Oregon's Assisted Suicide Promotes Culture of Death





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Published on May 11, 2011

The state senate in Oregon state voted to impose a crackdown on companies that sell so-called ``suicide kits,'' which contain hoods or other items intended to help a person kill himself. They passed the bill in response to the death of a 29-year-old man who killed himself using a suicide kit he ordered through the mail from a California company.

"It does show the contradiction within the frame of mind of the Oregon senate, they are against suicide for some people, and they are in favour of suicide for others," says Joseph Meaney, Director of International Coordination for Human Life International (HLI).

Oregon is one of just a few states in the USA that allow physician-assisted suicide, but lawmakers said that law has safeguards and take advantage of the vulnerable. Meaney says this is not true.

"If you are sick and you have a bad prognosis, they think that killing yourself is absolutely the way to go," he told Vatican Radio. "The other thing, and this is really a terrible thing to say, but basically it has become a cost-cutting measure. There was a woman in Oregon in 1994 who decided she wanted to get an extra cancer treatment, and she applied for it. The state of Oregon denied her application for this extra treatment, but said they would pay for her doctor-assisted suicide...of course, she was highly offended that they would pay for her death, but not for her treatment."

Visit Human Life International on the web at www.hli.org.




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