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October 26, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Initiative 1000

Don’t use it if you don’t want it

The time has come for a law allowing terminally ill people to end their pain and suffering at a time of their choosing, but always with the appropriate safeguards that are spelled out in Initiative 1000.

Having witnessed my son’s excruciatingly painful death from cancer, I think it is only humane to provide a means whereby he might have been able to escape at least a little of that agony.

For those who do not believe this is a good idea, you would not be required to take advantage of such a law if it were in place, but please don’t deprive others of the opportunity when they are in agony in the closing days of their lives.

The decision to take one’s own life is an intensely personal one, and one which should only be taken after careful soul-searching and, of course, only within the safeguards required under the proposed law.

— Sylvia Moore, Seattle

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