Greetings. We are advocates for enactment of Medical Aid in Dying legislation in North Carolina. We urge our legislature to join the five other states, the District of Columbia and four countries, which offer their citizens a choice of peacefully terminating their life when death has become an imminent and insufferable inevitability. We seek as well to inform and educate on the range of end of life choices currently available in North Carolina.
For many, life will be worth the struggle, no matter the suffering and incapacity. For others, a wish to leave the mortal coils under a self-directed scenario, according to one’s planning and timing is a last act of autonomy and willfulness. We ask our legislature to not disallow our citizens the right to choose how they exit this life, when there is no longer any hope.
Medical Aid in Dying, also known as Death with Dignity, and formerly and incorrectly called Physician Assisted Suicide, allows a mentally competent adult individual who has been diagnosed by two independent medical doctors as suffering from a terminal, incurable illness with less than 6 months to live to receive a lethal prescription. Nothing obliges the individual to in fact ingest the medicine; nothing obliges the medical practitioner to participate in the process.
Ask yourself how you would want to die: under circumstances which you decide, including the when, where and how; or subject to the vagaries of an incurable, debilitating, humbling, painful disease with each day a little more dire than yesterday.