Voters Should Embrace Life and Reject Physician-Assisted Suicide

While Trump vs. Clinton is the contest on most Americans’ minds this election year, an even more important struggle has quietly emerged which could significantly impact our nation: that of life vs. death.

Earlier this week, the Washington, D.C., City Council voted to advance the “Death with Dignity” Act, legislation which would make D.C. one of six American jurisdictions allowing legalized physician-assisted suicide. The bill now moves on to Mayor Muriel Bowser, who a spokesman said “expects the bill to become law.”

And in Colorado, Proposition 106 is on the ballot this year, a “medical aid in dying” initiative that’s modeled after legislation that was debated and rebuffed in the state legislature. If the initiative succeeds, Colorado would become the third state to legalize assisted suicide by popular vote.

The assisted suicide movement caught fire after Brittany Maynard publicly declared her intention to end her life with help from her doctor, with the blessing of the Oregon state government. Proponents of this self-styled “death with dignity” argue that it is based out of compassion and respect for the individual seeking death, because they are preserved from further suffering in the face of a terminal illness.

However, unfortunately, recent news has shown the opposite. In California, where assisted suicide is legal, we learned last month that a patient’s chemotherapy treatment was no longer covered by her insurer — suicide pills were considered instead a more financially viable option for both the patient and her medical insurance provider.

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Carson Clarifies Schiavo Comments: “I Am Steadfastly Opposed to Euthanasia”

Dr. Ben Carson (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

A minor controversy erupted this past weekend when Ben Carson, whilst commenting on the tragic case of Terri Schiavo, seemed to dismiss it saying it was “much ado about nothing.”

In a response initially provided to LifeSiteNews, Carson has now clarified those comments, arguing that his words were taken out of context and reaffirming his strong opposition to euthanasia:

“I am steadfastly opposed to euthanasia. I have spent my entire career protecting life, especially the life of children. I regret that my recent comments about Terri Schiavo have been taken out of context and misinterpreted. When I used the term ‘much ado about nothing,’ my point was that the media tried to create the impression that the pro-life community was nutty and going way overboard with the support of the patient,” Carson said.

Carson’s email to LifeNews continued: “As I have said previously, it is very difficult to judge people who decide that they want to end their lives when they are afflicted with a terminal disease that is going to lead to a miserable death. There is usually a consensus between the family and the healthcare providers that treatment will be withheld—and the patient would be allowed to die naturally–when he or she develops an infection or other process that would end their life. The job of the healthcare provider would be to keep them comfortable in the meantime, and I support all measures of comfort.”

“When the patient is not terminal, as Terri Schiavo was not, the treatment plan should be determined on the basis of the consensus between the family and the healthcare providers.

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Carson: Schiavo Case “Much Ado About Nothing”

Dr. Ben Carson (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Dr. Ben Carson was asked about Terri Schiavo, the disabled Florida woman in a coma whom then-Gov. Jeb Bush tried to protect. Terri died of dehydration after the courts sided with her legal husband over her parents and siblings and withdrew all food and water:

“We face those kinds of issues all the time and while I don’t believe in euthanasia, you have to recognize that people that are in that condition do have a series of medical problems that occur that will take them out,” he said. “Your job [as a doctor] is to keep them comfortable throughout that process and not to treat everything that comes up.”

Asked specifically if Congress should have intervened, Dr. Carson replied, “I don’t think it needed to get to that level. I think it was much ado about nothing.”

Bush spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger told The Washington Post that Jeb Bush “has always advocated for a culture of preserving life. For him, being pro-life is not just about preventing deaths of the most vulnerable, but also about promoting human dignity and helping people preserve life. Governor Bush engaged on the issue and advocated for Terri Schiavo because he believes that when in doubt, it is important to err on the side of life.”

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The Forgotten Social Issue

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

In the aftermath of last week’s Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit, Jeb Bush received a great deal of coverage highlighting his defense of his social conservative views and record on abortion, marriage and religious liberty.  All these issues figure to feature prominently in the 2016 campaign, so it was no surprise that Bush touched upon them during his speech, as did many other candidates at the event.

However, what I found especially interesting about Bush’s speech was, during a recap of his pro-life accomplishments as governor, his allusion to another social issue which has received relatively little attention on the campaign so far:

[During my time as governor] I helped programs to allow seniors to age with dignity, not in institutionalized care but when at all possible aging at home or aging in community centers where they would get the love and respect they deserved.  We oversaw major reforms to conditions and standards in senior centers as well, partially because Miami, and Florida in general, is a place where a lot of seniors exist.  We reflect the future of our country though, and we better start focusing not just on the beginning of life but the end of life issues as well in the country and do so in a loving and compassionate way.

And when I was asked to intervene on behalf of a woman who could not speak up for herself, I stood on her side.  I stood on the side of Terri Schiavo and her parents. 

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