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Source: Quad City Times

By: Michael Vokt

Recently, I read the “guest view” of a retired hospice chaplain who strongly lobbied for choice in the “right to die” for anyone diagnosed with a terminal illness and facing a prognosis of future suffering as part of the dying process. As a local pastor for more than 30 years, I too have cared for many who were dying. The chaplain, the author of the Dec. 26th guest view is correct in stating that “dying is a natural part of life.” However, she is misguided and mistaken in saying that giving a person the choice to commit suicide is moral or right.