Shapiro correct to support aid in dying
Mahalo to David Shapiro for his excellent column on the death-with-dignity bill (“Denying ‘death with dignity’ adds to patients’ suffering,” Star-Advertiser, Volcanic Ash, Feb. 4).
He showed once again that opposition to this measure is indefensible: that states where it’s legal have not abused it; that it’s about compassion and humanity; and that in allowing patients and doctors to make their own informed decisions, it empowers and reassures.
I hope this Legislature will show more spine than last year’s House of Representatives, which abandoned a hearing at the last moment despite polls overwhelmingly in favor of a medical aid in dying bill.
Many of us have lost loved ones and witnessed the suffering of a prolonged, inevitable death. When all hope is gone, we need to free physicians to work with patients in choosing their own informed path to dying. As Shapiro noted, we can suffer as much or as little as we choose, but we don’t have the right to make that decision for others.
Jocelyn Fujii Makiki