Killing grandmom and cripples
, Tucker gave a slide presentation on why people chose assisted suicide. The statistics showed that “91% of those surveyed gave ‘a loss of autonomy’” as their reason for asking for a lethal overdose, followed by “the patients’ inability to engage in life fully,” Keeler remembered.
She added: “Far down on the list was the issue of ‘unrelieved pain.’” In other words, Keeler noted, “pain was not the chief reason, or even the more prominent reason, that people asked for help in dying.” ....
Bob Liston is disabled and has problems with the idea that those advocating for assisted suicide are really doing so out of a true concern for the suffering.
Liston is an organizer for Not Dead Yet in Montana, a group officially opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia, and works for Adapt, a national disability-rights organization. He told the Register, “I think that in Montana it is unnecessary for an assisted suicide law to be written because we already have laws on the books that allow a physician to provide palliative care up to and including efforts that might hasten death.” He added: “So, I have a really hard time seeing why we need to go beyond this.”
It is the faulty assumptions about those whose lives it will affect that he finds upsetting. “Compassion & Choices … seems to think that taking one’s own life is dignified, often using the example of [a disabled person’s need for assistance with personal care and hygiene] as a reason to not go on living.” But he adds that some disabled people need this kind of total assistance on a daily basis “and are grateful for it.”
Compassion & Choices “puts forth the argument that so few people in Oregon have chosen assisted suicide [because] the guidelines are so strict. Nothing could be further from the truth,” he insisted, adding: “We have no idea what is really going on in Oregon because recordkeeping is not required.”