Thursday October 25, 2012

My mother-in-law died a very slow death from Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS. She was imprisoned in a body that was paralyzed except for the ability to blink. By blinking when my husband pointed to the letters of the alphabet she could communicate. Sometimes it took more than an hour to complete one sentence.

She was very embarrassed by how much family members had to do for her. She didn’t want to take the hour of death into her own hands but, because of that embarrassment, she might have -- if she lived in a world in formed by the passage of ballot Question 2. If this ballot question passes on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, doctor-prescribed suicide will become legal.

That ballot question would legalize a doctor prescribing pills that kill if a patient has received a terminal diagnosis with a prognosis of six months or less. Deep down we all know this is wrong. We know that life is given and should only be taken by God.

How do I know this? If Question 2 is passed, and a cancer patient dies by a doctor’s prescription, the cause of death on the death certificate would not be listed as suicide. It would be listed as cancer. If doctor-prescribed suicide is OK, why lie? Why hide what happened?

If so-called mercy killing is legalized, the culture will change and will become ac cept ing of suicide in general. Oregon has had doctor prescribed suicide for years.


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Now Oregon has a non-medical suicide rate 35 percent above the national average.

Defeat Question 2.

ROBIN GREENSPAN

Becket