Final decision on when to die should be ours
Editor, The News:
Re: Seriously ill part of a larger family, The News, Aug. 10.
Not wanting to turn this into a perpetual back and forth, I still feel the need to comment on the last letter from R. Whalen.
We share many ideas but have come to different conclusions.
I totally agree with his comment that the right to life is fundamental and that without it we could be considered property.
For me however, this suggests that we should also have the right to end it.
Yes, we must of course consider our loved ones when making this serious decision but the final decision should be our own. We are not anybody else’s property.
Mr. Whalen rightfully says that losing a loved one is terrible, but watching a loved one wither away with all dignity gone is no less terrible.
We unfortunately are not yet able to guarantee that everyone can have a dignified and painless departure.
If I had a loved one in that situation, I would feel obligated to consider their request to end it. I would also prefer that I did not have to do so alone or while breaking the law. I also agree with Mr. Whalen that there are dangers and abuses.
This is true but should not deter us from trying and from learning from other’s mistakes.
No laws are perfect but we keep adjusting and improving, hoping to find the best compromise.