[Right_to_die] Action for new death with dignity law in the state of Vermont
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Wed Nov 17 10:06:56 PST 2010
A message from Dick Walters
President of Patient Choices at End of Life - Vermont
Vermont's Death with Dignity effort started in our living room, with my
wife Ginny and our daughters, Nancy and Betsy, after watching my father
suffer a difficult death. He asked me to help him, and there was nothing
I could do. It frustrated me.
Until now. After eight years of Patient Choices at End of Life -
Vermont's dedication to emulate Oregon and the state of Washington by
enacting a Death with Dignity law, we've never been closer to success.
Opponents are vehement and determined, with reasons ranging from
well-meaning to invasive. In their zeal, they distort the truth and
raise false alarms. That's why those of us who seek to preserve life's
decisions for ourselves and our loved ones must rally together to affirm
this basic civil right.
Thoughtful, principled people such as you understand the profound
importance of securing this human right. People who've watched a loved
one suffer needlessly and pointlessly as I have. People brave enough to
look toward their own future, and the dignity with which they hope to
end a life well-lived.
Death with Dignity is a cause I feel in my heart, soul and conscience.
It's worthy of every one of us who values life, treasures dignity, and
wants never to be told by a stranger or a bureaucrat that our life is
not our own, or that suffering is the property of their law or morality.
For your spouse, your parents, your grandparents, your children, your
neighbors and yourself, take a stand. Recognize that even a right this
personal must be fought for and won. Please join me in my personal
effort to bring a Death with Dignity law to Vermont and make a
non-deductible contribution directly for Vermont today.
Dick Walters, President
Patient Choices at End of Life - Vermont
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