With all due respect . . .
Please stay the hell out of my life and death.
In a piece of legislation that seems abundantly thought through, the North Carolina General Assembly is doing a good job bringing dignity to the inevitable business of dying. The story's in today's News and Observer.
The bill, developed over three years, revises the ways that patients in North Carolina can give a trusted person legal power over medical decisions. In addition, the bill contains a more far-reaching medical document than the current "do not resuscitate" form. It's designed to alert doctors and others to the measures a patient wants taken -- or not taken -- if death is near.
A spokesman for Bishop Michael Burbidge, however, told a legislative hearing Tuesday that the bill needs more work because it "deals with issues that we believe have eternal consequences."
"Our concern is that we'll move more toward a state where euthanasia becomes a common practice," spokesman Msgr. Michael G. Clay said after Tuesday's hearing.
Ah yes, the old slippery slope argument. You let a few of us decide that we want to die with dignity and the next thing you know, society will be knocking off old people like pesky flies. To which I say, let's take that slippery slope argument to it's natural extreme. If you don't want people to have to deal with the uncertainty of death, how about keeping them from being born in the first place?
Can you say "contraception?"
Listen. I've got enough leftover crap to deal with from being a Southern Baptist for 20-some years. The last thing I need is the Catholic Church trying to impose its "prolong life" doctrine in North Carolina state politics.