Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Death Without Dignity

Nicholas Tonti-Filippini, a man "chronically ill with a progressive rheumatoid auto-immune disease that destroyed [his] kidneys and causes inflammation around the lungs, inner chest walls and heart, ischaemic heart disease and peripheral neuropathy," writes — No dignity in euthanasia.

"Seriously ill people do not need euthanasia," he writes. "We need better provision of palliative care aimed at managing symptoms and maximising function, especially as we approach death. Rather than help to die, the cause of dignity would be more greatly helped if more was done to help people live more fully with the dying process."

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