Sunday, July 31, 2005

The right to live or die?

Fairly recently, people have tried to get the right to die for terminally ill patients who have no hope of recovery and wish to die painlessly and with dignity. This, of course, has been denied. Now we see a man who may lose the ability to make his decision to be kept alive known to doctors. He has asked the courts to ensure he is kept alive. With true British legal contradiction, he has been told the doctors can, if they see fit starve him to death.
I do not express, nor should you infer from this blog that I agree or disagree with the right to die or the right to live in these disturbing and somewhat complex cases. I am merely wishing to point out the ridiculous situation where the law denies death to one terminally ill patient, while denying life to another. The lawyers are getting rich on the back of our suffering.
Well done, Charles Dickens, for writing 'If the law supposes that', said Mr. Bumble, 'the law is an ass...'
I rest my case.


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