Physician-assisted suicide is about patient's right to decide if they want to die and not about God.

Letter writer Stas Chrzanowski suggests that physician-assisted suicide is bad because it's “playing God" for some doctor to decide when a patient should die (“Physician-assisted suicide is immoral,” Feb. 19).

My own views about physician assisted suicide are still evolving, but my attitude toward illogical arguments is quite firmly established.

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Using God as a reason for making particular laws violates the First Amendment’s separation of church and state. It's literally unconstitutional to base federal or state laws on the word of God.

The doctor doesn't decide when a patient should die. Only the patient himself is allowed to instigate discussion of physician-assisted suicide. And only the patient is allowed to carry out the final act.

It is unconstitutional to make suicide illegal just because God says that suicide is a sin. We have lots of sins that are perfectly legal. Just to name two mortal sins, masturbation and adultery are just as sinful as suicide, but they are not against the law. Good thing, too, because if they were against the law, the jails would be even more overcrowded, and the world outside of the jails would be nearly empty.

Henry Farkas, Pikesville

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