Death with dignity

Dan Savage, of Savage Love fame and now the editor of the famously popular local weekly where it all started, has a very personal opinion piece about Washington State’s Initiative 1000, a ballot measure that would give terminally ill people the legal choice to end their lives.  Dan recently faced the issue head on with the recent loss of his mother to pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease that brings patients a painful, wheezing death.  He can’t help but wonder what his mother would have chosen if she’d only had a choice in the matter:

That’s what the debate about I-1000 is really all about: your body, your death, your choice. The passage of I-1000 doesn’t impose anything on terminally ill people who reject physician-assisted suicide for religious reasons. But the rejection of I-1000 imposes the values of others on terminally ill people who would like to make that choice for themselves, who should have a right to make that choice for themselves.

It’s a right that should have never strayed from being ours to the government’s in the first place.

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