Letter

Dear Senator Barbara Boxer,

I am writing to you today with an important message in the minds of many Americans and Californians alike. Imagine a single law that would benefit millions of Americans across these United States. As a senator, it is your duty to provide such legislation for the people’s security and safety. If California residents do not have to watch loved ones suffer then why do other state residents have to? We may have incredible have many technological advances that has made people’s lives better and fuller, yet we do not any cure for many terminal illnesses.

Pancreatic cancer has one of the highest fatality rates among other cancers, which has a 7% survival rate in a five-year period. Not only is this species of cancer is one of the deadliest, pancreatic cancer is one of the most painful. Out of 53,070 new cases of pancreatic cancer in 2016, 41,780 were estimated to have died. There is not much healthcare professionals can do for such diseases like pancreatic cancer. Families all across the United States have to suffer along side the patients with terminal illnesses. I come from experience with hospice care and it is not easy work. Having experience in hospice allows me to transfer over the pain for the families and the patients onto the minds of people in charge, like yourself. We need a better way to take care of people with terminal illnesses, for families sake and the patients well being.

Euthanasia is an issue most politicians would not touch with a long pole, and with good reason. Any argument on the subject usually devolves into a series of complex, abstract questions about morality and freedom of choice. But by bringing this topic among the rest of the country’s lawmakers and politicians, we can shine more light on the subject and spread awareness of the issue on euthanasia. By allowing euthanasia laws to be passed on the federal level, these laws will be available for everyone, in every state. Families will not have to suffer along side their sick loved ones. A recent poll was taken all across the United States, showing that the general public does in deed support euthanasia laws. 86% of the public, who were asked to participate in the opinion poll, support euthanasia for the terminally ill or on life support. 86% is a huge number people of people who support these laws, should we then go with the word from the people to this solution?

One of the big arguments against euthanasia is that it’s irreversible: Once the patient is gone, we’ll never know if their unexpected recovery was just around the corner, or if they might have gone on to lead full and happy lives despite their illness. However, this argument ignores the data so hard it basically punches reason in the face. The fact is, in all nations where euthanasia is legal, it’s the near-exclusive preserve of the terminally ill. And terminal illness is usually exactly that: the final stop before death. According to CNN, one in every four Medicare dollars spent goes to the five percent of beneficiaries in the last year of their life. The upshot of this is often crippling debt for the families of terminally ill patients, with the care of a single individual at the end of their life costing an estimated $39,000. For 40 percent of households, the bill exceeds their financial assets. This might be acceptable if end-of-life care was worth the money, but it’s objectively not. Doctors will readily attest to the ability of modern medicine to slightly prolong life — at the cost of totally destroying its quality. If you can’t be bothered to read that last link, I’ll sum it up here: End-of-life care is often brutal, nasty, traumatic, and very expensive, putting patients through long stretches of unnecessary suffering just to give them an extra month or two. And when the terminally ill patient undergoing these nasty, expensive treatments has repeatedly insisted that they’d rather be dead, you have to start wondering who all this expenditure is really benefiting.

Euthanasia has already proved to be beneficial in the places that do practice it. Please Senator Boxer, I urge this message to be spread amongst the ranks of our government. For the people reading this letter, this is geared towards the average American, since we do seem to be underrepresented when it comes to legislation being passed. We need to convince the rest of the country that euthanasia does more good then harm. We need action now from someone who cares for the people in California and the rest of the country.