Hereunder is an excerpt of something I wrote to politicians when they were debating Death with Dignity. You might find it interesting. I am glad that the legislation got through even though its terms of reference is narrow, at least its a start.
"However, my body is deteriorating and I had a taste of horrific pain last year and
immobility. Even then I was not thinking of suicide as “survival” is very powerful in the human psychic.
Nonetheless when the time comes where there is no quality of life, I want the option to have voluntary
euthanasia. This is a deeply personal decision.
This issue isn’t about politics, it’s about people’s lives. Legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide is an
issue where suffering patients have the right for a peaceful death with dignity.
Euthanasia/assisted suicide is the ultimate civil right,and that to deprive mentally competent,
terminally ill people who want to end their suffering peacefully is an injustice. The other aspect is I
believe doctors commonly engage in euthanasia/assisted suicide surreptitiously. If this does happen, issue where suffering patients have the right for a peaceful death with dignity.
The other aspect is I believe doctors commonly engage in euthanasia/assisted suicide surreptitiously. If this does happen,
it’s an indictment on our society as it’s a burden that no one should shoulder.
I know this is a very confronting topic for us all, but it’s something that I feel very strongly about. I
would love our decision makers to walk a mile in my shoes. I don’t tell other people that they have to
live through unimaginable pain because of what they believe in. Nothing gives anybody the right to
control the fate of another’s life. Personal beliefs and values have nothing to do with it. If the patient
wants to die and they qualify within the rules, it’s their choice!"
You may or may not agree with this but this was my position and still is.