We are a diverse coalition of individuals and organizations from across the political spectrum and from every walk of life; we recognize the danger to individuals and society when medicine is licensed by the government to be used to kill. We are non-profit and educational so your donation is tax-deductible. We are made of church and advocacy organizations, medical and legal professionals, teachers and members of the caring professions: concerned citizens of every stripe and hue.
This year-end effort is designed to bring the message of hope into the New Year with strength and vigor.
There has been a nationwide push to change the laws that currently protect the medically dependent and seriously ill. California, Oregon, Washington and Vermont have already done so. The District of Columbia and many other jurisdictions are about to change theirs.
Very few people understand why there have been laws against assisted suicide throughout the history of modern medicine. The powerful emotions surrounding death and dying can easily be turned by euthanasia advocates into 'a request to die.'
In many states we are continuing legal challenges, but most important is the educational need. Our radio and internet project is designed to get the real facts before those who do not fully understand the risk that letahlized medicine holds for our society. Because our efforts are educational in nature your gifts are tax-deductible.
We recognize what Elizabeth-Kubler Ross pointed out years ago in On Death and Dying. The most powerful emotions we will ever face come when you are given a terminal diagnosis. She famously outlined the five stages of grief regularly encountered by both patient and family: Denial/Anger/Bargaining/Depression and then after overcoming those, one can come to Acceptance.
Dr. Kubler-Ross counseled thousands of patients and their family through these emotional challenges and to peaceful acceptance.
She said this of assisted suicide:
"Lots of my dying patients say they grow in bounds and leaps, and finish all the unfinished business. [But assisting a suicide is] cheating them of these lessons, like taking a student out of school before final exams. That's not love, it's projecting your own unfinished business."
We believe it is critically important to promote the values of "good Hospice" which is to see to both physical and especially emotional needs, of patients with terminal diagnosis. Offering to help 'finish off' the challenges that Kubler Ross outlines is not designed for people we care for, it is designed for those we no longer wish to care for.
Wherever such laws have been enacted, in every jurisdiction, there have been abuses.