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DEMANDS THAT DOCTORS BE ALLOWED TO KILL HER
New York, Aug. 31, Con
'demned to a living death, Mrs.
Sarah Harris today demanded
that the people of the state of
New York pass.a law that wpuld
permit her physicians to end her
suffering by death.
Mrs. Harris is only 32 years
old. She is a hopeless paralytic.
Every one of her faculties save
speech and brain has been strick
en. Physicians can do nothing.
It may be years before she will
die. And she will suffer every
moment she lives.
Mrs. Harris wants the people
to pass a law tthat will permit
physicians painlessly to end the
lives of persons whose disease is
incurable, and who prefers death
to lingering suffering.
She is a patient at the Audobon
sanitarium. She is the wife of a
man in comfortable circum
stances, who can afford to see
that she has'every attention. Hut
not all the money in the world
cannot prevent her suffering.
"Why should not the state take
the matter in hand and end the
wretchedness of such poor suf
ferers as myself?" Mrs. Harris
"When a brute, even the low
liest of the animal kingdom, be
comes inactive and doomed to
suffer, its suffering is -put to an
"Yet a'human being, the high
est and the noblest of created
beings, must linger and suffer un
til the vital organs give way. - Is
not that a cruel order of the universe?"
Dr. Henry W. L. Lloyd, super
intendent of the .sanitarium, says
that he deeply sympathizes with
"I would be inclined to favor
such a law as she wishes," he
said, "if there were aay way in
which it might be absolutely safe
guarded. But I do not believe it
could be so framed that it would
be onfy for the beenfit of Jiumam
ity, and I fear it might make
"It seems too bad to think the
state should not have the right to
interfere and end terrible and
hopeless suffering, but how could
we prevent such a law being mis
used? "Naturally, Mrs. Harris,, with
out hope, confronted with a lin
gering death in life, would like to
be put out of her misery. And
there are other cases of like na
ture, wheer there can be no relief
and wheer the patient is only an
expense- to relatives who cannot
afford the expense.
"But to help them might result
in people being killed who might
have a chance to get well. The
subject has been discussed for
years by the medical profession
without arty decision being reach
ed." 'A year ago a grand jury at Kis
simmee, Fla., practically approv
ed the theory of Euthanasia by
refusing to indict two members ot
the Shaker colony who "assisted
the passing of the spirit" of one
of their members, a hopeless in
valid, with chloroform.
In contrast to Mrs. Harris was,
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