Washington Euthanasia Backers Promise $1M to Legalize Assisted Suicide

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 23, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Washington Euthanasia Backers Promise $1M to Legalize Assisted Suicide

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 23
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Backers of euthanasia promise to spend as much as $1 million on making Washington the next state to legalize assisted suicide. The group that sponsored Oregon’s first-in-the-nation law has already put in over $300,000 for the ballot measure and plans to invest twice as much in the next 40 days.

"The Oregon Death with Dignity Political Action Fund is leading efforts to raise $1M to ensure passage of the Washington Death with Dignity initiative this November," the group says in a new action alert to its supporters.

"We are entering the most critical time for the Washington campaign. We are working on the final push to raise enough money to purchase television commercials to counter our opponents’ lies in the media," it adds.

The group claims opponents of the measure, including pro-life groups, medical organizations, disability rights advocates and the Catholic Church are spreading "scare tactics and lies" that it must counter.

The group doesn’t provide any examples of those supposed misrepresentations of the ballot proposal in the email.

The group believes it is "of victory on November 4" and "we can see a win," but it is asking for big donations to sink more outside money into the state.

"We originally donated $315,000 in seed money to the campaign. And we are now prepared to contribute an additional $500,000 in matching funds for every donation received by the campaign to reach the $1M goal," it says.

Alex Schadenberg, of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, responded to the fundraising appeal in comments to LifeNews.com.

"I wish the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition could make a similar financial commitment, but unlike the euthanasia lobby, we lack the donors with deep pockets," he says.

He hopes pro-life advocates will step up to the plate to support the main organization leading the effort against the assisted suicide measure.

"We absolutely need people and organizations, like yourselves, to give to the Washington Coalition Against Assisted Suicide," he says. "I am not a great beggar for money but there has never been a more important time than today to make a large donation to stop the forward progression of the culture of death."

Schadenberg says that if Washington voters approve assisted suicide, it will be used as a springboard to legalize the grisly practice across the country and into Canada.

"If Washington State passes the I-1000 assisted suicide initiative then their will be a wild-fire response of new initiatives to legalize assisted suicide everywhere," he explains.

"Our leaders are already discussing the need to establish coalitions in states throughout the US to organize an effective response to the impending initiatives," he says.

Related web sites:
Coalition Against Assisted Suicide – https://noassistedsuicide.com
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition – https://www.epcc.ca

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