Thursday, April 11, 2013

Assisted suicide was never about dignity or medical care or hospice

I read this over at Science Daily, How Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Implemented Washington's Death With Dignity Act.
"People who pursue Death with Dignity tend to be individuals who want to be independent and want to have control over the conditions and timing of their final moments of life," said Elizabeth Trice Loggers, M.D., Ph.D., corresponding author and medical director of SCCA's Supportive and Palliative Care Service. Washington was the second state, after Oregon, to enact a Death with Dignity law. It was passed in November 2008 after a voter-approved referendum and enacted in March 2009. Under Washington law, competent adults residing in the state with a life expectancy of six months or less due to a diagnosed medical condition may request and self-administer lethal medications prescribed by a physician. Prescribing physicians do not assist patients to ingest the medicine

This isn't treatment of a medical condition or hospice care, it is simply a want to end your life. A life in which the patient is fully competent and can self-administer the poison to kill themselves. It the point is to kill, not treat an ailment that it isn't medicine.

The health care provider did step up safe gaurds, that should be noted.

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