Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Allow dignified end to life

Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old Oregon woman who suffered from terminal brain cancer, chose to end her life on Sunday.

She had every right to do so under Oregon law. Physicians prescribed her effective medications to allow her to pass peacefully at the time of her choosing.

Every American has the right to choose how they live. Allow them to choose how they die.

Terminally ill patients with less than a six-month prognosis should be allowed to assist themselves in ending their lives with dignity before the progression of the disease takes them to the point of unnecessary medical care simply to extend their lives, unnecessary psychological suffering and unnecessary expenses charged to insurance companies or Medicaid that affect all Pennsylvania taxpayers.

Remember, too, the suffering their loved ones will endure when that person dies slowly and painfully and without dignity.

Only five states have “Death with Dignity” laws: Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana and New Mexico. Demand that Pennsylvania gives its residents and taxpayers the same respect.

Write to your local lawmakers and physicians to make this option available for the terminally ill in Pennsylvania. Spread the word and make action happen.

Learn more at www.compassionandchoices.org or call 800 247 7421.

When it comes your time, wouldn’t you want control of your care?

Karen Andrus-Smith

Snow Shoe