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Organization Steps Up 'Right To Die' Campaign

June 28, 2010 by  

Organization steps up 'right to die' campaign A nonprofit organization that provides counsel, support and guidance on the right to die issue has launched a billboard campaign in several states to raise awareness and promote dialogue on what it sees as a basic human right.

The billboards appear in New Jersey, Florida and California to highlight The Final Exit Network’s belief that terminally ill but mentally competent adults have the right to make a decision to end their lives when its quality becomes unacceptable. The organization states that it sees this as each individual’s right to choose that should not be restricted by law, clergy, healthcare providers or even family members.

"FEN does not encourage anyone to end their life, does not provide the means to do so and does not actively assist in the person’s death," said the organization’s president Jerry Dincin.

"We do, however, believe in the ultimate human right of people to end their lives when circumstances justify, and to have support in carrying out their plan," he added.

Earlier this year, The Final Exit Network praised the Supreme Court of Montana for its decision to uphold the legality of physician-assisted suicide, making the state the third in the nation to do so.

At that time, Dincin said that the ruling brings America closer to "the final human right of the 21st century." ADNFCR-1961-ID-19856420-ADNFCR

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  • Norm

    The right for a sane adult to end his/her life is clearly a personal matter, and should never be questioned by religious zealots, government officials, or do gooders of any sort.
    Many of the same people who support abortion, the killing of the unwilling, cannot tolerate the voluntary killing of the willing.
    Most doctors “allow” terminally ill suffering patients to pass quietly, with the help of large doses of morphine.

  • Dan Burke

    So, are they saying that the choice is taken from us? Are we only allowed their advice? Or can we get alternate input from family, friends, and religious leaders? I mean, what is their point here? Just who would deny me the right to state that I don’t want more treatment. Oh wait, they probably think I should be allowed to commit voluntary suicide for the benefit of myself and those around me (society). Now it so happens that right now I am in great health but I find things like this very, um, intriguing. See, down this path, if you look past this introductory philosophy, you find that you walk right into Nazi Germany where it was humane to end the agonizing lives of those with imperfections, whether mental or physical handicaps. Now, I believe the patient should have their right to choose their care or even reject it. I don’t think suicide is an option. But is it really the individuals or the law that takes away our right to choose treatment? Although there are many who will argue the pros and cons, I do recall from recent news that a family had their right to choose taken from them to force treatment they did not want to receive. Their personal religious beliefs supposedly were against receiving the treatment, so it couldn’t be their religion that forced treatment. The doctors might have wanted to force the boy to receive treatment but it wasn’t doctors who enforced this. Government was the key. We are often captive to “Health and Human Services” or any number of things that we have in our government that we have been taught are there to protect those who cannot protect themselves. But I see a reality where our rights as individuals are taken away one by one. Then come along organizations that believe we need the right to die blaming every organization it seems but the one who is probably most at fault. Why? Because our mindset has become such that we see government as the solution to enforce the rules we seek and in so doing it becomes extremely dangerous to consider the possibility that government is the root and cause of the problem. We also have our responsibility in this problem. We gave government this power over our lives all in the name of protecting our friends, family and neighbors. I care about my neighbors, but that doesn’t give me the right to take away their rights. For that is a trap that takes away everyone’s rights in the end.

    • http://myronjpoltroonian.blogspot.com Myron J. Poltroonian

      I seem to remember a science fiction story I read sometime in the late ’50′s/ early ’60′s that dealt with cryogenics. The “Hero” in the story, having funded his freezing until a cure has been found for his incurable disease has just been awakened and is thinking to himself “They must have found a cure for my terminal illness”. He notices a man standing by his bedside and asks him, “Well? How long before they remove my cancerous tumor?” “I wouldn’t know” was the reply. “But your heart operation is starting in an hour”. “But there’s nothing wrong with my heart!” he cried. “But there is with mine and your investments tanked. You’re out of money” was the reply. “Death Panels” anyone? Anyone at all?

  • s c

    It’s time for our puppets to prove to us that this is an important topic. Let politicians, lawyers, central bankers, abortion lovers and everyone who hates America get in line to take their own lives.
    I wouldn’t dream of stopping them from exercising their ‘constitutional rights.’
    It would be a slow form of population control, of course, but then it’s not the American people who dreamed up this farce. If they REALLY care about the rest of us, it’s time for our ‘leaders’ to LEAD THE WAY. Show us what ya got, schmucks!

  • eddie47d

    This has nothing to do with Nazi Germany. Hitler made the choice for HIS perfect society. He took away those individuals right to make that decision.Final exit gives the individual the right to say he doesn’t want to suffer anymore. The government might not even be involved. Although the government or the medical profession should set up ground rules to help make that individuals decision legal.

  • Ted Crawford

    I’m of two minds on this issue! Being a conservative, who dearly values our freedoms, I agree that the indiviual has, what I believe is an unalienable right, to make a decision like this. I believe this right to be an exclusive right of that individule.
    There in lays the rub! I’m also burdened, as I rightfully should be, with the fact that any laws we allow now must also be passed on to future generations. As others have pointed out, there have been and, most certainally will be, entitys that would seek to distort this type of legislation.
    Any bill to address this issue will have to be very thoughtfully drafted! I’m, reasonably, certain that the voters who passed the Social Security Act didn’t foresee the current state of affairs!!!

  • mehoward

    YOU KNOW IF WE WERE GOD AND COULD SEE WHAT IS IN THE FUTURE WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT DECISION BUT WE ARN’T SO WHY NOT LET GOD MAKE THAT DECISION. ALL WE CAN DO IS MAKE THEM AS COMFORTABLE AS WE CAN AND
    PRAY THAT GOD WILL HEAL THEM OR BE MERCIFUL AND TAKE THEM HOME.
    MEHPENSACOLA,FL

  • Diana

    If this insanity passes, they won’t stop it there. Before long they’ll be allowing parents of toddlers to put them down before the goverment believes them to be at a “socialable age.” It’s the way they are doing it in parts of Europe. The scenarios for this type of law is as ominous as it is endless.

  • Delores Smith

    PERSONAL LIBERTY NEWS DESK – THANKS FOR THE ARTICLE…
    Final Exit Network – Thank you so much all the tips in doing away with myself; however, not to worry, I plan to get the Health Bill repealed…soon. I’m not going anywhere for a while. Sorry about that, Obama!!
    Delores Smith
    Delores109@cox.net

  • http://aol.com John Pickett

    Your right to die is between you and Jesus! Do not fear Christians we are only expressing what we are told to do and that is to spread the word of Christ! He has risen, and he loves you and he’s coming back soon be ready!

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