Judith A. Lewis of Huntington Beach wrote a convincing refutation of Joseph Perkins’ view that no one should have the right to take their own life. I wonder if Joseph Perkins has had to sit helplessly by while a loved one withered away afflicted by Alzheimer’s ? I doubt it. The Orange County Register columnist should be more responsible and circumspect about espousing unconditional dogma.
The real divide on this gripping issue of assisted suicide hinges on whose life it is anyway. Many religious types believe your life is a gift from God. Therefore suicide becomes murder in the eyes of God. However, a very significant percentage of people around the globe do NOT believe their life is a gift from any form of transcendence. These folks naturally believe that one has a right to choose whether their life ends painfully while burdening their family with exorbitant medical bills.
Thank you Judith for speaking out against theocratic tripe that insists on dictating how people should handle a very private matter!
Register columnist Joseph Perkins believes no one should have the right to assisted suicide [“Soft on assisted suicide,” Columns, Jan. 25]. He criticizes prosecutors for their lack of harsh punitive action for compassionate acts of assisted suicide. From his column, it seems he would support punishing, to the full extent of the law, those who act out of love and loyalty to respect someone’s end-of-life wishes.
I, as a senior citizen, support legalizing assisted suicide in cases where death is imminent from a terminal illness. In addition, I and many seniors believe advance directives should legally authorize compassionate euthanasia when we no longer have our faculties or have lost the ability to care for ourselves.
We oppose a theocratic government that denies us that choice because of the religious beliefs of others(Thank you Judith for standing strong against religious zealotry). The notion of “sanctity of life” comes out of religious beliefs that God decides when one should die. Most people with those religious beliefs have no problem, however, with medical interventions to prolong life.
We seniors witness Alzheimer’s and dementia patients living nearly comatose for years in nursing homes or needing the full-time care of family.