Let People Die With Dignity!

Discovered that our support for letting individuals have control over their life and death has been noticed. Compassion and Choices https://www.compassionandchoices.org/ reported:

Strong Libertarian Party Support for Medical Aid in Dying

The medical aid-in-dying movement and the Libertarian Party share important core values: individual rights, personal liberty and self-ownership. 

By a 6-1 margin (86% vs. 14%), Libertarians overwhelmingly agree that terminally ill patients should be allowed to choose medical aid in dying as an end-of-life option.

 

 candle_light_death_with_dignity_2_creative_commons.jpgMany Request Medical Aid in Dying Because of the Concern Over Loss of Personal Autonomy 

Medical aid in dying (also known as death with dignity) is a medical practice in which a terminally ill, mentally capable person with a prognosis of six months or less to live requests, obtains and -if their suffering becomes unbearable - self-ingests medication that brings about a peaceful death. Prior to providing a prescription for such medication, doctors must confirm that the person is fully informed and provide them with information about additional end-of-life options, including comfort care, hospice and pain control.

A primary reason terminally ill people request medical aid in dying is concern that their illness will diminish their personal autonomy

 Research conducted in Oregon suggests that having medical aid in dying as an option actually relieves worries about future discomfort, pain and loss of control.

Strong Public Support for Medical Aid in Dying

The American public consistently supports medical aid in dying by large majorities and the issue is of great importance to voters, as measured by national independent polling outlets such as Gallup (68 percent support in May 2015) and The Harris Poll (74 percent support in November 2014). State-by-state polling also indicates that majority support cuts across demographic groups.

 But wait, there's more!

 

Sadly, Representative Sean P. Duffy [R WI-7] ... was a Co-sponsor of a resolution "Disapproving the action of the District of Rep.-Sean-Duffy.pngColumbia Council in approving the Death with Dignity Act."

This joint resolution nullifies the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Death with Dignity Act of 2016, signed by the Mayor of the District on December 19, 2016, and transmitted on January 6, 2017 to Congress pursuant to the District of Columbia Home Rule Act. The D.C. Act authorized terminally ill patients to request and to be prescribed medication to end their lives. 

So, Duffy blows his cover as a small government Republican by overruling "home rule" for the District of Columbia. Apparently Representative Duffy believes Congress should overrule local governments and individuals on the Death with Dignity issue.

Shame!

 


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