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May 20, 2005

California legislator protested for pushing "assisted" suicide

From the Lake County Record-Bee:

About 35 people gathered outside Assemblywoman Patty Berg's office on Wednesday to protest assisted suicide.

Berg and Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, crafted Assembly Bill 654, the "California Compassionate Choice Act," after a similar Oregon bill. It would allow patients with a prognosis of six months or fewer to live to request a prescription for lethal medication. The patient would have to be deemed mentally competent and take the medication himself or herself.

On Wednesday a group ranging from seniors to parents with infants stood quietly at the corner of Fourth and D holding signs with phrases like "Suicide is Wrong" and "Choose Life." The group was actually around the corner from Berg's office at Third and D. Protester Allen Rode said they chose the 101 corridor to be more visible, a tactic that seemed to work, judging from the occasional horns honking as cars drove by.

Rode said he was particularly concerned about the economic ramifications of the bill. Since the cost of a lethal medication would be less than the cost of health care over the longer term, it's possible that the bill could mean economic pressures, he said.

"We feel that if this were to pass and assisted suicide becomes legal, that the poor, the disabled, the senior citizens --those who cannot afford health care will be jeopardized," he said.

First off, let's call it what it really is. It's not “assisted” suicide it's “insisted” suicide or psychological murder. Terminal patients don't kill themselves while their loved ones fill their lives with caring and comfort. They end their lives because they are surrounded by relatives whining that the burden is too much for them.

The next step is “allowing” the aged, infirm and handicapped to “die with dignity” which means that since it's uncomfortable (undignified) for healthy people to have to be around them, they should be “allowed” (after adequate guilt is applied) to kill themselves.

The step after that would be “lovingly” making that decision for those who are either “unable” or unwilling (more than likely the same thing) to make the “right” choice for themselves.

Eventually they'll make their way down to you. It's only a matter of time.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 20, 2005 08:19 AM

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