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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Stats for the culture of death...

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The annual report on assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in Oregon shows 60 people ended their lives last year by taking a lethal drug dose prescribed under the Death With Dignity Act. (Orwellian term alert!)

It was the highest annual total in the 11-year history of the law twice approved by Oregon voters and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

But state health officials said the pattern remains the same - nearly all the patients were older, suffered from cancer and died at home.

A total of 401 Oregonians have died under the law that requires at least two doctors to approve requests by patients with less than six months to live. (Old joke: What's the difference between God and a doctor? Answer: God never acts like he's a doctor.)

Oregon was the first state to approve such a law. An almost identical law takes effect Thursday in Washington state.

My old man died of cancer in '77. This was just as the hospice movement got going. He wasn't part of it so he went the old fashioned way, in a hospital doped up with morphine at the end. Pretty bad before they gave him the morphine, towards the end I kept wishing I had the willpower to just put a pillow over his face until he stopped breathing.

Things have improved, I understand that these days they'll "eightball" you so you're lucid yet managing the pain. That'll go right on till the end. So why hurry things along?

Even if it still had to be done the way my father went, I'd prefer that to checking out on my own. Nowadays I realize that even with the pain, he still got to say his goodbyes. If it happened again I'd just prop a pillow under his head and hold his hand. Maybe I was stronger than I thought?

Regardless, doctors shouldn't be allowed to play God.

1 comment:

Adrienne said...

60 is the reported number. My guess is the number is way higher. Living in Idaho I'm surrounded now by people that wish me dead! Scary!

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