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The Right To Die?

Posted by DanielleNicole15 from Cardiff - Published on 28/08/2012 at 11:53
2 comments » - Tagged as Health, People, Topical

  • Dead End

To destroy a life is to kill someone. But what if somebody's life quality is already destroyed?

You may have recently heard about Tony Nicklinson. Tony had locked-in syndrome, which is a condition by which someone is clearly conscious, however they're not able to communicate or move as almost all the voluntary muscles in the body are paralysed, apart from the eyes. Just imagine that; not being able to speak or move, just think and see. Inevitably Tony's quality of life was at the bare minimum. The 58 year-old-man himself was left 'heartbroken' when the court denied his wish to die.

The tricky thing to contextualise is, is it ethical to let someone die by their own wish? Surely it should be their choice, as it is, ultimately their life. Voluntary euthanasia has been debated about over many years and is a very controversial subject. Without a doubt, life must be hard for people such as Tony, who don't have the ability to communicate, move etc. like you and me.

Tony died serenely at home, six days after the courts refused to let him die on his own accord. Those last six days of Tony's life would've been a struggle. Unquestionably, the right thing to do would've been to let him die?

So many cases like Tony's will continue to raise questions and form opinions of the general public concerning voluntary euthanasia.

To end pain and suffering by aiding somebody's death would be the kind-hearted thing to do. On the other hand, is it the moral thing to do?

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hisgirl210410

hisgirl210410

Commented 45 months ago - 1st September 2012 - 08:05am

I think it will be extremely hard for this to be considered considering the opposition of many christian parties as they see it as ethically incorrect.

I also think it may not be fair as a court is then playing God as they decide if they will allow you to die or not and how much you deserve to end your life.

SamuelPatterson

SamuelPatterson

Commented 43 months ago - 23rd October 2012 - 23:52pm

If an impartial, unbiased jury have come to the conclusion that the person has come to the decision in a sane mind, then yes: they definitely have the right to die. To deny someone a humane, dignified death is petty, ignorant and repulsive.

And @hisgirl210410, that is just another problem I have with politics being mixed with religion xD (but we won't get into that now xD)

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