A case in the UK has really got me thinking.
BBC Result in Right to Die case
A woman with multiple sclerosis is due to find out whether the Law Lords have backed her bid to clarify the law on assisted suicide.
Debbie Purdy, 46, from Bradford, is considering going to Switzerland to end her life, but fears her husband may be charged on his return to the UK.
She wants an assurance her husband, Omar Puente, will not be prosecuted.
Although no-one has been prosecuted in such circumstances, they could potentially face 14 years in prison.
I hope than none of us have to deal with this issue in our futures. However I think that it is a distinct possibility that it will. It may be a good
idea to start this debate so that if the time comes, you are familiar with it and have an opinion.
What is assited suicide?
Assisted suicide is the process by which an individual, who may otherwise be incapable, is provided with the means (drugs or equipment) to commit
suicide. In some cases, the terms aid in dying or death with dignity are preferred. These terms are often used to draw a distinction from suicide; in
some legal jurisdictions, "suicide" (whether assisted or not) remains illegal, while "aid in dying" is permitted.
The term euthanasia refers to an act that ends a life in a painless manner, performed by someone other than the patient. This may include withholding
common treatments resulting in death, removal of the patient from life support, or the use of lethal substances or forces to end the life of the
I used the Wikipedia
description as the many webpages dedicated to this are usually country
specific and not very helpful (I'm sad to say).
I believe that anybody who wishes to be relieved of a chronic illness, when at the point when there is unbearable pain and loss of quality of life,
should be allowed by law to undergo an assisted suicide.
I believe that as long as there is no doubt that they have made their decision, I mean that doctors have been informed from the onset of the patients
disease that the patient has choses AS, there should be no barriers to the process.
Do I have any moral problems with this? None at all. Imagine being locked in a body, unable to do anything for one's self, wracked with the most
excrutiating burning pain imaginable, would you want to be kept alive because some idiot in a Senate/Parliament/behind a Dr's Desk told you?
Killing is wrong? I feel that in this case, killing is justified, we see fit to put our dogs down if they are in agony, run over by a car, but our own
kind, no let them suffer in pain.
This news item is about the lgal standing of this lady's husband should he chose to assist her in Swtizerland. But this just shows how inadequate the
Law in the UK (and in most countries] is. This woman should be allowed to do this in her own home' surrounded by her loving family, in the knowledge
that her family will not be breaking any laws.
I sometimes think that civilisaton, is not very civilised at all.
A woman with multiple sclerosis has made legal history by winning her battle to have the law on assisted suicide clarified.
Debbie Purdy, 46, from Bradford, is considering going to Switzerland to end her life.
She went to the House of Lords because she feared her husband, Omar Puente, could be prosecuted for helping her.
Good for her, for once common sense has prevailed, having said that, they may clarify the law and make it illegal to assist someone with assisted
[edit on 30-7-2009 by kiwifoot]