Friday, March 18, 2011

Good News in Idaho

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After a week where the price of a womb was debated in the Washington State Senate---some good news from just across the border in Idaho.

After success with their assisted suicide
agenda here in the Northwest; in Oregon, Washington and Montana, the Hemlock Society---now calling themselves the "Compassion and Choices" organization, began recruiting a nurse or doctor to test Idaho law on aid in dying or assisted suicide.

They were looking for a Idaho style "Dr. Jack Kevorkian" to use the court system to legalize assisted suicide.

People in Idaho got nervous---and active.

Although the state has a common law that prohibits the practice, the citizens decided to strengthen it---just in case.

David Ripley, with Idaho Chooses Life, has led an effort to make "assisted suicide" illegal.

The Idaho Senate has passed the bill banning assisted suicide and sent it on to the House.

Ripley says he is pretty confident the bill will become law.

May God bless them all for honoring life.

Have a great weekend.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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  1. Wonderful, they just put the government between a patient and their doctor.

    Mark in Tigard

  2. It is wonderful, they put the government between the patient and the ghouls who want to kill him!

    Craig in lacey

  3. Craig,

    Ghouls? I think you mean well, but it's not always black and white.

    I was with my mother for the final 6 weeks of her life when she died of throat cancer. I was lucky enough to be able to take that time from work to be with her. All my brothers and sisters were there as well. We were fortunate and we loved our mom.

    We followed the guidance of the best medical care available. Her oncologist was highly respected and I think he did a great job.

    Despite everything we could do for her, at the end, she was suffering tremendously. At the very end, no matter how much morphine and valium we fed through the feeding tube - she was still suffering - even if comatose. I won't go into detail, but several events tore me apart and the memories still do. Tears are streaming down my face as I write this. It was inhumane, but it was the best that modern medicine had to offer.

    If I should face a similar end, you will not condemn me to your chosen outcome!!! If a drawn out death is imminent, I will choose how my life ends - not you!

    If I were facing a certain but drawn out death that would put my final months in a hospital bed where I would be incognisant, I would welcome the assistance of a humane doctor in ending my life in a dignified manner. I would consider them an angel, not a ghoul.

    You might think you're doing the Lord's work, but in reality, you're sticking your nose in other people's business where it just doesn't belong.

    Mark in Tigard

  4. God bless Idaho. When a state makes good laws they help protect a lot of people from needless pain.

  5. Mark

    I am sorry for your loss and in no way meant to marginalize the suffering of your mother or the tremendous grief your family went through. my heart goes out to you and yours!

    Suicide is suicide, it is against the law. Assisting in suicide is also against the law. There are very good reasons for that.

    I don't think the government needs to be involved in this and although I can symphathize with those going through such a situation, I can't support suicide for any reason.

    Again, my heart goes out to your family!

    Craig in Lacey

  6. Craig,

    First you say, It is wonderful, they put the government between the patient and the ghouls who want to kill him!

    Then you say, I don't think the government needs to be involved in this

    Make your mind up. I agree with your second position.

    If you are truly compassionate, you won't advocate laws that force people to stay on life support well past any chance for recovery. That's not compassion. That's just sticking your nose if other people's lives to force your religion on them.

    Do me a favor, don't 'protect' me by taking away my options at the end of life.

    No one, not you, not the government, has any business being involved in the most most important personal decision I'll ever make with my doctor.

    Mark in Tigard


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