‘Aid in Dy­ing Act’ based on faulty as­sump­tions

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - Pam Em­bler Joe Bauer Richard Hoek­stra

Shortly af­ter the Re­pro­duc­tive Health Act of New York passed I stated in An­other Voice column that we need to ask Gov. An­drew M. Cuomo what lives are con­sid­ered “vi­able?”

What “acts” might we look for­ward to next – state- man­dated eu­thana­sia for the el­derly, chron­i­cally ill and peo­ple with men­tal health or phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties? Af­ter all, this would “re­duce costs.”

I stand cor­rected – Cuomo and his fel­low cost-re­duc­ing leg­isla­tive lib­er­als and far left pro­gres­sives are not propos­ing eu­thana­sia leg­is­la­tion, rather yet an­other amend­ment “Act” – the Med­i­cal Aid in Dy­ing Act.

Eu­thana­sia is il­le­gal, as it re­quires a physi­cian to ad­min­is­ter life-end­ing med­i­ca­tions.

In physi­cian as­sisted sui­cide or the Med­i­cal Aid in Dy­ing Act the doc­tor pro­vides the pa­tient the pre­scrip­tions for life-end­ing med­i­ca­tions to be self-ad­min­is­tered.

Within the act a “ter­mi­nal ill­ness or con­di­tion means an in­cur­able and ir­re­versible ill­ness or con­di­tion that has been med­i­cally con­firmed and will, within rea­son­able med­i­cal judg­ment, pro­duce death within six months.”

Dy­ing has been med­i­cal­ized and as a re­sult is of­ten pro­longed. This cre­ates a false per­cep­tion that dy­ing can be planned and pre­cisely prog­nos­ti­cated.

Dr. David Hui, of the Univer­sity of Texas MD Anderson Cen­ter, writes “the ex­act tim­ing of death can­not be pre­dicted with cer­tainty.”

Over the past six decades, im­proved pub­lic health mea­sures and med­i­cal ad­vances have in­creased longevity and in­creased the in­ci­dence of life with chronic ill­ness.

It could be rea­son­ably ar­gued that be­ing of ad­vanced age or any chronic ill­ness might lead to in­evitable death and that chronic ill­nesses in­clude any phys­i­cal and men­tal con­di­tions.

End the life be­fore it is born = re­duced health care costs.

End the life be­fore nat­u­ral death = re­duced health care costs.

We are in a bat­tle of se­man­tics!


We must undo dam­age from burn­ing fos­sil fu­els

Fos­sil fu­els. We have been burn­ing them for thou­sands of years. Do you want to do away with heat, air con­di­tion­ing and au­to­mo­biles? I don’t think so.

Then we have plas­tics. We have al­ready gone too far. Land­fills full of plas­tics don’t de­te­ri­o­rate. We have pol­luted the oceans and lakes. A mi­nor­ity re­cy­cle plas­tics.

What do we do? Fine the peo­ple who don’t. That would be the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple.

We have the brains but not the will. It will just go on un­til some­thing breaks. Then the politi­cians will get ex­cited. No pure wa­ter to drink. No clean air to breathe.

Now we’re go­ing into the meat.

It would af­fect every­body. Mil­lions will die. Are we awake now? Who is go­ing to step for­ward?

We can­not stop burn­ing fos­sil fuel or hav­ing plas­tic prod­ucts. We must re­di­rect our aims to undo the dam­age that they are do­ing.


Is­raeli vot­ers have rea­son to be cau­tious, con­ser­va­tive

E.J. Dionne’s re­cent column on Is­raeli elec­tion re­sults lacked con­text.

Is­raeli vot­ers are more cau­tious and con­ser­va­tive be­cause they have lived with the re­sults of failed ef­forts for co­ex­is­tence with the Pales­tini­ans.

The Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States, Ar­ti­cle I, Sec­tion 2, specif­i­cally re­quires a de­cen­nial cen­sus to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion for reap­por­tion­ment of seats in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, which, by ex­ten­sion, also means pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion to re­draw con­gres­sional dis­trict bound­aries.

The con­sti­tu­tional pur­pose/goal of the cen­sus is there­fore to de­ter­mine the al­lo­ca­tion of vot­ing priv­i­leges that cit­i­zens have.

So why give non-cit­i­zens who them­selves can’t vote, a rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the vot­ing process of our govern­ment?

The ques­tion about cit­i­zen­ship should never have been re­moved from the cen­sus in the first place.


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