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A death debate

March 28, 2009

Re "Sense and suicide," editorial, March 23

Because we have a natural right to die -- a right that is hamstrung by current laws -- I am puzzled by your editorial's hostility toward the Final Exit Network, an organization formed in response to a growing need. It lacks the resources to come to the aid of everyone who asks for it, let alone to pressure patients to kill themselves.

And to say "it's really just in the death business" is a willfully perverse description of the organization's function. More accurately, it is in the relief-of-suffering business. Why insist that we linger in suffering at the end -- a burden to ourselves and family for days, months or even years?

Rather than continue pointing out the absurdity of your attack, I will simply say that I hope the Final Exit Network is still around when and if I ever need it.

C.J. Wright

Venice

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