Dangerous Aspect of Amendment One
Over the past several weeks there has been a lot of discussion regarding the passage of Amendment One to the constitution of North Carolina. I would like to share another aspect of this amendment for everyone to consider.
Amendment One discriminates against all single people, male and female. That is a very dangerous situation.
I have two grown sons. Neither of them is married, so I am the first person to be contacted if they are involved in a serious accident or need medical attention. Under Amendment One, I could not help them. I am their mother, not their spouse.
Unfortunately for these young men, their father died several years ago at a young age. During his illness and medical care, as his wife, I was his advocate. I could speak for him in determining his care, and most important, make the difficult decisions regarding the life support issues we faced. I was the eyes and ears of my husband because he could not speak for himself.
If Amendment One passes, I could not provide this same advocacy, care and attention to my sons that I provided for my husband.
My sons, and all other single people, will lose their rights to this advocacy. There will be no one to “watch out” for their care, no one to discuss their care with the medical staff, no one to make the serious decisions that are sometimes necessary. The government will make these decisions, not the one person in this world whom they could count on and trust.
If you have a single adult in your family, please keep this in mind when you consider how you will vote on Amendment One.
Mary Lou Bernett
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