What's 'dignified' about killing yourself?

Monday, November 7, 2016
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

euthanasia 1The director of a conservative think tank in Colorado is weighing in on an "end of life" initiative the state's voters have before them on Tuesday's ballot.

Coloradoans are voting tomorrow on an initiative calling for doctor-assisted suicide. Initiative 145 would allow individuals with a terminal illness who have been given six months to live to obtain a prescription for a lethal drug and kill themselves.

Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, tells OneNewsNow the initiative has serious problems.

"The bill itself ... prevents you from actually calling this 'suicide.' On the death certificate, you cannot list someone who chooses to kill themselves with doctor-prescribed medicine as suicide," he explains. "What has to be listed on the death certificate is what the actual terminal disease was."

Hunt

He adds that it also prevents autopsies and includes the usual lack of oversight. For example, depressed patients could receive the drug without a mental evaluation.

In addition, some patients in Oregon and California have been denied drugs that might extend their lives or manage long-term pain management – but have been told their insurance would pay for a suicide drug. "For many patients that's just terrifying," responds Hunt.

"... If they have just a few months to live, they want to maximize that time, they want to live as long as they can, they want to see their children's weddings, they want to be with their grandchildren – and for the government to step in and say that they're not going to do that but they're happily willing to provide the prescription for them to kill themselves is very, very disheartening."

Proponents call it "death with dignity" – but Hunt argues that raises the question: When a person dies a natural death, does that lack dignity?

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