Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"Do we want doctors deciding who lives and who dies? No, we do not want that. This is a slope, a real slope where we are going to become God. We do not have that power. The Declaration of Independence says that we should have the right to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing in it says we have the right to pursue death, nothing."
Oct. 27, 1999 consideration of House Resolution 2260, Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999, available at www.gpo.gov, stated:
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
US Senator (R-OK) Jan. 3, 2005-Dec. 2014
Member, US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Member, US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Ranking Member, US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
US Representative, Oklahoma 2nd District, Jan. 3, 1995-Jan. 3, 2001
Participant, Medical Mission Trip to Iraq, 1992
Medical Doctor, Family Practice and Obstetrics, 1986-present
Former Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Muskogee Regional Medical Center
Participant, Medical Mission Trip to Haiti, 1985
Family Practice Intern, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, 1984-1986
General Surgery Intern, St. Anthony's Hospital, 1983-1984