7 Feb 2011

EUTHANASIA--IS NOT A DIRTY WORD--IT'S OUR RIGHT!

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EUTHANASIA IS NOT A DIRTY WORD
 IT SHOULD DEBATED WITHOUT THE INTERFERENCE OF BIASED OPINIONS

Dr Rodney Syme, a urological surgeon, has for many years been active in Dying With Dignity in the state of  Victoria Australia; the organisation that seeks legal change to allow a physician to provide information about assisted dying and to provide  information about and other resources.


He has and set out the logical core of his position, the genesis of which came from his conscience - he simply could not walk away from suffering, he said.
''I eventually defined six 'medical givens' or unarguable positions re dying,'' he said:
■ Dying may be associated with intolerable suffering, and there may be a crescendo of suffering as death draws nigh.
■ The doctor's duty is to relieve suffering.
■ Some suffering will only be relieved by death.
■ The doctor's duty is to respect his patients autonomy.
■ Some patients rationally and persistently request assistance to die.
■ Palliative care cannot relieve all the pain and suffering of dying patients.
''It became clear that my duty as a doctor, taken seriously in conscience, put me in direct conflict with the law.
It did not recognise consent (i.e. request by the patient) as a defence, and regards hastening death intentionally, or aiding suicide (quite the wrong word in the circumstances) as a serious crime.
As I saw it, there were circumstances where there was a necessity for a doctor to break the law.''
I support Dr Syme's conclusions completely, however I assume legislation for death is a very long, long way off.
Perhaps less provocative and more practical advice might be the order of the day.
For example, take one of these a day for condition X but never take more than Y per day and never combine them with Z as this will be fatal.
Isn't it time we made our governments take notice of the polls on this subject which consistently supports assisted death in tightly controlled circumstances.
Why is it that governments of all persuasions only take notice of church leaders and not the people.
Do they still believe that in this century the church has that much clout.

2 comments:

  1. what a difficult subject .... it almost seems taboo to even mention ... I still cannot come to a decision in my own conscience .... thanks again stephen for putting these real issues out there!!!!!

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  2. Stephen - I agree totally with you. I'm an avid supporter of the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia too.

    I hope you're a member of DWDNSW & EXIT ........

    i0l

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