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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

January 3, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Hospital mergers are shrinking services

Hospital mergers shrinking services

Thank you for your editorial on hospital mergers [“State sheds more light on hospital mergers,” Opinion, Dec. 30].

Please remove from your writing vocabulary the phrase “physician assisted suicide”.

It is a term no longer used in polite gatherings, as it is hurtful and derogatory to families with dying patients who are suffering.

People who choose to use the Washington state Death With Dignity Act prefer to speak about “aid in dying”, “hastening death” or simply “Death with Dignity.”

Also, it is important to note that your editorial did not give the full import of Catholic hospital takeovers. The Catholic moral teaching severely restricts doctors from giving full medical information to their patients, and most Catholic providers prohibit their employees from fully discussing all options available to their patients.

The Catholic takeover is shrinking the available services in many communities, meaning more transportation for specialized services related to Death with Dignity, LGBT care and family planning care.

Rev. Richard Gibson, Lynnwood

Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Catholic Church, Death With Dignity Act

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