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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

 

The Anne Turner Case - Death With Dignity




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The decision by a British physician, Anne Turner, to end her life with the help of the Swiss organization Dignitas again highlighted the need for full legalization and availability of assistance in dying for all who voluntarily seek it.

Dr. Turner traveled to Zurich and sought Dignitas' help just before her 67th birthday.
Why do religious organizations and some physically handicapped people oppose euthanasia ? We, who support the right to have that option, do not want them to elect it. Oregon's law is a good example. In the seven years it has been in existence there has not been a single case of abuse. In fact, the safeguards built into the Death With Dignity Act make it well-nigh impossible to abuse it. Yet the zealots want to bar terminally ill people (some in intense pain and unable to move) from seeking a peaceful, dignified end.

If you are not a resident of Oregon and wish to avoid being hooked up to a life support system in case of terminal illness, be sure to execute an Advance Directive. The form can be downloaded, free, from Caring Connections.   AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) is another source.

Recommended reading:
How We Die : Reflections on Life's Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland,MD, Vintage Paperback
On Death and Dying by Elizabeth K├╝bler-Ross, The MacMillan Co.
Final Exit by Derek Humphrey, Dell Publishing
Euthanasia and the Right to Die edited by A.B. Dowling, Peter Owen, London


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Comments:
The thing that irks me most about this is that the zealots aren't just against assisted suicide as euthanasia. They're even against pulling the plug (ala Terri Schiavo) to end suffering.

For a bunch of people who look forward so much to getting into Heaven, they sure appear to want to avoid getting there at any and all costs.

It is hard for me to swallow that this is even still an issue with certain people.
 
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