Letter: Suicide choice is an illusion
Posted: 10/10/2011 10:26:03 PM EDT
Monday October 10, 2011
This letter responds to Dr. Guerrero’s letter referring to an upcoming assisted suicide bill, which he discusses in terms of providing patient choice. Last March, I did a legal analysis of two assisted-suicide bills that were pending in your legislature. I previously analyzed two similar bills introduced in 2009.
None of these bills assured patient choice or control over their deaths. For example, there was no required supervision over administration of the lethal dose. The death was not even required to be witnessed. This created the opportunity for an heir, or someone else who would benefit from the patient’s death, to administer the lethal dose to the patient without his consent.
Even if he struggled, who would know? To view my most recent analysis, go here: www.choiceillusionvermont.org/p/2011-bills.html To view my prior analysis, see Physician-Assisted Suicide: “A Recipe for Elder Abuse and the Illusion of Personal Choice,” Vermont Bar Journal, winter 2011, available at www.vtbar.org/Images/Journal/journalarticles/winter2011/PhysicianAssistedSuicide.pdf .
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MARGARET K. DORE