This piece in the Los Angeles Daily News http://dailynews.com/bridgetjohnson/ci_5527027 is required reading for those who favor euthanasia as is practiced in The Netherlands and here in Oregon.
The radicals in the California legislature would like to extend this "right" here in California.
Obviously, I do not favor so-called "right to die" type legislation.
The problem is not the dignity that one would want in a terminal illness but how one may not want to take that way out. In The Netherlands, you need little if any reason to off oneself. And worse, you can be 13 years old to say you can end it all.
Dying with dignity, in my estimation, is not wanting to be given extraordinary measures to save one's life. In other words, one has six months to live. They have been following the doctor's orders and what to do, it is the six month and the condition is worsening. One falls into a coma, the person says do nothing to bring me out of it. The person dies peacefully and with dignity.
I don't think using extraordinary means to end one's life counts as dignity. It lowers us to an animal being taken to the vet and given the shot of death. We are not animals. We know the difference between making one's wishes known and one taking a shot of death.
I hope that Gov. Arnold does not sign this legislation if it ever reaches his desk.