Conservatives are against a person's right to die (euthanasia/death with dignity/Hemlock Society) . They take this anti-liberty position due to their religious belief that states "only God can take life".
For those unfamiliar, what a "right to die" refers to is a persons right to control his or her life, or death, in the case of a terminal illness. For example, a person may have Lou Gehrig's disease and not want to endure the final stages of this crippling, painful disease. So he elects to have a physician come to his home and use IV drugs to peacefully end his life. He would probably have his family and children in attendance to say their goodbyes at the end and die quietly without pain or suffering.
Naturally, there must logical and reasonable precautions when it comes to euthanasia. The person must be diagnosed as terminally ill by his attending physician. He must also have a sign off by a psychologist to ensure he is lucid and understands what he is requesting. And of course an attorney must be involved to be sure there is no foul play afoot, such as relative looking for an inheritance.
There are only three states that have such a pro-freedom law and those are the liberal states of Oregon and Washington and most recently Montana. Unfortunately for the rest of the country, religious conservatives have successfully blocked legislation that would make this option legal to other terminally ill patients.
Filed under: Uncategorized