Here’s a piece in the tank for the pro-deathers, but it occurred to me that we need to do more on our side to counter what are very powerful arguments.
Jenny's story demands we open debate on euthanasia
Euthanasia is now rarely not in the news. I've written of it before and make no apology for doing so again. This week in a moving, honest and compelling interview with this paper, Co Down woman Jenny Grainger told of her mother Barbara's wish to end her life rather than face the imprisonment of motor neurone disease - and of Jenny's and her family's 'assistance' in the 75-year-old's death.
The sorry, sad state of Barbara Grainger's ending of her own life is not that she did it but rather the manner in which she was forced to do so. A manner which left her dangling - because of self-enforced starvation - for 24 days between this and the next world.
She was left in a limbo of sorts, because as a society we refuse to address fully and coherently the subject of the inalienable right of a person who has lived a life - to fulfillment in their eyes - but who is now terminally ill and wants to end that life. more