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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Wesley J. Smith nails it here!

Thread by me.

Wesley J. Smith: Assisted Suicide Is the Euthanasia of Hope

Legalized assisted suicide costs us the presence of good people, who had they been given emotional support to help them not commit suicide in their time of health extremis, would be so glad to be alive.  I have written frequently of my last hospice patient, Bob, who had been suicidal for 2 1/2 years after his Lou Gehrig’s disease diagnosis.  He told me he would have gone to Kevorkian if his family had cooperated.  But they wouldn’t and so  he didn’t–and to his delighted surprise, he ended his life so very glad to be alive to the last breath.  He would have been cheated out of all that happiness by the false compassion of assisted suicide–and the beauty part for the doctor-prescribed-death crowd is that no one would have ever known.

The same point is made in a letter to the editor published in the Boston Globe today by a cancer survivor, reacting to an opinion column in favor of a legalization proposal in Massachusetts.  From the letter “She Pushed for Legal Right to Die, and – Thankfully – was Rebuffed:”

I am a retired person living in Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal. Our law was enacted through a ballot initiative that I voted for. In 2000, I was diagnosed with cancer and told that I had six months to a year to live. I knew that our law had passed, but I didn’t know exactly how to go about making use of it. I tried to ask my doctor, but he didn’t really answer me. I didn’t want to suffer. I wanted to do what our law allowed, and I wanted my doctor to help me. Instead, he encouraged me not to give up, and ultimately I decided to fight the disease. I had both chemotherapy and radiation.

I am so happy to be alive! It is now 11 years later. If my doctor had believed in assisted suicide, I would be dead. I thank him and all my doctors for helping me to choose “life with dignity.’’ Assisted suicide should not be legal. I hope Massachusetts does not make this terrible mistake.

I am continually disheartened that letters such as this often resonate less than if the same woman had written, right after her diagnosis, that she just wanted to die.  Doctor prescribed death activists will say, “Well, she didn’t die, so what’s the problem?”  Intentional obtuseness.

For some reason, the contemporary “compassion” reflex has a hard time embracing a life with health difficulties–but rocks and rolls with accelerated death. But know this: There are people who received doctor-prescribed/administered death, who would have survived long enough to be happily alive had assisted suicide not been legalized in Oregon and Washington, applied so callously in Switzerland, and euthanasia added to the mix in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

Assisted suicide is not “choice,” it is the end of all choices.  “Death with dignity,” is actually the euthanasia of hope.

47 posted on 10/09/2011 10:33:51 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!


48 posted on 10/09/2011 10:53:21 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: wagglebee
October, 2003, so many of us met in person or met on line. The creepy hospice is still there but they did a little name change and further, they are permitted to treat for chronic care and to starve/dehydrate people to their deaths.

They are GHOULS and I somewhat recall, that Felos who can crash airplanes with his mind was trying to will Terri to be dead on Halloween of 2003. They finally murdered her around Easter time in 2005. Terri died and then Pope John Paul.

Many of the cheerleaders for Terri's killing are deceased or are unwell or their families are experiencing suffering. Sadly, many who fought for Terri have passed and we shall never forget them.

49 posted on 10/09/2011 12:24:20 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( Casey Anthony Jurors thought admonition was a ticket to Disney World,.)
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To: wagglebee

“I am so happy to be alive! It is now 11 years later.”

Wow!


54 posted on 10/09/2011 9:11:08 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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