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IT IS ABOUT FREEDOM The right to be let alone. That is what the physician-assisted suicide issue and the man who has pioneered and personalized it, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, are really all about: freedom. ) What this is all about is personal autonomy. About denying that the state has any right to compel innocent, competent adults to needlessly suffer. How can anyone who wants less government interference in his life not also demand the right to be free of state interference in the most intimate and personal decision of all?

Nina George Hacker “Death on Demand,” Family Voice, June 1996. Available from Concerned Women for America, 370 L’Enfant Promenade SW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20024. Jason A. Lief “Constitution Provides No Right to Be Killed,” National Law Journal, August 26, 1996. Available from 345 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10010. Thomas A. Preston “Killing Pain, Ending Life,” New York Times, November 1, 1994. ” New Republic, June 24, 1996. Susan Schindehette and Gail Wescott “Deciding Not to Die,” People Weekly, January 18, 1993.

David B. , 1995. JAMA later published a retraction, noting that the 75-fold figure was incorrect; the increase was in fact twofold (and the number was merely a correlation, not proof of cause). Senator 58 Suicide Frontmatter 3/1/04 11:18 AM Page 59 John Chafee saw the false claim but apparently missed the correction, since he repeated the 75-fold figure in a congressional hearing in October 1992. In his Washington Post column, Reeves took the factoid one step further, telling his readers that it applied to all teenagers, even though all of the subjects in the study had serious psychological problems.

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