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Sunday, March 20, 2005

I Suppose This Is How...

Yesterday, I rhetorically asked, of the death of terminal patients by slow starvation, "once we've concluded that (they) ought to die, how can anyone believe that this is the right way for it to happen?"

Today, the New York Times answers in an astounding news article (not even an Op-Ed) which describes dehydration as a peaceful and dignified death. (via Just One Minute)

I can certainly understand how this belief would bring comfort to the relatives of those we've consigned to this kind of death, or to doctors forced either by state law or their patient's wishes to preside over such a death. But why is it that I suspect the editors at the Times would be as horrified as the rest of us if they discovered a branch office of the American Humane Society that euthanized excess cats and dogs by denying them food and water?


Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Good-grief, what a disgusting rationalization, "From the data that is available, it is not a horrific thing at all," Sorry, I don't think my Mom would agree, it's how my Grandfather died - kidney-failure problems cascading throughout the body - and it wasn't very wonderful or as simple as that.

So why bother helping starving Indonesians after the tsunami? It's "peaceful and dignified," so don't intervene? Or maybe that explains the UN's mismanagement of every situation its been in.

8:46 AM, March 21, 2005  

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