Letters to the Editor

Writer stayed true to principle of profession

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2009 3:25pm
  • Opinion

Writer stayed true to principle of profession

Thank you to Dr. Mark J. Snell (Courier-Herald, letter to the editor, April 1) for staying true to the medical profession’s first principle, “do no harm.”

I fear for the future of this country when some in our society not only use Nazi-style propaganda techniques to persuade us that human life is of no value if one suffers but some in the medical and scientific communities are willing partners in the destruction rather than protection of human life.

Today, the unborn are considered nonhuman by some and the terminally ill are less than human. History is our witness to what happens when particular groups of people are deemed less than human. What group or groups of people will the modern propagandists persuade us are not human or less than human tomorrow?

There is no dignity in asking physicians to lie nor to be complicit in intentionally ending the life of a human being.

There is shame and disbelief that civilized society has not learned the lessons from history.

Elaine Biggerstaff

Bonney Lake

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