Just yesterday, I read this article over on news.com.au, and it absolutely broke my heart. A British man by the name of Tony Nicklinson suffers from something called locked-in syndrome, which according to Wikipedia:
is a condition in which a patient is aware and awake but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body except for the eyes
Think about that. Essentially, it would mean that you’re trapped in your own body, your mind having the desire to communicate mentally and physically but your body won’t allow it. Understandably, Mr. Nicklinson himself has referred to this condition as “pure torture”, and Dear Reader, wouldn’t you to. Is that an existence anybody should be forced to live with?
Well, apparently it is, since Mr. Nicklinson’s battle in the high court to be given the right to die has ended with this poor, unfortunate man in the losing chair. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal in Britain, and it appears there are no exceptions, since although some of the judges certainly were moved by the case, the decision to force Tony Nicklinson to live with his horrible condition was agreed upon unanimously. This means that if anybody helped Tony Nicklinson end his life, including doctors, would be facing the court for a murder charge.
The law remains the same here in Australia, too, euthanasia is still very, very illegal. It was legal for a brief time in the Northern Territory after the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 was passed (which incidentally was one of the first acts of its kind anywhere in the world, so one of the few times where Australia has been really forward-thinking), but the Federal Parliament destroyed that in 1997, so there you go.
Now let me say this, Dear Reader, I have no problem at all with anybody who thinks that euthanasia is morally wrong, and would not do it themselves, or like to see anybody they know do the same. That’s fine, it’s your life, I don’t care. But WHAT THE FUCK gives you the right to tell anybody else what they can do with their own body? I can’t even fully put into words how much shit like this fucking disgusts me. If you’re against euthanasia, abortion, gay marriage, whatever it may be, good for you, but don’t you fucking dare try to force that shit upon other people. I’m sure you want to live your life the way you feel comfortable with, so please, let others do the same.
Thankfully, there are some people out there willing to fight the good fight. People such as the brilliant Dr. Philip Nitschke, two-time finalist for Australian of the Year, 1998’s Australian Humanist of the Year, and founder and director of the wonderful organisation Exit International. Exit International is a world-wide non-profit organisation working hard to give people one of the simplest and gentlest things you could possibly offer, their right to die. Dr. Nitschke is a great man, Exit International is a great organisation, and I implore anybody who is against euthanasia or is of two minds about it, to please, look over their website, and hopefully your mind can be changed, and we can start making some of those advancements the world sorely needs.