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Die another day

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Die another day

I don’t know about you, but I like, wherever possible, to make my own decisions and allow others to make theirs. Unless we get in the way of each other’s freedoms, my business is not your business, yours is not mine. For instance, if you disagree with abortion, then don’t have one. If you don’t approve of gay marriage, then don’t marry a gay person. And if you are against assisted dying, then don’t have any assistance dying. It’s the latter that is back in the news today.

Remember Noel Conway? He’s a 67 year old man from Shrewsbury who suffers from motor neurone disease. Given the types of dying which are available to all of us, MND is probably not the one we’d choose. Mr Conway wants to bring about his own death while still physically able to do “at the right time, not to be in a zombie-like condition suffering both physically and psychologically”. Today the High Court has decided he must die in the worst way imaginable, in said zombie-like state, suffering unbelievable anguish and distress. The law is more than an ass in this case.

I suspect Mr Conway rather expected the outcome of the court case because similar cases have been heard and lost over the years. I know there are all manner of moral issues about the right to die, or as it seems to be the compulsion for people to stay alive and suffer, even if they don’t want to. But one thing that should be kept firmly out of this whole debate and that’s religion.

Predictably, the fanatical christian Peter Saunders who runs Care Not Killing said the decision was right “because of the concern that vulnerable people might be exploited or abused by those who have a financial or emotional interest”. That is a gross self misrepresentation of his real views which are simple (and absurd): God wouldn’t like it. It has nothing to do with exploitation and abuse although of course care would need to be taken to ensure the person who wished to end their life was of sound mind, if not body. I do not know Mr Conway, but on the face of it he is well switched-on and knows what he is doing. He has made what is for him the right choice. Our antiquated laws, supported by religious maniacs, ensure he cannot choose the timing of his own death.

Noel Conway should be allowed to end his life, or rather have it ended for him by a doctor delivering a lethal dose, but he can’t. Any doctor who fulfilled the wishes of Mr Conway could end up in prison for up to 14 years.

The law and the likes of Mr Saunders display absolutely no compassion by demanding Mr Conway dies a horrible death. Whether we agree with Mr Conway and his wish to die at a time of his choosing is irrelevant. He should be allowed the choice, simple as that.

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