Death With Dignity Passes in WA November 24, 2008Posted by Nina Rosenstand in Current Events, Ethics, Nina Rosenstand's Posts.
With the nation’s, and world’s, attention turning to the upcoming administration, the fate of Prop 8, and our financial crisis, an important milestone has been overlooked by the MSM: the passing of the Death With Dignity proposition in the state of Washington. Oregon is no longer the only state in the Union with a physician-assisted suicide option. The passing of this proposition is, for the supporters of Death With Dignity, a hugely important step toward recognizing the sovereignty of the individual.
“The people of Washington opted for individual liberty, personal autonomy and freedom of conscience,” said Barbara Lee, president of Compassion & Choices, in a statement posted on the C&C website. Lee pledged to continue working “to bring choice to terminal patients in the 48 states where aid in dying remains illegal.”
As anyone who has followed the euthanasia debate is well aware of, the issue is a little bit more complex than that—because any system that allows for some form of “hastening of death” also has to have safeguards in place to ensure that the person whose death is being “hastened” is in agreement as a competent adult, without further emotional or financial pressures being brought to bear. And of course the debate heats up further once we begin to talk about the question of “playing God.” California voters rejected a similar proposition in 1992. If you want to read more about the debate, the link above will link you to further interesting websites.