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April 14, 2005

The growing Culture of Death

A bill to allow physician assisted suicide passed the state's Assembly Judiciary Committee by a 5-4 vote yesterday.

Under the measure, two doctors much agree that the patient has six months or less to live, that the patient is competent to make the decision, and both physicians must submit reports to the state health department.

The patient must make two oral requests to allowed to kill himself and one written one.

One of the bill's authors, Democratic Assemblywoman Patty Berg claims it is all about “aotonomy” yet the example of such laws in the Netherlands shows that more than 25 percent of physician-assisted deaths were done at the request of the family or physician, not the patient. What evidence can be gathered from Oregon shows a similar trend there as well.

How is someone else killing you without asking you -- autonomy?

Anyone who has read Joni Eareckson-Tada's book Joni, will see that she, as most people facing an extreme crisis unprepared, requested numerous times of numerous people to be killed. Yet almost 40 years later she travels the nation as an inspiration speaker, has written numerous books, and is an advocate against these kinds of laws.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 14, 2005 11:25 AM

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