Thursday, May 31, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A broad majority of Americans, 72%, continue to believe that doctors should be legally allowed, at a patient's and a family's request, to end a terminally ill patient's life using painless means. While support for legalized euthanasia is strong across nearly all subgroups of Americans, men, young adults, Democrats and liberals are especially likely to favor it. Support drops below a majority only among weekly churchgoers.
Yeah, I basically support euthanasia, particularly for a few people I can think of.
But seriously, if you're in serious pain and don't have a lot to look forward to, you ought to be able to pull the rip cord and get out early if you can. I realize this is inconsistent with Catholic doctrine as it stands and until it's revised, I suppose I'll have to conform to this aspect of Church law.
Of course, if you got the state involved, they'd probably figure out a way to take any money you'd save by punching out a bit early. My plan is to take a hike in the Idaho wilderness with a fifth of scotch and various drugs of abuse and sort of slide out that way if necessary, and it won't be, if LWJ does her job. I just got out of the hospital, a three day stay for a scheduled but still significant procedure. I'm fine and was taken exquisite care of by what must have been a dozen nurses and nurse-like creatures, not to mention my main doctor. God bless them all. But it still really sucked. If that's all I had to look forward to, I would totally be in favor of the long nap. We don't need any big policy about it. Just make it legal to buy your own suicide kit, not that it's rocket science anyway. But you don't want to expose your family to the polite attentions of the local DA.