The following is the text of the Blog commentary by Stephen Drake yesterday, Monday, March 2, 2009
Newest AJC Article on Final Exit Network - NDY Quoted
I was beginning to worry that the definition of FEN and its work of encouraging and facilitating suicides of chronically ill, disabled and elderly people was being magically rewritten. The alternate story that has been appearing is that they're a helpful bunch of people who aid "terminally ill" individuals. They're "forced" to do this because there are no "helpful" laws like the ones in Oregon and Washington State. I'll write more about that tomorrow.Link to the Not Dead Yet Commentary:
The latest from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution steers some of the discourse on track.
OK, I'm biased. I'm quoted. OTOH, tomorrow I'll write some pretty nasty things about another article that I'm quoted in, so simple inclusion of me or anyone else from NDY doesn't earn a free pass in the criticism department.
Here's the latest article, about the Baltimore arrestees turning themselves in:
All four are accused of assisting a non-terminal cancer patient, John Celmer, 58, of Cumming, to kill himself by inhaling helium.
The closing words are mine:
Stephen Drake, with Not Dead Yet, an advocacy group that is against assisted suicide, said Final Exit Network members are “really scary people.”
“These are people who by their own admission sit and help plan the deaths of stranger after stranger,” Drake said.