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ln the May 4 edition of the La Crosse Tribune, a columnist voiced his opinion on the advantage of debating assisted suicide.

Such a debate could facilitate that opinion being voted into law, depending upon people's interest. Oregon and other states, for example, have voted in its favor.

The history of our country is based upon our founders' belief in the Judeo-Christian teaching of God as the supreme being, a belief that prevails today (whether people practice it or not.)

Thousands of years have not erased the meaning of the Ten Commandments God presented to Moses, the fifth of which declares: “Thou shall not kill.”

ls compassion the dominant reason for agreeing with assisted suicide, or might other motives be in play? As in the case of abortion, when a child is considered an inconvenience, the same slippery slope may apply to those in our culture who are sick, elderly or cognitively impaired, and therefore considered a burden on society. Who would be the “concerned” individual to legislate for ending such a person’s life?

My father was an old-school general practitioner. He did not abort babies, he delivered them. I doubt that any patient ever asked him to aid in their suicide, but if they did, he would have responded with compassion, reason, common sense and a definite no.

Death will come to us all. May we be kind, loving, listening, alleviating pain as much as possible to those who face it, yet remember that God is in charge of life, from conception to its natural end.

“Thou shall not kill.” -- God.

Therese Skemp, La Crosse