Commentary by Alex Schadenberg
  Chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition – International

  August 19, 2008 ( – I came across a current fundraising letter from Faye Girsh, the vice president of the Hemlock Society of San Diego California.

  I agree with Faye Girsh that this is the most important vote in ten years.

  Sadly, many of the leaders of pro-life, religious, disability and medical communities, remain unaware of the importance of the I-1000 initiative in Washington State.

  If the I-1000 initiative passes in Washington State, the momentum is likely to shift toward the legalisation of assisted suicide throughout the United States in a series of state by state initiatives.

  Washington State was chosen by the euthanasia lobby as the “most likely” place to legalize assisted suicide in the United States. The euthanasia lobby has combined forces by focusing on Washington State at a national level.

  We must hold the line. The Coalition Against Assisted Suicide in Washington State desperately needs support.

  A recent report showed that the Dying With Dignity campaign in Washington State has raised 10 times more money than the Coalition Against Assisted Suicide.

  The euthanasia lobby is united in their effort to use Washington State as a springboard for their nationwide goal of legalizing assisted suicide. They have raised an incredible amount of money from throughout the USA. Faye Girsh is the prime example, she is raising money in California to legalize assisted suicide in Washington State.

  To support the Washington State Coalition Against Assisted Suicide:
  Coalition Against Assisted Suicide
  P.O. Box 11794
  Olympia WA 98508

  Comments by Faye Girsh:

“The Hemlock Society of San Diego, a 501 C4 organization, is convinced that the Washington Death with Dignity initiative is the most important focus of the right-to-die movement in more than a decade.
  We are concerned about the mobilization of the Catholic Church and Right to Life organizations to raise significant money for its defeat since they also realize that success will have a domino effect. We feel that a victory in Washington is the best hope for California to have such a law. Our board has been consistently unanimous in its support of this effort.

  Faye Girsh, Vice President
  Hemlock Society of San Diego” 


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