Tuesday, December 20, 2011

California: The Press Sometimes Discredits Itself - Deliberate Or Ignorance?

This is generally a fairly good read related to end of life issues in California. However, as we have noted so often on this blog, writers do themselves no favors by asserting that assisted suicide is legal in Montana - it's not.
Wishing for the right to make that final exit
Colleen Kegg hasn't worked out the details of her exit plan yet. But about one thing, Kegg is clear: When she can no longer feed herself or go to the bathroom without assistance, she will take steps to end her life. A rare and incurable neurological disease is gradually stealing the things the 60-year-old Santa Barbara-area resident lives for, and she wishes a California physician could legally prescribe life-ending medication, as doctors can in Oregon, Washington and Montana. Instead, she'll have to find another way.
"I know I can stop eating and drinking," Kegg told me one evening in her sister's home, her speech already slowed by corticobasal degeneration, a condition somewhat similar to Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's disease. more

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