Friday, January 05, 2018

Dr. Death II: Indiana Wimps Want “Dignified,” Euphemism-Laden, Form of Medical Murder to Become State Law

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

I don’t begrudge anyone who has no dependent children the right to take his own life. But suicide means doing your own job, not enlisting others to murder you, on demand.

The Republican state representative sponsoring the bill asserts, “This is not a Dr. Kevorkian situation…”

Oh, but it absolutely is a Dr. Kevorkian situation.

Indiana Death with Dignity bill: “This is not a Dr. Kevorkian situation”
By David Williams
January 4, 2018 at 7:17 p.m. EST

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -- If you had a terminal illness, would you choose to end your life on your own terms?

[“On your own terms” is a pathetic euphemism for having someone else kill you.]

It's not an easy thing to talk about, but one state lawmaker wants the option on the table for Hoosiers.

A handful of states including California, Vermont and Oregon have Death With Dignity laws that allow physician-assisted suicides.

Oregon's law has been on the books since 1997.

State Rep. Matt Pierce, a Republican from Bloomington, said he wants Hoosiers to be able to choose to die while they still have their dignity and their wits about them.

A Brownsburg resident, 42-year old Corey Polen, said he lives his life one day at a time. Diagnosed in March 2016, he lives with Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

Polen said, "Essentially, it's like your spinal cord (be)coming disconnected from your brain."

"Definitely some rough moments, but each day is a new day. You try to enjoy each day you have with your family and friends."

He said there's no cure and knows it's terminal. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people living with Lou Gehrig's disease eventually lose the ability to speak, eat, move or even breathe. That's why Polen said he'd like the option of a "death with dignity" law for himself and his family.

The law, he said, would "give me the comfort to know that they might not see me in very bad situations."

That's part of the reason why Rep. Pierce on Thursday announced his Death With Dignity bill for people with six months to live.

Pierce said that the measure would allow people with six months to live to "have a medication prescribed that will allow them to die with dignity and humanity by self-administering the medication as opposed to having to suffer through the pain and agony of a slow and prolonged death."

Pierce said, under his bill, there are a host of safeguards. For example, the patient's written request would need to be witnessed by two people who could verify mental competence. There would be a 15-day waiting period, doctors involved, and the offering of other options to name a few.

Referring to the late American pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who advocated for physician-assisted suicide, Pierce said, "This is not a Dr. Kevorkian situation where someone is hooking up a machine to people. This is an individual in the calm of their own home, surrounded by their family members after they've made the decision."

Christie Soaper, who said she too is terminally ill, said that calm is what she wants.

Soaper said, " I take 18 medications a day. If I wanted to make a cocktail, I could've done it a long time ago. That's not what I want. I want the dignity behind that."

[Make your damned cocktail, but don’t expect anyone else to kill you, upon request. There’s no dignity in that.]

Considering the Republican majority in the Indiana Senate, Pierce said it may take a couple sessions for the bill to get the serious consideration it deserves. He said he wants to get the conversation started and hopes this bill will do that.


Anonymous said...

Hi Nick, Happy New Year. Say, have you heard from your good friend Steve Bannon lately? Yup, that guy sure is a political genius.


Anonymous said...

jerry pdx
Yet another negro rapist strikes in Portland OR. 39 yr. old Jerry Dessources allegedly sexually assaulted a raceless woman in a yoga studio:
In a town that's 90% white it seems like close to every other sexual assault involves a black or hispanic/latino perp. and that's only the ones that we see in the news, one can only wonder how many go unreported by white (or black) female victims who are often reluctant to press charges against (usually black) non white rapists. The link is to the Oregonian web page story which does have a photo of the suspect (looking very defiant) when you go into the article, but the front page section only had a generic yellow tape picture and for some reason the Big O declined to post this story in the crime section. Does that mean that rape isn't actually a crime? Must be a special new designation for negro rapists.