Life and death
A very dear friend has suffered terribly from rheumatoid arthritis for some 40 years.
Having advocated for similar sufferers she understands their concerns deeply.
As a lover of life she is second to none, and with a Roman Catholic background was not naturally inclined towards assisted death.
Now, however, she sees things from a different perspective, and believes that with stringent controls people should be able to determine their own time of death. She believes that they do this within their own conscience.
Having seen how the Netherlands system works, two in-laws having had assisted deaths when in the later stages of terminal illnesses, I feel that their system has the right checks and balances, and shows how a caring society can behave in a humane manner. RAY JACKSON
Christchurch, February 22.
Warren Cairns stands on his electric pool cover.