web analytics

The Law has already spoken

By Mike Cunningham On July 17th, 2017

 

We have travelled this path before. With Debbie Purdy, with Craig Ewart, with Chris Woodhead; along with many, many others who have not caught the headlines.

Parliament has decided, and the Courts have spoken, that the Law is firm on this matter. To assist someone to die is illegal, is against the Law.

My view is quite simple, if Parliament decides that to assist someone to die is not against the law; I would certainly continue to argue against that decision; but the Law of the land has then stated otherwise. Homosexual Marriage is something I abhor, but, unfortunately because it has been made legal, I have to accept the fact.

Individuals who have challenged the Law have lost, every time. Some, like Tony Nicklinson, choose the legal route, who denied himself food, but died from pneumonia.

Noel Conway wants to die on his terms. That is against the Law. Mr. Conway wants to die with drug assistance from medical people. But Mr. Conway has the choice, if he wishes, to die tomorrow. All he has to do is refuse his ventilator, and he suffocates; he can deny himself food, and he dies from starvation. Suicide is a straight-forward option, and no-one can stop him; but he wants someone else to do the dirty work, he wants someone to feed him the pill, he wants someone else to be involved, and that, folks, is simply against the Law!

So what is his problem?

 

 

10 Responses to “The Law has already spoken”

  1. My sympathies are with Mr.Conway.

    Assisting someone in his position would not be ” dirty work “. It would be God’s work, in helping the man die with dignity. Though your kind suggestion that he starve is noted.

    Change the law.

  2. All he has to do is refuse his ventilator, and he suffocates; he can deny himself food, and he dies from starvation.

    Indeed. Why he doesn’t just choose one of those two incredibly painful and undignified ways to Die, rather than wishing to just peacefully go to sleep with dignity is beyond me.

  3. I don’t think referring to it as “the dirty work” has any merit whatsoever. The opposite is quite true. If a condition is terminal, and a mentally competent person chooses an assisted death by a medical professional rather than prolonging agony then the dirty work to me seems to be by those who would deny them such an option.

  4. On the question of the principle of “sanctity of life” versus the principle “quality of life”:

    You will find me humbly lining up with those who base their opinions/decisions on religious beliefs rather than government law.

    I realize that you are offering here a riddle and that in your example, the law is on the side of “sanctity of life.”

    I think too often we are prone to just accept aborting the unborn and euthanasia especially when you put out individual case stories that pull on heartstrings.

  5. individual case stories that pull on heartstrings is the entire issue here.

    Some of us have seen these individual cases up close and personally

    Great cruelty is often exacted on the helpless by religion.

  6. I have no objection to people basing their opinion on religous beliefs, but I don’t think that their regions beliefs should be imposed on others by somehow, forgive the phrase, trumping the law. A theocracy is not what we should strive for.

  7. Indeed. Why he doesn’t just choose one of those two incredibly painful and undignified ways to Die, rather than wishing to just peacefully go to sleep with dignity is beyond me.

    Dave nails the issue perfectly.

    I don’t know you Mike although judging from the tone of your posts you come across as an incredibly unfeeling, hard, bitter man.

  8. “Great cruelty is often exacted on the helpless by religion.”

    Also, great cruelty is often exacted on the helpless by government.

    I’m not saying that I have all the answers – or even some of the answers.

    I think casual ethics discussions on web boards is a little callous.

  9. I think casual ethics discussions on web boards is a little callous.

    Yes, it’s long been noted that you guys never want to discuss cruelty or bad policy that you are party to.

    It’s always ” exploiting the situation ” if you wish to have a serious discussion at any time.

  10. Phantom, the NHS has lower staffing levels than most comparable countries in Europe, both in hospitals and in terms of doctors per population. Staffing is also the largest cost factor in the NHS, so that ain’t good.

    In terms of equipment, it’s even further down the list, with about half the number of beds per pop. compared to other industrial EU countries.

    I’m no expert, but it seems the problem with the NHS is, as usual, funding. Unlike continental, contribution-based systems, the NHS is funded by taxes and a govt budget, which is subject to cuts depending on the economic situation or politicians’ whims.
    The crap could really hit the fan when Brexit brings more budget cuts and a falling Pound.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.