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Re: “Last Rights: A Putney Woman Becomes the Third Vermonter to End Her Life Using New Law

And speaking of concern--If your concern is really for the few who have used this law, then read their stories with an open mind. Do you think you can better judge their experience than *those concerned*, their own families and the doctors who treat them? The people who choose this option are mature adults who value control in a situation where they have had little control over what happened to them up to now. Who are you to say they shouldn't have that opportunity?

If you don't like the law, don't use it. But attempts to repeal it amount to forcing one person's personal, private beliefs on others, who are under no obligation to share those views. This law protects the personal rights of each individual to make their own choices about their own lives. Isn't that what America is all about?

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Posted by nmtucs0n on 01/29/2015 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Last Rights: A Putney Woman Becomes the Third Vermonter to End Her Life Using New Law

Just because you *fear* something, doesn't make it real! The "potential for harm" is imaginary. The data in Oregon shows virtually no change in the number of people using this law over the past 15 years. The numbers are so small they don't amount to a half of one percent of the number who die each year from all causes. There's no tsunami of pressure on disabled people (who are *not* terminal and *cannot* request a prescription in any case!), no flood of "death tourists" flocking to Oregon to use the law to make way for greedy relatives, and no abuses.

And please don't call this suicide! Suicide happens when an otherwise healthy person with plenty of future decides, rightly or wrongly, that they no longer want to live the life they are living. Assisted dying happens when a person IS GOING TO DIE VERY SOON NO MATTER WHAT IS DONE, and they decide that they would rather trade their few remaining days or weeks for the chance to die while they can still smile at their loved ones and say goodbye, to meet that end consciously, rather than drugged and incontinent and oblivious. It is not a "mental health problem." It brings peace and comfort, and greatly improves the personal and emotional outlook of all concerned.

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Posted by nmtucs0n on 01/29/2015 at 10:00 AM

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