From my perspective, the fuss about physician-assisted suicide is about as important as re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Given the current state of our health care system, which remains in a state of crisis regardless—and perhaps because of—what did not happen last year, the legalization of physician-assisted suicide is morally essential only to those who are indifferent to the health care needs and concerns of most Americans. You now know that I do have something to say about this issue. Instead of engaging in the debate, however, I intend to engage the debate. By that, I mean that I intend to expose some of the myths that surround this issue, and to challenge the notion that it is or should be the moral issue of the day. If I am hesitant or fearful of speaking, it is not because I have nothing to say, but because I wonder whether what I have to say will be heard.
Giles R. Scofield, Exposing Some Myths About Physician-Assisted Suicide, 18 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 473 (1995).