X-Message-Number: 12017
Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 07:35:22 -0700
From: David Brandt-Erichsen <>
Subject: Re: Federal overturn of Oregon law

>Message #12013
>Date: Sat, 26 Jun 1999 13:29:29 EDT
>Subject: Re: Federal overturn of Oregon law
>Seriously, I don't see where doctors have anything to do with suicide. It 
>should be up to the individual, not any professional group. 

You miss the point.  Whereas suicide is currently perfectly legal, it is
not an option available to a cryonicist because, among other things, it
renders you subject to autopsy.  A prolonged death can, with a bit of bad
luck, severely damage a person's brain.  With legal physician-assisted
suicide, you would be able to arrange a death when all hope was lost but
before severe deterioration of the brain might occur (not in every case,
but at least in many), and at a time when the cryonics standby team was on
hand and ready to go.  Currently, the only means a cryonicist has to hasten
a prolonged death is through starvation and dehydration, which leads to
severe emaciation and itself can cause some brain damage.  We don't apply
such cruelty to our dogs.  "Let me die like a dog!"

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