1L Dying Together
The text is an article from Time, an, American conservative magazine. It was released on August 3, 2009. It is about euthanasia and assisted suicide.
They take the example of Sir Edward Downes, a former conductor of Britain’s Royal Opera, who was 85. His wife, Joan, 74, was terminally ill with cancer. She chose to have euthanasia, but it is illegal in the UK (It is only legal in Switzerland, Oregon, the Netherlands, and now Belgium).
They had been married for 54 years, so Sir Edward decided to die with his wife. That is very lovely/romantic/foolish. He elected to have assisted suicide, which is only legal in Switzerland.
They went to Zurich, in a clinic called Dignitas, located in hotel rooms, apartments and mobile homes. They saw a psychologist, paid $7000 each, and were given drinks. The flavor can be chosen. Then, they settled in their room and chose when they drank. They fell asleep and never woke up.
This kind of death is painless and “civilized” according to their son, Caractacus (the very name hints that they are Little-Englanders).
The main issue raised by Time is the health-care system implications: if it is way cheaper to let old people die than keep them alive, elderly people will be encouraged to self-terminate, and then they might be forced to do it. Only the rich would survive.
Three subjects are open to debate:
Euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the way we look after the old.