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  1. Peggy Osoro
    January 19, 2017 @ 8:58 pm

    I hope that, in my lifetime, our country will create a law that allows people to make that choice when they no longer have a quality of life that they’ve always had but no longer do, they can choose to die with dignity.
    Thank you Greta for your insight and words.

    Peggy

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    • Gerda Saunders
      January 19, 2017 @ 9:23 pm

      Thanks again, Peggy. I hear the same thing from so many people. I read that about 70% of Utahns actually want the law, but for reasons we know only too well we’ll probably be the last state to get it! Contact with you means a lot to me. Thanks.

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  2. Barbara Gardner
    January 20, 2017 @ 8:56 am

    I read the article and was frankly surprised at how balanced it was, given the LDS Church’s active opposition to assisted suicide. I really didn’t feel that the writer was trying to portray you and Peter as “misguided souls who don’t value life,” but it could also have been that my views colored the way I read the article.

    I think the political reality in Utah will prevent passage of Rep. Chavez-Houck’s bill in the foreseeable future, but we can always hope for a Supreme Court decision a la Obergefell that overrides state narrowness in favor of a nationwide solution.

    Gerda, I think you and Peter are doing a wonderful service in making your journey public! In some ways my heart breaks for the two of you, but your story is far from tragic — you present it in a way that’s complex, simple, funny, deep, thought-provoking, and engaging (just like life, I guess). Your husband and family are rallying around you in a way that really gives meaning to the often-abused phrase “family values.”

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    • Gerda Saunders
      January 23, 2017 @ 8:25 am

      Dear Barbara, You are so kind to write such a thoughtful response–and thanks so much for your lovely comments about Peter and me. You are such a great writer–are you or have you been a journalist? Practiced professional writing in other forms?
      it. I find your comparison of the “right to die” issue with the right to (gay) marriage issue insightful, and echoing my own sense of how changes take place in the public perception of a previously taboo social practice: a change of heart/mind seems to undergo a groundswell in the general public that far outstrips the thinking of political- and other establishment representatives. (Think of the American Medical Association that is just now starting to acknowledge the conceptual similarity between “physician assisted death” and “palliative care” (along the lines Peggy Battin explained in the article), whereas (by my own anecdotal evidence, even from my own doctor…) many doctors have for many years been practicing a form of deliberately death-bound palliative care that is really indistinguishable from “palliative care.” Personally I strongly experienced the shock/surprise of a groundswell of change when South Africa abandoned apartheid within a decade after Peter and I emigrated—we thought it would never happen in our lifetime!
      I really am so thrilled to be in touch with you, stellar Jessica’s stellar Mom!

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