My comment to the Missoula Independent was published.
Link to the article: http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/missoula/Profile?oid=1265744
I am the Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, and Chair for the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, International. I disagree with the “Etc.” editorial that assisted suicide laws in Oregon and Washington adequately protect patients. These laws, more accurately, empower doctors, family members and new “best friends” to legally pressure people to take their lives. http://wsba.org/media/publications/barnews…
In Canada, a bill that would have legalized assisted-suicide was overwhelmingly defeated in our Parliament, 228 to 59. When I spoke with lawmakers who voted against the bill, many voiced the opinion that our government’s efforts should be focused on helping our citizens live with dignity, rather than developing strategies to get them out of the way.
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
London ON, Canada, N6C 6A8