The right to die (like the right to live) can be a genuine choice if it is made available, with proper safeguards, to those who want it. The claim that it is doctors rather than patients who make the choice could be applied to all kinds of medical treatment. Ann Treneman may not like the way the choice is made; that is her business. The patients of Philip Nitschke and Jack Kevorkian make their choice; that is their business.
An increasing number of people want such a choice. Like Bob Dent, I face a lingering, painful death; if I choose an earlier and easier one, and ask for medical help in doing so, that is my business. Ann Treneman wants the issues discussed; rational and realistic discussion is not helped by distortion and sensation.
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