Euthanasia story gets readers fired up
LAST Saturday, Weekend published euthansia advocate Judith Daley’s story. At the age of 74, Daley (pictured) had only one regret in life – smoking. She is determined to die on her own terms, in her own way. The story stirred up comments from readers, largely in support of Daley’s push for euthanasia to become legal in Australia.
Online commentor ImOverIt was in strong support of Daley’s push. “We think voluntary euthanasia will quickly become ‘involuntary euthanasia’. Garbage. The scaremongering peddled by anti-euthanasia supporters is totally baseless. A person who no longer has quality of life will have made the decision and will be supported by medical practitioners,” ImOverIt wrote.
The story also stirred opinion on smoking. Online commentor Fearless Fred said smoking should be banned.
“I feel sorry for Judith Daley, but in making her decisions to smoke all those years ago she chose to have a tobacco-related death,” Fearless Fred wrote.
Commentor Gab-a-lot of Ashfield replied: “Yes Fearless Fred, Judith did make the choice to have a tabacco-related (sic) death years ago, although it wasn’t an informed choice. Last week’s episode of Call The Midwife quite accurately portrayed how little the medical profession understood about the effects of tabacco (sic) in the 1950s and early 1960s. Nothing can be gained by blaming the patient now,” Gab-a-lot wrote.
Jillian Pearson emailed Weekend with the story of her grandfather’s death following a stroke. “I am in with agreeance with euthanasia,” she said. “I watched my grandfather suffer for six months from a stroke and I asked him early in the piece if he wanted to ‘step off the planet’ (as we would always say). “He understood me and nodded his head. “From here he endured smaller strokes to be left in like an unconscious state.
“At one time in hospital I visited to find him flat on his back fighting for every breath due to the pillows being removed and the fluid on his lungs bad.”