A RESPONSE TO THE DEBATE ABOUT ASSISTED SUICIDE
15th MAY 2013
I love wandering around grave yards, always have. What would my epitaph be?
Disabled overnight at 38 it could be ‘grateful for the love.’ I’ve definitely failed in the gratitude stakes. We’d all like to be thought of as a good person who leaves behind a show of love and kindness.
But what will Charlie Falconer leave behind? What will his world look like? Despite all the procrastination this really is the only question.
Will we; those who’ve made the choice and those who have been ‘chosen’ (because there will be ‘the chosen’); the ones deemed ‘not fit to stay’ or decreed by their doctor as ‘hopeless’, or social worker as ‘costly’ or for that matter by government dictate as ‘on the list’ – there are already lists made by doctors for those ‘not eligible for treatment’ of any kind. Will we all be gathered in a special place, an allocated building or new type of church? Maybe we’ll attend our own funerals and then nip round the back for a quick roasting.
When assisted suicide does become ‘common place’ as Jane Nicklinson said it would: which medics will become ‘death doctors’ as in Oregon: will they visit on a certain day? Will there be camper vans like in the Netherlands picking up death stragglers? Maybe we’ll evoke the Groningen Protocol and offer A/S to people over 12……..that’s right 12.
Then there’s MEDICAID (Guidance No 12) in Oregon, offering life extending treatment for cancer sufferers with a median of 24 months to live, the rest: guess where they’re going? With MEDICAID’S help of course.
Before they knock out a yes vote, I suggest someone asks Charlie boy what his epitaph might be, that ‘he cared’ or that he really was ‘a proper bloody Charlie.’