Yesterday’s verdict that Tony Nicklinson will not be allowed to die with the help of doctors is depressing indeed for Nicklinson but unsurprising. Death is the last taboo of a society too focused on preserving life at any cost.
A recent story described how the parents of a 12-year-old boy, Adam Lewis, who’d been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor opted to tell their son about the tumor but not to disclose that it was terminal. Why? Because they wanted their son to be able to enjoy the year he had without the potentially paralyzing anxiety of knowing that his days were numbered.
The family planning world is meeting in London this week to make one straightforward request – give 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries access to contraception. Their reasoning is basic: ‘It’s mortality, stupid’.
We received an email into our radio show this week from a distraught listener. “Betsy, my 18 year old Jack Russell has been laid to rest. The time had come for me to end her brave fight for life and to have her spared from any more pain. I was with her at the end. Thing is, I can’t remember a world without her. “
We are sitting around watching the Syrian crisis, while evil is allowed to flourish. Dr. Sima Barmania tells us why this is unacceptable, and has a conversation with one of Assad’s old teachers, Dr. Mousa Al Kurdi.
Clara Cullen thinks Obama’s drone strategy is a betrayal of all who supported him. In turn, the silence of all those who voted for “hope” and “change” is worrying; it suggests that the US liberal electorate would rather support Obama, who they perceive as a lesser political evil than his Republican adversaries, than actually questioning the political hypocrisy his foreign policy entails.
This week is Dying Matters Awareness Week. Georgina Pugh thinks that as a society, we don’t talk enough about Death; here’s why she thinks we should.
There is also no red ribbon or poppy to symbolise the disease which afflicts so many globally, but TB kills nearly a million and half people every year and nearly nine million individuals suffer from this largely preventable and curable disease.
Dirty water and poor sanitation are the biggest killers of children in Sub-Saharan Africa. The resulting diarrhoeal diseases claim the lives of more than a million children under the age of five worldwide every year; that’s more than the combined number succumbing to AIDS, malaria and measles.
You would recognise the pictures. The poster campaign featuring the naked, emaciated body of French model Isabelle Caro earned her an international title as ‘the face of Anorexia’. But she was far more than that…
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