Right-to-die an important freedom for the terminally ill

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With the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown Monday, California became the fifth state in the country to allow medically assisted suicide as an option for those diagnosed with a terminal illness, defined in the law as having six months or less to live.

The decision did not come easily for Brown, who was once a Catholic seminary student. The bill sat on his desk for two weeks while he sought outside input and tried to think the issue through. Long before the law was even introduced, in fact, his advisors included Brittany Maynard (pictured above), a 29-year-old Californian diagnosed with terminal brain cancer who was forced to move to Oregon to take advantage of its end-of-life process. She talked with Brown last November, three days before she ended her life.

“In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death,” Brown explained in a signing message. “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.”

We talk a lot about freedom in this country, often in vague, almost theoretical terms. But I think the freedom now available to Californians, which includes significant safeguards against abuse, is important. Yes, it’s a choice fraught with moral, religious and practical concerns, but as Brown eventually concluded, it is a choice that mentally competent human beings faced with an imminent, probably painful and extended death ought to be able to make for themselves rather than have it dictated to them by outsiders.

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palepadre
palepadre

If you start having chronic pain and finally no medication can ease it, you'll be begging to die. That is our physical side. God is not sending someone to Hell, for seeking an end to their suffering.

palepadre
palepadre

Can you explain to me, how this commentary has anything to do with Right-To-Die issues ?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

With all this talk of investigations and blowback-from-investigations, the thought occurs that Team Hils probably ought to consider what kind of rights clearances would be necessary to include the Inspector Clouseau character into an advert.

Perhaps the estates of Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers are negotiating as I type.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Visual_Cortex


Does your dog bite ?


No


Nice doggie ( Pat Pat Pat )


!@#%$%^#%#%#@#


I thought you said your dog did not bite !


But Monsieur..That is not my dog. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

Speaker for the Dunces Sheetz

breckenridge
breckenridge

January 8, 2015 -  A man from Queensland, Australia, was arrested Thursday by a group of 10 police officers for wearing an “I’m With Stupid” T-shirt while he stood and waved next to campaigners from the state’s Liberal National Party (LNP).

Iain Fogerty, who runs a Twitter account parodying Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, was charged with public nuisance, the Courier Mail reports.

Campaign teams for the Australian Labor Party and the LNP had set up opposing rallies on either side of the road in a central part of the Queensland capital, Brisbane, when Fogerty began standing next to the LNP crowd in his T-shirt.

Well done.



Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Typical whiny liberals using government officals to push their agenda. You people hate freedom...

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Capitol Police e-mail raises alert, tension ahead of Million Man rally

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

My Uncle was fortunate enough to pass away quietly in his sleep,

not like the 3 screaming passengers in his car.

KUTGF
KUTGF

$4,654,000 Spent by the Select Committee on Benghazi to date* 


*This calculation does not include the costs of: the independent Accountability Review Board; the eight previous reports by seven Congressional committees; the time, money, and resources consumed by federal agencies to comply with Select Committee requests; or the opportunity cost of not spending this money elsewhere, like improving security for our diplomatic officers abroad.
_____________


Just to update.  But hey, its only debt. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@_GodlessHeathen_ No sweetie, the truth.  Prove you know what you are buffooning about.  You cannot do it.  You are thumping and now you run like a coward.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@KUTGF Because if they weren't doing that they would be off the payroll and all that money would be saved?


No they would be doing something else and the cost to the taxpayers would be the same.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@_GodlessHeathen_ Oy vey.... more failures in cost accounting and just pure nonsense without proof from GH

KUTGF
KUTGF

@_GodlessHeathen_  Any time you want to prove your ridiculous nonsense, go for it GH.  You can prove that no one was hired just for this committee (I already proved that wrong), that there were no other hard costs, and that others were not hired to perform work in other areas that staffers could not address. 


You really need to learn cost accounting and business.  But if you want to have the debate, go for it and don't thump like an idiot who knows nothing and is just making things up about staffing, work loads, etc. 

Dusty2
Dusty2

What?  The same crowd is STILL here saying much the same things?  I thought by now  some might be "terminated" by a benign person of good will  who was willing to help "OUT".  (I refer to political leanings of course!)


NO?  Well, we are here in good ol' practical Georgia  that doesn't cut many California capers that Dems love so much.  Good thing, too.  Somebody has to keep the national "boat" from sinking. .   .  . 

