Co-Chair of the Board for the Northern California chapter of Compassion & Choices
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"My reasoning for opposing legalized euthanasia in the U.S. is twofold: (a) Given our current healthcare system, the legalization of one person's right to end the life of another risks inviting abuse; and (b) Given the unfortunate state of healthcare insurance coverage that risk is even greater. I don't see myself changing my opinion on legal euthanasia unless universal healthcare and a more equitable healthcare system in general were a reality --- and even then I would have reservations.
While I cannot support, for those reasons, legal euthanasia in the U.S., I am strongly in favor of legalizing the right of a terminally ill, mentally competent adult to request physician assistance in hastening his or her own death. It is a matter of choice. I believe strongly that the right to control one's own final days should be unequivocal and certainly legal. For me, the issue is one of choice."