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May 18, 2005

Oklahoma Attorney General seeks to enable the culling of the aged and infirm

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[The Oklahoma Family Policy Council] has learned that Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson may be seeking support from the Oklahoma Legislature for an appropriation of at least $65,000.00 in taxpayer funds to continue the work next year of the existing Attorney General’s Task Force on End-of-Life Care. In the wake of Terry Schiavo’s recent death in Florida, his Task Force, it appears from a report made public earlier this year, has been quietly laying the ground work for a “easing up” and possible eventual reversal of Oklahoma’s existing, excellent legal protections of medical treatment and basic care for Oklahoma’s elderly and terminally-ill.

Thirteen years ago, in 1992, Oklahoma Family Policy Council and Oklahomans for Life worked together with several pro-life members of the Oklahoma Legislature to ensure that our state law regarding living wills continued to uphold a “culture of life” for those Oklahomans faced with difficult medical situations. Fortunately, unwise, liberal efforts to require the removal of artificially administered nutrition and hydration (food and water) to terminally-ill or “persistently unconscious” people—unless they had executed an advance directive or living will specifically stating that they did not wish such food or water to be artificially administered—were rebuffed.

Thus, thanks to these efforts, absent an advance directive by the patient stating to the contrary, our state law has continued to presume that people wish medical treatment and basic care to sustain life rather than withholding such basic care to encourage death.

Oklahoma residents are encouraged to e-mail or write members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Oklahoma Senate ASAP (e-mail addresses are available at www.lsb.state.ok.us) and ask them to support the Appropriations Rider De-Funding the Attorney General’s Task Force on End-of-Life Care should it be brought before them for a floor vote. Tell them you favor Oklahoma’s existing laws regarding advance directives, in accordance with the 1992 Oklahoma Rights of the Terminally Ill or Persistently Unconscious Act. Also, make sure you ask legislators for a written response to you, outlining their position on current efforts to seriously weaken the state’s existing advance directive law.

For people in other states, talk about it, write about, make sure the word gets out that Drew Edmondson is trying to weaken the laws that currently protect the elderly and infirm from the kind of Malthusian Nazis that murdered Terri Schiavo.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 18, 2005 05:56 PM

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