‘Aid in dying’ legislation could have drastic ramifications


I was very saddened to read the March 6 editorial in The Enterprise in support of physician-assisted suicide. I am troubled that the terminology has been softened to “medical aid in dying,” which implied to me palliative care, which accompanies people in their passage from this life.

I am concerned that physician-assisted suicide is being considered as the solution to a difficult situation for a limited number of people, when the ramifications of it will affect exponentially more. The greatest unavoidable consequence is the societal attitude that when life becomes “unbearable” the law supports the person in ending it. How do we help our teenagers and young people value remaining alive and dealing with their seemingly overwhelming troubles if it is simpler to end it all?

Another ramification reinforces the idea that dying people are “a burden.” The uncontrolled disposal (or not) of unused pills is another problem. Also, there is nothing in this bill to ensure that insurance companies don’t deny coverage of life-saving treatments and instead pay for lethal drugs because it’s more cost efficient to end life than it is to save it.

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