Euthana­sia story gets read­ers fired up

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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.”

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