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California’s new law advances the right to die with dignity
Visialia Times-Delta

Have you ever thought about how you’re going to die? If you’re lucky, it’ll be quick and relatively painless.

Have you ever thought about how you’re going to die? If you’re lucky, it’ll be quick and relatively painless. A sudden heart attack, for example. Most of us aren’t that fortunate; we have a much better chance of dying slowly, while connected to half-dozen tubes in a hospital ICU. Nearly 70 percent of all deaths in the United States occur in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice facilities. One doctor, who blogs under the pseudonym Scott Alexander at the website Slate Star Codex, describes how many of his patients leave the world: “Old, limbless, bedridden, ulcerated, in a puddle of waste, gasping for breath, loopy on morphine, hopelessly demented in a sterile hospital room.”

 

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