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August 26, 2006

Assisted Suicide

Life and death decisions

Could someone please explain Sen. Sam Brownback’s statement on Wednesday’s Opinion page (8/23, “Pro-Con”)?

He wrote, “I doubt Americans want the government to decide when life is worth preserving and when life can be destroyed.” Is that not exactly what he is proposing with his Assisted Suicide Prevention Act?

With this act, Brownback would have the federal government decide that life is always worth preserving. What business is it of his what I might choose to do with my life? He wants to take that right out of the hands of the citizens (unfortunately, only Oregon currently allows this practice) and place it in the hands of the federal government.

What next? Will he want the government to decide when I should go to the doctor? What treatments I should take? When I should go to the bathroom? Enough already.

Don Kasparek
Olathe

Oh, how rich it is!

Perhaps Sam Brownback, in all his righteousness, throws a blind eye to his role in the Terri Schiavo fiasco. And his role, lest we forget, was strong-arming the republic, not to save a life but to tattoo his beliefs on every single American.

Now, Brownback has the chutzpah to claim that he “doubts Americans want the government to decide when life is worth preserving and when life can be destroyed.”

Oh, how rich it is! Rich like the backyard after the dog comes back inside.

Steve Dean
Blue Springs

Comments

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jack

Of course it should be "once it's feet hit the ground..."

My typing is even worse than normal. Must be lack of food. I'm going home. Nite kids.

jack

Always seems like timing is more impotant than anything else to the "culture of life" crew. Unimplanted bunch of cells? For everything possible to save them. Actual, on the ground child who was dumb enough to be born to poor parents, "What, you want health care? Tough noogs kid."

Adults that get flooded out due to Katrina? "You shouldn't have been living there."

Timing is everything for many of these people. Until the moment of birth the "unborn child" must be saved at all costs. Wants it's feet hit the ground, the child is on it's own.

That's the "culture of life" people.

openmind

“I doubt Americans want the government to decide when life is worth preserving and when life can be destroyed.”

Unless that life is collateral damage in the war against terror.

I am reminded of a Jon Stewart interview. I forget who was on but they were against stem cell research. Whoever it was started talking about embryonic stem cell research and said “I do not think it is right to sacrifice an innocent life to potentially save other lives” to which Jon Stewart responded “Isn’t that what we are doing in Iraq?”

jack

Quite simply, Brownback believes that his religious beliefs should be the law of the land.

Sadly, we have always HAD assisted suicide. But, like abortion, it is viewed as best by some that it be kept in the back allies.

Back in the days when all babies were born at home, it was not uncommon that the Dr would "forget" to tie the cord of a horribly deformed baby.

To this day, it is not uncommon for a Dr to prescribe a large amount of sedatives and/or pain killers to some one near a horrible end with the admonition, "Be very carful with these. If you take too many, or combine them with the other drug I've provided you, you will just go to sleep and never wake up."

I geuss as long as we don't have to admit that it is happening, by legalizing and controlling the process, we can all pretend we don't know it is happening.

Pretend does seem to be the chosen world of many on the far religious right.

 
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