just the person who wants to be assisted before natures time, to the hereafter. Ya know?