You knew he couldn’t go quietly. Here’s a parting shot at the voters of Oregon and their decision to allow for physician assisted suicide. Let’s all hope Justice Rehnquist is still unavailable when this issue is reviewed.
Oregon’s law, known as the Death With Dignity Act, lets patients with less than six months to live request a lethal dose of drugs after two doctors confirm the diagnosis and determine the person’s mental competence to make the request.
Is it me or does this seem like a logical and compassionate option for the terminally ill. Why do fundamentalists prefer that the terminally ill suffer for their remaining days? This option allows for a person to decide the way in which he leaves this world. The terminally ill are allowed to bypass the inevitable pain and suffering and leave their loved ones behind with a dignity not available to those who are required to deteriorate and painfully perish. Where is the compassion in not allowing for this option?
The Bush administration has argued that assisted suicide is not a “legitimate medical purpose” and that doctors take an oath to heal patients, not help them die.
The patients that the doctors are treating cannot be helped. They are terminal; the only help the doctor can give is relief from the inevitable pain often associated with terminal conditions. Most often, the relief this option provides not only effects the patient but their loved ones as well.
Living in Florida I have seen first hand how much the Bush family opposes this issue and for the life of me I cannot understand the problem. Jeb Bush, through his unconstitutional “emergency legislation,” believes that he saved the life of Terri Schiavo, a brain damaged woman who has been kept alive by life support and feeding tubes for 14 years. What life has he saved? Considering how logical physician assisted suicide seems to me, I cannot understand how Oregon can be the only state that has voted to allow it.