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Choosing To Die: Disability Charities React

June 14, 2011

Disability charities have been reacting to Choosing To Die. I’ll link their statements all in one place in this post. Please send me any I may have missed and these will be added to this list.

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  1. *Stargazer permalink
    June 14, 2011 7:13 pm

    Whether you’re severely/ chronically or terminally ill or not:
    If you’re desolately miserable/ unhappy/ depressed; in excruciating physical and/ or mental pain,
    and just want to die – for alot of people it is IMPOSSIBLE to live a happy and fulfilling life.

    No matter how much time you give it, to adjust to adverse situations.
    No matter how much love, support and money you may, or may not have.
    No matter how many people love and will miss you – as much as you will always love and miss them.
    It will be very hard to say goodbye.

    But if it’s even harder for that someone very sick to continue living,
    the dignity and peace of mind that legislated Certified Assisted Death would give, in mine and my Mum’s opinion is likely to prolong life – in many cases – WAY beyond the natural point where they would HAD to have been well enough to go to Switzerland – or to administer lethal drugs to themselves at home, in order for their family not to be prosecuted.

    They would not be racing against time, exacerbating their illness getting organised, saving money and getting loved-ones together – in order to be well enough within their illness, for a trip to Switzerland.
    They would be able to CHOOSE, a naturally right time for THEM to die, peacefully at home.

    Having the RIGHT TO CHOOSE a Certified Assisted Death would give them precious time;
    to gather friends and enjoy family time, get affairs in order, argue over who wants to be there with them when they want to finally depart this mortal coil.
    They do not have that time, if their loved one has to be well enough to go to Switzerland.
    Here in the UK there is no judgement/ law passed, whereby family can lawfully help you end your life.
    We are stuck with the Switzerland option or breaking the law.

    Yes, disabled and sick people who triumph against adversity and all the odds should be celebrated, and drawn reference to. I hope to be one of those inspirational disabled people one day – there’s alot of fight left in me yet!! We should not forget the value attached to what is being fought for here though;
    by many people who are sick AND many people who are AT PRESENT in good health.

    The RIGHT TO CHOOSE – for very ill people to decide; When and Where THEY end THEIR LIFE.
    I would very much like to have the choice.
    I fully expect I would, of course, be exhaustively counselled, assessed, judged and certified.
    If I were to be in a condition where I could not take any more and just wanted out.

    Stringent procedural controls should be in place to protect and defend the vulnerable, to prevent situations where the very sick, disabled, elderly or infirm may feel pressured or co-erced into doing away with themselves – or being assisted. This should never become opportunity for people to “cut the sandbags”.
    A case where legislated process and certification has not been observed should be treated as is now;
    on its own merit according to the circumstances – for a Judge to rule on and pass sentence.

    This is why we need broadly balanced and involved debate; why we need blogs and forums –
    we all have differing opinions and this is mine.
    We need a referendum.
    We need the establishment to be brave enough to stringently and compassionately legislate.
    It’s my human right to choose and the law should reflect that.

    Whether or not I believe God could forgive my suicide – assisted or not – I believe it’s the right of all religious AND non-religious human beings to choose – IT’S YOUR LIFE!
    How you fare with your maker therafter is a personal thing and irrelevant to how the law is criminalising family who assist sick people who are desperate and suffering.
    People expressing a constant desire to be expired.
    God left us with free will when he cast us from Eden.
    That was the whole point of forbidding the apple!

    Situations will arise where people who can be helped will get help, will flourish and survive their illness to its natural end. Others will eventually go down a much deliberated, dignified and timely path to Certified Assisted Death – with the law firmly in place allowing the people left behind to get on with grieving.

    We are allowed to attach DNR to our medical records – Do Not Resuscitate.
    Why can we not have the right to attach something like Certificated Assisted Death?

  2. *Stargazer permalink
    June 14, 2011 7:20 pm

    Whether you’re severely/ chronically or terminally ill or not:
    If you’re desolately miserable/ unhappy/ depressed; in excruciating physical and/ or mental pain,
    and just want to die – for alot of people it is IMPOSSIBLE to live a happy and fulfilling life.

    No matter how much time you give it, to adjust to adverse situations.
    No matter how much love, support and money you may, or may not have.
    No matter how many people love and will miss you – as much as you will always love and miss them.
    It will be very hard to say goodbye.

    But if it’s even harder for that someone very sick to continue living,
    the dignity and peace of mind that legislated Certified Assisted Death would give, in mine and my Mum’s opinion is likely to prolong life – in many cases – WAY beyond the natural point where they would HAD to have been well enough to go to Switzerland – or to administer lethal drugs to themselves at home, in order for their family not to be prosecuted.

    They would not be racing against time, exacerbating their illness getting organised, saving money and getting loved-ones together – in order to be well enough within their illness, for a trip to Switzerland.
    They would be able to CHOOSE, a naturally right time for THEM to die, peacefully at home.

    Having the RIGHT TO CHOOSE a Certified Assisted Death would give them precious time;
    to gather friends and enjoy family time, get affairs in order, argue over who wants to be there with them when they want to finally depart this mortal coil.
    They do not have that time, if their loved one has to be well enough to go to Switzerland.
    Here in the UK there is no judgement/ law passed, whereby family can lawfully help you end your life.
    We are stuck with the Switzerland option or breaking the law.

    Yes, disabled and sick people who triumph against adversity and all the odds should be celebrated, and drawn reference to. I hope to be one of those inspirational disabled people one day – there’s alot of fight left in me yet!! We should not forget the value attached to what is being fought for here though;
    by many people who are sick AND many people who are AT PRESENT in good health.

    The RIGHT TO CHOOSE – for very ill people to decide; When and Where THEY end THEIR LIFE.
    I would very much like to have the choice.
    I fully expect I would, of course, be exhaustively counselled, assessed, judged and certified.
    If I were to be in a condition where I could not take any more and just wanted out.

    Stringent procedural controls should be in place to protect and defend the vulnerable, to prevent situations where the very sick, disabled, elderly or infirm may feel pressured or co-erced into doing away with themselves – or being assisted. This should never become opportunity for people to “cut the sandbags”.
    A case where legislated process and certification has not been observed should be treated as is now;
    on its own merit according to the circumstances – for a Judge to rule on and pass sentence.

    This is why we need broadly balanced and involved debate; why we need blogs and forums –
    we all have differing opinions and this is mine.
    We need a referendum.
    We need the establishment to be brave enough to stringently and compassionately legislate.
    It’s my human right to choose and the law should reflect that.

    Whether or not I believe God could forgive my suicide – assisted or not – I believe it’s the right of all religious AND non-religious human beings to choose – IT’S YOUR LIFE!
    How you fare with your maker therafter is a personal thing and irrelevant to how the law is criminalising family who assist sick people who are desperate and suffering and no longer wish to live.
    People expressing a constant desire to be expired.
    God left us with free will when he cast us from Eden.

    Situations will arise where people who can be helped will get help, they’ll flourish and survive their illness to its natural end. Others will eventually go down a much deliberated, dignified and timely path to Certified Assisted Death – with the law firmly in place allowing the people left behind to get on with grieving.

    We are allowed to attach DNR to our medical records – Do Not Resuscitate.
    Why can we not have the right to attach something like Certificated Assisted Death?

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