From the President:
Many people want a choice about Death - my letter to the editor, Des Moines Register.
The recent letter from Bill Leonard ["Where's the Concern for the Terminally Ill?", May 7] is a view
supported by millions of Americans.
The states of Washington, Oregon and Vermont understood that Americans want a choice to end prolonging
their deaths. They passed "death with dignity" laws permitting residents of legal age who have been determined by two physicians
to be terminally ill (less than six months to live) to end their lives in a humane way.
Those who have experienced a slow, agonizing death of a parent, child, sibling or friend after weeks,
months or years of suffering not relieved by the best medical science has to offer understand this deeply personal desire
for a choice.
Compassion & Choices is an organization offering information to those who want change. Contact
your local state representatives and senators and tell them you want a choice.
For more information about Compassion & Choices, you may call the
National Office at 1-800-247-7421. Compassion and Choices offers end of life consultation to patients and their families,
as well as to interested individuals. With information about choices, the end of life can be a more meaningful,
"Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain" - Iowa State Motto
Public support for aid in dying has remained at over
60% since regular polls first began being collected in 1977.
If any other issue held this same
kind of support for that long, it would already be a law.
However, aside from four
states, Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Vermont, aid in dying has proved to be a lightening rod issue facing
fierce opposition from some quarters of organized religion and, in some cases, disability rights groups.