Should the Elderly Decide How They Die?

With right-to-die legislation in its fledgling stages in the United States, the bioethics surrounding assisted suicide are in play as they haven’t been in the past. Traditionally, arguments to enact these laws are fashioned around the notion of liberating a patient from terminal usually insufferable disease. But, the recent intentional death by 104-year-old scientist David Goodall via euthanasia brings to the forefront whether to deem deterioration from advanced aging as another reasonable consideration.

So determined was the British-born scholar, who failed in prior attempts in his home country of Australia where it is illegal, that he traveled to Switzerland to fulfill this quest. And, so he did by personally starting a lethal injection of a barbiturate on Thursday.

https://www.acsh.org/news/2018/05/11/should-elderly-decide-how%C2%A0they-die-12947

Posted by editor on Tue, 15 May 2018 09:05