Wesley Smith who is a lawyer, associate director of the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute has published an article in the Telegraph of the experience of Oregon and its “assisted suicide” law.
“Imagine that you have lung (or prostate cancer, I know it is rare, but some of us might have it! – my addition) cancer. It has been in remission, but tests show the cancer has returned and is likely to be terminal. Still, you do have some hope to survive. Chemotherapy could extend your life, if not save it. You ask to begin treatment. But, you soon receive more devastating news. A letter from the government informs you that the cost of chemotherapy is deemed an unjustified expense for the limited extra time it would provide. However, the government is not without compassion and you are also informed that whenever you are ready, it will gladly pay for your assisted suicide.
That is exactly what happened last year to two cancer patients in Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal!
Barbara Wagner had recurrent lung cancer and Randy Stroup had prostate cancer. They both were on Medicaid. The state informed them that it would not pay for the chemotherapy treatment, but it would pay for their assisted suicide. “It dropped my chin to the floor,” Stroup told the media. “