“And in a sense, it is rational, given the dearth of alternatives. If nobody wants you at the party, why should you stay? Advocates of Death With Dignity laws who say that patients themselves should decide whether to live or die are fantasizing. Who chooses suicide in a vacuum? We are inexorably affected by our immediate environment. The deck is stacked.”
Excerpt from an article I just read in the Herald Tribune and that pulled tears from my eyes. An ethical topic fundamental for each human being , not only for health practitioners. As the spouse of the disabled author asks in the reanimation room, we should always proceed “full code” in order to save a human being.
This article by Ben Mattlin is worth to be read.
- Op-Ed Contributor: Suicide by Choice? Not So Fast (nytimes.com)
- Life Not Worth Living: (brothersjuddblog.com)
- Suicide by Choice Is a Fantasy (newser.com)
- Forces of coercion and the “right to die” (cnsblog.wordpress.com)