Vi­tal dif­fer­ence

Kapiti News - - Letters To The Editor -

El­lie Whitaker’s sup­port of R.A.T.S. is com­mend­able and I think it’s great too, how­ever she is naively un­aware of the dif­fer­ence be­tween this and the End of Life Choice Bill.

Ad­dress­ing the causes of teen sui­cide is vastly dif­fer­ent from pro­tect­ing the rights of those in ter­mi­nal phys­i­cal suf­fer­ing who have been pushed beyond the lim­its of en­durance.

Such peo­ple are gen­er­ally of ma­ture years, and have tol­er­ated pain and suf­fer­ing beyond the com­pre­hen­sion of young El­lie Whitaker, and for a time far beyond her own in­no­cent teen years. There is a healthy way out for teens suf­fer­ing sui­ci­dal thoughts and they need help and sup­port to find it. There is no way out for peo­ple in need of the EOLC Bill. That’s why they need it.

Miss Whitaker seems to have missed the vi­tal dif­fer­ences be­tween con­sen­sual as­sisted sui­cide, and the is­sues around teen sui­cide, which is rarely con­sen­sual or as­sisted. One is a hu­man right to dig­nity with­out suf­fer­ing, and the other is a des­per­ately se­ri­ous prob­lem for teens and their fam­i­lies, that re­quires col­lec­tive in­put such as the ad­mirable work of R.A.T.S. The other re­quires the EOLC Bill. I’m sure she can un­der­stand this.



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