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Letter: Providing ‘aid in dying’ to patient is reprehensible

Providing ‘aid in dying’ to patient is reprehensible

I agree with professor Philip Reed that “ ‘aid in dying’ is just a euphemism for assisted suicide.” I disagree with recent writers who support such a medical abomination.

Prohibition against physician-assisted suicide arose as part of the original Hippocratic Oath, where the physician promises that “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy.”

Permitting a physician to terminate the life of a patient transforms that doctor into an overpriced executioner. It debases the singularly unique and noble calling of medicine.

Giving pain medication to a terminally ill patient to alleviate pain, even if that medication hastens death, can be morally justifiable. However, eliminating a patient’s suffering by deliberately eliminating the patient crosses an ethical Rubicon that society permits at its peril.

Those members of the New York State Senate and Assembly who support physician suicide legislation should be voted out of office along, of course, with their pro-choice allies.

Richard H. Escobales Jr.