Thursday, June 17, 2010

Die free or live?

Posted on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 4:00 AM

I am a state representative in New Hampshire where we recently voted down an Oregon-style assisted suicide bill. The vote was 242–133 (nearly 70 percent). I write in response to your editorial. I disagree that assisted suicide necessarily brings “choice.”

In New Hampshire, many legislators who initially thought that they were for the bill, became uncomfortable when they studied it further. Contrary to promoting “choice,” it was a prescription for abuse. These laws empower heirs and others to pressure and abuse older people to cut short their lives. This is especially an issue when the older person has money. There is no assisted suicide law that you can write to correct this huge problem. Do not be deceived.

Nancy Elliott

Merrimack, N.H.

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