Oregon's claim of "advanced" care for the elderly and seriously ill recently proved a cause for shame in the face of its promoting assisted suicide. When asked to speak, along with the prime minister of Poland and its minister of the family, at an international conference in Warsaw honoring the elderly, I realized how far my beloved state has fallen. This is the gist of what I said:
I am honored to be here in Poland, this great country, which, through its sacrifice, has restored hope throughout the world. Your country has arisen once again to independence only 10 short years ago. Your country is reborn. It is young again.
When my country was still young, over 200 years ago, we believed what our Declaration of Independence so nobly proclaimed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." But I am sorely grieved, that in my state, which I love, in a country I love, that these truths are no longer honored.
For the complete article go to the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide website (scroll down above the middle of the page).