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Saturday, 12 May 2007

Double Standards.

So, the debate over euthanasia took a nose dive in the UK with the defeat of the latest attempt to legalise euthanasia for the terminally ill in the House of Lords. Under the banner "The Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill" it was last defeated on 12 May 2006. That defeat has not stopped those in favour of euthanasia continuing to fight their fight. Even today they continue to put forward their case.

Because our staid government will not be seen to support such things those in favour of it have to rely on such as Lord Joffe who brough a private members bill. He has vowed to  reintroduce the bill at a later date.

And because this debate is one that touches the very core of our being the debate over whether it should or should not be allowed will rumble on and on until such a time as they do legalise it. It is legal in some EU countries already.

I saw my Grandmother slowly die with the Big C and it was not a pretty sight as she was slowly eaten away by this most horrible of diseases.  After she died I has a talk with my Grandfather who exclaimed that if he had been strong enough he would of ended her suffering long before the end. He also said that he had been selfish in that he wanted to keep her alive for as long as was possible "because I loved her". In those two comments from my Grandfather we can see the turmoil burning within him. The same turmoil I suspect those who would be given the chance to end their partners suffering early would have.

It is not a simple case of saying let us allow or disallow euthanasia. I have no idea what the bill mentioned above contains. What follows comes purely from my heart and head.

There should be safeguards in place to stop those killing their partners out of hate or because they got fed up of looking after them. There should be be safeguards over what drugs are allowed to be used and also it should be determined properly that a patient is going to die. One thing I do think should be done is there should be a signed consent form from the patient with their signature on it written whilst they were of sound mind.

However they decide it should be done, whenever they legalise it, one thing for sure is it will eventually be legalised.

My own personal thoughts on this subject is it should be allowed in certain circumstances.

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