Need pro-life laws to protect elderly

06/10/2014 1:06 PM

06/11/2014 9:17 AM

Re "Judge steps in to keep Kasem alive" (Nation/World, June 10): How shocking that a judge had to step in to save 82-year-old former TV and talk show host Casey Kasem (who has dementia) from being starved and dehydrated in a medical facility, which ought to be illegal to commit against all elderly people in this state and nationwide. It's also sad and disturbing that America's present laws do not protect elderly people needing medical care against potential inheritors of their estates or insurance- who would conspire to hasten their deaths.

It appears until we have pro-life laws passed to protect elderly and disabled peoples' rights, those who don't want to be possibly purposely murdered by an uncaring medical system will have to place into their wills and trusts against any co-conspirers to kill them.

-- Michelle Kunert, Sacramento

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