At the same time we were fighting to defeat assisted suicide in the Vermont State Senate last week, The New York Times was running a series of debate articles on the issue. In the New York Times Opinion Pages titled, Room for Debate, there were several articles published under the topic “Why Do Americans Balk at Euthanasia Laws?”
The articles were published on April 10th and present many different aspects and arguments on the issue. Each letter presents a unique view point. Links to some of the excellent articles are listed below.
Margaret Dore, from Choice is an Illusion, discusses assisted suicide leading to elder abuse. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/04/10/why-do-americans-balk-at-euthanasia-laws/assisted-suicide-laws-are-a-recipe-for-elder-abuse
Marilyn Golden, from the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, discusses flaws and lack of safeguards. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/04/10/why-do-americans-balk-at-euthanasia-laws/too-many-flaws-in-assisted-suicide-laws
Rita Marker, from the Patients Rights Council, discusses assisted suicide in light of spiraling health care costs. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/04/10/why-do-americans-balk-at-euthanasia-laws/underlying-skepticism-of-prescribed-suicide