One of my favorite songs from my childhood is a¬†Reba¬†McEntire¬† song called “Bobby” about a father who helps to euthanize his wife because she is in pain. At least that is the gist of the song, as I remember it. In Ohio, a man was recently charged for a something similar crime, and I am torn on how I feel about it.
A 68-year-old¬†John Wise, from Ohio, was charged with ¬†fatally shooting his sick wife in her hospital bed this past summer. He was sentenced this week to six years in prison by ¬†Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands.¬†His defense was that he performed a mercy killing, which isn’t permitted in Ohio. The minimum sentence is 23 years, but prosecutors are recommending a shorter sentence. While¬†county prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh has called Wise’s actions illegal and dangerous, she has also said that the case warrants leniency.
Now, I am in no way condoning Wise’s actions. According to his wife’s doctors she wasn’t terminally ill and was responding ti treatment. But I do hope that this gut wrenching tale opens people’s eyes to at least the idea of euthanasia. I am a proponent of life, but I also support one’s dignity at the end, and this story sent chills up my spine.