by Twinkle EKV
AB651, the bill to legalize assisted suicide in California failed in the State Senate Judiciary Committee on June 27, 2006. While several disability rights organizations opposed the bill, the continuous movement to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia will without doubt continue aggressively. Opponents believe that no one should have the right to choose to die, while others maintain they have every right. I myself would be one of them. I supported AB651 and will support those that will come.
Why? Those who suffer from chronic illnesses, chronic pain, incurable diseases, who are inoperable with cancer, failing organs, who are living on borrowed time should have an undeniable right to decide whether they want to continue on living in such a manner or die with some dignity and inner peace. And while they never had a choice in the beginning of it all, they have a choice in the end. After all it is their end, is it not?
A family member does not want to know that their afflicted loved one might be allowed to let themselves go, nor would they themselves want that choice because they can't bear the loss. Understandable! It is the people that are left behind who suffer the aftermath, the mourning and no one wants to endure that no more than the one who wants to endure living in a state of emotional hell. Let the person not suffer when an opportunity exists that they don’t have to.
This bill is for assisted suicide. It means that with a doctor's knowledge and awareness of the intensity of the person’s illness allows a recommendation and assisting the patient in dying. Tell me where this is faulty and make me believe it and I will reconsider my views, otherwise I will continue to maintain that AB651 and similar bills are just.
It matters little to me in regards to those various reasons that the law was denied. It does however concern me that another person, government, states, etc, can choose for me. In an inevitable end, a bill matters not as there is always still one way out and that choice belongs to no one, but us.
(Published by the Independent Opinion and additional sources in 2006)
Democrats voted for the bill, Republicans voted against it--------------------
(There is a sense of hope and peace after all)