Legalize physician-assisted euthanasia in Florida

Legalize physician-assisted euthanasia in Florida

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Felicity Talbot started this petition to Florida State Legislatures

I lost my father over a year ago to an awful, debilitating heart condition.  I watched his body slowly wither away while his mind was still very lucid.  My mother is currently in hospice care as she is dying a slow, painful death from cancer and COPD.  She too is very coherent and lucid and does not want to go through many more weeks to months of this pain.  She cannot move, she is in a diaper, she does not eat and is in constant pain.  This is the worst quality of life I can imagine. 
I am a veterinarian and we treat our pets more humanely than this.   It should be a person’s inalienable right to be able to have assistance in ending their suffering in a controlled, humane way. 
Medicine has come such a long way that a doctor does not even need to be the one to administer the lethal dose of medication.  In Switzerland, there is an organization called Dignitas that has the patient self administer oral medications (first an anti-emetic and then a barbiturate).  They interview patients and examine them and go over their medical records thoroughly.  
It would be so simple to implement a program like this here.  People suffering from terminal illnesses should be able to decide how and when they want to leave this life.  The lawmakers in our society are not medical professionals and usually don’t have a great understanding of medical diseases and prognoses. Something needs to change to help end the suffering of so many people.  

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