Dusty2
Dusty2

@consumedconsumer @Dusty2


Nawww..all that hot air coming from the west isn't doing a thing but keeping politicians busy.  Now take Pelosi and Boxer! Typical generators and hot air dispensers.  

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@Dusty2 given its impact on the US, California more than most states is what's keeping the national boat from sinking.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Dusty2


You've obviously never spent time in California.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Dusty2 

"Somebody has to keep the national "boat" from sinking. .   .  . "

And I think you should thank the residents of California for going above and beyond to do just what you claim.  They do have their own issues to worry about in addition to funding the "boat" for everyone else.

http://tinyurl.com/nwll3fm

Dusty2
Dusty2

@YouLibs @Dusty2


I did enjoy San Diego.  The rest?  To many earthquakes and politicians. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Dusty2 @consumedconsumer California subsidizes poor states like Georgia


They send in far more tax dollars than they receive in return. States like Georgia take in that money.

Dusty2
Dusty2

@Brosephus @Dusty2 


I guess that is why California wants to spend more money than all the rest and make everything FREE!

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Dusty2 

Considering that California ranks in the WORLD'S top 10 for GDP, they've earned the right to spend more.  They generate more money than the rest.


Dusty2
Dusty2

@~moonbat_betty~ @Dusty2


You know the Dem principle:  Responsible people should be taxed more, 'specially those greedy RICH people.

Dusty2
Dusty2

@Brosephus @Dusty2 


Glad you feel that way.  Seems rich people anywhere should be free to spend more freely without their taxes being doubled.  They do generate more money than the rest.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@fiftythreepercenter 

  a smart investigator doesn't tell you who/what/where they're looking for until they've found it

If. We. Could. Just. Have. Only. One. More. Investigation.

#GameChanger

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Kamchak Nah, make it two.  One won't be enough.

And they'll keep stopping the clock by faking injuries and running out of bounds.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@ByteMe @Kamchak Benghazi has been going on longer than Watergate.


4.5 million taxpayer dollars wasted. Its enough already. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@ByteMe 

It's always the next investigation that will provide all the answers. That ensures an endless cycle of investigations.

Unless Hillary drops out of the race.

Then the investigations will immediately end.

And that is exactly what McCarthy's admission was all about.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Kamchak @ByteMe  It's always the next investigation that will provide all the answers. That ensures an endless cycle of investigations.


And plenty of coverage for Fox News. Which is part of the exercise as well. 

ByteMe
ByteMe

 Matt Drudge, founder of the Drudge Report, joined radio host Alex Jones for a rare interview on Tuesday during which he spoke about his latest conspiracy theory.

He said that the Obama administration began referring to the Islamic State as "ISIS" so that the group would be confused with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

"We never heard of ISIS until recently," Drudge told Jones. "Do you know it was designed to be confused with Darrell Issa?"

According to Drudge, President Obama decided to do that "because Darrell Issa was the enemy at the time of this administration." He noted that Obama could have been impeached over the IRS scandal, which Issa investigated as chairman.

There's your messiah, tightie righties!

ByteMe
ByteMe

@~moonbat_betty~ Sure, and everyone in the studio where he did the recording was laughing about the joke...  oh, wait, no they weren't.

Try again.

breckenridge
breckenridge

@ByteMe @~moonbat_betty~ 

Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) has kaleidoscope eyes. There's a lot of movement and whirling around, but behind those eyes there's nobody home.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@ByteMe Issa investigating someone else is an oxymoron.  His criminal past includes arrests for weapons charges, auto theft, suspicions of arson, and accusations of intimidation with a gun.  

KUTGF
KUTGF

@ByteMe Alex Jones with Infowars?  Why some of our posters have never heard of him and surely he can't be anything but an outlier meeting with a crazy like Drudge. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@~moonbat_betty~


if that's all you got i wouldn't be so sure . . . we've learned that conservatives believe their echo chamber more than MSM or facts

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@~moonbat_betty~


Trump . . . you must miss him . . . so much of the attention's been sucked away from him this week. the withdrawal must be difficult.

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

@consumedconsumer

Naw, I said from the begining he's just a novelty.

A media darling where he will use the media and the media will use him.

Then they will part and move on.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@~moonbat_betty~ @ByteMe

Weird thing about this, I have actually heard Obama refer to them as "ISIL" pretty often, and not "ISIS" so much.

So even as a crackpot theory--or a joke, for that matter--it doesn't make much sense.