One more word, only one. Anyone who thinks that Oregon is on the right track with assisted suicide is dead, flat wrong. I know this because I sat with my mother and my father as they died, each taking their own deliberate path to death. (My mother said one evening, I don't want to die; I've had such a good life. This, matter of factly.) They both died in my arms after lengthy illnesses and it was excruciating. But powerful. I will never forget it but I never want to experience it again. Following His Holiness JP2 on his journey to glory made me remember much of the details I had forgotten but reaffirmed all of what I knew already: you cannot claim to value life, value people, if you believe that it's okay to exercise human control over life and death. The claims for assisted suicide are seductive in their humanistic stance and rationales. It can be quite easy to fall into the rut of this dark treachery. This is why it's important to remember who we are and what we believe--and at the forefront of that credo is LIFE.
No abortion, no assisted suicide. Period.