“Death with dignity” or “physician-assisted suicide”

The art of persuasion often depends on using the right words to describe the subject matter you want people to believe and support. Politicians that benefit from illegal voting will fight attempts to make illegal voting more difficult to accomplish by accusing those who support voter ID of trying to suppress the disadvantaged poor from voting. Those who support gun control will call semi-automatic rifles “assault weapons.” Unconstitutional laws to take guns away from law-abiding citizens are called “common sense gun safety” laws. Marijuana smokers are lately preferring the term cannabis to describe their psychotropic drug of choice. I guess it sounds more legit or something.

“Death with dignity” sounds less harsh than “physician-assisted suicide” and possibly gets around the Hippocratic Oath prohibition on physicians giving a deadly drug to anyone who asks for it. Proponents of terminating the terminally ill want to avoide the word suicide because for many people suicide is prohibited by their religious beliefs.

Both of these terms are euphemisms for killing elderly or terminally-ill patients with toxic drugs. Death with Dignity is the preferred term because everyone wants dignity throughout their life and at their death.

Colorado voters will decide in November whether to accept or reject a ballot proposal that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in cases of terminally-ill patients with less than 6 months to live. If accepted by voters Colorado will become the 5th state to make legal the killing of terminally ill patients, along with Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and California. These are all uber-Leftist states. We will see if Colorado voters, many of whom have fled those states, want to make Colorado into the same sort of cultural and political milieu they beat a path away from.

The Colorado proposal’s official title is “End of Life Options.” How clever to characterize killing people with two words that signify the opposite, life and options. Everyone likes both of those things, and the official title will probably garner a few thousand votes from people who wouldn’t vote for anything containing the words “suicide” or “death”.

There are good reasons to oppose the killing of elderly or terminally-ill patients, such as the fact that Insurance companies, hospital staff, government agencies, and even family members often have a financial stake in an early death for these patients. Today we know that many of the so-called witches that were put to death in the 1692 Salem witch trials were women of means whose heirs were anxious to collect their inheritance. Some heirs bore false witness at the trials of “witches.”

A strong reason to opppose changing Colorado’s laws on death and dying is that it simply is not necessary. Terminally-ill patients can be kept comfortable with pain relieving drugs and hospice care has made great strides in giving them loving and tender care in the presence of family members. Dying with dignity does not require suicide or intentional killing. In fact, it would be hard to find dignity in either of those choices.

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