• Why Arizona Needs a Death with Dignity Act


    An elderly man visited the doctor for a checkup. "Mr. Smith, you’re in great shape," said the doctor afterwards. "How do you do it?"

    "Well," said Mr. Smith, "I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, and the good Lord looks out for me. For weeks now, every time I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, he turns the light on for me."

    Concerned, the doctor found Mrs. Smith in the waiting room and told her what her husband had said.

    "I don’t think that’s anything to worry about," she said. "And on the bright side, it does explain ho’s been peeing in the fridge."


    It is important to understand that every State allows Physicians, Hospices, and other care givers to follow the written instructions of patients contained in advanced directives such as a Living Will. These instructions are usually prepared by and before a person is faced with a serious illness. They can state in no uncertain terms that if you are terminally ill, no heroic measures are to be given including CPR, or being placed on a respirator if your heart stops beating or if you stop breathing. So why does Arizona and other States need a Death with Dignity Act?

    IT’S A QUESTION OF TIMING! What is seldom explained or is understood is that the advance directive can’t stop the first responder or care giver from using all measures to keep you alive if you are breathing and your heart is beating. Even though you might be terminally ill, once put on a respirator for life support and given food, you can’t be taken off until you are brain dead. You must continue to suffer, or be medicated with pain relieving drugs until the very end.

    Under the terms of the Death with Dignity Act, if you are placed on a respirator, but are judged to be terminally ill by a qualified Doctor and have signed an advance directive while competent to do so, you may ask your Doctor to take you off the respirator and remove the feeding tube. You may also ask the Doctor for a lethal drug, and take it at your time and place, or not at all. This allows you to say goodbye to your loved ones without subjecting them to watching you suffer or being unconsciousness for days or weeks, or starving to death when the feeding tube is removed.

    There are cases where terminally ill people, without an Advance Directive, have remained in a coma for years being sustained by a respirator and feeding tubes. Karen Quinlan remained in a coma for 10 years after being taken off the respirator because she was continued to be fed. She never gained conscience and died from Pneumonia. I can’t imagine the anxiety to her family and the cost of such an experience.

    Twenty nine year old Brittany Maynard, diagnosed to be terminally ill with an inoperable brain tumor left Arizona and took up residency In Oregon in order to take advantage of its Death with Dignity Act. Passage of a similar act in Arizona would prevent this expensive and difficult situation from happening for terminally ill residents of Arizona in the future.

    If you haven’t finished putting your affairs in order, you might want to visit my website,www.dyingtoknow.info to understand how this book can help you complete this important task for only $35.95 in a printed copy that you fill out by hand, or $19.00 for a PDF E-book that you fill out from your computer and/or print and store.

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