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 man is suffering and needs help. The treatment is easily administered and has almost guaranteed success. We watch, and sympathise, and discuss at length the shame and the shock of his situation, how we couldn’t imagine his pain. But we do nothing.
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