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Algo no va cuando los dilemas morales de nuestro tiempo generan una discusión sustancial solo cuando el mundo mediático se ocupa de ellos. La cosa es así. Es lo que hay.

Hace pocos días, un presentador de televisión inglés, el señor Ray Gosling, fue detenido por la policía por haber confesado urbs et orbi –o sea, desde una televisión– haber puesto fin a la vida de su novio, enfermo terminal de sida, que sufría horriblemente, sin otro remedio que el del sueño final. El hecho de que ambos hubieran acordado que el uno ayudara a morir al otro en circunstancias agónicas no le eximía de que se aplicara la ley.…  Seguir leyendo »

I’ll say one thing for the euthanasia lobby: they are masters of media manipulation. Somehow they managed to persuade the press and broadcasters that the law lords had demanded that parliament reverse its opposition to the legalisation of so-called “assisted suicide”. This collective misinterpretation of last Thursday’s judgment on the case of Debbie Purdy, a multiple sclerosis sufferer and campaigner for such a change in the law, must in part have derived from the sight of Purdy and her lawyers happily toasting the outcome with champagne.

Yet Purdy, her husband, Omar Puente, and her fellow campaigners from Dignity in Dying (formerly known as Exit) are celebrating prematurely.…  Seguir leyendo »

When I die, and if I have to arrange it myself, I will consult nobody, and do it unassisted if I can. I entertain not a flicker of moral or practical doubt on the subject, and never have. Speaking only for myself — in such matters one should never judge for others — if Nature does not do the job in a timely manner I shall consider it a duty to take matters into my own hands. For me it would be wretched, self-defeating, selfish, irrational, inefficient and pointlessly extravagant to live beyond the time when I am useful, or life is fun.…  Seguir leyendo »

The law should be clear enough for us to know what is and is not lawful. And when it comes to something as personal as the circumstances of our own death, that need for clarity becomes a basic human right.

That in essence was Debbie Purdy’s case, a case that she won yesterday in the House of Lords. The law lords’ judgment finally gets a grip of the situation in which a severely ill person seeks assisted suicide abroad. It should not have taken three years of litigation in various courts for the law lords to accept the simple proposition that a person, in determining how to die, has a right to know what is lawful and what is not; and whether they can be accompanied by their loved one on the way to death.…  Seguir leyendo »