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Letter: The hypocrisy oath

It appears that Dr. Susan K. Bland from South Carolina feels Colorado has taken a step back in time ("Assisted suicide an enormous step back in time," Aspen Daily News, Nov. 17).

She asks about seeking a physician who, "if you get sick enough, or depressed enough, or inconvenient enough, would be willing to snuff you out?" She also quotes the Hippocratic Oath about some doctors not administering a poison to anybody when asked, and so on.

First off, I did not see any evidence in Prop 106 about assisted suicide if one is "depressed." People who are very depressed take matters into their own hands, and that is called suicide. Then a loved one or a friend comes over to find the mess left behind.

Second, the oath states, "Similarly, I will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion," according to Wikipedia.

Is the good Dr. Bland pro- or anti-abortion? Should a woman have the right to choose? If I were terminally ill, should I not have the same right to choose my fate, or will I have to get a gun and take matters into my own hands?

Third, the oath starts off, "I swear by Apollo the Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea… ." Talk about a step back in time — those are all Greek gods, goddesses or children of the gods.

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Thank gods, we Coloradans are thinking to the future, and thank God Dr. Bland lives in South Carolina!

John Norman

Carbondale

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