I wrote August 10 about the now infamous Section 1233 in a House version of the nationalized healthcare plan, which has concerned even healthcare proponents as pushing euthanasia on the elderly.
Kudos to FRC’s The Cloakroom (here and here) for drawing attention to the fact that the 2 authors of Section 1233 are major proponents of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
blumenauer.jpgThe first is Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Recall Oregon was the 1st state to legalize physician assisted suicide almost 12 years ago. Blumenauer wrote on Huffington Post July 28:

Rep. Buck McKeon admonished people to read the bill and then specifically cited Section 1233. Actually, I know a little bit about this section because it’s a bill that I wrote which was incorporated into the overall legislation.

Blumenauer wrote an amicus brief in support of assisted suicide in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005, Gonzalez vs. Oregon….


harpers right to die.jpgBluemenauer also links on his website to a 1960 Harper’s magazine article (see right) promoting both voluntary and involuntary euthanasia.
The group Compassion & Choices, formerly known as the Hemlock Society also says it had a hand in crafting Section 1233, writing July 27:

Compassion & Choices has worked tirelessly with supportive members of congress to include in proposed reform legislation a provision requiring Medicare to cover patient consultation with their doctors about end-of-life choice (section 1233 of House Bill 3200).

Compassion & Choices calls itself part of the “aid-in-dying movement.” About itself Compassion & Choices writes:

… An organization dedicated to care of terminally ill patients, including those seeking a hastened death….
Compassion & Choices… improves care and expands choice at the end of life….
Our professional staff and trained volunteers help thousands of clients each year by… guiding their search for a peaceful, humane death….
We offer information on self-determined dying….
Our team of litigators and legislative experts fights bills that would force patients to endure futile, invasive treatment….

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Come again that promotion of euthanasia isn’t part of Section 1233?