Three out of five of the hospitals in Boulder, Colorado won’t participate in the state’s new assisted suicide measure. For religious hospitals, this is a no-brainer.
But many are crying foul since Colorado voted in doctor-assisted suicide back in November.
Boulder Community Health spokesperson Rich Sheenan says his association supports “the right of patients to make their own treatment decisions, including how…to die. We don’t see our role as telling doctors how to practice medicine.”
He’s implying Catholic hospitals, or anyone who opts out of helping patients kill themselves are “telling doctors how to practice medicine.” But isn’t that what the other side is doing?
Peg Sandeen of Portland’s “Death with Dignity” is even more clear, “We’re telling physicians how to practice…” because, she says, suicide is “the new medical standard of care.”
Now here’s the issue: Can the government force doctors to choose between their profession and killing people? Since doctors swear to heal life and not end it, that’s a choice they should never have to make.