September 09, 2007
Ooooooh, my, this is excellent logic. A proper triple axle with a twist.
Four out of five Britons believe doctors should be allowed to help the terminally ill die, if he or she so wishes. But the churches, once impresarios of death, block any attempt to make assisted dying lawful. In a ghastly travesty last summer, a consultant who helped ease the gasping of two dying babies was dragged through a misconduct case before being cleared. I do not know Jane Tomlinson's views. But such cruelties seem to fly in the face of her triumph as she crossed another finishing line. Our legislators should heed the lesson her courage offered to strangers: that people should be entitled to die whatever good death they choose.
I don't know anything about Jane Tomlinson's views but I'll use her seven year fight to stay alive to argue for euthanasia.
Pretty good, eh?
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She misses the central point that Tomlinson's last years highlighted: it is the individual that can best decide what they want. Some will choose to be swiftly extinguished and some, such as her, will rage against the dying of the light.
Posted by: Philip Thomas | Sep 9, 2007 12:00:01 PM
The choice to die a dignified death can hardly be equated with euthanasing the unwilling.
Having experienced a very painful taster of the big D last year, I hope the legislative environment gives me a choice when my time comes.
Posted by: The Aunt | Sep 9, 2007 12:44:50 PM
"I don't know anything about Jane Tomlinson's views but I'll use her seven year fight to stay alive to argue for euthanasia."
"Who are you going to believe? Me, or your lying eyes..?"
Posted by: JuliaM | Sep 9, 2007 1:02:17 PM