Editorials
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3 Mar 2021
5:45 am

Give the terminally ill a choice to decide

Editorials

Provided there is a strong process of checks and balances, why should a gravely ill person not be allowed to make their last decision of how and when they die?

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Dieter Harck has one simple desire – he wants to die. But, because of the law and what society expects of people, and medical professionals, he is not being allowed to die in his own time and in his own way. He doesn’t want to commit suicide in the accepted sense, he just wants to be released from the pain and suffering of the terminal stages of motor neurone disease. The 71 year old – along with palliative care specialist Dr Suzanne Walter – have been testifying this week at a hearing of a special commission in support of their...