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I am of mixed emotion on the ideas here, mostly good, but am gunshy about galloping full speed into the range of living wills. 

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An essay posted Aug. 8 on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Web site (www.usccb.org) chronicled the plights of Randy Stroup and Barbara Wagner, who reside in Oregon -- the only state to permit physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. State-sponsored health-insurance plans denied the treatment requests of both cancer patients -- but readily offered to assist them in committing suicide at no cost.

"Imagine if your state of residence put a price tag on your life. Though it sounds like something out of "The Twilight Zone," that's exactly what happened to Randy Stroup and Barbara Wagner," noted the essay's author, Mary J. McClusky, special-projects coordinator at the USCCB's Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

Who decides the right to die?

8mm

1,507 posted on 09/30/2008 3:44:00 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: floriduh voter; amdgmary
Ya think?

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Charlie Crist will be the most influential governor in the history of Florida.

He will make a total of four appointments to the seven-member state Supreme Court. For what could be decades, the Crist majority will weigh in on hot-button issues affecting the lives of every man, woman, and child in this state: Remember the 2000 presidential election and Terri Schiavo.

Charlie campaigned as a centrist, "the people's" governor. All of us assumed he meant all of the people, not a chosen few. But with one appointment down and three to go, it appears the guv feels compelled to pander to the minority Radical Right at the expense of the majority of 19-plus million Floridians.

Court appointments: Crist pandering to Radical Right

8mm

1,508 posted on 09/30/2008 3:45:19 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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