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Compelling questions about assisted suicides

March 13, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

There has been a push for the legalization of physician assisted suicide in a half dozen states where proponents say that they see strong support for allowing doctors to prescribe mentally competent dying individuals with medications needed to end their lives.

The large number of baby boomers facing end of life issues has made the issue more prominent in recent years.

Consider the state of Florida - on July 17, 1997, the Florida Supreme Court rejected assisted suicide. Some 34 states have statutes explicitly criminalizing assisted suicide. Florida is one of them. Bills legalizing assisted suicides are being considered in Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Kansas and Hawaii.

Why is this the government's business anyway?

Some three million baby boomers retirees now live in Florida. Individual families should take care of their loved ones, not the state. Every face tells a story, every story is a personal journey to die with dignity.

Jane Dickinson

Lehigh Acres



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