Letter writer Jerry McAfee of Gresham opposes Oregon's approval of 'assisted death.'

Regarding the letter, "Everyone has a right to choose life or death," (The Outlook, Friday, March 20), the author makes several mistakes and at least one unsustainable or unsupported assertion, although even the assertion that there is a right to die is unsustainable.

His assertion that because assisted death laws are not widely available that there are many painful deaths. Has he not heard of palliative care and hospice? Does he not know that there are pain management specialists? One does not need to kill oneself or push off a relative to such an end to obtain proper care.

He then errs in regard to the law in Oregon. Does he not know that this law has been "updated" recently by the Legislature to remove at least two safeguards, one of which he thinks is still in place.

The 15 day waiting period that he mentions has been eliminated, and now also the so-called medication — really poison, since it results in death — does not necessarily need to be self-administered. Assisted death is a tragedy, not progress.

Jerry McAfee


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