I was cleaning up my email and found this article that I recently sent to the Couer D'Alene press in Idaho.
Re: Idaho doctors can offer a compassionate option, June 25, 2010
I am the Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, and Chair for the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, International. I was dismayed to see that Kathryn Tucker, Legal Director for the suicide lobby group, Compassion & Choices, is now targeting your state to legalize assisted suicide. Moreover, her column, suggesting that legalization will prevent murder-suicide, is spurious.
According to Donna Cohen, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, the typical murder-suicide case involves a depressed controlling husband who shoots his ill wife. "The wife does not want to die and is often shot in her sleep. If she was awake at the time, there are usually signs that she tried to defend herself." http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=50782
The typical wife in these cases does not “choose” her death. She is a victim of spousal abuse. Legal assisted suicide, regardless, fails to guarantee “choice.” These laws instead empower doctors, family members and new “best friends” to legally pressure people to take their lives. http://wsba.org/media/publications/barnews/jul-09+deathwithdignity.htm
In Canada, a bill that would have legalized assisted-suicide was recently 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
Box 25033 London ON, Canada, N6C 6A8
Link to the original article: http://cdapress.com/columns/my_turn/article_ed885905-9ec9-5f4b-acf3-97063cb5f2de.html