Thompson Calls Right to Die a Family Decision

After daughter's death, candidate won't make issue 'political football'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2007 3:59 PM CDT
GOP presidential hopeful Fred Thompson declared yesterday that the government should have no say in end-of-life decisions, citing decisions his family had to make in the 2002 death of his own daughter....   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Fred Thompson opened up yesterday about the 2002 death of his daughter, saying end-of-life decisions should be made by families, not governments. Betsy Thompson Panici died at age 38 after an accidental prescription drug overdose, ABC News reports. The GOP hopeful said the kinds of choices his family had to make shouldn’t be “a political football.”

"No matter which decision you make, you will never know whether or not you made exactly the right decision," Thompson said. He recently refused to discuss the Terri Schiavo case, saying he couldn’t remember the details, and he declined to explore the issue yesterday, saying, “This will probably be the last time I ever address it.”