Friday 15 December 2017

Tony Philpott: Right-to-die law should not reflect dogma but enshrine idea of choice

The ‘Coronation Street’ right-to die storyline surrounding Hayley has focused minds on the issue once again. PA
The ‘Coronation Street’ right-to die storyline surrounding Hayley has focused minds on the issue once again. PA

Tony Philpott

I had a friend. He was dying. Dying painfully and deliriously. The palliative drugs nullified his ability to communicate but had gone long past the point of efficacy in which they could nullify his pain.

Before he arrived at this point he talked about taking his own life. He knew his condition was terminal, he knew the tranquillisers and opiates that he had secretly stored were sufficient to painlessly ease him out of life with a remnant of human dignity intact.

But he chose not to do so.

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