Oppose Legalization of Imposed Death in Our Nation’s Capital
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 18, 2016): Our friends at Euthanasia Prevention Coalition have released the following action item regarding an upcoming vote on legalization of assisted suicide in Washington, DC.
View first Belgium’s advice regarding this deadly practice, where assisted suicide is already legal and rampant:
Belgium’s Advice: “Safeguards are an Illusion”
From Euthanasia Prevention Coalition:
URGENT ACTION ALERT – Our nation’s capital is getting ready to vote on Assisted Suicide! DC is the Federal City and as such we all have an interest directly and through Congress. Even those outside the US have a stake as this will affect world policy.
DC Mayor and Council want to be quiet on the down low. We need to be noisy, right? We need to generate as many emails and calls and faxes as possible. It is up to you to make this happen.
There is no time to waste. On October 18, 2016, the Committee of the Whole will vote on B21-38 the so called “Death with Dignity 2015” bill, that would legalize assisted suicide in the District of Columbia.
This bill not only discriminates against the sick, the elderly and individuals with disabilities, but also completely limits both choice and autonomy in ways such as these:
It is the doctor, not the patient, who decides if the patient is eligible for assisted suicide.
A patient may not have the capacity to make a real choice if they are depressed and untreated, or feel unwanted. Remember a psychological exam is not mandatory.
A patient’s heir can witness the written request for the lethal drugs. This situation creates the potential for coercion and abuse. They can even pick up the dose.
It is an insurance company or governmental entity that determines whether a patient will receive payment for treatment of a disease or the less-costly lethal drugs. This is not a choice.
There is no guarantee that the lethal drugs are taken by choice. A greedy family member or an abusive caregiver could easily administer the lethal, water and alcohol soluble drugs without the patient’s knowledge. Elder abuse is rampant in our society.
Person is not necessarily dying, think about an 18 year old otherwise healthy diabetic, refusing to take his insulin. He is terminal. How much of the population would qualify if they stopped their meds or had them denied.
And don’t forget that doctors can be wrong, as much as 20% of the time.
Make calls/send faxes/emails (forward to others):
Office of the Mayor,
Press Secretary LaToya Foster at 202/ 727-5011
vog.cdnull@sserp Flood her with calls and emails.
202 727 2643 is OK, but is just the main number. Can’t count on them.
DC City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson
Tel 202/724-8032 FAX (even better than a call or email in some ways) 202/724 8085
Monique Wynn Deputy Chief for the Chairman 202.724.8792
Lindsey Walton Director of Communications, 202. 724-8140
Flood them all, as much as you can with calls and emails. And finally, for good measure an at large member,
At large city council Member Elissa Silverman
Michele Blackwell Chief of Staff at 202 724 7772 and su.licnuoccdnull@llewkcalbm
Ari Weisbard Legislative Director at 202.724.7772 and su.licnuoccdnull@drabsiewa