RUSH: Gregg in Clearwater, Florida. It’s great to have you on the program. Welcome.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s a pleasure speaking with you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: I called today to, um, to express my opinion, uh, on this doctor-assisted suicide. Uh, I think that more dying patients are afraid of pain than they are afraid of death, and I think it’s really, a cop-out by the medical community to in essence ignore their pain until they become depressed, and suicidal, and then instead of offering, the difficult task of, uh, of making them pain-free and allowing them to die in dignity, we offer them a lethal injection.
RUSH: Well, two things. As to your comment about the medical community ignoring people’s pain until they become depressed, the medical community, more and more is being put in jail for prescribing pain medicine.
RUSH: They are leery as they can be about this. The DEA is all over this. I’ll give you an incredible story. A guy is in jail in Florida 25 years because he was found to have multiple pain prescriptions in his possession, pain pill prescriptions, and he was accused of violating a number of laws. They convicted him because he refused to take a plea deal. He’s in jail, and you know the feds in jail gave him a morphine pump! His pain is so bad he’s in jail with a morphine pump, and the morphine pump is enabling him… There’s a big story here in Florida a couple months ago. This guy is unjustly in jail with a morphine pump. If that had just been prescribed for him at the
CALLER: Well, doctor — if “doctor-assisted” suicide is legalized, the burden is going to fall upon the anesthesiologist because we are the doctors who are — are most familiar with and most capable of manager anesthetics which in essence is the most humane way —
CALLER: — to euthanize a person.
RUSH: Right, but you don’t want that responsibility?
CALLER: No. No. I took a Hippocratic Oath. I pledged to
RUSH: So if you had a patient today who came to you just in dire straits, just the worst you’ve ever seen, and just didn’t want to live anymore, couldn’t live with it; it’s something that was incurable; the pain was intolerable — what would you do?
CALLER: Well, it takes — in essence it takes — a multimodal approach. You need to have a pain doctor. You need to have a psychiatrist. You can have a pain interventionist. You can offer them an intrathecal morphine pump. You can offer them all kinds of neurolytic blocks. There are —
RUSH: Okay, what if it’s not related to pain, though? Let’s take that out of the equation. What if they just want to die? What if they don’t — for whatever reason, they just don’t — want to go on?
CALLER: Suicidal patients should probably be evaluated by a psychiatrist to find out why they’re suicidal and if there’s some medical treatment.
RUSH: Mmm-hmm. Well, that might kill them right there going to see the psychiatrist which might be a way of accomplishing this.
RUSH: Just kidding! I’m just — folks, I’m in sort of a jocular mood here today. I appreciate the call, Gregg. Thanks much. Victoria in Portland. It’s great to have an Oregonian on the phone about this. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. It’s good to talk to you. I’m a long-time listener for almost 20 years now, and I am a conservative Republican, stay-at-home Jewish mom, and I have to say, I voted with the Death with Dignity Act because it’s death with dignity; it’s
RUSH: Wait, wait, Victoria. I understand that. I understand that that’s the
CALLER: It’s the person who’s sick, not the doctor, the person who’s sick.
RUSH: Well, you can call it “death with dignity” all you want, but somebody’s got the power to do it. You fill out a form or have to pass some sort of test saying, “Yep, I’m hopeless. I qualify for death with dignity.” The definition of who qualifies is going to change. It’s going to broaden, because I think most of this is ultimately going to be based on who the
RUSH: That’s already happened in the case of abortion. It’s happening at the later years in life with people’s parents and seasoned citizens, and they come up with all these great-sounding excuses.
CALLER: No, and I understand that, and I am pro-life 100%.
RUSH: This death culture, it just scares me, for the country — not next year, five years, but
CALLER: Well, personal selfishness is a person themselves. Like you said, they can kill themselves any way they like. This gives them a less painful option than going out and shooting yourself in the head. This is a less painful option; it’s a less messy option. It’s not something you get to just do and it’s not something that just happens instantaneously the minute you walk in your doctor’s door. It’s a long, drawn-out process, and this isn’t the Netherlands, and I think using the argument of a slippery slopes to not enact something to help people have dignity while they’re alive and dignity within their own death is wrong. I think —
RUSH: Let me tell you something. Let’s not forget, let’s not forget the name is “Dr. Death,” Jack Kevorkian, who was sounding just like the death for dignity death activists sound. He was doing people a favor. They were consulting him and he was convincing them that their best option was to die, and we found out later that Dr. Death was condemning people who ended up not being terminal because he had some obsession with death. I can remember a speech he gave before the National Press Club, describing what happens to you when you die. It was like a <a target=new href=”http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001637″>Vincent Price</a> movie! I was watching some monster up there. He was just and fascinated by the decaying of human flesh and the
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