Sunday, November 02, 2008

Washington Initiative I-1000 is certainly controversial

The Washington Times today (Nov. 2) on p B9, offers a disturbing commentary by J. Margaret Datiles, staff Counsel for Americans United for Life, which says that it defends the lives of the most vulnerable. The op-ed is called “A Price on Your Head,” with link here.

She tells the story of how the Oregon Health Plan denied expensive life-prolonging treatment for a lung cancer patient, but offered to pay $50 for assisted euthanasia. She goes on to discuss Washington State’s initiative I-1000 which would justify or even encourage the same outcome in a variety of circumstances. There is, however, another spin on this issue, according to the “Washington’s Death With Dignity Website", link here.

All of this calls to mind the controversy over Dr. Jack Kevorkian in Michigan in the 1990s.

Today, on a Sunday afternoon, on the way to a movie in Merrifield VA I passed the Falls Church Healthcare Center on Lee Highway. I saw protest groups, carrying signs, from both sides of the pregnancy termination issue in front, separated by perhaps 200 feet, both groups behaving in an orderly manner. I did not have a camera with me for instant live journalism. I’ve reported demonstrations on the Washington Mall before, but this is the first time I’ve stumbled on such a demonstration by “accident.”

Update: Nov. 3

Alternet has an important story by Emily Douglas, RH Reality Check, on the South Dakota referendum vote Nov. 4 to ban most abortions in South Dakota, as a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. Some people even think the ban doesn't go far enough! Here is the link from Oct. 31, "South Dakota Abortion Ban in Dead Heat", link here.

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