Lawyer cautions against legislating through courts
By Mike Youds, Daily News Staff Reporter
|Margaret Dore (L) and Wanda Morris (R)
A right to medically assisted suicide may sound compassionate and just, but beware the details when it comes to the act itself, a U.S. lawyer warned Wednesday in a debate at TRU.
Margaret Dore shared some of her experiences with assisted suicide in Washington State, where the practice became legal through a ballot measure four years ago.
"A lot of people think this is a great idea until they start thinking and reading about how you do it," she told an audience of about 30 people in the Irving K. Barber Centre.
In effect, laws in Washington and Oregon empower people who may choose to abuse the responsibility, Dore said.
"Your heir can be there to help you sign up. Once the legal dose leaves the pharmacy, there is no oversight whatsoever."