Today is my 58th birthday. I choose to celebrate by sharing my musings on euthanasia. Don't get me wrong, I'm
not trying to be morbid as I'm not concerned for my own mortality. I actually never gave the issue a thought until Kevorkian. I never met Jack, although I always felt a kind of kinship with him (I would have enjoyed picking his brain over a couple of beers). Of course, as a humanist, I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of the individual. Not only believing in the universal right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness but, also, the right to die with dignity.
Many of us are familar with the debilitating effects of diseases such as multiple schlerosis, and parkinson's early in life and alzheimer's, cancer and heart disease later in life. The emotional and financial toll is devastating, not only for the afflicted but, also, for family and friends. Kevorkian's so-called notoriety stemmed from his role, as a doctor, assisting those who chose to end their lives, free of pain and suffering, so as not to be a burden on others. This is a choice only the individual can make. No one person or group of people, has the right to tell another how to live or how they should end their lives.
Last year, I tried to entice my state representative, Helene Keeley, and senator, Bob Marshall, in introducing and supporting an amendment recognizing and protecting the Right To Die With Dignity. Keeley responded saying the issue didn't have traction, Marshall failed to reply. For those who agree with my position, and are Delaware residents, please respond favorably to my email address, [address removed]., so we might be able to, at least, get this on the General Assembly's radar. Thanks, Dave