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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Diane Pretty

Do you believe this is the right judgment?

And as Diane Pretty says she has had her rights removed, can anyone tell me <STRONG>what</STRONG> rights she means...

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Basically she means the right to chose how she lives her life, or i guess how NOT to live her life! I guess u must've seen the pictures of her on tv, well i reckon if i was paralysed from the waist down, i wouldnt want to live ne more either. She wants to make sure that if her husband helps her die then he won't face murder charges, which at the moment he would. I don't know how u feel about this, but i don't believe in 'life at all costs', if ur in her position u gotta ask the question: 'what life?'
    I hope that helps x
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Shes not campaigning for the right to die, shes after the right to be killed.

    Suicide is totally legal in this country, as is refusing treatment...Unfortunately she needs her husband to off her as she cant do it herself.

    Personally I think its irrelevent...If she wanted to die badly enough then he would have killed her and consequences be damned. I doubt if he would even see any prison time.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by OhbabyYeah:
    <STRONG>Basically she means the right to chose how she lives her life, or i guess how NOT to live her life! </STRONG>

    Surely it is her ILLNESS which has taken these away. I'm sure that she didn't chose to be paralysed.

    Nothing stopped her comitting suicide whilst she was capable...

    What she was asking was for her husband to have the right to kill her. Nothing to do with <STRONG>her</STRONG>rights at all.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by OhbabyYeah:
    <STRONG>if ur in her position u gotta ask the question: 'what life?'</STRONG>
    Absolutely. But it's all subjective. <IMG SRC="wink.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    If society starts dictating which lives are worth living, and which are not, then we are in big trouble.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Man Of Kent:
    <STRONG>

    Surely it is her ILLNESS which has taken these away. I'm sure that she didn't chose to be paralysed.

    Nothing stopped her comitting suicide whilst she was capable...

    What she was asking was for her husband to have the right to kill her. Nothing to do with [qb]her</STRONG>rights at all.[/QB]

    Ok so it is the right for her husband to help her die, but if she is physically unable to do the job herself then surely it is HER right to be able to LEAGALLY chose someone to help her die, ie. her husband. And just for the record, referring to Balddog, im pretty sure that suicide is ILLEGAL, coz it's still seen as a from of murder, i could be wrong tho, -ne experts?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by OhbabyYeah:
    <STRONG>And just for the record, referring to Balddog, im pretty sure that suicide is ILLEGAL, coz it's still seen as a from of murder, i could be wrong tho, -ne experts?</STRONG>


    Its not been a crime since 1961.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by OhbabyYeah:
    <STRONG>Ok so it is the right for her husband to help her die, but if she is physically unable to do the job herself then surely it is HER right to be able to LEAGALLY chose someone to help her die, ie. her husband. </STRONG>

    No. What they were asking for is the right to kill someone and that opens a whole new can of worms.

    Diane Pretty has motor neurone disease, this isn't a sudden attack, it is degenerative and the effects are well known. She could have topped herself ages ago. But she chose not to. Her choice.

    If her husband now wants to kill her, there is nothing to stop that from happening. His choice. He might be prosecuted, he might not.

    I understand her position, and in the same lace I would probably have wanted the same thing. Doesn't make it right.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    How can it be illegal, if someone kills themself they are not there...

    But if two people make a suicide pact and one survives, that person may be convicted of murder, quite mad really.

    [ 01-05-2002: Message edited by: * k-t * ]
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Suicide isn't illegal like Baldy said.

    However, in the eyes of the law euthenasia is murder. If you did it, then chances are you would get a fairly light sentence, as the judge and jury would take it all into account. However you would still be found guilty of murder, wether the victim permitted it or not.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Suicide was illegal until 1961, meaning that if an attempt failed you would be prosecuted and possibly imprisoned. It was only changed becuase it is onbviously a stupid rule to have.

    I dont know if it is the right decision, I think it probably isnt. But Im sitting on the fence. If she has made it perfectly clear she wants her husband to kill her, because she no longer wants to live, then she should be able to make that choice. Although, it does open a huge can of worms, in that suddenly any rich old relatives of people would become deeply suicidal.
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