FDQ: Whose Life is it Anyway?

This week’s Provocative Question is one of the big two “life choice” we were presented with in Theology lessons back at school. Being a shit school their approach to the answers was you had the choice to choose the answer they wanted. But that was 22 years ago, so how has my thoughts changed.

Do you believe that terminally ill people should be allowed or encouraged to end their lives via physician-assisted suicide? If so, under any circumstances or should there be restrictions? If not, why not?

The right to die with dignity should be allowed for every terminal patient, but in no way should patients be encouraged to end their lives before they are ready. I personally would not like to spend my last weeks/days wired up to various machines if there is no chance of recovery. I wouldn’t want to spend my last days in pain and increasingly infirm, and equally I wouldn’t want to put my nearest and dearest through the slow trauma of watching me deteriorate both physically and mentally.

Also it keeping me going would be an unnecessary burden of funds and time on the health services which would be better spent on those who are able to recover or want to go on to the very end.

But it has to be my choice, not someone elses.

Of course the whole set up would need to be regulated when implemented, I would suggest that there be certification from multiple doctors and legal representatives to ensure that the system is not open to exploitation.

So yeah… I would still fail that question at school.

Fandango’s Provocative Question

One thought on “FDQ: Whose Life is it Anyway?

  1. I’d give you a passing grade, because your answer is what OUGHT to be the rule (in my opinion). The old argument about how terminally ill or failing animals are put down comes to mind. If they’d do it for a dog, cat or horse, why not a human? I like your restrictions on it too, multiple people in place to make sure the person isn’t just severely depressed, but is truly terminally ill are great. Your teachers back in the day were knob heads, weren’t they?

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