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Letter: Assisted suicide cannot be allowed

Assisted suicide cannot be allowed

I applaud professor Harvey Berman’s opposition to physician-assisted suicide offered in his fine Another Voice.

While medication to alleviate excruciating pain of a terminally ill patient, even if such medication were to shorten the patient’s lifespan, can be morally justified, to directly kill a patient is an abomination and violates the prohibition of assisted suicide found in the Hippocratic Oath.

Conceivably, a health care provider could tell a suffering patient that the patient’s policy does not provide for pain medication. The provider might then add, “However, we have a permanent pain pill. You won’t feel a thing.”

The patient consents to the provider’s suggestion, is executed and the provider goes off to a luncheon hosted by those grateful health care executives for whom the bottom line means more than that patient’s life.

Richard H. Escobales Jr.

Buffalo

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