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Physician-assisted suicide is legal

Our CloserLook article on Ragged Edge gets at some of the many many issues that yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in the Gonzales v. Oregon assisted-suicide case raise.


What I can't understand for the life of me, is how you can say that this law is discrminatory becuase it only focuses on people who at least two physicians say have only 6 months to live. And then you turn around and complain that the culture is devaluing people with disabilities.

Don't get me wrong, I've been working with people with DD for the last 6 years, as far as I'm concerned, they're some of the greatest assests society has. But I understand your point, my opinion is biased because of my own experience, but yes, America as a whole, does not believe that any person with a disability is as important as those without, it's pretty digusting.

However, your argument makes no sense. To say that the law is discriminatory because it only focuses on those who have 6 months to live, and that this is discrminatory because society doesn't value people with disabilities. Excuse me, but, where's the connection. Sounds to me like the law is specifically trying not to put pressure on eveyone with a terminal illness or disability. Not discriminating.

Anyways, I don't like the law either way. But that's my point of view. Thanks for letting me sound off.


"Laws don't change that." Indeed. As we search for what does or even might change that almost inevitably we encounter the fundamental need for connections.

Even though many of those close to PWD don't "get it" there's still a fairly strong case for holding that if folks get to know us, they will be amenable to changed attitudes.

If "quality of life" is to be ascribed to some situation, at least it might be defined by its "user"?


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