Tuesday 28 February 2017

Silence on right to die speaks volumes about moral cowardice of politicians

Marie Fleming with her partner Tom Curranat at their home in Co Wiclkow
Marie Fleming with her partner Tom Curranat at their home in Co Wiclkow

The right to life is enshrined in law is this country but should we also have a right to die? The question is a divisive one but opinions on the matter can be divined quite easily: do you think there can ever come a point, after a patient is diagnosed with a terminal illness, that life is no longer worth living?

Or, in using every innovation of medical science to keep patients alive for as long as possible, with no regard for their quality of life, are we extending their lives or merely extending their agony?

Contemplating ending one's own life, in an ideal world, would never occur. However, it is a reality for many and there is an inherent unfairness in the way people with disabilities are treated under the law.

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