They are available by mail, with no questions asked---and they're selling like hot cakes.
Well, maybe not hot cakes, but Sharrlotte Hydorn, 91, based in San Diego, says sales of her device have increased more than 300%, thanks to the Northwest. Oregon in particular.
Oregon and Washington are leaders in the assisted suicide business.
Hydorn's kit or "exit kit" as she calls them, consists of a plastic hood that closes around the neck and tubing that connects the hood to a tank of helium or other inert gas---the inert gas sold separately, as they say.
The kit comes with complete instructions.
I have linked 2 sources for this story. Reuters News and ABC News.
Hydorn has been selling her devices for sometime, but since the death of Nicholas Klonski, 29, an Oregonian with no terminal illness and customer of Hydorn's took his life, her business has come under scrutiny by lawmakers. She has also experienced dramatically increased sales as a result of the publicity.
Now Oregon lawmakers are moving a bill through the Legislature to make it illegal to sell or market these devices in Oregon. Washington will likely follow.
But the "pro-suicide option" lawmakers, have a problem.
The cutting edge, assisted suicide laws in these states not only require that the patient be terminally ill but be physically capable of administering the drug themselves.
This is a conflict, something death legislation often presents.
Now legislators are looking for words that will allow people to kill themselves with the state's drugs or methods, but not drugs and methods of the patients choosing.
Yet, assisted suicide is suppose to be about a personal choice.
Klonski's family are understandably upset at Hydorn, but Hydorn says she gets, "emotional satisfaction" from helping people in this way and that their problem is not her problem.
She says she got the design for her "exit kit" from a Hemlock Society meeting she attended. She feels this is a mission for her.
She said, "We treat animals better than we treat dying people. They keep people alive and do terrible, painful things to them because we can't let go and patients just become cash cows."
When people assume the role of God, and are not God; and the belief of a Creator, eternity and eternal consequences are removed from one's thinking, the sanctity of life and more is lost.
People, then, have no greater value than animals.
It then becomes rational---makes sense, to kill unwanted pre-born babies and call it choice.
It makes sense to help kill the elderly and call it compassion.
We are drowning in moral confusion.
God Help Us.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Not Afraid.
Faith and Freedom
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