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Life and dignity with Wesley J. Smith.

NH Assisted Suicide BIll’s Word Games



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Here we go again–and again, and again!

Assisted suicide advocates mendaciously pretend that their killing agenda is only about terminal illness. But they are full of beans, as evidence by the phony definitions they often employ in their legalization schemes. 

Take the new New Hampshire legalization bill, as a typical example. From HB 1325-FN:

​​XIII. “Terminal condition” means an incurable and irreversible condition, for the end stage for which there is no known treatment which will alter its course to death, and which, in the opinion of the attending physician and consulting physician competent in that disease category, will result in premature death.

As I have often said, this definition is broad enough to drive a hearse through.

And catch how they characterize suicide:

…end life in humane and dignified manner.

Well if an intentional overdose is ending life in a dignified manner for someone who is ill or disabled, so it also is for someone who wants to be made dead for some other reason.

I get so sick of their word games! As the disability rights advocate for Not Dead Yet, Stephen Drake, wrote blasting the bill:

My partner would fit that definition. Many people I work with also fit the definition. None of them are dying.

Keep in mind that this definition is to be used only in terms of eligibility for assisted suicide. It doesn’t, for example, apply to hospice services which are limited by federal rules to those who are deemed as having six months or less to live.

So, no guarantee of palliative care for people with significant disabilities or conditions, unless they’re thought to be close to death. That would be expensive. OTOH, this bill would offer help with easy and successful suicide for anyone with a serious, significant, potentially life-shortening condition/disability at any time at all.

So, no guarantee of medical support to make life easier, but a “hand out” to those who want to die, even if they’re not dying.

Really: The death obsession of assisted suicide advocates is a deadly cancer afflicting our society.



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