Marianne Turnbull has been living with stage 4 ovarian cancer for more than five years. She has endured multiple major surgeries and a dozen rounds of chemo. She knows there is no cure -- only treatments.
And living in Minnesota, she is deprived of an option many other Americans already have: medical aid in dying, and the comfort of knowing a peaceful death is possible. Marianne wants to live. But, when the time comes, she also wants a good death.
2 out of every 5 Americans live in a state where medical aid in dying is legal. But the people of Minnesota aren't allowed to decide how their story ends. Take action today, and tell the Minnesota legislature: Marianne -- and all Minnesotans -- deserve better.
Dear [Decision Maker],
This crucial legislation enables terminally ill adults of sound mind to request and receive medication to end unbearable, unnecessary suffering in their final days. Will you add your name to the growing list of cosponsors?
If you have any concerns, I'd like to clear up some misinformation surrounding this legislation:
* It's only available to adults with six months or less to live -- due to a terminally illness, not because of age or disability -- who are able to make informed health care decisions and can take the medication themselves.
* Two doctors must confirm that a patient meets these criteria, and two doctors and two independent witnesses must confirm there is no coercion involved. Coercion is subject to criminal prosecution.
* And the patient is in charge of the entire process. They request the medication. They take it. And they can change their mind at any time. No person is required to take it, and no doctor is required to provide it. It is illegal to force someone to use it.
Access to peaceful death should not depend on where you live. Minnesotans deserve the same options that so many other Americans have. Please legalize a peaceful death, and pass this law to support the majority of Minnesotans who want the freedom to make their own end-of-life decisions.
[Your name here]