Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Margaret Dore
Telling the truth about assisted suicide.
Just a week ago now, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who had been diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor, took pills that ended her life. She had moved to Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal. Like many, I read the news on People magazine’s website, as the Hemlock Society, now known as Compassion & Choices, had aggressively campaigned to make her face known.
But such activists — overtaking culture, law, and medicine in many cases — have misused words in driving this grave movement. They make false claims about “choice” that endanger lives at their most vulnerable moments.
Margaret Dore is a lawyer in Washington State, where assisted suicide is legal. Dore is a former law clerk to the Washington state supreme court and president of Choice Is an Illusion, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia. She talks with National Review Online about assisted suicide as it exists now and how we might make a change. — KJL