Right to die or right to kill?

MP Maryan Street has withdrawn her End of Life Choice Bill from the members’ ballot.

The Bill was promoting voluntary euthanasia which is often called the right to die.

It would also give the right to kill.

It would give people, including doctors, the right to offer, provide and ultimately administer fatal medication.

I have twice given doctors permission to not resuscitate a child.

Tom was just 20 weeks old, Dan five years, both had degenerative brain disorders and both had stopped breathing when I was asked if I wanted treatment to continue.

That isn’t what this Bill is about.

Nor is it about pain relief as part of palliative care.

There might be a grey area now about pain relief which gets to the level where it could be fatal but there is a huge gulf between alleviating pain and deliberately killing someone.

If we ever consider our own mortality most of us would choose to die without pain and with all our faculties intact.

Life and death aren’t always that tidy and palliative care isn’t always optimal.

That is a very strong argument for better palliative care, not an argument for euthanasia.

Our lives are our own but the right to kill is a big and very serious step on from the right to die.

Macdoctor has several posts on the issue.

6 Responses to Right to die or right to kill?

  1. JC says:

    “Life and death aren’t always that tidy and palliative care isn’t always optimal.

    That is a very strong argument for better palliative care, not an argument for euthanasia.”

    Thats a very good point.



  2. Armchair Critic says:

    Very good Ele. What are the government’s plans to deliver better palliative care?


  3. Andrei says:

    LOL – the Government can’t deliver better palliative care.

    That is a question for medical professionals who are getting better at it all the time.

    The Government involving itself in palliative care – how absolutely absurd


  4. Armchair Critic says:

    That’s an absurdly narrow definition, Andrei. I’ll respond to your semantics in kind. The bulk of the care is provided by unskilled labour, rather than by healthcare professionals as you claim. The question I put, which was addressed to Ele, was about planning, not delivery. Sharpen up.
    On the subject of absurdity, the belief in a supernatural entity who you claim has said you have the right to assault you children and that marriage may only be between a woman and a man is an absurd belief. I bow to your greater experience of the absurd.


  5. TraceyS says:

    That’s over-the-top nasty, AC. I enjoyed both the tone and message of Andrei’s comment, but not yours.

    Medical professionals (who are involved in palliative care) certainly don’t identify themselves as government. And many care workers are working in the private sectors, rest homes etc. So they’re not government either.

    The other large group of carers of course is family and they sure aren’t “government”.

    I also question your definition “unskilled labour”. Hopefully not too many paid carers and volunteers read your comment.


  6. Andrei says:

    Somehow this memorable scene, from an ancient film from when Hollywood still knew how to make films worth watching, seems an appropriate response to you AC


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