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Death With Dignity Act speaks to our freedom of choice

There is a key question that the Death With Dignity Act presents us: Who owns our life? I like to think I own mine, and you own yours. Dr. Jane A. Driver appears to feel differently (“Doctors’ beef with Question 2 stems from fear for patients’ welfare,” Letters, Oct. 5).

Driver states that people who want to end their suffering have “terrible fear,” and that doctors can “help patients pass through the crisis that leads them to turn to suicide.” That’s quite impressive, but I’m sure not all doctors are miracle workers, and not all patients can make such a transition. Getting in their way are things such as intractable pain, unimaginable indignities, and utter despair.

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