Human Exceptionalism

Eureka! People Can Finally Die With Dignity as First Lethal Prescriptions Issued in Washington State

The assisted suicide movement is celebrating today as the first two lethal prescriptions have been written by death doctors in Washington State. From the story:

Two prescriptions have been filled for life-ending drugs under Washington’s new assisted suicide law, state health officials said Thursday.

Health Department spokesman Tim Church said he could not provide any details about the people considering suicide, but the department has received two forms from pharmacists saying they have dispensed the drugs that people say they want to use to end their lives. The department has not received any forms certifying that a person has committed suicide under the state law that took effect in early March.

Dollars to donuts the doctors are affiliated with Compassion and Choices. Moreover, these doctors will lie on the death certificates–if the patients commit suicide.

Oh, Wesley! Stop attacking the integrity of doctors! I’m not: The law requires that the underlying disease be listed as the course of death–meaning it is impossible to really know what is going on.

But have no fear, the state bureaucrats are on the case:

Church said the Health Department will report annually on the ages, genders and illnesses of the people who filed the forms with the state, but the individual forms people turn in are exempt from state open records laws.

That will only tell us what the assisted suicide participants want us to know who filled out the forms.

This is a very sad day for American ethics and the moral practice of medicine.

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