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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 42 THE LiTHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday September 5, 1973 Interest surges in legal and moral issues of painless killing NEW YORK (API The Euthanasia Society of Amer- ica's membership has jumped from hundreds to tens of thou- sands in the last four years, and its director says interest continues to swell, "The phones have been a steady said Mrs. Eliza- beth T. Halsey, head of the organization that was establish- ed in 1938. The most recent surge of in- terest in the legal and moral questions of euthanasia, or the jet of painlessly killing some- one for reasons assumed to be ireicih'l, was sparked by the -widely publicized cases in New York and New Jersey this summer. Dr. Vincent A. Montearano of East Meadow, N.Y., has been accused of injecting a fatal doss of potassium chlor- ide into a comatose patient. Lester Zygmaniak of English- town, N.J.. has been charged fatally shooting lus broth- er, who had been paralyzed by a motorcycle accident. Mrs. Halsey has received about in donations so far this year; as much as was received "during all of 1972. Do- nations totalled about in 1970. Membership has jumped from 600 in 1969 to this year, she said. Mrs. Halssy attributes t h e increase to more publicity and because "Now there are so many ways of keeping people alive." "People are becoming very afraid of she said. "A person doesn't die anymore in the bosom of his family. They attach tubes to him and stick him into intensive care, and its far from dignified.1' Mrs. Halsey, a widow who has directed the organization since 1969, said there is less in- terest in rural and low-income areas where there are few hos- pitals and advanced medical fa- cilities. The society advocates pas- sive rather than active euthan- asia. That is, it would favor halting prolonged medical at- tention to someone who might require it but not "an injection of poision into a terminally ill patient. New York City's chief medi- cal examiner, Dr. Milton Help- ern. recently said he was against euthanasia because it's "done for the convenience of the doctor and the family. It's the family that can't stand the suffering. A patient who's in a coma isn't in pain. It's the family who's in pain." The Euthanasia Society has been filing about 500 requests a week for what it calls a "liv- ing will." The document says: "If there is no reasonable ex- pectation of my recovery from physical or mental disability, I request that I be allowed to die and not be kept alive by artificial means or heroic mea- sures. "Although this document is not legally binding, you who care for me will, I hope, feel morally bound it follow Its mandate "Said Mrs. Halsey, "The bill embodies all we have to say about passive euthanasia." She said she has signed a win. Best-seller 2-pc. tuxedo suite Features armcaps, self-covered seat decks. Shepherd casters. Covered in 100% nylon tweed fabric. Colours; Wheat, Gold and Olive; Loveseat Reg. 2-pc. Traditional suite seat styling with deep-tufted back. Floral motif in space-dyed nylon, illus. Table with bold Span- ish flair. 2-pc. French provincial covered in Mocha, Gold or Bronze velvet. Exquisitely carved Fruit- wood finish. 2-pc: sofa and chair, love- illustrated. Save Charming 2-pc. Colonial Reg. Simpsons-Sears Ltd. and swivel-base chair have comfy foam seats and back. 100% nylon floral print. Coil spring construction. n-Coffee table. 64.98 lamp table. 64.98 Step illus. 64.98 Furniture Dcpt. Reg. 519 at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantea satisfaction or money refunded and free delivery our store-to-cloor service begins with the protects you every inch of the way STORK HOURS: Open Daily from a.m. to p.m., Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.m., Centre Village Mall, Telephone 328-9231 ;