Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Idahoans facing death need choices

    Recently, a close friend of mine took his own life in Hailey. As reported in the Idaho Mountain Express, he had a terminal illness and had reached a stage of discomfort. Unfortunately, he only had two real choices—weeks of pain and discomfort which would culminate in his death, or he could take matters into his own hands. He chose the latter.
    Sadly, because of the laws in this state and most others, he could not legally choose his own death. He should have died at home with people who cared for him, without pain and fear. Instead, he died violently and alone.
    I think this type of solution is all too common in this country. We need laws that allow terminally ill people to die with dignity, free of pain and fear—if not for him, then for ourselves and our loved ones.
Peter Lobb


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