We’re not dying, we just want to die – Old couple

I wonder if the Death with Dignity bill will re-emerge this term.  It was shelved as Labour didn’t want it to become a political football during the election.  (Little chance of that, as they were running the Dirty Politics campaign hard out).

This story from Europe takes it all to extremes that defeat the purpose of death with dignity:  for people that have negligible quality of life, and prolonging life is akin to prolonging suffering.

An elderly husband and wife have announced their plans to die in the world’s first ‘couple’ euthanasia – despite neither of them being terminally ill.

Instead the pair fear loneliness if the other one dies first from natural causes.

Identified only by their first names, Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, they have the support of their three adult children who say they would be unable to care for either parent if they became widowed.

I don’t see loneliness as a reason to check out.  At that point, that could be a justification at any age.  Neither is the fact your kids can’t be arsed to feed you and give you a bed.  

The children have even gone so far as to find a practitioner willing to carry out the double killings on the grounds that the couple’s mental anguish constituted the unbearable suffering needed to legally justify euthanasia.

The couple, from Brussels, are receiving regular medical treatment for age-related ailments.

Francis has received treatment for prostate cancer for 20 years and is unable to spend a day without morphine and Anne is partially blind and almost totally deaf.

That does sound debilitating, until you read the next bit

They always go out shopping together because they are both scared that one day the other will not return home.

They decided that life in a care home was not an option because of their fear they would end up bedridden without the strength to insist on euthanasia.

They are also afraid that a good retirement home would cost more than their combined pensions and that they would have to dig into their savings to afford it.

They planned to commit suicide on February 3 next year, their 64th wedding anniversary, by placing plastic bags over their heads after taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

The kids want the money, have found a doctor that will help off their parents, and the parents are happy to do a double suicide because they don’t want to use their savings for appropriate medical care.

Death with dignity is a very important issue.  I’ve watched my mother being eaten alive by illness, and the last parts of it should not be necessary.  There is a need for death with dignity.  But not like those idiots from Belgium   They want Death to make sure our savings go to our children.

– Simon Caldwell, Daily Mail


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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