1ST2S2 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.
The headline is Dying Together.
Sir Edward Downes, the former conductor of the Royal opera, was 85. His wife, Joan, was 74. They had been married for 54 years. She was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer. She wanted an euthanasia.
Sir Edward decided to die with her, so he wanted an assisted suicide. Since neither is legal in Britain, they went abroad. Euthanasia is legal in Belgium (since 2009), Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Oregon. Assisted suicide is only legal in Switzerland.
They wanted their son, Caractacus*, to inherit. So, they travelled to Zurich and went to Dignitas clinic. They are located in apartments, hotel rooms and camper vans.
They met a psychologist, paid $7,000 each. They were given drinks (you can choose the flavor). When they were ready, they drank. They went to sleep and never woke up.
The whole process is filmed to prove that no one forced them, that they knew what they were doing and chose to do it freely.
The problem with a public figure doing this is an example. The National Health Service (or Obamacare) may incite, and later FORCE elderly people to follow this example.
*The name comes from the last Celtic king who resisted the Roman invasion in Britain.
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