Thank you for Dr. David Hafer's Dec. 2 letter, which details some of the problems with legalizing assisted suicide. I agree that assisted suicide should not be legal. I also agree that doctors can be wrong about how long someone will live. This is important in the context of legalized assisted suicide where people kill themselves based on a doctor's prediction that they don't have long to live.
When I was 62 years old, I was paralyzed due to a disease and put on a respirator. After four months, my doctors offered to take me off the respirator. They said that there was no chance of recovery. They said that if I lived, I would always be respirator dependent and a quadriplegic. Instead, I eventually lost my paralysis and even went back to work. My doctors, excellent doctors with years of experience, were wrong. It is now 14 years later.
Legal assisted suicide encourages people with years to live to throw away their lives. I hope that we can keep assisted suicide out of Montana.
Jerry and Dora Lou Jacobson