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  •  I Don't Know if "Mandatory" Is the Right Word (5+ / 0-)

    But in the case of an end stage cancer patient, how does anyone find any place in themselves to prolong the inevitable outcome at the cost of the patient and family?

    "I'll tell you, if there's anything worse than dealing with a staunch woman. S.T.A.U.N.C.H. There's nothing worse, I'm telling 'ya!". Little Edie

    by vintage dem on Sun May 10, 2009 at 06:36:47 PM PDT

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    •  If it's not voluntary, it's mandatory... (0+ / 0-)

      ...and I have no answer for your question. The Washington law seems pretty clear and limited in scope. I don't know why a doctor wouldn't choose to help someone end their suffering. There is of course the religious argument against it, but you'd think there would be a doctor in a region who would not be bound by dogmatic prohibitions against ending agonizing pain in this manner.

      it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

      by Addison on Sun May 10, 2009 at 06:42:49 PM PDT

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      •  This was problematic in the early days in OR.. (5+ / 0-)

        ..but since none of the doomsday scenarios that the catholic church predicted never occured doctors loosen up.

        it s a process.  unfortunately people have to die a miserable cruel death while these people become comfortable with having compassion.

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